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.
August to November is also the season for liveaboard diving in the Sea of Cortez. While Guadalupe 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. Whale sharks can also occasionally be spotted in Cabo Pulmo National Park.
The weather at this time transitions from hot and humid to cooler with a bit of rain. On the other hand, August 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 hurricanes. 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 by liveaboard? Book your Mexican diving holiday between August and October.
From December to March, divers can expect cooler temperatures in the Sea of Cortez. However uncomfortable it might be for humans, it’s balmy for pelagic species. If you are a pelagic fan, this is the best time to dive the Sea of Cortez.
This is the best time to spot Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and Mobulas in the park. You’ll also find increased sea lion activity. Lucky divers might spot Bullseye Rays, Banded Guitarfish and Octopuses who climb from the depths due to the cold.
The topside weather is generally sunny with the occasional rain shower. Because Mexico is significantly less hot than during the summer months, December to March is also considered the best time to vacation here. Because of this, December to Marh is considered high season for general tourism, causing an increase in accommodation rates throughout the country.
June and July are offseason for both tourism and diving in the area. The seas become too rough for sailing and too warm to attract pelagic species. At this time, many liveaboards remain in dock and divers on Baja California are limited to land-based dive operations based in Cabo San Lucas. The diving in this far southern region is still good and you’ll find excellent deals at this time of year. However, you will have to battle the hot and humid summer weather. If you’d prefer to look elsewhere, try Caribbean diving for a change. The season on the east side of Mexico is year-round.
Cabo Pulmo National Park is home to over 6,000 marine species. Principle among these are the area’s famous sea lions. In terms of other large species, the park also welcomes Humpback Whales, Mobulas and Whale Sharks. Enormous groupers, turtles and large schools of jacks are easily found. Tropical fish are bountiful and even the occasional reef shark can be found stalking its prey nearby. Underwater photographers will marvel at the diversity of macro life found on this rare reef. If you move a bit off the reef, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by garden eels, sticking their head out of the sand to stare at new visitors.
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