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Dive Operators and Liveaboards in Baja California

2 December 2016

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Whaleshark in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico
Whaleshark in the Sea of Cortez

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Diving the Revillagigedo Islands: Socorro

The Revillagigedo archipelago is around 300 miles (500 km) south from the tip of the Baja peninsula. It comprises Socorro, San Benedicto, Clarion and the small Roca Partida islands. These are the tips of an underwater mountain range. The Revillagigedo Islands have been designated a World Heritage Site.

Rainfall is scarce and takes places mainly during August to October. The average water temperature ranges from 22oC in winter up to 29oC in summer.

The best time to dive Socorro and the other islands is between November and May. In January to March you may well see humpback whales when they arrive to calve. From May to July you get large shoals of small fish which form "bait balls" when predators are around. These bring in the large pelagic fish like silky sharks, hammerheads and tuna.

You dive the Revillagigedo Islands from a liveaboard. These depart from Cabo San Lucas.

Liveaboard
Rocio Del Mar

Rocio Del Mar Liveaboard
Tel: 602-558-9580
[email protected]
See prices and availability - book online

Rocio Del Mar Liveaboard which visits Socorro, Mexico

Visits the Midriff Islands, departing from Puerto Penasco, and Socorro.

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Crew's great, boat's great, diving is awesome. Where else can you swim with a dozen whale sharks? AND..see them all most everytime. Been twice in 2 months and going again in Oct 2011. $2295 a week, plus $100 for Nitrox, $25 Park fee, tips 10-15%.."
Bob Defoe 2010.


Diving Guadalupe

Liveaboard
Nautilus Under Sea

Nautilus Under Sea
See prices and availability - book online

Rocio Del Mar Liveaboard which visits Socorro, Mexico

Visits Guadalupe and Socorro islands. Trips to Guadalupe depart from Ensenada whilst trips to Socorro leave from Cabo San Lucas.


Diving Around Los Cabos

You can hire all your equipment from the dive operators around San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. You can also book boat dives with them. However, it's much cheaper to negotiate with the fishermen. With a fisherman you usually go out in a Panga: a fibreglass fishing boat around 24 foot long.

Cabo Acuadeportes

Branches at Cabo San Lucas and Chileno Bay

Apartado Postal 136
Cabo San Lucas
Baja California Sur
Mexico
Tel/Fax 011 52 (1) 143-0117

Cabo Diving Services

Three branches in Cabo San Lucas: Plaza Las Glorias Hotel, Plaza Las Glorias dock and next to the El Coral restaurant on the Marina Boulevard strip.

PO Box 195
Cabo San Lucas
Baja California Sur
Mexico
Tel: 011-52-114-87113

Dive Palmilla

Part of the Palmilla Hotel complex, near Pepe's bar, by Palmilla Beach.

J&R Baja Divers

Guerrero S/N
E/Madero y cardenas
Cabo San Lucas
Baja California Sur
Mexico
Tel/Fax +52 52-1143-1545

Land's End Divers

Plaza Las Glorias Hotel
Marina of Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas
Baja California Sur
Mexico
Tel (624) 143-2200
Fax (624) 143-4106

Baja Dive
Nautilus Dive Tech

Nautilus Dive Tech
20 de Noviembre Y Melchor Ocampo
Cabo San Lucas 23450
Baja California Sur
Mexico
Tel 624 143 0067
E-mail: [email protected]

"Full service technical and recreational scuba facility in Cabo San Lucas. We are specialists in diver education at every level and our aim is to develop confident, capable, underwater enthusiasts and explorers.Offering optimum breathing gas technology and implementing the world’s most strict purity standards for air (independently tested every 3 months, with results viewable on our webpage)Full assortment of diving equipment for both sale and rental.We offer the largest range of scuba tours and courses in Los Cabos!!"
Nautilus Dive Tech

"Fantastic Dive operation offering a range of technical and recreational diving. Casey, Mike and Greg all did a fantastic job of looking after us during our week of diving!!
Bec Smith (UK), 2011


Cabo Pulmo

Pepe's Dive Center
Cabo Pulmo Eco-Tours

La Paz

Club Cantamar and Baja Diving and Service

Reviews: 2 stars

Fernando Aguilar
Alvaro Obregon 1665-2
La Paz
Baja California Sur
Tel: (612) 1221826

"We had booked a dive with him 2 weeks before going to Mexico, drove over from our hotel in Cabo, rented another hotel for 2 nights. Reconfirmed with him the evening before the dive was told to meet him in the lobby of our hotel at 7:30...he was a no show, wouldn't answer his phone. The staff at our hotel finally got ahold of him and he said we could go the next day!!! Very disappointing.
Brian Jacob, 2013

"We had a great diving week with Fernando Aguilar and Baja Diving and Service, we want to fully reccomend this dive operation to everyone. The cost for the diving was about 95 American dollars. The hotel was really clean, the service was excellent as well as the food, the boats were a little bit crowded but I guess it was normal for high season, the divemasters took great care of us so it was ok. A lot better than Cabo!"
Pedro

"I just spent a week at Cantamar in La Paz. The diving was great but when I paid with my credit card they charged almost 10 percent more than the rates posted on the internet. Then they said it is the banks fault but the hotel just converts the dollars at an outrageous exchange rate - and then tried to blame the bank which actually used a very good rate.
Cantamar says this is normal but I lived in Mexico for 3 years and this is a very shady and unscrupulous practice.
In addition, they would ask for a surcharge of 20 dollars to take us to special dive sites but then pack the boat with up to 20 non-divers.
My advice after diving in Cozumel, Aruba, Curacao, Bahamas, Bay Islands and Costa Rica is go to another dive shop and hotel -- by the way their hotel is a 20 dollar cab ride from the town of La Paz so they hit you up for every little thing you need."

