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What is diving in Cabo Pulmo?

 

What is Diving in Cabo Pulmo?

 cabo pulmo dive photosDiving Cabo Pulmo

A few years ago, Cabo Pulmo wasn´t known as the important diving destination that is today, so we feel the need to explain to our followers what Cabo Pulmo is about when it comes to Scuba Diving.

There are only three coral reefs on the west coast of North America.  Cabo Pulmo is the location of the northernmost coral reef in the eastern Pacific.  It is the oldest coral reef and is estimated to be 20,000 years old.  

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The reef has a number of fingers of hard coral occurring in progressively deeper water offshore. 

On June 15, 1995, the area surrounding Cabo Pulmo was declared a National Marine Park.

Since then, the fish population and the reef health have been getting bigger and better.

The schools of fish are impressive even for the most experienced and travelled diver.

David Valencia, our guest photographer in September, is someone that became a Cabo Pulmo “believer” after the dives he made here with us, at Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort.

Dave, is a very well known underwater photographer worldwide.

To see part of his art work, you can visit his website  www.david-valencia.com

His work has been recognized in several contests, and one of his photos has been selected by PADI to be on the certifications cards in 2014. http://www.padi.com/blog/2013/11/25/photo-contest-winner-david-valencia-the-story-behind-the-shot/ 

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Another of his photos was selected as the main image of the Project Aware campaign (you remember the one with the Whale Shark being liberated?? Well… that´s it).

During his visits to Cabo Pulmo this season, Dave had the chance to capture the magnificence  of the Big Eyes Trevallys schooling in our beloved Cabo Pulmo National Park reef, along with uncountable other species during his dives.

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Cabo Pulmo is very well known for its reef, sharks, rays and fishes, but the Big Eyes Trevallys schooling in massive numbers, are the stars of the seasons, and the main attraction for underwater videographer and photographer from all over the world.

After watching Dave´s work on the schools, you can appreciate why.

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This is an underwater paradise, no doubt. One of the few places in the world where you can meet the past the present and the future of the oceans if we decide to take care of them, a unique Aquarium in the world, or as they say, “The Aquarium of the World”.

Now the question is, when are you coming to enjoy it with Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, the only PADi Divecenter and PADI 5 Star Resort in the area??

 

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Or visit our website www.cabopulmo.com to know about our diving packages and specials of the month.

Cabo Pulmo Screaming Deal

 

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Cabo Pulmo is offering a great deal!  

Book a diving or snorkeling trip with us and from the 3rd day on receive 15% off of lodging and activities!  Take advantage of this offer for President's weekend or Spring Break.  Or, just escape the winter and dive the clear blue waters of Baja Mexico.

 

 

Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort offers comfortable accommodations, delicious meals, world class diving and many more fun activities.

 

 

Call us to day to book your adventure, banish the winter blues and save money!

 

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Snorkeling the Live Reef in The Sea of Cortez

 

Snorkeling in Cabo Pulmo

Cabo Pulmo offers unprecedented snorkeling on a live reef!  

The Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is the northern-most coral reef in the eastern Pacific and only one of three coral reefs on the west coast of North America.live reef in cabo

In the last decade since becoming a national park, the marine life in the reef has increased 460%.  This has fostered exceptional snorkeling conditions in Cabo Pulmo.

People from around the world have enjoyed the beauty and tranquility of the Sea of Cortez while snorkeling at Cabo Pulmo.  

We invite you to join us at the Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort and experience first hand the enchantment of snorkeling the live reef of Cabo Pulmo. Our snorkel tour is an adventure not to be missed!  Our experienced PADI instructors will take excellent care of you!


Never snorkeled before?  Don't worry, we are here for you!  Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort has the equipment for you, all you really need are a mask and a snorkel; fins are optional. Here are a few tipssnorkeling cabo live reef so you make the most of your excursion.

 

  • MASK- Adjust the straps to fit your head comfortably.  Make sure your hair is out of the way and put the mask onto your face.  Inhale gently through your nose to seal the mask to your face.  
  • SNORKEL- Adjust the snorkel strap to fit correctly on the mask strap.  Keep the snorkel upright while you swim face down in the water. Breathe normally through the snorkel.
  • Fins- Adjust fin straps to fit your foot.  It is easiest to put fins on just before entering water, they can be difficult to walk in! (If you must walk in fins, walking backwards is the easiest way)

It is important to remember that coral is very delicate and easily damage. Coral is also very sharp and can cut you.  While snorkeling it is best to avoid coming in contact with coral, to protect the coral and yourself! 

We hope to see you at the Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort soon!

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Playing with Cabo Sea Lions

 

I love being in the warm waters of Cabo with Sea Lions!  

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I find their gracefulness fascinating.  These mammals can weigh up to 850 pounds making them seem incredibly awkward on land with flippers as their only tool to "walk" with.  Although, once in the water, their awkwardness is washed away.  They are smooth, fluid and seemingly weightless.

I have been snorkeling and diving with sea lions for over 30 years.  They are intelligent, friendly and extremely curious.  Sea lions are not afraid to swim over you, under you or around you.  In fact, during one snorkeling trip a sea lion swam right up to me and peered into my eyes.  The sea lion was so close, I could have literally kissed him.

Their smooth fluid movements remind me of dragging a thin dish cloth slowly through water in smooth circular motions.  It is exhilarating to be with them, they give you an inside look at the underwater world. Sea lions are playful and quite social.

The pups nuzzle against the female sea lions like small children nuzzle against their mothers. When the male sea lion arrives the enthusiasm is palpable.  The pups and females bark and gather around the male.

Some people may not be immediately impressed by sea lions.  And above water, I understand why some would dismiss them. But, you must, experience them underwater.  They are beautiful!!

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Cabo Pulmo Maps

 

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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.

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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 Snorkeling

 
Snorkel TourMy husband and I did the Cabo Pulmo Snorkeling Tour with the Cabo Pulmo Dive Center within the 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 snorkeling, 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!

Snorkeling Cabo Pulmo

 

 

Snorkeling Cabo Pulmo

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 - Trip Advisor

 
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.
Rays The Sea Of CortezThat 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 restaurantupstairs 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

December Diving Conditions as of DEC 9, 2011

 
I went for describe the imagea 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.  
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