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Diving in Cabo San Lucas

Explore diving in Cabo San Lucas

With breathtaking diversity and a unique ecosystem you can see why Cousteau named the waters of Cabo San Lucas ‘The World's Aquarium’. Diving in Cabo San Lucas offers just about everything.

Two seas melt into one off the coast of Cabo San Lucas creating a hotspot for migrating pelagic. Large schools of hammerhead, mobulas, silkies and gray whales migrate through these waters. White tips, tornados of sardines, mahi mahi, wahoo can all be spotted: even marlin and orcas occasionally. Listen out for the mesmerizing songs of humpback whales who cruise by in winter.

A true highlight in Cabo San Lucas is diving with the local sea lions. These playful pups are regulars at many of the area’s dive sites and never fail to amuse and entertain with their mischievous antics.

When to dive in Cabo San Lucas

In Cabo, water temperatures range from 68°F/20°C in March to 84°F/29°C in August/September. The rest of the year stays relatively temperate with the occasional thermocline - causing a unique shimmering glass effect. The sun is almost always shinning in Cabo.

December to May is prime time to go diving in Cabo San Lucas if you're looking for bigger marine mammals. Among them: humpbacks, orcas, schooling mobula rays, blue whales, and even whale sharks. This is also the time for lucky divers to spot mako sharks, blue sharks and marlin.

Acrobatic mobulas show up every spring and autumn in their thousands for courting and breeding when water temperatures start to shift. They put on a spectacular show doing backflips and showing off their skills as they search for mates.

Dive sites and dive shops in Cabo San Lucas

Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.

Common marine life sightings for Cabo San Lucas

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Cabo San Lucas is a resort city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.

For diving in Cabo San Lucas, fly into Los Cabos airport (SJD) which has excellent connections with the main cities of USA, Canada and Mexico. If you are traveling from farther away, you will usually arrive into Mexico City Airport or Los Angeles International Airport and take a connecting flight to Los Cabos (2-2h 30m).

From Los Cabos Airport it's a 30m drive south to reach the main hub for diving in Cabo San Lucas. Alternatively, driving to Cabo San Lucas from the southern border of the US takes about a day using Highway 1 and Highway 19.

Once in Cabo, the best way to get around is walking. If you have lots of dive equipment, taxis and bus services are plentiful. On non-diving days take a boat taxi from the marina to see the iconic Land's End arch and spot sea lions en route.

Time Zone
UTC-07:00
Phone
+52
Currency
MXN
Voltage
127 V
Pressure
Pounds/square inch (psi)
Plug
A, B
Languages
English, Spanish; Castilian
1st Stage
INT / Yoke / K
International airports
Los Cabos Intl (SJD)

Popular courses: Cabo San Lucas

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