Snorkeling in Cabo Pulmo
Cabo Pulmo offers unprecedented snorkeling on a live reef!
The Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is the northern-most coral reef in the eastern Pacific and only one of three coral reefs on the west coast of North America.
In the last decade since becoming a national park, the marine life in the reef has increased 460%. This has fostered exceptional snorkeling conditions in Cabo Pulmo.
People from around the world have enjoyed the beauty and tranquility of the Sea of Cortez while snorkeling at Cabo Pulmo.
We invite you to join us at the Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort and experience first hand the enchantment of snorkeling the live reef of Cabo Pulmo. Our snorkel tour is an adventure not to be missed! Our experienced PADI instructors will take excellent care of you!
Never snorkeled before? Don't worry, we are here for you! Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort has the equipment for you, all you really need are a mask and a snorkel; fins are optional. Here are a few tips so you make the most of your excursion.
- MASK- Adjust the straps to fit your head comfortably. Make sure your hair is out of the way and put the mask onto your face. Inhale gently through your nose to seal the mask to your face.
- SNORKEL- Adjust the snorkel strap to fit correctly on the mask strap. Keep the snorkel upright while you swim face down in the water. Breathe normally through the snorkel.
- Fins- Adjust fin straps to fit your foot. It is easiest to put fins on just before entering water, they can be difficult to walk in! (If you must walk in fins, walking backwards is the easiest way)
It is important to remember that coral is very delicate and easily damage. Coral is also very sharp and can cut you. While snorkeling it is best to avoid coming in contact with coral, to protect the coral and yourself!
We hope to see you at the Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort soon!
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort offers Padi eLearning - Become an Open Water Diver with eLearning
Right now through October is an excellent time to learn to scuba dive at Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort. The water is warm, visibility is great and the crowds are gone.
We are offering a great deal on Padi eLearning 'Open Water Diver' courses.
You can sign up with Padi eLearning and complete the knowledge development (facts, principles, concepts) portion of the class in the comfort of your own home. The cost is only $130.00 USD. To sign up please go to Padi eLearning and use Padi Resort # 20015.
Once you complete the knowledge develpment, you will have up to one year to get to Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort to complete the dive skills portion of the course (in-water techniques and methods). This part of the training will include pool sessions and dive sessions in open water and only takes two days! All you need is the online course and a long weekend in Cabo Pulmo to become a cerified Open Water Diver!
Now is the perfect time to for some fun in the sun in Baja Mexico!
Please call us for availability - 562 366-0722
PADI Open Water Diver Course - More Info
|What does it cover?
The PADI Open Water Diver course is, by far, the world's most popular scuba certification course. Millions of people have started diving as certified PADI Open Water Divers. Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development (facts, principles, concepts) and dive skills (techniques, methods). The PADI Open Water Diver Course online provides the knowledge development portion you need. You develop the remaining skills by actually diving with a PADI Instructor at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort.
What are the PADI Open Water Diver course prerequisites?
To be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, you need to be at least 12 years old*, fit for diving, and able to swim. To be able to participate in the PADI eLearning Open Water online program, you simply need to be at least 10 years old.
*In some regions the minimum age is higher.
How does it work?
After enrolling, PADI's eLearning® system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you gauge your progress, and review and correct anything you might happen to miss. This lets you move through the program efficiently and at your own pace.
What else is required to complete the course?
Prior to certification as a PADI Open Water Diver, you'll visit your PADI Dive Center or Resort to complete your training. You'll take a short eLearning Quick Review to confirm your understanding of safety-related material from the course, and you must successfully complete five confined water dives and four open water training dives with your PADI Instructor. You learn and master each of the required skills in confined water (swimming pool-like conditions) first before moving on and showing your instructor that you can comfortably repeat those skills in open water. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you will be a certified entry-level diver able to rent dive gear, get air fills and dive anywhere in the world in better or similar conditions to those you've trained in.
What does it cost?
The PADI Open Water Diver Course online is $130 (US) nonrefundable. The fee covers your knowledge development training and gives you unlimited access to an electronic version of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual (course textbook). Your PADI Dive Center or Resort will charge an additional fee for the inwater portion of your certification. You may also need to purchase a mask, snorkel, pair of fins and other personal dive equipment. Your PADI Dive Center or Resort will help you choose equipment suited to your needs. You'll also need a Recreational Dive Planner (Table or eRDP version) or the How to Use and Choose Dive Computers manual and a log book. Contact your dive center for all of these things and to find out the total course cost.
How long do you have to complete the eLearning course?
