One of Cabo San Lucas’ premiere dive sites, Land’s End features unique sand falls off the cliffs where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.
Like many of the locations in Baja California Sur, Cabo San Lucas offers ample opportunity to watch playful sea lions dance beneath the waves.
To the east of Cabo San Lucas, Santa Maria is a shallow bay with healthy corals. Schooling rays pass through and you might spot a Banded Guitarfish.
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.
August to November is the season for liveaboard diving in the Sea of Cortez, and many depart from Cabo San Lucas. While the Pacific is cold, the Sea of Cortez is at its warmest. The water is approximately 80°F (27°C).
The weather at this time transitions from hot and humid to cooler with a bit of rain. However, the visibility is the best during the summer and fall months.
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 the best conditions for diving in Cabo San Lucas? Book your Mexican diving holiday between June and October.
From December to May, 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 near Cabo San Lucas and also the best time for hammerheads at Gordo Banks.
In addition, this is the best time to spot Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and mobulas in the area. 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 May is also considered the best time to vacation here. Therefore, December to March is high season for general tourism, causing an increase in accommodation rates throughout the country.
While not home to the variety of marine life found elsewhere in the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas will keep you busy filling in your log books after a long day of diving. The largest species, found primarily near Gordo Banks and The Wreck, are hammerhead sharks, a variety of rays, turtles, tuna and moray eels.
In the rocky bottom of Santa Maria and its neighboring sites, you might find lobsters, Calico Lizardfish, Spotted Boxfish, Cortez Rays and Loosetooth Parrotfish. Humpback and Grey whales are sometimes seen en route to these sites.
Finally, nudibranchs, tropical fish and playful sea lions are a common sight in San Lucas Bay.
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