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
When you think of snorkeling do you think of Cabo snorkeling?
Do places like Hawaii, Bahamas or Florida come to mind first?
On my way to Cabo Pulmo for the first time, I was told by my driver that Cabo Pulmo (a small village about 1.5 hours east of Los Cabos) is one of the best diving and snorkeling destinations in the world. Seriously...I literally rolled my eyes at the drivers comment. Does he not know that I have been around the world snorkeling? Give me a break, I thought.
This guy can't possibly know where, "the best diving and snorkeling destinations in the world" are. As I laugh to myself, I am thinking that he must be trying to get me pumped up for the underwater tour I am about to embark on.
As we wind down desert roads, passing small villages and towns I noticed how friendly this area of Mexico is. How all of the residents are waving at us and smiling to us as we pass by. (Isn't it funny how such a seemingly small gesture makes one feel warm and comforted?)
Anyway, I am thinking I need to let this guy know that I've snorkeled in places like Bonaire, Belize, Honduras, various Caribbean Islands, Florida and even Australia. Does he truly think I'm supposed to believe that Cabo snorkeling is equal to, or even better?
What happened next, can be described as nothing short of magic. If I could rewind the day, remove my condescending actions of rolling eyes, and self obsessed snickers.... I would.
First of all; Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort offers incredible, super cool Cabo Snorkeling Tours (for all levels of snorkelers). I elected for the one that included a round trip ride to/from my hotel, with a great lunch of authentic Mexican food.
Next; after my fellow snorkelers and I were sized up for equipment and had a briefing regarding the course of events to come, our instructors took us to the first site of the Cabo snorkel tour called "mermaids beach".
I was plesentaly surprised and quit frankly shocked at the amount of bright, glowing and healthy reef life. All I could think was, "Huh, this is some darn good snorkeling."
After 20 minutes or so, we headed to the 2nd leg of the snorkel tour appropriately named "Sea Lion Colony". Wow! OK. Now we're talking, THIS; is a snorkel tour. The sea lions were so playful, that they actually swam right up to me at full speed, then stopped just out of reach to pose for a picture. It seriously looked as if they had practiced this many times, like it was actually choreographed. I took several photos at rapid speed, and had one of the photos enlarged and framed. It was that incredible! The photo still hangs on the family photo wall to this day.
When our tour guide announced that we were about to move to our 3rd snorkel site, I couldn't help myself but think about my drivers comment. "Cabo Pulmo is one of the best diving and snorkeling destinations in the world".
Our 3rd site was called "Skipjacks". A vision to which can only be described as awe inspiring. The only way to truly help a reader grasp it's grandure, is to simply come out and say what it really is....Literally thousands upon thousands of fish swimming in a tight formation called a "bait ball".
I have honestly never seen so many fish in all my life. I don't know if the scope of this is can be grasped, but literally, I have never seen so many fish in all my life!
The tour group gets back into the boat, everyone is mesmerized and very pleased with their snorkel trip. If there was nothing more, I personally would leave Cabo Pulmo feeling pleased, fulfilled and extremely elated.
But no, there is more to come. While motoring between snorkeling sites, our captain screamed "whales 6 o'clock!" We got so close to these awesome creatures, I could feel the ripple they sent through the sea as they moved! As if that wasn't enough, the captain then says, "get your gear on quick, quick, quick"!!! While we all scrambled to don our gear the captain (being an experienced and competent Captain) out flanked some Manta Rays and got us in their path about 200 yards ahead.
We were in the sea looking in the direction of the Manta Rays when out of what seems like nowhere came these majestic "Mobula Rays". The rays dropped down below us just out of reach, where for about 7 minutes, a flock of them flew/swam right underneath us. I didn't realized I was holding my breath until after they passed. This, for me, was a life changing event.
That's it, the driver nailed it!! Cabo Pulmo is the BEST of the BEST snorkel tours I have ever taken!
Did you know that Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez "The Aquarium of the World"? Well, he did, and for very good reason. Coming from Jack that says a lot.
I have heard the diving in Cabo Pulmo is even better. Needless to say, my next vacation has already been booked. The difference being that next time, I am going straight to Cabo Pulmo to stay for a week and get scuba certified. I had a chance to check out the bungalows, they have fully stocked kitchens and outside BBQs. An on-sight restaurant, swimming pool, mountain bikes, surfing, and hiking trails, they even suggest bird-watching.
Cabo Pulmo's website is www.caboulmo.com - One email to these guys and they get the ball rolling. They are all very attentive and really care about your opinion. My Cabo snorkeling experience was honestly nothing short of spectacular! I have heard people say that the diving changes every 3 to 4 months due to the sea-life, water temps and visibility. They say "this is what makes the Sea of Cortez so diverse".
Cabo Snorkeling at Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, an experience not to be missed.
Travel Warning U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Mexico - February 08, 2012
We have all heard the horror stories of travelling to Mexico. Carjackings, drugs, kidnappings, etc, etc...These warnings are greatly exaggerated and put in place by government officials that are discouraging travel outside of the United States.
Mexico is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It depends on American and Canadian tourists to help sustain it's economy.
