During the winter season, a strange sound resonates across Cabo Pulmo Bay. It looks like boiling water and sounds like someone is cooking popcorn on an industrial scale.
Thousands of mobula rays congregate in the bay every year. They can be seen leaping from the water, sometimes five to ten at a time, reaching a height of three meters or more above the water, before returning to earth with a loud splash.
Why they do it, no one really knows.
Some people say they do it to escape from predators, others believe they do it to remove parasites; another group thinks it’s a meeting ritual.
We don’t really know, and we prefer to believe that they like to take a look of the outer space, as we like to go underwater to check them out.
Which ever is the reason is an unforgettable spectacle that only the Sea of Cortes can give.
Little is known about the Mobula rays, how long they live, at what age can they reproduce, etc.. But one thing we know: it’s one of the most spectacular shows that nature can perform.
These rays live in the open ocean, swimming continuously through the water column instead of resting on the sea floor like other rays.
Like whale sharks, these rays are filter feeders that primarily eat microscopic plankton and krill, with the occasional small fish.
Cabo Pulmo, has the privilege to see them every year in the winter season schooling and jumping all over the sea.
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort invites you to come and take a ride with the only PADI Dive Center and PADI 5 Star Resort in the National Park.
The water conditions during this fall season, made of the diving something special, even for those who have years of Scuba Diving in these waters.
Endless schools of Jacks, Snappers, and grunts, Diamond Stingrays, mobulas and cow nose rays, Bull Sharks, Whale Sharks, early Humpback Whales, are some of the sea life interactions we experienced during these months.
When our friend David Valencia came to make some photo shooting, he had time to take some video clips too, and he shared them with us.
We decided to put them together in a short video clip to enjoy it with our customers, and this is what we are presenting today in our Blog.
Come to dive with Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, and we will give you the best diving experience you can get in Cabo Pulmo National Park, in the only PADI Dive Center and PADI 5 Star Resort.
SPECIAL WINTER PACKAGES from $ 399
Valid: December 20th, 2013 through March 30th, 2014.
With the winter coming soon, Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort is offering 5 different packages for our beloved customers, to come and enjoy the beauties of Cabo Pulmo National Park during this winter season.
Accommodation, meals, and a menu of different activities are part of these Winter Packages.
You can enjoy bike rides through the hills, snorkeling tours with the sea lions, learn to dive experiences or if you are a certified diver you can enjoy some diving trips, all of these activities combined during your days in Cabo Pulmo.
All packages below include:
- Daily activities / sports
- 4 nights accommodation based on Double Occupancy, room type:
- Eco Bungalow. (Room type upgrades Available. Single, Triple or quadruple occupancies available at special prices.)
- Welcome dinner, 3 days of 3 meals/day, Goodbye Breakfast.
- Free T shirt, and welcome Cocktail.
- All taxes included.
Pick from these Activities:
- Snorkeling : fins, mask, snorkel, wetsuit, life vest and boat tour.
- Discover Scuba : includes all the Scuba gear, theory and pool
- instruction with a PADI Instructor and 1 open water dive,
- Discover Scuba Extra Tank : includes 2 open water dives, all equipment & PADI instructor.
- Certified Divers : 2-tank dive. Does not include the dive gear.
- Mountain Biking : 24 hr. Mountain Bike rental and Helmet.
Cabo Pulmo National Park entrance Fee (MX$ 54 or U$ 5 per day) is not included.
Package 1- $ 439 pp
- Day 1. Snorkeling
- Day 2. Discover Scuba Diving
- Day 3. Mountain Biking
Package 2- $ 449 pp
- Day 1. Discover Scuba Diving,
- Day 2. Discover Scuba Diving extra tanks
- Day 3. Mountain Biking
Package 3- $ 399 pp
- Day 1. Snorkeling
- Day 2. Mountain Biking
- Day 3. Snorkeling
Package 4- $ 439 pp
- Day 1. Certified Scuba Diving (2 tanks)
- Day 2. Certified Scuba Diving (2 tanks)
- Day 3. Mountain Biking
Package 5- $ 449 pp
- Day 1. Certified Scuba Diving (2 tanks)
- Day 2. Certified Scuba Diving (2 tanks)
- Day 3. Snorkeling
What is Diving in Cabo Pulmo?
A few years ago, Cabo Pulmo wasn´t known as the important diving destination that is today, so we feel the need to explain to our followers what Cabo Pulmo is about when it comes to Scuba Diving.
There are only three coral reefs on the west coast of North America. Cabo Pulmo is the location of the northernmost coral reef in the eastern Pacific. It is the oldest coral reef and is estimated to be 20,000 years old.
The reef has a number of fingers of hard coral occurring in progressively deeper water offshore.
On June 15, 1995, the area surrounding Cabo Pulmo was declared a National Marine Park.
Since then, the fish population and the reef health have been getting bigger and better.
The schools of fish are impressive even for the most experienced and travelled diver.