The eLearning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration. Though you must finish the online portion of the course within that time frame, you will have perpetual access to an online version of the PADI Open Water Diver manual.
What is the minimum amount of time it will take to complete this eLearning program?
The PADI Open Water Diver Course online will take approximately 12-15 hours to complete.
How do you document that you've completed the eLearning segment?
Once you finish the eLearning portion of the course, your dive center is notified that you have completed it and that you are ready for the practical phase of the program. At the end of the eLearning program, you can print out your eRecord and bring a copy of it with you to your selected PADI Dive Center or Resort.
Now is the time to Dive Cabo Pulmo!
September, October and November are the best months for diving Cabo Pulmo, Baja Mexico.
The visibility at this time is an impressive 60 feet or more! This is due to the calm weather, which creates a calm and flat sea. The water temperature is an average of 85 F - ideal! These are perfect conditions for diving in the Sea of Cortez.
With the excellent visibility, you will not be disappointed in all you can see diving at Cabo Pulmo. The Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is a government protected hard coral reef. The reef is home to thousands of different marine species, including whales, manta rays, sea turtles, octopuses, mobula rays, lobsters and many, many more. The shores along the Sea of Cortez have soft and porous rock. All the cracks and crevices in the rock make perfect homes for the smaller sea creatures. Now is the time to immerse yourself in an underwater wonderland. At Cabo Pulmo, there is no shortage of marine life!
The autumn is also beautiful on land in Cabo Pulmo. The hight tempertures and high humidity make way for warm and pleasent days and evenings. The dry hot desert is invigorated with moisture and seems to transforms into a beautiful garden that pops with burst of color!
Another great aspect of travelintg to Cabo Pulmo in the Fall is there are fewer people traveling during these months. This allows for speedy, uncomplicated travel! So, what's stopping you? Come dive beautiful, warm waters and relax in our 'garden' with us! We look forward to seeing you!
I love being in the warm waters of Cabo with Sea Lions!
I find their gracefulness fascinating. These mammals can weigh up to 850 pounds making them seem incredibly awkward on land with flippers as their only tool to "walk" with. Although, once in the water, their awkwardness is washed away. They are smooth, fluid and seemingly weightless.
I have been snorkeling and diving with sea lions for over 30 years. They are intelligent, friendly and extremely curious. Sea lions are not afraid to swim over you, under you or around you. In fact, during one snorkeling trip a sea lion swam right up to me and peered into my eyes. The sea lion was so close, I could have literally kissed him.
Their smooth fluid movements remind me of dragging a thin dish cloth slowly through water in smooth circular motions. It is exhilarating to be with them, they give you an inside look at the underwater world. Sea lions are playful and quite social.
The pups nuzzle against the female sea lions like small children nuzzle against their mothers. When the male sea lion arrives the enthusiasm is palpable. The pups and females bark and gather around the male.
Some people may not be immediately impressed by sea lions. And above water, I understand why some would dismiss them. But, you must, experience them underwater. They are beautiful!!
Dive Report for the week of August 20th
Right now til mid November is the season for great visibility and warm water diving and snorkeling in Cabo Pulmo.
After a few days of hard rain we had some trouble even getting out but now that the chocolate water is gone we are back having fun again.
- A grader is coming to smooth it out. Finally!
- Jacks in Los Morros
- Schools of porkfish
- Lots o’ snappers and cabrillas - like usual
- Some turtles
- Last week we ran into some 4-5 ft. white tip sharks on one of our dives around El Cantil
- Last week there was a school of mobula rays, which is pretty weird because they usually come later in the season. Now they are gone
- 5 ft stingrays spotted in the sand
- 40-50 feet visibility, which means there is a lot of food in the water. At this time we are seeing the visibility increase, in a couple of days it should be very good
- We expect the visibility to be around 80 feet by next week
- 30 degrees Celsius ( 88 degrees Fahrenheit )
- 82 and very comfortable. No suits are needed. Shirts are comfy for the bcd’s on your back
- There is a bit of a swell so launching can be tricky, but once out it's smooth sailing
- Calm in the morning coming from the Northwest (unusual ) but soon we expect a wind from the West
- A 3 mile per hour current from the North which allows us to burn a full tank of air from Los Morros to El Bajo
Great Diving ! Lots of Fish!
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Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort offers the perfect setting for your Baja Mexico get-away! Waiting for you is a place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life - with the sea breeze whispering through the shady palm trees and the soft mesmerizing sound of the the Sea of Cortez wrapping around the golden beaches.
