Cabo San Lucas - Dive Sites Descriptions
There are 12 different dive sites to choose from in the Cabo San Lucas marine park and the Corridor
The bay of Cabo San Lucas encompasses several unique dive sites. The Cabo San Lucas dive sites were protected in 1973 by the President of Mexico and declared the second underwater national marine park after Cozumel. Inside the park it is forbidden to fish, spearfish or collect anything in order to maintain a healthy marine environment. All of the Cabo San Lucas dive sites are within a quick 10 minute boat ride from the marina and the conditions inside the bay are usually calm with no or little currents and a calm surface.
The reef starts at 10 ft. on a sandy bottom and gradually slopes to 70 feet before it drops off a deep wall down to 500 feet. One of the famous “Sandfalls” is located at the top of the submarine canyon in about 90 feet of water. This calm protected site teeming with a wide variety of tropical fish and invertebrates and as a result it is some diving in Los Cabos. You may see large schools of snappers, sea bass, scorpion fish, porcupine and puffer fish. Moray eels and devil rays along with electric and cortez rays and many more call this site home. This dive site is perfect for divers of all levels, night dives and snorkelers alike.
Depth: 10 – 100+ feet / 3 – 30+ meters Distance from Dive Shop: 5-10 minutes by boat
This dive site is unique because you dive in both the “Sea of Cortez” and the “Pacific Ocean” at the same time. Large schools of barracudas, tunas and baitfish make this an unforgettable dive. The flat rock inside the cove is home to a colony of California sea lions which dive and play with the divers. The “Nürnberg” shipwreck sits at around 40 feet and was nearly completely covered for many years. Large schools of cow-nose rays and devil rays (small mantas) can be seen during the summer months.
Depth: 15 – 70 feet / 5 – 22 meters Distance from Dive Shop: 10 minutes by boat
This dive sites consists of two coral reefs. A beautiful vertical wall and the biggest sandfall of the Cabo San Lucas Marine park. The top of the reef is only 15 feet deep and the vertical wall drops down to more than 500 feet. Turtles, groupers, machetes, goatfish and a lot of other tropical fish have made this reef their home. Neptune’s Finger is also a good place to see big fish like manta rays, schooling devil rays, yellowtails and amber jacks. Even Mola Molas (sunfish) have been seen here.
Depth: 15 – 100+ feet / 5 – 30+ meters Distance from Dive Shop: 5-10 minutes by boat
The middle wall is a vertical drop-off from 75 – 500+ feet. The average depth for this dive is 100 feet. Diving next to the wall without seeing the bottom gives you a sensational feeling of freedom. The rocky cliff face continues to the west until it connects with the sandfalls at Pelican Rock. Enormous groupers and large schools of pigmy mantas as well as sharks and even whale sharks can be seen here.
Depth: 65 – 140+ feet / 20 – 40+ meters Distance from Dive Shop: 5-10 minutes by boat
The North Wall is a great dive for beginners as well as for more experienced divers. The rock-covered slope goes from 15 to 70 feet and makes a great home for moray eels, puffer and porcupine fish. Flute fish, scorpionfish, spiny and slipper lobsters also call this place home. During the summer months even seahorses can be seen.
Depth: 10 – 100+ feet / 3 – 30+ meters Distance from Dive Shop: 5 minutes by boat