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
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!
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort is offering their annual Stay & Play Vacation Special. During the months of May & June you will recieve 50% off of all of your stay & play activities. Whether you enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, mountain biking or hiking, surfing or just reading a book and lounging the discount applies to all activities. You will receive 50% off all of the following activities:
Bungalow Rentals / Diving & Snorkeling tours / PADI Scuba Diving Courses / Meals / Mountain Bike Rentals / Surf Board Rentals & Snorkel Equipment Rentals.
We do not inflate our prices and then offer a discount - The 50% discount is off of our regular advertised prices see www.cabopulmo.com
Give us a call or email us and mention this blog to receive your 50% off special.
Travel must be between the dates of May 1, 2012 and June 30th, 2012. (Reservations made before May 1, 2012 do not apply.)
Keep in mind that this yearly special has become quite popular by those "in the know" so we tend to sell out quickly. Availability is based on first come first serve - Payment must be made at time of booking to confirm the discounted rate. CALL NOW TO RESERVE
See you soon!
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort Team
US: 562-366-0722 MX: 624-141-0726
Cabo Pulmo Mexico is one of the best kept secrets in Baja Sur California lying along side the breath taking Sea Of Cortez. Marine life in the Sea Of Cortez has increased by 463% since 1999. Jaques Cousteau called The Sea Of Cortez "The Worlds Aquarium" a statement that is true to this day. The Sea Of Cortez is an absolute wonder teaming with marine life that is seldom seen in the worlds ever increasing damaged waters. We want to keep The Sea Of Cortez alive and well, we want to keep The Sea Of Cortez lush with marine life. Read the attached article to see how you can help.
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
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.