More than 400 sea lions call the Sea of Cortez home. You’ll find playful babies on most dives in the area, but Isla San Pedro is our favorite site.
Because of the protected geographical location of San Carlos, winter sees frequent visitors from the open ocean including massive Sperm whales.
It might be tempting to search the blue for pelagics, but San Carlos is home to fascinating macro species including seahorses at San Antonio Point.
At South Point of Isla San Pedro, you’ll find schooling hammerheads during the fall months. You’ll be impressed by the size of these sharks.
August to November is considered the best time to dive in the Sea of Cortez and around San Carlos. During these months, 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 are also occasionally spotted.
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.
Interested in diving in the Sea of Cortez? Book your Mexican diving holiday between August and October for the best overall conditions.
June and July are offseason for both tourism and diving in the area. The seas become rough meaning that some sites may be inaccessible and pelagic species disappear to cooler waters. At this time, many dive boats remain in dock and divers in the Sea of Cortez are limited to land-based dive operations. The diving in San Carlos 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.
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, Sperm Whales Grey Whales and Mobulas near San Carlos. 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 northern Mexico is significantly cooler than during the summer months, December to March is also considered the best time to vacation here. Because of this, the winter months are considered high season for general tourism, causing an increase in accommodation rates.
Beginners will want to dive on the reefs skirting the southern shores of San Carlos. Intermediate and advanced divers should head out to Isla San Pedro.
The Sea of Cortez 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, Sperm 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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