David Valencia, our guest photographer in September, is someone that became a Cabo Pulmo “believer” after the dives he made here with us, at Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort.
Dave, is a very well known underwater photographer worldwide.
Another of his photos was selected as the main image of the Project Aware campaign (you remember the one with the Whale Shark being liberated?? Well… that´s it).
During his visits to Cabo Pulmo this season, Dave had the chance to capture the magnificence of the Big Eyes Trevallys schooling in our beloved Cabo Pulmo National Park reef, along with uncountable other species during his dives.
Cabo Pulmo is very well known for its reef, sharks, rays and fishes, but the Big Eyes Trevallys schooling in massive numbers, are the stars of the seasons, and the main attraction for underwater videographer and photographer from all over the world.
After watching Dave´s work on the schools, you can appreciate why.
This is an underwater paradise, no doubt. One of the few places in the world where you can meet the past the present and the future of the oceans if we decide to take care of them, a unique Aquarium in the world, or as they say, “The Aquarium of the World”.
Now the question is, when are you coming to enjoy it with Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, the only PADi Divecenter and PADI 5 Star Resort in the area??
Or visit our website www.cabopulmo.com to know about our diving packages and specials of the month.
We are proud to present the new Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort video, and invite you to come visit us for the best underwater experience of your life in Cabo Pulmo.
A few days ago we released our new institutional video promoting Cabo Pulmo as the great diving destination that it is, and Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort as the only PADI dive center and PADI 5 Star Resort in the area.
This 5 minute video is NOT just another video of Cabo Pulmo - NOT AT ALL! This video was designed to show the magnificence of life in Cabo Pulmo and how Cabo Pulmo is truly a very special place.
Our Resort (Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort) does nothing but add professionalism, safety and incredible service so you have the best experience in Cabo Pulmo you possibly can.
You will see in this video that Cabo Pulmo National Park offers a unique underwater environment full of healthy corals, endless schools of fishes, rays, turtles, whales, sharkes, sea lions, and pristine waters in the season.
This video was done in 3 days of consecutive underwater shooting back in September. Some final shots were done back in November in one diving day. So this incredible 5 minutes of underwater shooting compresses 4 days of diving in Cabo Pulmo National Park with Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort.
Erick Higuera was our videographer and final editor of this video. This was by no means a casual endeavor. When we decided to make this short video, we imagined it through Erick's eyes. We know the passion he feels for his job, and knew we would love the video he would create. We simply couldn't imagine a better way to show Cabo Pulmo's underwater beauty than through Erick's eyes.
So, as I said before, this is not just another video of Cabo Pulmo. This is a film testimony that when things are done right, life takes over again. We just need to protect our oceans in the same way we've been protecting our little paradise here in Cabo Pulmo National Park, and we will eventually have healthy corals and sea life everywhere.
In the mean time, Cabo Pulmo is an open window to see how oceans were in the past, and how they can recover. Cabo Pulmo's beauty and abundance of life could be our future if we decide to take action and protect our oceans.
In our video, you have the opportunity to view incredible schools of Bigeye Trevallis, Panamic Pork Fish, Burrito Grunts, Graybar Grunts, Pacific Dog Snappers, Amarillo Snappers, Leopard Groupers, Gulf Groupers, Diamond Stingrays, Bat Rays, Guineanfoul Puffer Fish, Surgeon Fishes, Tiger Groupers, Parrot Fish and Sea Turtles.
These 5 minutes say more than a million words possibly can. We are proud to present the new Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort video, and invite you to come and visit us so you can have the best underwater experience of your life in Cabo Pulmo.
Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, is known for its incredible sea life, colorful coral reef, and warm clear waters in the fall. While sharks, Mantas, Mobula and Cow Nose Rays are eventual visitors.
ALL of them are incredibly beautiful and breath taking, but to experience the Massive Schools of Jack is absolutely amazing. It is not only memorable for our divers, but for our underwater photographers and videographers alike.
Grunts and Snappers like to school in massive numbers in several dive sites. While Pacific Creoles, African Pampanos and Panamic Pork fish are seen in big schools at every dive site.
The Diamond Stingrays tend to aggregate in the sandy areas during the season which gives the divers a chance for close interaction with these fantastic animals.
Do you remember that beautiful photo in National Geographic? The one with the incredible view of schooling fishes? Well, thats happening again - right now. Jacks are starting to meet in big numbers over the divesites. When we say "Big Numbers" we truly mean it! Thousands of big silver Jacks converging in one place, is a site no single photographer or videographer should ever miss!
Dive communities all over the world have become accustom to this magnificent spectical that is Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park.
As of late, while walking around Cabo Pulmo, we see people carrying big expensive cameras getting ready to experience a dive like no other, a dive that will quite literally, knock their socks off.
Armed with wide and super wide angle lenses, they begin feverishly documenting this astounding dive destination. While schools of Jack are seemingly waiting for the divers to play, and strobes to shoot.
