The diving here is in the Sea of Cortez, a unique body of water
separated from the Pacific Ocean by the Baja peninsula. It is a
young sea, full of nutrients which does mean that the visibility
can be lower, but the marine life is plentiful, and that's the draw
- you're not here for the coral. Jacques Costeau famously claimed
the Sea of Cortez to be 'the aquarium of the world' and by all
accounts, it was once absolutely teeming with all manner of amazing
marine life. Overfishing in the 80s has had a big impact, but the
marine life remains remarkable by any measure.
There are not many places in the world where you can dive with
hammerhead sharks, sea lions, and whale sharks all in one day.
Baja is also a world class destination for whale sightings,
particularly from November to March. December to March does see a
lot of wind and more unpredictable diving conditions, but it's
definitely worth it for the chance of whale sightings. Mantas can
also be seen by those lucky few, whilst schools of Mobula can
sometimes number in their thousands!