All I want for Christmas is a two tank dive!
Are you ready for scuba diving in Cabo Pulmo?
We could tell you of the wonders of the underwater world. We could tell you of the brilliant colored fish we have encountered or the enormous prehistoric mammals we have swam with. We could try to explain the amazing formations and hue of the coral. We could go on and on about the serenity and peace one encounters while scuba diving. But, truly, we could not convey the beauty of the world beneath the ocean waves.
We strongly recommend experiencing scuba diving for yourself. It transports you to another world. A world that many people have never imagined, let alone witnessed.
At Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort we have a Padi 5 Star Dive Shop. State of the art equipment and Nitrox will elevate your diving experience. Our exceptional customer service and excellent dive instructors will turn your dreams of a diving vacation into a diving vacation reality.
Our dive shop not only knows all about scuba diving, but they can also set you up to go snorkeling. If you decide you want to go further than just snorkeling, the dive shop can certify you as a Padi Open Water Diver. We even offer an online course can complete at home so that when you visit us you can become certified in as little as two days.
We love introducing new and seasoned divers to the magnificence of the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park. Cabo Pulmo boasts the best diving and snorkeling in Baja Mexico. The Marine Park is a protected coral reef where sea life is abundant and thriving. It is home to an estimated 6000 species. Warm waters, sunny skies and sandy beaches simply add to the adventure.
At Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, we love scuba diving. We love snorkeling. We love sitting in the sun watching the ocean. We love sand between our toes. We love a no-hassle, stress free vacation. We love a good adventure. We love meeting new people. We love seeing old friends. If any of these sound appealing to you, then we are just what you have been looking for.
We would love you to visit our resort!
Please take a look at our website for more diving, lodging and reservation information.
Or, call us!
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort
Last Minute Deals
Now is a great time to visit Baja Mexico's Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort!
We are offering Low Season Rates on our Baja Bungalows and Beach House.
These rates will be in effect from December 1st thru the 15th.
Our Bungalows Offer-
- charming studio style accommodations
- breathtaking ocean views
- cozy kitchens and dining areas
- comfortable full bathrooms
- spacious and open living room area
- relaxing patio/decks with BBQ's
- enticing gardens.
Our Beach House Offers-
- spacious and open kitchen and dining room
- inviting sleeping areas
- serene outdoor shower
- expansive deck and patio areas
- breathtaking views of the 'Aquarium of the World' (How Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez)
- front row seats on the sandy beach
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort is located right on the Cabo Pulmo National Park. The marine park has been protected since 1995 and is the largest coral reef in the Gulf of California. The sea life is so abundant, it is extradordinary.
The village of Cabo Pulmo is a rustic and romantic place that is perfect for a quick get-away.
We think everyone deserves a break before the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season! We invite you to visit us in beautiful, warm and sunny Cabo Pulmo, Baja Mexico!
Contact us today, we would love to have you visit.
We want you to discover the joy of scuba diving! Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort has teamed up with Padi to offer you an easy and affordable way to become an Open Water Diver!
The Padi eLearning course allows you to complete the Open Water Diver course in the comfort of your own home. You can take the class online at your own pace.
After completing the online course, you will have up to one year to finish your certification by completing a two day resort class at Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort.
With Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort and Padi eLearning you will.......
The two days at the resort will include:
- Day 1 - Pool session and 2 easy dives in shallow water
- Day 2 - Pool session and 2 more open water dives
The eLearning course is only $130.00 USD!
To sign up all you need to do is go to Padi eLearning
and use Padi Resort #20015.
Right now is a PERFECT time for you to become a scuba diver!
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.
"This National Marine Park, 90 minutes north of the
International Airport, is indeed a precious aquatic paradise."
After fueling up with a savory breakfast at the Cabo Surf Hotel, photographer Paul Papanek and I jump into his Vanagon and we’re on our way to a southern Baja destination with a distinctive literary connection. Like the beat-era writer, Jack Kerouac, we’re on the road, but we have set our sights on a location that was documented by another literary lion, John Steinbeck, famed Grapes of Wrath author. Steinbeck stopped at Cabo Pulmo during his epic voyage around Baja California and documented his findings in the landmark book, The Log from the Sea of Cortez.
Cabo Pulmo has a certain mystique to those who still appreciate remote areas and access to pristine water and a diverse selection of marine wildlife. Part of that mystique is the fact that the last 16 miles are unpaved, which keeps out those who tend to avoid the possibility of occasional washboarding or a surprise washout along the way. Another part is access to unspoiled natural resources and one of only three living coral reefs in North America.
