Cabo's location at the tip of the Baja peninsula allows divers to take advantage of various marine environments and ocean conditions. Off the Pacific coast, you can expect rougher water and strong currents, but excellent opportunities for experienced scuba fans to explore underwater sea mounts. There is a good possibility of schooling Hammerheads, large shoals of jacks and tuna, and a variety of rays may fly by you. Many large Mantas appear to enjoy these waters as much as visiting divers.
A Seahorse in Cabo San Lucas, Credit
Cabo Reserve is home to several great sites that are within a half an hour of the dock. These sites are suitable for divers of all levels as the bay is calm and protected from the open water. Pelican Rock is a favourite site with visiting scuba divers. There are sea cliffs that are home to inquisitive sea lions who are rarely afraid to come and check you and your group out. The unique Sand Falls site showcases an underwater avalanche of sand and debris. The visibility is usually good at these spots, and the currents mild or non-existent.
A 25 minute boat ride takes you further away from the harbour to an area known as The Corridor. There are fascinating rocky reef formations, and schools of rays are often spotted flying above them. Macro fans won't be disappointed by the sites at The Corridor either. Tiny crustaceans and other creatures creep in and out of the corals, and rest on the sea fans. Between December and April migrating Humpback and Grey whales can often be seen on the surface.
Octopus in Cabo San Lucas, Credit
Gordo Banks attracts the big fish. This underwater sea mount is a magnet for pelagic marine creatures in the area. Expect to see schools of large tuna, snappers, jacks and others. Schooling Hammerhead Sharks are the real stars of the show, and if you're lucky, you may catch a glimpse of these awesome creatures patrolling the depths around this mountain submerged in the sea.
Dives at Gordo Banks tend to be fairly deep, and the currents can be strong. Many shops will only take advanced divers who have already demonstrated their skills at other less challenging local sites. It takes at least an hour to get to Gordo Banks. Plan for a full day trip that is seven or more hours in total. This site is perfect for NITROX divers, and some operators will allow you a free “Discover Nitrox” dive when you book an excursion to Gordo Banks.
Dive with these fishes! Credit
A remote, northerly coral reef in the Mexican National Marine Park is where you will find Cabo Pulmo. It takes two hours to drive out to the small village where you will board the boat to get to the sites at Cabo Pulmo. The sites are only a 15 minute or so boat ride from shore. Once there, you'll be dazzled by the array of reef creatures that await. As the area is protected, the reefs are packed with groupers, turtles, eels and rays. These are pleasant, shallow drift dives that are suitable for even novice divers. May to November are the best months to visit this area.
Further north on the east coast is La Paz. Seasonal Whale Shark snorkelling trips are organized by many shops, and are a fantastic way to cozy up next to these gentle giants of the sea. Never attempt to touch, ride, or swim in front of these incredible creatures. The moment they feel harassed, they will dive deep down, and stay out of sight until people have gone away. Swim quietly next to them, and they are remarkably tolerant of the two-legged intruders in their realm.
I'm Adv open water and enriched air, diving 11/5 and hopefully Gordo Banks on 11/6 (if enough divers book the trip). All the dive sites I looked at require a 2 tank dive previous in order to assess your dive skills. I've booked through Manta but there are other outfits that have good reviews. It looks like November has some of the better dive conditions for visibility, temps and marine life. I've only dove there once before in March a couple of years ago. Good diving, didn't make it to Gordo Banks due to rough seas. Vis was 40ft +/- and water temps were 70's.