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4 Star

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FREE

5 star dive center

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House reef

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Resort Highlights

  • Fantastic position right on the Sea of Cortez - home to turtles, moray eels, large schools of fish, rays, dolphins and whales to name a few
  • There's snorkeling and shallow coral gardens for beginners, and deep walls, rollercoaster drift dives and wrecks for the more experienced
  • Keep your non-diving activities water-based and explore the coastline by kayak or go whale watching (seasonal)
  • After an exhilarating dive day, enjoy a different kind of bubbles in your room's marble bath tub
  • For pure underwater magic, advanced divers shouldn't miss a night dive at Coronado!

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Resort Description

La Mision Loreto Hotel is a hacienda-style resort right on the waterfront of the Sea of Cortez. 

Loreto is a destination rich in authentic culture, history and natural beauty. Ideal conditions for diving, kayaking, mountain biking, mountain climbing and nature observation are present throughout the year, making it a great choice for active groups of divers and non-divers. 

La Mision Loreto has all the amenties you'd expect from a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame member. Expect large suites with generous balconies or terraces overlooking the mountains or ocean. Even the most basic rooms come with traditional Mexican furnishings and marble bath tubs.

Described by Cousteau as the 'Aquarium of the World', the Sea of Cortez is home to turtles, moray eels, large schools of fish, rays, dolphins and whales. It's a great destination for divers of all experience levels, with shallow coral gardens, deep walls, a shipwreck and drift dive sites. Advanced divers shouldn't miss a night dive at Coronado.

Explore diving around the La Mision Loreto Hotel

Best dive sites in Baja California Sur

The Socorro Islands, or Revillagigedos Islands, are firmly located in liveaboard territory. These uninhabited volcanic islands provide some seriously adventurous diving. Vast schools of hammerhead sharks congregate here. Giant mantas with “wingspans” of up to 6 metre/20 feet are regularly encountered and Galapagos and whitetip sharks are possibilities on any dive. One particular spot here, Roca Partida, is a seamount reaching to within 3 metres/10 feet of the surface. Its walls plunge nearly straight down to the abyss and it’s a great place for huge tuna, and even humpback whale and whale sharks in season. Pelican Rock, near Cabo San Lucas, has something for divers of all abilities and is readily accessed from town. From a shallow sandy bottom in 5 metres/15 feet, divers can head down the gorgonian encrusted wall and spot myriad parrotfish, angelfish and more on their way. Sharp-eyed divers may find frogfish and lobsters hiding in the crevices and schools of jacks and rays often pass by. Sea lions, whitetip sharks and sometimes manta rays and whale sharks visit Pelican Rock, which hosts a staggering array of marine fauna for a dive site so close to town. Marisla Seamount, or El Bajo, is about 13 kilometres/8 miles northeast of La Paz. Here a series of three underwater peaks rise to within 18 metres/60 feet of the surface. This is a dive for the experienced, but those who make the effort may well be rewarded with the world’s signature schooling hammerhead dive. The hammerheads cruise clockwise around the peaks for as yet unknown reasons. The region also attracts massive schools of amber jack and tuna with occasional whale sharks and manta rays putting in appearances. Los Islotes, lie just off the north tip of Isla Espiritu Santo, close to La Paz, these small islands attract huge schools of sardines, which in turn keep the main attraction, California sea lions, well fed and happy. A colony of more than 200 of these pinnipeds is resident here and the dive is famous for the interaction between the sea lions and the divers who visit them. The sea lions are playful and inquisitive and usually put on a great aquatic ballet. While a playful fin nip is about as exciting as it usually gets, bull sea lions can be protective, and aggressive, during mating season. La Bufadora, on the Pacific coast in the northern reaches of the Baja Peninsula, has been a popular dive site for decades. Dramatic walls, caves and arches are covered with an intense variety of invertebrates making this a paradise for the macro photographer. Nudibranchs, tunicates, sponges, gorgonians and anemones compete for every available space. There’s also a sea lion rookery and a must see blowhole to while away the surface intervals. While shore diving is possible here, the entry is relatively challenging and the better sites are more easily reached by boat. Punta Concepcion, is a short boat ride from Mulegé on the central shore of the Sea of Cortez. The diving here is characterized by boulder-strewn bottoms, which create fissures and crevices that harbor a variety of angel and butterfly fish species and provide a substrate for a diverse array of invertebrates. Moray eels lurk under the rocks and divers occasionally encounter sea lions and larger pelagic species.

Snorkeling in Baja California Sur

While not as popular as on the Caribbean side of the country, snorkeling is possible in Baja California Sur. Throughout the Sea of Cortez, you’ll find operators willing to take you snorkeling with sea lions. Snorkeling tours are also offered in colorful and fish-filled Santa Maria off the coast of Cabo San Lucas.

What to see

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.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Experience the diversity of Loreto Bay Marine Park, one of the largest marine protected areas in all of Mexico
  • Dive on beautiful coral gardens, along sheer walls or inside a shipwreck - all with fabulous visibility and the chance to see dolphins, turtles, multi-colored nudibranchs and rays
  • You're in safe hands - the team have over 15 years' local experience guiding over 9300 fun dives. Snorkel trips are available for non-divers
  • Enjoy your dive trip without being rushed, all equipment is taken care of while you get to know the area at your own pace. Stop off at a white sand beach on your surface intervals

Description

Dolphin Dive Baja is a 5* PADI dive center on the Sea of Cortez - known by Jacques Cousteau as the 'Aquarium of the World'. 

Gain access to the Loreto Bay Marine Park, one of the largest in all of Mexico! You'll discover beautiful reefs and coral gardens ideal for beginners, and deep walls, a shipwreck and drift dives for the more experienced. Marine life here is as varied as it comes - from whales and dolphins through to bottom-dwelling rays, turtles, large schools of fish and nudibranch.

The dive center is located a five minute walk from the dock and boasts well-maintained Cressi rental gear, an in-house compressor and a small accessories shop. The team have 15 years' experience, and have lead 9300+ fun dives and counting! Dive from shaded boats and stop off at perfect white sand beaches while on your trips.

The team offers regular snorkeling trips for those in your group who may not be qualified divers. Alternatively, a full range of PADI training is available, including the PADI Open Water Course, Advanced and specialties. 



DIVING SERVICES

PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Other Specialties

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Sunset Cruises
  • Hiking

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Garden
  • Equipment For Kids

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Cycling

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

How to get there

Arrival 

  • The best airport to fly into is Loreto International Airport. 
  • Having landed, the dive center will pick you up and take you to the resort. There is no additional charge for this, but we must know your flight details in advance in order to coordinate the pick up time. 
  • Check in time is 3 pm. 

Departure

  • Check out time is 11 am. 
  • Having checked out, the dive center will pick you up and take you back to the airport (no additional charge, advance notice required). 

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