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!
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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Driving Directions to Cabo Pulmo from San Jose del Cabo (HWY 1)
Take HWY 1 east. You will be on this road approx 1hr (from San Jose del Cabo) and 1:30 (from Cabo San Lucas). Enjoy the desert scenery until you come to a small town called Las Cuevas – you will see signs cabo riviera, cabo pulmo national park – GO RIGHT. You will be on this road for 10-15mins. You will pass the town of Santa Cruz (careful of the unmarked speed bumps) you will come to the town of LA RIBERA – You know you’re close when you see signs advertising cabo riviera. When you come to LA Ribera – GO RIGHT (at LA RIBERA Monument) - This is the last turn you will take. You are now on the road leading to Cabo Pulmo. You will be on this road for 15-20mins until you reach the DIRT ROAD – from the dirt road you have 9kms to go. Do not deviate from the dirt road or take any cut offs. You will arrive in Cabo Pulmo in approx 15mins. When you drop down into our village you will see a 2 story turqouise building on your left with signs that say DIVE CENTER, RECEPTION along with an enormous dive flag.
Cabo Pulmo is a Mexican National Park. The map shows park bounderies, cabo dive and snorkel sites, areas to camp and kayaking limits.
The best time to visit Cabo Pulmo depends on what sort of activities you're interested in doing. Cabo Pulmo Diving is good all year long with June having marginal conditions due to the climate and wind changes. The best time to snorkel Cabo Pulmo is mid January to mid April; Guaranteed to be the best snorkeling of your life. The surf season officially begins in June, but usually surfers begin to show up around April. Hiking and mountain biking are always happening. There are miles of trails that zig-zag through the desert terrain. if you're a bird-watcher this is also a great place to be. There are over 300 species of birds that call Baja home.
Whatever your interests you're sure to find a home away from home in Cabo Pulmo
Cabo Pulmo is a small community of about 100 residents, half of whom are Mexican Nationals and the other half American and Canadian "snowbirds" that have bought small lots and built themselves houses to escape their cold winters.
The main attractions of Cabo Pulmo are its world class scuba diving and snorkeling sites. These sites include eight coral reef formations that stretch from the sandy shores to approxiamately a mile out into the sea. Other noteworthy attractions include the village's tranquility, great local fare, quaint thatched roof bungalows, whale-watching, bird watching, miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, and of course, surfing!
Cabo Pulmo was declared a National Park by the federal government 17 years ago. Since then the reef has shown a 463% increase in biomass (sea-life). Entrance to the park requires a $5 per person fee, which is well worth it! Kids six and under are not required to pay.
In the center of town sits Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, often referred to as the "Hub" of town. Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort consists of 18 bungalows, a diving and snorkel center, its own restaurant and an international staff to accommodate most cultural and language barriers.
The bungalows range from Eco Bungalows, that sleep two or three, up to the Beach House, that can accommodate nine guests comfortably. They have fully equipped kitchens, gas BBQ grills on the patio/deck, outside hammocks and some even have a 2nd story deck.
The Coral Reef Restaurant is located above the dive center and reception. It boasts local and international fare that includes tasty mexican dishes, delicious pastas, steak and potatoes and of course, FRESH FISH!
Cabo Pulmo has a flare for all types, whether you just want to realx and have a lazy day or two, or if you seek the adventures of land and sea, or maybe a couple of days of each. Whatever you choose, it's your vacation and the folks in Cabo Pulmo are always quick to offer you advise on where to go, things to do and places to visit.
At Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, guest won't be bothered by staff. After check-in you are left alone to enjoy your bungalow. Unless you request the service, no room service or cleaning staff will interrupt your stay.
You will notice that everyone waves to each other, whether they know you or not. Cabo Pulmo is a very welcoming town.
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort has a 60% repeat customer base, the diving and snorkeling are the main reasons people keep coming back.
Jacques Cousteau called this area, the Sea of Cortez, "The Aquarium of the World". What more can be said?
Cabo Pulmo Diving in the warm turquoise green waters of the Sea of Cortez, is one of the most beautiful places in the world to dive.
In Cabo Pulmo you get the total diving experience. Starting with the drive to Cabo Pulmo through the lush baja desert, then arriving to the friendly greetings from the local dive staff, followed by the unorthodox boat launching procedures and spectacular diving (that is virtually unparalled), ending with a delicious lunch at the Coral Reef Restaurant.
The operators at Cabo Pulmo Diving, dive every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with 10am & 2pm departures. Generally, the morning dives are more popular than the afternoon dives due to the fact that the winds tend to increase as the day goes by. But unlike the Caribbean or other parts of the world, this doesn‘t happen as often Cabo Pulmo. Whatever time is best for you, will work for Cabo Pulmo. However, they do request that you arrive at the dive center 1 hour prior to departure for equipment disbursement and briefings.
Another option that has become quite popular, especially among those staying at the bungalows at Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, or even locally, is the “Early Bird Dive”. This is arranged upon request, and has become quite popular with those traveling with non-diving family members, spouses and groups. You’re back on shore by 9:30am, ready to start your day!
