One of the best and unique places to scuba dive in the Cabo area off the tip of the Baja is Gordo Banks. Gordo Banks is a sea mountain whose tip is 110 feet beneath the water's surface and about 10 miles offshore from the mainland. An hour’s boat ride will deliver divers to Gordo Banks, where you will swim with abundant schools of amberjack, yellowfin tuna, snapper, and bushy black coral. This location is deep and sometimes has sweeping currents so the location is for experienced scuba divers. Divers will also most likely see hammerhead sharks, giant manta rays, and whale sharks at Gordo Banks depending on the season.
Closer to shore and an easy boat ride from the Cabo San Lucas marina is Chileno Bay. This is a place where people can swim out from shore to explore the fish and rocks or snorkel or dive from the boat. This is a protected little bay that offers beginner divers a protected, easy dive site. Also in the Cabo San Lucas area is the dive site called Anegada. Here explore an underwater canyon out in the San Lucas Bay. The dive site known as La Larga is also an underwater canyon at depths between 60 feet and 120 feet deep. La Larga is a great dive site worth checking out when exploring the Cabo San Lucas shore and a great dive site to see large barracuda, abundant schools of fish, and if you are lucky, the local octopus that lives in that area.
Another popular area to scuba dive is east of the Cabo area, further along the coast towards the Sea of Cortez. There you will find the small town of Cabo Pulmo and Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park. In Cabo Pulmo Park you will find the only coral reef on the western side of North America. This is a great dive site for advanced and beginners.
In La Paz, a half-day to the northeast, most scuba diving is arranged from La Paz's beach resorts. Although the shore side resorts are appealing, for serious divers, a liveaboard is the best way to go. It opens the opportunity to dive at the better-known Sea of Cortez sites, such as the El Bajo seamounts, where you will dive with manta rays and hammerheads, and Los Islotes Island that has abundant sea lions.
For a more exotic dive expedition consider planning a dive trip to the islands located in the Pacific about 250 miles south of the tip of Baja, California. Socorro and San Benedicto Islands are part of the Revillagigedo chain and offer some great scuba diving. Known as the Mexican Galapagos, a trip out to these volcanic islands offers the chance to get up close and personal with large species such as giant manta rays, schools of hammerheads, whale sharks, bottle nose dolphins, tiger sharks and enormous schools of tuna.
This was my second visit to Costa Maya while cruising the Caribbean. Last October I dived with the cruise line's excursion. It was enjoyable, but I was ambivalent about returning. This time, however, I met a fellow passenger who was going with Doctor Dive, an independent operator. It turned out to be well worth the effort to cancel my ship excursion in favour of Doctor Dive. My new friend and I took a 10-minute taxi ride south of the cruise port to the DD shop, which looks out on cozy Yaya Beach...
Pocna deserves no less than 5 stars. This was my first scuba diving experience so I chose the discovery dive course.The staff here is very skilled, didactic, passionate and fun. I was started off with a 20 minute video describing the experience, instructions, safety features and physiological effects of pressure on the body. This was followed by breathing and mouthpiece practice in shallow water prior to a 30min boat ride to open water. Diving isn't trivial and they were patient and sensitive to...