Cabo San Lucas isn’t very famous for snorkeling and diving. Of course, there’s a simple explanation for this. The reason is, many of the popular coastal areas are either featureless underwater or difficult and dangerous to swim. But, there are two secret locations that I’m happy to expose for you. And, after you uncover these secret spots by reading further, you’ll discover just how great snorkeling Cabo San Lucas really is.
Before I reveal the secret spots for snorkeling Cabo San Lucas, take a look at what you can find under the water in the Sea of Cortez…
Once called “The World’s Aquarium” by Jacque Cousteau due to its huge biodiversity, the Sea of Cortez is the most biologically diverse body of water on Earth. To explain, it supports over 900 varieties of fish. Also, it supports more than 2,000 species of marine invertebrates. And, It’s home to many endemic species, which are creatures that only exist there, and nowhere else on Earth.
When snorkeling Cabo San Lucas, you’ll find many sea creatures. The largest on the list are the migratory whales. And, they include humpback whales, California gray whales, and even orcas or killer whales. Then, you’ll find whale sharks. Swimming next to these peaceful giants can be an experience of a lifetime.
Next, find smaller sea creatures like dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions, tuna, sea bass, grouper, yellowtail, shark, marlin, scallops, lobster, snapper, shrimp and more. Wow, that was quite a list. These underwater creatures make snorkeling very exciting indeed.
The right site makes all the difference. You need to find reefs that provide food, habitat, and cover for all of the beautiful sea creatures. And, there are two locations that meet this criteria in Los Cabos. Knowing where to go is the key to success. So, read on to finally uncover these secret snorkeling and diving spots near Cabo San Lucas.
First on the list of secret spots for snorkeling Cabo San Lucas is Santa Maria Cove. Located along the Golden Corridor, between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, Santa Maria Cove is usually calm and clear compared to most other locations in the Los Cabos region. The calm blue waters and beautiful tropical fish make this place the perfect snorkeling spot.
The waters in Santa Maria Cove are so clear, you can see tiny iridescent blue fish from over 50 feet away. And, this protected, horseshoe-shaped beach is flanked by craggy rock formations, which shelter the clear waters. Santa Maria Cove is perfect for snorkeling Cabo San Lucas – and it’s a popular place for scuba diving too.
To get there, just drive along the Corridor highway connecting Cabo San Lucas with San Jose del Cabo to kilometer number 12, which is eight miles to the east. And, be sure to look for a turn-off toward the ocean. Then, follow the dirt road to the sandy parking lot about a half mile down.
Stretching about one half mile out to sea from popular Chileno Beach, Chileno Reef is a paradise for Cabo San Lucas snorkelers. To explain, it has pristine water and incredible coral formations that are brimming with beautiful marine life including giant manta rays, tuna, starfish, urchins, eels and more.
Chileno Bay is also located along the Golden Corridor, between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, in Los Cabos. So, plan your morning snorkeling adventure in Chileno Bay, and then head to Santa Maria Cove, to end your wonderful day of snorkeling Cabo San Lucas.
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Thank you for reading Snorkeling Cabo San Lucas: The secret diving spots are finally EXPOSED!, written by Greg Hixon. Be sure to check out other posts about Los Cabos on Nick Fong‘s blog at Blog.LosCabosAgent.com. There, learn about the many wonderful aspects of Los Cabos, Mexico, from blog posts like this.