 
" After much complaining Club Cantamar is now considering a refund of the difference between the amount they advertise and the amount I was actually charged on my credit card (it was $137 more than the rates on their web site). I will let you know if I get a refund - but I think divers should still know their policy."
Daniel DeVito

"Fernando Aguilar and his crew were the best! Always accomodating! Complete knowledge of dive sites. Good housekeeping and safety.
Great accomodations... good thing there was a store that I could buy a swim suit ( since the airline lost my luggage). Very good value for the money. Divemasters were worth tipping all day long! As good or better than most places we have been diving for the last 20 years.
Can't wait to come back! (and maybe find a flashlight that I loaned to another diver... yeah, I know).

Michael Lewis, 2009

Baja SeaFaris
The Cortez Club
Baja Quest

Offer SCUBA diving, kayaking, whale watching and camping eco-adventures.

La Paz
Baja California Sur
Mexico
Tel: 612-123 5320
Fax: 612-123 5321

La Paz Diving Service

Richard and Marylou Adcock
PO Box 133
La Paz
Baja Ca. Sur
Mexico
Tel: 682-23761

Baja Expeditions
Fun Baja

Fun Baja
La Paz BCS

"Very good service - good boats - sympatic staff - good food and drinks.":
Yves, Belgium. 2007.


Buena Vista

Buena Vista is sixty-five miles South of La Paz and sixty five miles North of Cabo San Lucas.

Vista Sea Sport

Loreto

Dolphin Dive Center
Danzante Resort
Baja Outpost

Mulegé

Cortez Explorers

75a Calle Moctezuma
Mulegé
B.C.S.
Tel: +52.615.153.0500
[email protected]

"Cortez Explorers is a great dive shop in Mulege, Baja Sur. I visited a couple of weeks ago (2006) and loved the whole experiance. I dived with Sealions, Turtles and large fish of all types. I stayed with their package of $89 per night, two dives, breakfast, lunch and accomodations included! "
Hannah Chapman, UK, 2006.


Ensenada

Dale's La Bufadora Dive

Maintains 3 diving boats, 20-14' wooden Skiffs called Pangas, that take divers to walls, rocky reefs and sea mounts within 15 to 30 minutes of the shop; or divers can shore dive directly behind their facility. According to Dale Erwin Wipperman, the dive shop owner, "The dive sites are virgin and unspoiled, smothered with vibrant yellow plating tunicates, alabaster sponge colonies, brilliant blue algae, fluorescent strawberry anemones, and over two dozen types of nudibranches, fish, etc. Water temperature and visibility range from 55-64 oF (13-18 oC) and 20-80' (6-25 m) year round. We also take customers fishing and whale watching." Divers can stay at a large campsite adjacent to the dive shop, rent a "dive house" or make hotel reservations.

Rancho La Bufadora
Punta Banda
Ensenada
B.C.S. Mexico
Tel: USA (01152)64-615-420-92
Tel: Mexico (91)1542092
E-mail: [email protected]


Baja Blue Divers
BAJA-PRO Scuba Divers

Blvd Costero 1094 local 46,
Centro Artesanal,
Ensenada,
Baja California, Mexico.
Tel : (646)1757527
Nextel 152*155619*2 and 152*193051*1

a group of divers dedicated to explore and study the coasts of Northern Baja and Southern Baja, and it’s undersea wonders: flora, fauna, wrecks and marine caves.

Almar Dive Shop

Almar Dive Shop
Ensenada

"Almar dive shop is the best dive center in Ensenada, it's a full center dive"
Jorge Cruz, 2012

Baja Norte

SeaClypse Dive Adventures
Ricardos Diving Tours

Ricardos Diving Tours

Bahia de los Angeles
Baja Norte
[email protected]

"Limited English but son-in-law, who captains panga, speaks English very well. Ricardo has great eyes for frogfish and knows local waters above and below as well if not better than anybody. Ricardos Diving provides very friendly service, safe air, and overall very safe trip.
Good value especially compared to S. Baja Diving."
:Janique Esrey 2007.


Updates

This page is regularly updated, so please revisit soon. Meanwhile, these books list more dive operators.

Diving and Snorkeling the Sea of Cortez: The Most Complete Guide to Baja California's Best Sites
by Susan Speck, Paperback, uthorhouse, 92 pages (2006)
Read our interview with the author, Susan Speck
More details at Amazon.co.uk, 5% off
More details at Amazon.com, 5% off
Lonely Planet : Diving and Snorkelling in Baja California
by Walt Peterson, Paperback, Lonely Planet Publications, 160 pages, (1999)
More details at Amazon.co.uk, 20% off
More details at Amazon.com ($11.87)
Baja California Divers Guide
by Michael Farley and Lauren Farley, Paperback, West Coast Divers Supplies, (1991)
Read our interview with the authors
More details at Amazon.com

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