Cabo Pulmo Diving offer 2 dives per outing at 2 different dive sites (2 tank dive). The surface interval is made while motoring from one site to the next. The first dive lasts approximately 45 minutes, or “low on air” (750 psi), and your 2nd dive 40 minutes or “low on air” whichever comes first. Depending on depths, surface intervals will be 20 to 40 minutes
Cabo Pulmo diving is literally world class! Not to be compared to places like the Caribbean, it’s in a class all it’s own. There are more fish in Cabo Pulmo than you will ever see, anywhere, and I mean BIG FISH! Grouper, half the size of a volkswagon, swarms of pufferfish, guitar sharks, rays, moray eels, huge snapper, oysters, scallops, sun corals, and various hard corals and many other species indigenous only to the Sea of Cortez. There’s even a good chance of spotting bull and tiger sharks, orcas, dolphins and giant mantas.. Depending on the season, visibility can range from 20ft, up to 150+, with water temps ranging from the lower 70s to almost 90F. The diving here is not to be missed.
To arrange your cabo Pulmo diving adventure try one of the following:
1. Contact Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort directly by telephone or email. From MX (624) 141-0726 / US (562) 366-0722 / email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Ask your hotel concierge or travel agency for information about Cabo Pulmo Diving.
Diving in Mexico has been enjoyed by millions of divers over the past few years.
Dive enthusiast from around the world have been travelling to Mexico with dive groups, dive clubs and dive buddies just to experience the warm, clear oceans off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and the island of Cozumel.
These dive particular destinations have been visited so many times by the same divers that they seem to be losing their appeal. Dive store owners and dive club operators are now searching to experience new dive destinations to keep their members and customers from jumping ship. The challenge is how to find world class diving close to home, reasonably priced and exciting for all levels of divers.
There's a not so new dive destination here in Mexico that is just starting to catch on......... CABO PULMO! World class, reasonably priced exciting diving in Baja Mexico.
It's a far cry from the concrete jungle of Cancun, or the cold water sink holes in Tulum that some call cenotes.
Cabo Pulmo is a hidden treasure located just one hour from the Los Cabos Airport. A place that is home to 100 residents (1/2 of them Mexican. the other 1/2 Gringo), a dirt road runs thru it, as does the Baja 500. There are 6 restaurants, no grocery stores, no gas stations, no power lines and no ATM machines. Oddly enough, there are 5 well maintained tennis courts, miles & miles of bike and hike trails and some of the best food on the planet.
But the coolest thing is the DIVING!!! It's equal to or better than any other dive destination in Mexico. It is in a class of diving all by itself.
There are more fish, bigger fish, more schools of fish, bigger schools of fish, more species of fish, bigger species, whales, rays, mantas, moray eels (swimming in the open), sharks, dolphins, orcas, sea lions, nudibranchs, coral, I can go on and on.... So much bio mass that Jacques Cousteau called Cabo Pulmo "The Aquarium of the World".
If someone would have told me 10 years ago that Jacques had said that about a place so close to home, I would have been coming here every couple of months to do some diving! And Cabo Pulmo does get a tremendous amount of business from people who do just that.
Dive Cabo Pulmo is an amazing deal. Come for a long weekend, summer's almost here. It's a great place for family diving, old friends to reunite, and a FUN place stay and play.
Cabo Pulmo is offering 50% off EVERYTHING during May & June. It's worth the trip. Cabo Pulmo is a vortex...If you go once, you will return again and again.
Make those plans now.
Visit the website at www.cabopulmo.com
Congratulations to our newest PADI Open Water Divers in the world. These young students just received their dive certifications while diving in Cabo Pulmo. What a fun group of youngsters! They come to us from Aspen, Colorado travelling with their parents. While their parents enjoyed hiking & biking in cabo, this group of high school kids & myself hung out for 2 days while completing their PADI open water training. It ended up being just as fun for me as it was for them. For me it was like being in high school again, doing back flips off the boat, taking our fins off underwater and having a running race all while introducing them to the underwater world. Being that these guys have been coming back to Cabo Pulmo for more than 10 years, I'm sure I'll be seeing them again. From left to right we have: Willy, Colin, Jack, Arthur
Families learn to Dive Cabo
Congratulations to the newest PADI Open Water Divers in the World. These folks were a real pleasure to have here while diving Cabo Pulmo. They really brightened up the week here. We are getting a tremendous amount of families learning to dive Cabo Pulmo. Fathers and daughters. Brothers and sisters. Sometimes the whole family is here to dive cabo. Did you know that you only have to be 10 years old to learn to dive? The summer is coming and it's a great opportunity to get the family together for a new adventure. Be sure to check out Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort's website www.cabopulmo.com and book your family vacation here in Cabo. Now is the time to dive Cabo or snorkel Cabo, it's your choice. We also offer Cabo rental bungalows that are fully self contained with refrigerators, stocked kitchens and can sleep 2 to 9 per bungalow. Give us a call at MX: 624-141-0726 or from the USA: 562-366-0722 what are you waiting for? The call is free!
"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
The current snorkel & dive cabo conditions during the first part of January 2012 are absolutely amazing here at Cabo Pulmo
. Just yesterday one of our PADI
Instructors came back from a Cabo Pulmo dive tour and said "we saw everything except for whale sharks today". The dive customers returned wide eyed with big smiles claiming to have spotted 12 dolphins, 3 orcas, & 100s of mantas, and this was just during the surface interval. Underwater, along with the usual suspects we spotted a white tip shark, turtles (not just one) and bat rays flying by unaffected by the divers. People are starting to catch on that Cabo Pulmo is a relatively undiscovered paradise for diving
, biking and hiking
. Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort is a "must visit" destination resort. Our family atmosphere and friendly staff
are ready to welcome you and make your vacation experience one of the best experiences of your life.