I have lived and worked in Mexico for over 6 years. I have a beautiful Mexican wife who has been here her whole life and we have never experienced any problems out of the ordinary. Of course you'll run into problems if you put yourself in a bad situation. The key is to be smart. Just remember all the things you were taught as a kid. The Mexican Government is doing their best to combat criminal activity. That said, there are places here in Mexico that I won't even visit. But rest assured that areas like Baja California Sur (Los Cabos, Cabo Pulmo, La Paz, Loreto, Mulege, etc...) are very safe and secure. The Army, Marines and local law enforcement, along with US law enforcement have really kept Baja Sur clean from drug traffickers.
The below statement comes directly from the US Dept of State:
Baja California (South): Cabo San Lucas is a major city/travel destination in the Southern portion of Baja California - No advisory is in effect.
So what are you waiting for - Give us a call and get ready to dive cabo, surf cabo, snorkel cabo, mountain bike cabo, relax in cabo, hike cabo, bird watch cabo.
Check out our website www.cabopulmo.com and check our SPECIALS !!!
US: 562-366-0722 (the call is free) MX: 624-141-0726
Tell 'em Rick sent you. See you soon!
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!
My husband and I did the Cabo Snorkeling Tour with Cabo Pulmo Dive Center at the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park.They picked us up at Mykonos in San Jose Del Cabo, it was a little under 1 1/2 hours drive from there to the park. We were suited up with wet suits and inflatable life vests, and headed out in a panga with our guide and the driver. We say manta rays, two grey whales and a calf that was frolicking in the waves - an inbelievable sight! The sea lion colony was awesome!! They were so playful, and loved to swim circles around you and blow bubbles, they were hilarious. The coral was beautiful and plenty of tropical fish. At the end of cabo snorkeling tour, we had a delcious lunch (included in the tour fee) and then the drive back to our resort.
If I ever return to Cabo or San Jose del Cabo I would definitley take this tour again! The staff were very friendly and very knowledgable, not one bad thing about it!
Above is a lovely blog from one of our recent customers who took our cabo snorkel tour. We here at Cabo Pulmo Dive Center not only arrange snorkel and dive tours for scheduled/reserved customers, but we also take walk-ins and provide day trips for those staying in Los Cabos. Ask your hotel concierge or tour agent about snorkeling cabo pulmo, or call us MX:624-141-0726 USA: 562-366-0722. Guarenteed to be one of the best snorkel tours you will ever experience. Tell'em Rick sent ya!!!
“Cabo Pulmo Dive Center Was the Place For Us” Reviewed January 31, 2012 My husband and I were back in Cabo Pulmo, my favorite place in the world, for diving & snorkeling. We had received our advanced open water certificate with Rick in July, and wanted to come back to see the whales and sharks that migrate around the Baja during the winter. During our dive we saw schools of rays, white tipped shark, sea fans, and lots of parrot fish. Captain Memo knew exactly where to drop us, and pick us up. He is excellant at navigating around the reef. He also took us by to see where the tiger sharks are mating. It was thrilling to see the giant sharks cruise under our boat, but then we saw something even more spectacular! The tiger sharks had caught a pelican, and a feeding frenzy ensued.
That was really cool! Since it was January, we had a couple of days that
we couldn't dive because of the wind. However, Rick gave us great tips on where to go to get out of the wind and hang out. The snorkeling is unbelievable! We rented most of our gear from the Dive Center. The equipment was in perfect shape. Since the water temperature was so cold, I got to try out a 7 mm hoodie. It kept me nice and warm. Cabo Pulmo Dive Center has everything you need to dive. They even have a pool next to the center where you can get your certification. They have a number of talented instructors who can get you educated and in the water. I feel extremely confident recommending the Dive Center to anyone. We had most of our meals at the restaurant
upstairs while we stayed in Cabo Pulmo. It is not the typical fair that one would expect to find in a small town. Along with tortilla soup (awesome!) and burritos, we had coconut shrimp, seafood pasta, pizza, and steak. They also had a nice wine selection in addition to beer and margaritas. And they are one of the few places in town who take credit cards! We had a great time in the evening hanging out in the restaurant/bar above the dive center, and getting to know the people who live and vacation in Cabo Pulmo. Visited January 2012
I can't tell you how often I am asked, "Are there Casitas or Bungalows to rent in Cabo Pulmo?" Yes, there are, and they are beautiful! They are steps from the Cabo Pulmo beach, they are steps from the Coral Reef Restaurant and Cabo Pulmo Dive Center.
The Bungalows are inexpensive; you can get a bright cheerful bungalow steps from the beach for a mear $69.00 per night.
If you want to rent the beach house, it can be as inexpensive as $199.00, now thats amazing! Literally this house is right on the beach!
Once you get to Cabo Pulmo you don't have to worry about a thing, we have nice places to stay, delicious food to eat, incredible diving and snorkeling, and surf spots that would knock your socks off. The hiking and mountain biking is spectacular, and the beaches are one of a kind.
We can't wait to see you, give us a call we'll take care of the rest.
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.
Cabo Pulmo is the vacation spot of your dreams. Yes, you can dive there, snorkel, surf, and eat fabulous food to your hearts content! But have you ever thought about mountain biking and hiking there?
The trail system is wonderful, it has views of the desert and the Sea Of Cortez that you simply can't get anywhere else. I say, "let the pictures on the mountain biking/ hiking page of Cabo Pulmo's website speak for themselves". Go ahead and click on this link to view them -Hiking/Mountain Biking
You simply can not get a more relaxing scenic vacation anywhere else, Cabo Pulmo has my heart and always will.