This hit-or-miss dive features a seamount with a submerged plateau where you’ll find scalloped hammerheads, groupers, mackerels and a variety of rays.
As a lonely seamount far offshore, Socorro Island attracts a large number of pelagic species, among them are large groups of giant manta rays.
Because of the deep water found off the coast, winter sees frequent visitors from the open ocean to El Bajo including humpback and sperm whales.
Each fall season brings a few whale sharks to the dive site El Bajo. Sightings are not guaranteed, but your chances are better during these months.
More than 400 sea lions call the Sea of Cortez home. You’ll find playful pups on most dives in the area, but Isla San Pedro is the best site for abundant encounters.
November to May is considered the best time to dive in Socorro Island. Liveaboards set sail for this remote island at this time, because the sea conditions in the Pacific are calmest during these months. The weather is generally sunny with occasional rain showers.
Manta rays can be seen throughout the year in Socorro, but during the winter months, divers also have the chance of spotting a whale shark or one of the thousands of humpbacks that breed and calve in the area. At this time, visibility is negatively impacted is by plankton blooms. These are most common around the full moon.
If you’re headed to Socorro and want the best conditions for manta ray diving, book your holiday between November and May.
Elsewhere in Mexico, November to May is considered high season for general tourism, causing an increase in the prices of flights and accommodation on the mainland.
June to October is also the season for liveaboard diving in the Sea of Cortez. While the Pacific is cold, the Sea of Cortez is at its warmest. The water is approximately 80°F (27°C) and these are the best months for hammerhead encounters in the region.
The weather at this time transitions from hot and humid to cooler with a bit of rain. On the other hand, June to October is not as busy as the winter months in terms of tourism. You should be able to snag some good deals if you book far enough in advance. Be aware, these months represent the highest risk of typhoons. It’s a good idea to take out trip insurance if you plan to visit Mexico in the fall.
Interested in diving in the Sea of Cortez? Book your Mexican diving holiday between June and October.
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Located northeast of Cabo San Lucas on the Sea of Cortez, Cabo Pulmo National Park is home to one of only three coral reefs in western North America.
A resort destination, Cabo San Lucas lies at Land’s End where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, creating great reef, pinnacle and wall dives.
Known for their large population of California sea lions, the Coronado Islands delight divers in Mexico with kelp forests, rocky reefs and a wreck.
La Paz and its surrounding islands are home to wrecks, caves and plentiful pelagic species, including whale sharks, hammerhead sharks and whales.
Known for its pelagic encounters, Baja California Sur is home to a wide range of dolphins and whales as well as 850 species of fish. From massive humpback whales to tiny seahorses, your logbook will be full and happy after a dive from Baja California Sur.
You might see hammerhead sharks in the Sea of Cortez or hear a variety of whales including humpbacks in the Pacific Ocean. You can also find starfish, angelfish and wrasse of various shapes and sizes throughout the region. Down at the tip of the peninsula as well as near Socorro Island, you might be lucky enough to run across whale sharks and manta rays, in the correct season. Finally, the sea lions in Los Islotes and nearby are a delight to all who dive with them.
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