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.
Decades ago, hammerhead sharks used La Paz Bay as a nursery. Fishermen decimated the population but today, these sharks are making a comeback.
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 the Pacific is cold, the Sea of Cortez is at its warmest. The water is approximately 80°F (27°C). Whale sharks can also occasionally be spotted around La Paz in October and again in the spring when plankton blooms occur in the area.
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 the Sea of Cortez? 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 La Paz. This is the best month for hammerhead sharks in La Paz Bay.
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. Because of this, December to March is high season for general tourism, causing an increase in accommodation rates throughout the country.
Known for its pelagic habitat, El Paz and Isla Partida are home to approximately 850 marine species. From massive humpback whales to tiny seahorses, everyone will find something of interest in this section of the Sea of Cortez.
You might see hammerhead sharks, humpback whales, sperm whales, dolphins, mobulas, sea turtles and eagle rays at the El Bajo seamounts. In the spring and summer, whale sharks move through the Bay of El Paz in order to feast on the plankton blooms. You can also find wrasse, green moray eels, starfish, angelfish and colorful fish of various shapes and sizes throughout the region. Finally, the sea lions in Los Islotes and nearby are a delight to all who dive with them.
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