"This little place in the Sea of Cortez is unspoiled. They call it - "The Aquarium of the World", and it definitely is."
If you ever see a group of professional photographers and videographers making their way into a boat, to go diving in a particular place, you should strongly consider researching that place. Because, rest assured, there is something special about that place. Cabo Pulmo is that special place.
Don't let another day slip through your fingers. Give us a call and jump on a plane. We'll take care of the rest.
||When the water is 86/88 degrees, visibility is around 80 ft, you are in the middle of endless schools of fish, the coral reef is the only one on that side of your continent.....You know you are scuba diving in Cabo Pulmo National Park and that you are doing it during the fall season.
That is how Cabo Pulmo is during these months, an invitation to spend your days and nights with your scuba gear on, sorrounded by incredible sea life in one of the most incredible places on earth for Scuba Diving.
This time of the year is an invitation to bring your underwater cameras, and leave the batteries exhausted after 1 dive, because you will be shooting, non stop from minute one until the last breath during our dives.
This is what our friend Dave Valencia, a very well known underwater photographer (did you see your Project Aware e mails??, remember the whale shark being rescued?? well....), experienced when he visited us in september.
As he said to his friends "Beautiful. Amazing Cabo Pulmo. I've only done a few dives there, but I'm a believer now...", and yes he didn´t believe us when we told him our stories about this incredible place on earth.
These are just some of the photos Dave was taking during his dives in Cabo Pulmo, and we wanted to share them with you.
If after this photos you are not booking your flight to come and dive right away in Cabo Pulmo, well.....you can do it next year too.
Don´t forget to bring your Underwater Camera, and if you want to improve your photo skills, you can take our PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty or choose to take our special AOW + DUP package
In Cabo Pulmo, diving can not be expressed with mere words...How can one describe a live aquarium in the open sea?? How can words express the emotions that bubble over in ones mind with such depth that even speaking them seems harshly inadequate? It simply is not possible. You have to visit "The Aquarium Of The World" - the Sea Of Cortez, to truly grasp the sense of awe inspiring freedom and beauty that is placed with gentle hands before your eyes. You have to visit Cabo Pulmo. But, until that time comes, enjoy this short video of our dive week at El Vencedor Wreck.
Don´t miss the best diving in Baja California, in Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, we offer you special promotions to ensure you have a unique diving experience in this underwater paradise.
Check our special promotions for Certifed and non Certifed divers on this blog...
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Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort has a special offer for you and your family or friends, to become a PADI diver in the ONLY PADI Dive Center and the ONLY PADI 5 Stars Resort in Cabo Pulmo.
If your party has 3 or more people willing to become a PADI Certified Diver, discover the incredible beauty of Cabo Pulmo´s Underwater world, and start your underwater adventure all over the world, this is the perfect deal for you.
Get the courses for the special price of 3 dives for the price of 2 (one course comes for free).
If your party only has 2 people willing to get certified, don´t worry, you have a special deal too. Get the second course for only HALF price.
This promotion is for a limited time and can´t be combined with other Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort Diving promotions or packages.
Course materials (PADI Manual, cost U$ 50) and Certification Fees (PADI PIC Card, U$ 20) are not included and need to be purchased by each student to get PADI certified.
PADI Open Water Diver Course Regular Price: U$ 415
Promotional price for 2nd and following students: U$ 207 each
The price includes all the diving gear during the course, Pool/confined Water training sessions, 4 training Open Water Dives, Instructors in Spanish, English, French and Italian, Theory portion of the course.
When you come and dive in Cabo Pulmo, you expect to interact with its incredible underwater life, but when you find yourself swimming into millons of fish, you understand why Cabo Pulmo is so special.
The National park was established on June 6th 1995, and since then this area has been protected by the local community and the government. During this time the fish population has increased as much as 465%. Cabo Pulmo National park, became a model to follow by other natural protected areas worldwide.
Hosting the only living coral reef in the Sea of Cortez, and one of the few in the east Pacific ocean, Cabo Pulmo became one of the most important and beautiful dive sites of the world, with massive schools of fish, huge groupers, colorful tropical fish, sea lions, sharks, whale sharks and Mantas crossing through, gigantic schools of jumping mobula rays, and one of the most healthy coral reefs you will find worldwide. If you visit Baja California Sur, you can´t miss it.
This short video was taken during one of our dives in August at El Vencedor Wreck Dive Site in Cabo Pulmo National Park.
Yellow tale snappers, Panamic Pork Fish, Ballon Fish, Grunts, Groupers and our special predator, made the dive unforgettable for our customers.
This "explosion of life" is the trade mark of Cabo Pulmo National Park and we are proud to take you diving with us in the well named "aquarium of the world" - Jacques Cousteau.
Visit Cabo Pulmo National Park with the only PADI 5 Stars Dive Resort and the Only PADI Dive Center in the area, and check our special offers in this blog.