The Beach House is like a front porch on the Sea of Cortez. You can expect a restful nights sleep on a double bed or two single beds it offers in the studio style main house. Or, if you prefer a bit more privacy you can slumber in the master bedroom that boasts a queen bed and open shower. Make a delicious latte in the full kitchen and enjoying it in the morning sun on the patio. The patio also has a BBQ to grill fresh caught fish on. The Beach House also provides a dining room and half bath.
Our Village Casita studio has a fabulous second level deck overlooking the ocean. Sit, relax and enjoy the view either from the deck or on the ground level patio which is surrounded by a tranquil garden space. The Casista consists of a fully functional kitchen, delightful dining space, serene living room, a bathroom with an outside shower (ahhh, so nice!), a queen bed and a double futon. An excellent spot to kick back after a day of diving or snorkeling the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park.
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort offers three Deluxe Bungalows. A hammock and a cool drink? Who could ask for more after hiking or mountain biking the awesome trails of Cabo Pulmo. Inside the bungalows you will find an efficient kitchen, a dining space, a cozy living room and a full indoor bathroom. You can sprawl out on a queen size bed while your little ones snuggle up on the two single sized beds. BBQ are available upon request.
Whatever you are looking for, we have got you covered. We hope you can come visit us soon. Mi Casa es Su Casa!
Ahhhhh, nothing like the beautiful silence of having your head underwater! How I love the sound of my breathing while diving in the amazing beauty of the Sea of Cortez. It is an escape from everything. No cell phones, no kids crying, no bosses shouting orders, no traffic whizzing by. Not even any talking.
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort offers a get away like few others. It is a place to do so much or so little - it's all up to you.
We have quaint baja style bungalows and a Cabo beach house. You can sit under palm trees and listen to the waters of the Sea of Cortez while enjoying a soft breeze. Our bungalows are your home away from home and offer more than just breath-taking views. Air conditioning, full kitchens, full baths, shaded patios, hammocks...the list goes on!
You can fill your days with beach hiking, mountain bike riding, paddle boarding, snorkeling or scuba diving.
The trails for hiking and biking are a work of art and a labor of love. Made by locals, the trails have taken years to evolve into the wide and winding byways they have become. We offer mountain bike rentals at Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, so if the urge arises, we have you covered.
Paddle boarding has found it's way to our village! It's an excellent way to explore the sea. Many also use their SUPs for surfing as well.
The snorkeling in Cabo Pulmo is impressive. You do not have to go far to see increadible marine life. Our waters are filled with fish! A snorkel tour will take you to the best places to get the full benefits of swimming with the aqquatic wildlife. This is something everyone should experience, it is magical.
And scuba diving in Cabo is an experience people travel from all corners of the world to partake in. It is world famous, it is exceptional. It is home of the northern most coral reef in the eastern Pacific and is one of only three coral reefs on the west coast of North America. The reef is home to over 6000 species! All of this, right here in Baja Mexico. Wow.
You deserve a vacation here! Come see us, we will treat you like an old friend.
Peace, quiet, sun and sea. Cabo Pulmo has it all! We hope to see you soon!
We would like to share a very important, although heartbreaking, story regarding the future of coral reefs. Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort strives for and advocates for sustainability in the living reefs of the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park.
A World Without Coral Reefs
By ROGER BRADBURY
Published: July 13, 2012
IT’S past time to tell the truth about the state of the world’s coral reefs, the nurseries of tropical coastal fish stocks. They have become zombie ecosystems, neither dead nor truly alive in any functional sense, and on a trajectory to collapse within a human generation. There will be remnants here and there, but the global coral reef ecosystem — with its storehouse of biodiversity and fisheries supporting millions of the world’s poor — will cease to be.
Overfishing, ocean acidification and pollution are pushing coral reefs into oblivion. Each of those forces alone is fully capable of causing the global collapse of coral reefs; together, they assure it. The scientific evidence for this is compelling and unequivocal, but there seems to be a collective reluctance to accept the logical conclusion — that there is no hope of saving the global coral reef ecosystem.
What we hear instead is an airbrushed view of the crisis — a view endorsed by coral reef scientists, amplified by environmentalists and accepted by governments. Coral reefs, like rain forests, are a symbol of biodiversity. And, like rain forests, they are portrayed as existentially threatened — but salvageable. The message is: “There is yet hope.”
Indeed, this view is echoed in the “consensus statement” of the just-concluded International Coral Reef Symposium, which called “on all governments to ensure the future of coral reefs.” It was signed by more than 2,000 scientists, officials and conservationists.
This is less a conspiracy than a sort of institutional inertia. Governments don’t want to be blamed for disasters on their watch, conservationists apparently value hope over truth, and scientists often don’t see the reefs for the corals.
