This was our second trip in two years. We originally came to snorkle at Cabo Pulmo and now know that this protected marine sanctuary and a National Park. The Beach Resort is the dive shop which is the center of activity and the bungalows which are between the dive shop and the beach. We thought the prices were very affordable for the lodging, diving, bar and restaurant. Plus this is an Eco-friendly resort and runs largely off of solar power and has an artisian well. This part of Baja has not yet established infrastructure so there are no utilities, phone service, atm's and paved roads in the area. It is a big accomplishment to provide so much in the middle of a desert beach oasis. The best part of both our visits was the friendly staff. Isaac is an expert divemaster and great guy. All of the staff were great. We really enjoyed our visit and will return again to dive with the fishies. Thanks
Room Tip: The bungalows are well maintained and interesting. It is Baja and one should not expect a Ritz-Carlton experience.
What a great day off we had! Well, not really. Work never really stops when you're working and living at a remote resort like ours. Myself (Rick) and one of our PADI Instructors (Isaac), decided to take some time off to check out the surf conditions. As we drove the coastal road we were elated to see that we still have waves in December! They looked great. We unstrapped our boards, suited up, and headed out! Isaac, being the experienced surfer that he is, paddled his 6' 7" board past the breakers making it look easy. I struggled with my 10' 6" paddle board. The wind was coming off-shore and I was having difficulty paddle thru the surf and wind. Needless to say after 25mins I was done. I rode some whitewater back to shore, cracked an ice-cold Corona beer and watched as Isaac got barreled. He came out with his hands raised high!!! After a few more attempts to get barreled he thru in the towel, rode a wave to shore and we toasted our beers. Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort isn't just a place for diving and snorkeling. We have miles of hiking & biking trails, hidden surf spots (sssshhhhhh), rock climbing, bird-watching, or just plain relaxation - Not forgetting the delicious food at the Coral Reef Restaurant. If you're interested in knowing more about us feel free to contact me directly firstname.lastname@example.org
October 6, 2011
"NGO questions the profitability of new tourism development in Baja California Sur (Mexico)."
EFE (Spanish News Agency with coverage in Spain and Europe) by Juan David Leal.
“The conservation organization, WiLDCOAST/ COSTASALVAjE, criticized today the Mexican Government for supporting the construction of new development in the state of Baja California Sur, in the small town of Cabo Pulmo - given the fact that several recently build projects remain abandoned or on sale (without buyers) in the region. Director of Communications for WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAjE, Fay Crevoshay, said to EFE, that the hotel occupation in Baja California Sur, which is an important tourism region where Los Cabos and La Paz are located “is not very high” and yet the Mexican authorities award new construction permits. According to official data, Los Cabos, a main tourism destination for Baja California Sur, with more than 10,000 hotel rooms, closed the year 2009 with 56% occupation and 2010 with 60%.
WiLDCOAST/COSTASALVAjE, in conjunction with Greenpeace, WWF, Niparaja, ProNatura, and Amigos para la Conservacion de Cabo Pulmo are opposed to the tourism Project Cabo Cortes which is being built by the construction company Hansa Urbana, because they fear it will affect Cabo Pulmo, the only coral reef in the Gulf of California.”
November 10, 2011 "Plans for Resort in Mexico Ignite Concern about Reef"
Washington Post By William Booth
“CABO PULMO, Mexico — where once the local waters were almost barren of life, there are now vast schools of randy and spawning big-eyed jacks. The grouper lurking in the thriving coral have reached the size of overindulged toddlers. The tiger sharks are big enough to star in scary movies. The nesting turtles, devil rays and sea lions have returned, too, alongside a few tourists wearing flippers and masks. Marine scientists express pure astonishment at what has happened in the 16 years since Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park was created at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California state, 60 miles north of Cabo San Lucas.
In August, researchers reported that the biomass of fish in the no-take marine reserve had increased by an unprecedented 463 percent in 10 years, offering hope that, if just left alone for a little while, the planet’s depleted seas can rebound.
But all is not well in Cabo Pulmo. These days, the talk in the little solar-powered village of 200 Mexicans and expats is not the vigor of the reefs but, of all things, the European debt crisis”
To read full article [in English], please click here.
November 17, 2011 "NGOs working to protect Cabo Pulmo" WiLDCOAST News Center
"On November 15th, 2011, NGO groups presented in La Paz, Mexico to a joint mission of UNESCO, RAMSAR (Convention for Wetlands of International Importance) and the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) on the current development threats to Cabo Pulmo. AIDA, CEMDA, WiLDCOAST, Greenpeace, Niparaja, Amigos para la Conservacion de Cabo Pulmo, NRDC, ProNatura, Cabet Cultura y Desarrollo, and Iemanya presented their arguments for the protection of Cabo Pulmo. Although there are many reasons to protect this globally unique coastal and marine ecosystem, the underlying message was clear: the Cabo Cortés development would devastate the remarkable marine life in Cabo Pulmo as well as the local communities".
To read the full article in English, please click here.
November 16th, 17th, and 18th Special Series about CABO PULMO on Televisa.
Mexico’s largest broadcasting corporation Televisa aired a feature story on Cabo Pulmo National Martine Park in Baja California Sur, Mexico. This three part series included an in-depth explanation about threats facing the Marine Park’s reef as a result of the proposed mega development of Cabo Cortes. Featured interviews included Cabo Pulmo residents, WiLDCOAST, Greenpeace, CEMDA, as well as the developers of Cabo Cortes. In an interesting and confrontational dialogue, Star reporter Mario Alberto Tinoco Valderama challenged Mexican authorities from the Ministry of the Environment about the permits granted to developers, despite internal opposition from their scientists and an inadequate environmental impact assessment. The series on Cabo Pulmo aired for three days on national prime time in the morning news program “Primero Noticias,” with Carlos Loret. Additionally, the broadcasting of the story coincided with the arrival of the Special Joint Mission of representatives from The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and Convention for Wetlands of International Importance (RAMSAR)to support further protections for the park. The three part story is called “Destroying Paradise” and uncovers a staged strategy between the Mexican Ministry for Environmental Protection and Spanish developers Hansa Urbana. The piece also describes the illegal construction permits and ill planned marina, golf course and housing development that will surely threaten the most robust marine reserve on the planet.
To see the three videos in Spanish, please click on each link: First Part, Second Part, Third Part
I went for
a dive this morning to train and orientate one of our new PADI Instructors (Antonio
). It was his first dive here. We made our descent into a school of grouper, golden grouper and saw 4 mammoth grouper (300-400lbs). The dive continued with huge pacific sting-rays, swarms of puffer fish, grunts by the 1000s, beautiful school of porkfish, trumpet fish (cornet fish), even a turtle. After 40 mins or so we started our ascent to make a safety stop at 15ft for 3 mins when all of a sudden approximately 800 manta rays swam by lasting the whole safety stop. I've been diving here for 2 years, and it never gets old, or seases to amaze me.