is a dive that gives even the novice diver an excellent opportunity to join and observe the sea lions in their own habitat. The sea lions are playful and active creatures. The females are very friendly and often seem to show off, swimming in circles and spirals in front of divers while the larger males keep more to themselves. You'll also see lots of other marine life, including eels, angelfish, parrotfish, garden eels, spotted box fish puffers, giant hawkfish and barberfish. You might also see tuna, barracuda, herring, turtles and schools of jack.
Sea Lion Colony (20' to 70')
is located off the edge of Lover's Beach and is a great spot for exploring the deep ridge along the edge of the Cabo San Lucas Bay. The ridge starts at about 80' and drops down to more than 600'. This is a good location for watching passing schools of manta rays, exploring small Sand Falls and enjoying the macro life present in the shallows along the rocks that create the finger. Countless species of life can be witnessed here. This is a deep dive, for advanced divers only.
Neptune's Finger (30' to 120')
is deep and only for advanced divers. The depth provides a look at the amazing geology of the Cabo San Lucas Bay. Very similar to the Middle Wall, it is home to large amounts of marine life and pristine coral formations.
The South Wall (90' to 120')
is a deep site for advanced divers only. This area provides a look at pristine fan corals, gorgonians and large schools of fish deep along the wall. It is common to see large grouper, sea bass, yellow snapper and countless other species here.
The Middle Wall (100')
is one of Cabo's most versatile dive sites and it's also an excellent night dive. Following the edge of the Cabo San Lucas Bay is a spectacular submarine canyon. The steep, jagged canyon walls are softened by a colorful variety of gorgonian corals and sea fans and a huge number of tropical reef fish thrive along the canyon ledges. Large schools of snapper, goatfish, porkfish, grunts and jacks gather in swirling masses to feed in the nutrient laden currents.
is the perfect dive site and it's an excellent choice for every level of diver, from beginner/resort diver to the more experienced. The shallows provide a smooth, sandy bottom in 15' of water - perfect for dive classes. More experienced divers can drop down the face of the wall to 90' and view the deep hidden pinnacle rocks. The depth creates almost perfect visibility and provides a glimpse of pristine fan corals and gorgonians on the underwater edge of the Cabo San Lucas Bay. Intermediate divers may want to stop at 50' to 70' and explore the base of the main pinnacle. This area is home to the same variety of marine life found at Sand Falls and the North Wall: Mexican parrot fish, porcupine fish, box puffers, Mexican clown fish, octopus, goat fish, surgeon fish, yellow snapper, buttercups, and many others. In addition, it's not uncommon to see eagle rays, mantas, sea lions, white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles and an occasional whale shark lurking along the face of the deep wall.
Pelican Rock (15' to 120')
was originally discovered by Jacques Costeau forty years ago and is situated on the edge of a deep submarine cCanyon. The falls start at about 90' where sand gathers on the slope and eventually begins to slide under its own weight descending down to depths of up to 400'. Sand Falls is home to more than 300 species of marine life including octopus, schools of barracuda, rays and large fish coming in from the nearby deeper water. This is an excellent night dive sight.
Sand Falls (15' to 140')
is adjacent to Pelican Rock. The shallows provide a smooth, sandy bottom perfect diving classes but it gradually slopes off to 30' where a wall dramatically drops hundreds of feet. Along the top of the wall you'll find a large variety of marine life, including large coral heads, moray eels, puffers, tropical fish, octopus, hermit crabs, urchins, cone-head crabs and lobster. Farther down, you might see diamond and bulls-eye rays eagle rays, mantas, sea turtles, an occasional whale shark or even the local white tip shark.
The North Wall (10' to 120')
The Shipwreck (50' to 70')
is a small shipwreck that gets smaller every year due to erosion and the constant motion of the Pacific current. This boat used to bring people back and forth from Mazatlan to Cabo San Lucas. This is a newer dive site and it's located outside the bay in the Pacific Ocean.