Taking Mexico 1 toward the East Cape, we come into Miraflores surprisingly quickly, followed by Santiago and its charming home grown zoo. But we’re looking for a different kind of wildlife, and press on into La Ribera and the junction with the road to Cabo Pulmo. Not sure of the turn, Paul and I stop alongside a group of men who are sitting out the heat in their front yard. “Cabo Pulmo?” Paul asks, and we get waved on, connecting to the road and its 16-mile long dirt terminus.
We’re in the final stretch. We’re lucky enough to have an invitation from our friend out at the Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, Cole Barrymore, whose father, ski movie pioneer Dick Barrymore, discovered the area in 1970 and decided to settle in. Building up the small resort literally by hand, the Barrymores created a small community of palapa-styled casitas that they furnished with their own hand made furniture and cabinetry. Cole settled in permanently in 1993, married a local girl, Maribel, and decided to make Cabo Pulmo his base of operations.
Cabo Pulmo’s offshore resources were designated a National Marine Park in 1995, meaning that things are pretty much the same as they have always been there, and the reef-building corals have produced the only living reef on the western shores of North America, a structure that fans out in eight distinct fingers just off the beach. It’s a refuge for an awe-inspiring collection of wildlife ranging from brightly-colored fish, turtles, moray eels, pelagic gamefish like tuna and marlin, and, if you’re lucky, schooling manta rays or the occasional whale shark. Another dive spot is the nearby wreck of the El Vencedor, a tuna boat that sank in1981, now a well-populated artificial reef. The area has become a Mecca for divers and water enthusiasts who want to spend time in a place that Jacques Cousteau has described as “the aquarium of the world.”
Once the area became a National Marine Park it attracted a lot of attention from enthusiasts who wanted to experience the reef and its natural aquarium environment. With the increasing interest, Cole decided to put up a website and offer tours of the area, and a friend, a buddy by the name of John Friday, suggested that they start a diving program. The rest is local history.
We pull up in front of the Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, where a group of divers are cleaning up their gear, regaling each other with dive stories. One group is speaking French, Henri, a dive guide, is from Holland, several other divers are from England. It’s a diverse, multinational group, sitting around in the mid-morning heat, drinking cold cervezas, clearly enthused about what they’d seen offshore.
“It all started with ten tanks,” Cole says over a plate of fresh fish tacos on the terrace outside the resort’s Coral Reef restaurant. “Today we’re one of the most popular and professionally equipped dive facilities in Baja. We get them coming here from all over the world. That’s because of the numbers of fish and marine mammals that can be seen in the area. We have 60 to 70 feet of visibility here all the time, and it’s not unusual to see the bottom from the boat. Water temperatures are consistently 85 degrees until the end of October. It’s just a comfortable way to see an awful lot of wildlife in the water we have here.”
Time to gear up. Paul loads his Nikon into the protective waterproof housing, and we get fitted for fins, masks and snorkels. We head out to the beach, get in the panga, and then get launched by a pickup with a padded push bar.
As we approach the entry spot, Henri, our dive instructor, gives us some basic guidelines, and the scuba team is ready to hit the water. Paul and I are snorkeling, so we’ll hit the water after they’re in and follow the bubbles.
The first impression of the water at Cabo Pulmo is its transparency. Not only in the visual sense, but also because of its temperature. It’s almost as warm as the human body, close enough that you don’t really feel it. You just feel suspended in a neutral, liquid environment, and then you start to look around. Suddenly a group of brightly colored fish with bright yellow fins and tails, a school of gafftopsail pompano, appear next to us, then move away slowly, oblivious to our presence. They’ve seen this many times before.
Down below the divers are trailing bubbles, which come up like pulsating blobs of mercury, as they head for the fingers of the reef. I can hear the amplified click of the Nikon in the water. There are fish everywhere it seems, some stratified at a certain depth, suspended in their part of the park, while groups of schooling fish come and go at other levels of the aquatic playground.
Down below the divers are exploring the crevices and the coral reef close up. Here are the breeding grounds of the nurse shark, a group of moray eels, large triggerfish, schooling jacks, and an uncountable number of other fish, some curious, some quickly on their way to another part of the reef. A group of small, iridescent fish envelops one of the divers, leaving a perfect cavity in their midst as they move around him, and then they’re gone. It’s a small but miraculous moment of the kind that seems to happen here all the time.
After about forty-five minutes we’re back in the boat. A gasping diver pulls off his gear. “I’ve never seen as many moray eels as I just saw down there!” he says. He repeats it to himself, and you suspect it’s an experience he won’t soon forget.
In his book The Log from the Sea of Cortez, John Steinbeck recounted a visit to Pulmo during a 1940 boat trip to collect biological specimens: “The complexity of the life pattern on Pulmo reef was even greater than at Cape San Lucas. Clinging to the coral, growing on it,burrowing into it was a teeming fauna. One small piece of coral might conceal 30 or 40 species, and the colors of the reef were electric.”
