In Ensenada scuba diving offers a wide biodiversity of marine life in the waters of the Pacific Ocean area bordering Ensenada, such as vast kelp forests inhabited by anemones, garibaldis, sheep head, and purple hydro coral.
Follow me and I shall guide you through a virtual tour of exciting dive locations on the Baja Califotrnia West Coast.
Coronado islands, and Roca Terrón de Azúcar, off the coast of Tijuana, in the Pacific, offer underwater world exploration. To reach these islands you should leave the coast off Popotla by ship.
It will take you approximately 60 minutes to reach the islands. Popotla is a small sea village located 64 km north of Ensenada.
San Miguel Reef
This is a "secret" scuba diving spot only reachable by boat. It is located between Todos Santos islands and El Sauzal, a small village in the Ensenada's northern outskirts. It has a depth of 60 to 120 feet.
This off the beaten track Ensenada scuba diving site is at the tip of Punta Banda. It is perfect for practicing both scuba diving and snorkeling.
It can be reached by road but it is better by boat. It will take you about 40 minutes from the Ensenada port.
This area is perfect for those who want to test the waters, as well as for the experienced scuba divers.
La Bufadora is unique due to the submarine hot springs flowing from the bottom of the sea.
Here there are depths ranging from 30 to 150 feet. Roca Aguila, Roca Blanca, Zepelin, Punta Bandera, Roca Hundida, Kennedy and Arbolitos, are nearby diving sites teeming with a wide variety of marine life.
Dive sites in La Bufadora are literally covered with sponge colonies, tunicates, blues algae, many types of nudibranches and fluorescent anemones.
Visibility ranges from 20 to 75 feet year round.
45 km south of Ensenada, there are two "secret" Ensenada scuba diving sites... La Soledad and Roca del Mero.
I think these places are two of the world’s most stunning dive sites. Due to the cold underwater currents the area is only for experienced divers. This location is only reachable by boat.
San Martín Island
South of Ensenada city, off the San Quintín coast, there is a hidden diving site for snorkeling and diving.
It is a small volcanic island ideal to encounter the beauty of the sea life. Visibility: 40 to 60 feet.
It is located 450 km south of Ensenada. The access to this diving site is via a community known as El Rosario.
This spectacular site can only be experienced by expert divers.
Traveling further south there is a little known Ensenada scuba diving site offering sea lions areas, kelp forests, reefs and lots of virginal diving areas.
Unfortunately, only experienced divers can enjoy the area.
I believe the best place in the world to watch the great white sharks is Guadalupe island.
Best time to enjoy this sight is between September and November.
The island is reachable from Ensenada via air plane -90 minutes- or boat -12 hours.
Guadalupe, Cedros and Natividad Islands.
These Pacific islands offer a true rich biodiversity and have one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world.
Want to know some good scuba diving spots I found along the Ensenada coast facing the Sea of Cortes? If so, click here.