Land's End (25' to 80')
is the name given to the place where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific. This site may experience currents, especially in the shallower areas. Large bait schools the size of a football field can sometimes be found here. Mackerel, barracuda, sardines and other species congregate here attracting sea lions, bonita, yellow-fin tuna, roosterfish and other predators in search of easy hunting. Large mantas pass by periodically.
is an excellent diving and snorkeling area located half way between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. A long reef about a half-mile off shore encloses a shallow bay with depths up to about 20'. Inside the bay, a honeycombed maze of finger-shaped outcroppings covered with coral trees are home to a large variety of schooling tropical fish, sea turtles, moray eels and the occasional manta. A colorful collection of invertabrates, starfish, seafans, sea urchins and sponges fill the nooks, crannies and sea floor. This is an excellent site for underwater photography.
Santa Maria Canyon & Reef (10' to 70')
is another sheltered cove that's great for snorkeling and diving. In the summer months schools of mantas can be seen jumping from the water just outside the cove. Colorful gorgonians and sea fans line the rock walls where colorful tropical reef fish are in abundance. This is a great dive for the photographer. The Santa Maria Canyon starts just outside the cove and boasts an underwater maze of large boulders and crevices stretching out from the western edge of the small bay.
Whales Head (30' to 60')
is an easy dive for beginners and there's a lot to see, from spectacular rock formations to sea turtles, octopus, moray eels, small nurse sharks, guitarfish, puffer fish, large sting rays and bat rays.
Twin Dolphin (30' to 50')
is a maze of large boulders covering the bottom that creates an intricate maze of canyons and channels. Large grouper, sting rays, urchins, coral heads and passing pelagics can be seen here.
Santa Marķa Cove/Canyon (30' to 70')
is an underwater maze of large boulders and crevices stretching out from the western edge of the small bay and the sheltered cove is a great spot for both snorkeling and diving. Large coral heads, fans, gorgonians and a huge concentration of tropical fish inhabit the area and in the summer schools of mantas can be seen jumping from the water just outside the cove. This is a great site for underwater photography.
The Blow Hole (30' to 90')
gets its name from a small blowhole on the shore. The site is located just beyond the Santa Maria Cove and the best diving is at 80' where a maze of rock and coral conceal an abundance of local marine life. It's common to see schools of puffer fish, buttercups, Mexican parrot fish and other species. In the winter, this is also an excellent place to catch a glimpse of passing whales.
Dive Sites: Offshore
Gordo Banks (85' to 140')
is for experienced divers only and is legendary for its schools of hammerhead sharks, giant Pacific mantas and whale sharks. This site lies 8 miles off the coast of San Jose del Cabo where three deep sea mounts (110' to 130') attract bait fish and predators of all types seeking refuge from the harsh currents of the open Sea of Cortez. Operators who serve Gordo Banks often have strict prerequisites for divers: everything from a recent day of local diving to a minimum number of logged dives, so be sure to check when you book your trip. The water temperature ranges from 60 to 70 degrees in the winter to as high as 90 degrees in the summer. The visibility is from 20' to 100' during the winter and from 60' to 100' in the summer.
(via Solmar V) is located some 200 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas and not enough can be said about these volcanic islands officially known as the Revillagigedos Islands. Uninhabited, except for a Mexican navel base, they have been called by many the "Mexican Galapagos" and are home to whitetip, blacktip, galapagos, tiger and schooling hammerhead sharks. Giant Mantas with 15' - 20' wingspans are everywhere and there are 100-pound tuna, schools of endless gamefish and many exotic species of reef fish endemic to these islands alone. To get there, we suggest the Solmar V, a 112-ft luxury live-aboard dive vessel based in Cabo San Lucas. Now under new ownership, the Solmar V is a true four-season live-aboard that takes advantage of weather patterns to provide optimal diving year-round. This is remote, adventure diving at its finest.