So you are planning a trip to Cabo San Lucas and want to know what you can expect when you get there… well here is a little guide to the marine life you can expect to see and experience if you partake in any of Cabo’s water activities. One thing is for sure, you will not be disappinted when you choose to go on a water activity in Cabo as you are guaranteed to see some pretty amazing marine life.
Cabo San Lucas is located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula and is the perfect Mexico vacation destination for you and your family! It is situated where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean so it is a great place to see marine life. It has many protected sanctuaries and bays that allow you the opportunities to get some up close and personal time with much of the wildlife that is in the area. This guide will answer two important questions about your Cabo Vacation: What kinds of activities are available and what animals can you expect to see on these activities?
There are so many great water adventures that are available for you to do in Cabo San Lucas. One of the most popular activities to do is snorkeling. The sanctuaries and protected bay area make Cabo San Lucas one of the premier snorkeling areas in the world. There are many great beaches (Playa Bahia Chileno Beach and Playa Santa Maria for example) that offer great snorkeling options right off the beach.
Another big water activity in Cabo is scuba diving. The Sea of Cortez has a greater variety of marine life than anywhere else in the world which makes it the ultimate scuba diving destination. You will need to be certified to go scuba diving but there are courses available at all the scuba operations that will allow you to become certified. Once certified you will be able to explore the depths of the Cabo waters and see some pretty awesome marine life.
Whale-watching is also a big sight-seeing adventure in Cabo. There are many great ways you can go whale watching from kayaking to cruises to watching from the beach. No matter which way you choose, you are in for a treat!
Marine Life You Can Expect To See
Tropical Fish: The gulf of Cabo has a greater abundance of marine life than any other gulf in the world. There have been over 900 species of tropical fish identified in these waters. If you are going on a snorkeling or scuba diving adventure you are going to be able to see a great variety of these tropical fish. Be prepared to be amazed by all the colors and beauty of these fish.
Sea Lions: Land’s End in Cabo is home to many scuba and snorkeling locations. It is also home to many sea lions. If you go on a snorkeling/diving adventure here you can expect to see these creatures in the water. You will also be able to catch a glimpse of these animals if you are on the beach as they like to warm themselves on the rocks.
Sea Turtles: The reefs off the Cabo shore are home to many creatures including the Sea Turtles. Turtles are always a want-to-see animal and the Cabo waters have them!
Gray Whales: Each year (November-March) the gray whales make their migration from the cold waters up north to the warm waters off of Cabo. During this time whale-watchers can be treated to intimate views of newly born calves and their mothers. The whales are the gentle creatures of the sea and they are a must-see when you are in Cabo.
Humpback Whales, Orcas, and Pacific Bottle Nosed Dolphins: If you take part in a whale-watching adventure you may also be able to catch a glimpse of these as well. While gray whales are the most populous in the area humpback and orcas are also seen. It is also very common to see the dolphins when you are out in the water as they are also native to the area.
Cabo San Lucas has a variety of marine life and a variety of water activities available for you to see and take part in. You won’t be disappointed if you go on a scuba diving, snorkeling, or whale watching adventure. With the great abundance of marine life in the Cabo waters you must plan on doing a water adventure or two when you plan your vacation here. I promise whatever activity you choose to do, you won’t be disappointed.