It may be hard to believe, as we live on a planet that sometimes verges on environmental catastrophe, but Cabo Pulmo may be one of the places where things are pretty much like they were described in 1940. The waters are still clear and clean a necessity for a living coral reef that can’t tolerate any clogging sediment in the water. The condition of the park is due, in large part, to the respect that Cole Barrymore and other water enthusiasts have for this area. With care and proper management, Cabo Pulmo and its spectacular sights will always be available to those willing to take the trip along the proverbial dirt road less traveled.
After the dive, we wander the streets of the town, a remarkably open place with a frontier-like atmosphere, where horses roam the streets and beaches unattended and nobody really locks their doors. “The honor system is still alive and well here,” Henri says. Local restaurants are also wide open, sometimes more occupied by sleeping cats than customers. We stop at Nancy’s, across from the resort, which has a reputation for good food, when you can find the proprietor, an American who moved here to be with her daughter, and ended up cooking for the entire town. Could be our timing today, but no one is there. When Nancy is on hand and at the stove, this is the place for fresh seafood, pizza and home cooked meals in a cozy palapa setting with a full bar.
It doesn’t take long to cover the town, and we make the rounds over to El Caballero, which is where Cole met his wife. Run by a local family, El Caballero offers traditional Mexican plates on a large outdoor patio and is the place to go for breakfast huevos rancheros. Another favorite stop is Tito’s, an unassuming place with a reputation for good fish and shrimp tacos, world class chile rellenos, and cold cervezas. Don’t ask for a menu, as they don’t have one, but the prices are a bargain and the service is friendly.
The sun is setting as we pull out of Cabo Pulmo. It’s been a good day full of new experiences, and a trip that both Paul and I had always wanted to make. Cabo Pulmo seems to be a world unto itself, a small sleepy Baja village, almost unchanged since Steinbeck made his stop, with friendly people, good food, cold beer, and one of the world’s most beautiful natural aquariums just offshore. You couldn’t ask for anything more.
For more information, please visit:http://www.cabopulmo.com
Dive, Surf, Bike, Relax, Repeat
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort is the place to visit!
We offer something for anyone in your group. Perhaps you want to some extraordinary diving on a lush and lively coral reef. We have it! Dive, Dive, Dive is the motto of our 5 Star Padi Dive Center! Our most popular dives are close to the resort and are just a short boat trip from shore. You will be impressed with the vibrance and beauty of Cabo Pulmo's National Marine Park that shelters the coral reef. The Marine Park has been closed to fishing since 1995 and therefore the marine life is abundant. It is nothing less than magical to dive through the vitality filled water!
The action above the water is also invigorating! Cabo Pulmo boast some impressive surf sites. We have four breaks in fairly close proximity to our resort. El Rincon is the closest break and delivers big swells and is sheltered from the south winds. Punta Perfecta break is to the south of Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort and has optimal Fall surfing conditions. When it goes off, it is big and seriously fun! Access and the tide are two factors to consider at Punta Perfecta, but if you hit it right you are guaranteed a good ride.
Mountain biking in Cabo will introduce you to the flourishing and diverse ecosystem of the Baja California desert. While many think the desert is barren, you are sure to find it to be anything but desolate. The mountain bike trail (also used for hiking) goes up the tallest mountain in Cabo Pulmo. The views are incredible! When the humpback whales are around you can spot them breaching off shore. No worries if you don't bring your bike, we rent bikes out at Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort!
Just need to relax? How about some warm sunshine and cold drinks! Our beach bungalows were built with chillin in mind! Your worries will float away in the ocean breeze as you sit on a deck overlooking the Sea of Cortez listening to the whispering palm trees. We have a bungalow to fit any budget and all of them are clean and comfortable.
Ready for a Mexican get-away? Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort invites you to enjoy all that Baja Mexico has to offer!
A Day of Diving at Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort
This morning we went out to the beach, the water was nice and calm. This is going to be a good day, I thought!
After a quick briefing about the dives, we jumped in the boat and headed to our famous dive site "El Bajo" This dive site is incredible for the coral reef, but also for the amazing schools of fish! You can see moray eels, rays, puffer fish and sometimes you can even happen upon and unexpected surprise.....
About 12 minutes into our dive this morning, we saw a BIG shadow swimming toward us.....
A whale shark! What a thrill to encounter one of these huge, amazing sharks!
Despite its size, the whale shark is not dangerous to humans. These giants have a diet of mostly plankton and small fish. The young whale shark was about seven meters long. It was not afraid of us and wanted to take a closer look at us! After allowing us to snap some pictures and videos, he decided to swim on against the current, with what looked like no effort at all.
A good day indeed!