The very best of the Sea of Cortez
The Sea of Cortez is an interesting place. We started diving here many years ago when giant mantas were common and multiple schools of hammerhead sharks would swirl around El Bajo. Commercial fishermen hit the place really hard in the 1990’s before the government of Mexico enacted exclusionary zones and marine protected area. Our beautiful sea has come back to life but it is different than before. Whale sharks are still resident seasonally off La Paz. The sea lions at Los Islotes were never impacted. Humpback whales still show up every winter. And the huge schools of panamic fish are as abundant as ever before. We are seeing hammerhead sharks at El Bajo and Los Animas and mantas at La Reyna although not as abundantly as before. We finally figured out where the humboldt squid are and it’s quite a trek to get there! We discovered the stunning number of whale sharks at Bahia de Los Angeles in the northern sea of cortez.
*Our captains and crew will do their very best to give you the most spectaculary dive experience.
Given weather and animal sighting itinerary may vary.
You may wonder…
What am I going to see in the Sea of Cortez ?
Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez the aquarium of the world. Expect to see a lot of fish. A LOT of fish! Whale sharks in season. California sea lions. Giant manta rays at one particular site. A variety of shark species possibly including hammerheads (noting that the Sea of Cortez is nowhere near as sharkie as Socorro), several shipwrecks, garden eels and diving cormorant birds.
When should I go?
Water temperatures and visibility in the southern Sea of Cortez improve dramatically in mid July through the first norte winds at the end of November. Our trips run from August-November.
How many dives do I get?
We will do our best to offer 4 dives on every dive day. Please keep in mind that Mother Ocean can be capricious and this may not always be possible.
How much experience do I need?
Our Sea of Cortez trips are perfect for divers of all experience levels. This is the perfect destination for newer divers. We have always specialized in catering to experienced self-reliant divers and offer a lot of freedom and flexibility for those who want it. Photographers on these trips will never feel rushed and we are happy to leave you on your own to get that perfect shot.
When should I fly in?
Your ship boards at 4:30 pm on departure day. We recommend planning on flying in by 1:30 pm allowing for an hour or longer to clear immigration and customs and collect your bags. It’s a 35 minute drive from the airport to SeeCreatures Dive Centre which is our meeting point. Of course, we recommend that you fly in early to enjoy Cabo San Lucas, take advantage of a complimentary warmup dive and sign up for some additional diving.