But by persisting in the false belief that coral reefs have a future, we grossly misallocate the funds needed to cope with the fallout from their collapse. Money isn’t spent to study what to do after the reefs are gone — on what sort of ecosystems will replace coral reefs and what opportunities there will be to nudge these into providing people with food and other useful ecosystem products and services. Nor is money spent to preserve some of the genetic resources of coral reefs by transferring them into systems that are not coral reefs. And money isn’t spent to make the economic structural adjustment that communities and industries that depend on coral reefs urgently need. We have focused too much on the state of the reefs rather than the rate of the processes killing them.
Overfishing, ocean acidification and pollution have two features in common. First, they are accelerating. They are growing broadly in line with global economic growth, so they can double in size every couple of decades. Second, they have extreme inertia — there is no real prospect of changing their trajectories in less than 20 to 50 years. In short, these forces are unstoppable and irreversible. And it is these two features — acceleration and inertia — that have blindsided us.
Overfishing can bring down reefs because fish are one of the key functional groups that hold reefs together. Detailed forensic studies of the global fish catch by Daniel Pauly’s lab at the University of British Columbia confirm that global fishing pressure is still accelerating even as the global fish catch is declining. Overfishing is already damaging reefs worldwide, and it is set to double and double again over the next few decades.
Ocean acidification can also bring down reefs because it affects the corals themselves. Corals can make their calcareous skeletons only within a special range of temperature and acidity of the surrounding seawater. But the oceans are acidifying as they absorb increasing amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Research led by Ove Hoegh-Guldberg of the University of Queensland shows that corals will be pushed outside their temperature-acidity envelope in the next 20 to 30 years, absent effective international action on emissions.
We have less of a handle on pollution. We do know that nutrients, particularly nitrogenous ones, are increasing not only in coastal waters but also in the open ocean. This change is accelerating. And we know that coral reefs just can’t survive in nutrient-rich waters. These conditions only encourage the microbes and jellyfish that will replace coral reefs in coastal waters. We can say, though, with somewhat less certainty than for overfishing or ocean acidification that unstoppable pollution will force reefs beyond their survival envelope by midcentury.
This is not a story that gives me any pleasure to tell. But it needs to be told urgently and widely because it will be a disaster for the hundreds of millions of people in poor, tropical countries like Indonesia and the Philippines who depend on coral reefs for food. It will also threaten the tourism industry of rich countries with coral reefs, like the United States, Australia and Japan. Countries like Mexico and Thailand will have both their food security and tourism industries badly damaged. And, almost an afterthought, it will be a tragedy for global conservation as hot spots of biodiversity are destroyed.
What we will be left with is an algal-dominated hard ocean bottom, as the remains of the limestone reefs slowly break up, with lots of microbial life soaking up the sun’s energy by photosynthesis, few fish but lots of jellyfish grazing on the microbes. It will be slimy and look a lot like the ecosystems of the Precambrian era, which ended more than 500 million years ago and well before fish evolved.
Coral reefs will be the first, but certainly not the last, major ecosystem to succumb to the Anthropocene — the new geological epoch now emerging. That is why we need an enormous reallocation of research, government and environmental effort to understand what has happened so we can respond the next time we face a disaster of this magnitude. It will be no bad thing to learn how to do such ecological engineering now.
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort offers much more to do than just world class diving in a pristine coral reef. We have miles and miles of awesome trails that offer breath taking views and are perfect for hiking and mountain biking.
The trails were created by locals who wanted to make it possible for tourist visiting their town to see all that Cabo Pulmo has to offer. The trails were made with rakes and shovels and have taken over 15 years to complete. A true labor of love by those that love Cabo Pulmo and call it home.
You can enjoy beautiful ocean views while hiking or mountain bike riding. The trails wind through the vast desert where you will come across all types of birds, including the infamous road runner! Whales migrating south can also be spotted from the trails.The best time to go is in the morning when the temperatures are cooler and a soft cooling breeze is coming off the ocean.
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort rents mountain bikes too, so if you don't feel like hiking you can grab a bike and enjoy a ride. We hope to see you in Cabo Pulmo soon!
Congratulations to the newest PADI Open Water Divers in the world. Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort was the resort of choice for a fun group of teenagers, ages 14 and 15, and their parents, all from Aspen, Colorado.
While the parents enjoyed hiking & biking, the kids hung out with me for 2 days while we completed their PADI training. It was just as fun for me as it was for them, like being in high school again. Being with these young divers has reminded me of what Cabo Pulmo was like for me back in the day.
I'm sure I'll be seeing them again!