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Snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas

Uncover Cabo's vibrating marine life right under the water surface

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Snorkeling tours in Cabo San Lucas will show to you the aquatic species galore amidst the dazzling underwater landscapes of the Sea of Cortez and Pacific. While colorful reef fish and sea turtles reside on Los Cabos waterbeds all year round, some species show up only in certain seasons. Anyways, you can go snorkeling in Los Cabos at any time of year, as long as cooler temperatures are not a deterrent. But if you are cold-sensitive, consider visiting between May and September. That being said, October and November are the most rewarding months thanks to clear visibility.

Best places to snorkel in Cabo San Lucas

Santa Maria Bay & Chileno Bay

Two of the most famous stops at Los Cabos snorkeling tours include Santa Maria Cove and Chileno Bay, located along the Tourist Corridor. In addition to tropical fish and sea turtles, these waters abound with invertebrates and sponges. Besides, you'll enjoy shallow and usually calm water. You can join one of the guided trips or even come by yourself with your own snorkeling gear. But if you choose to skip tours, make sure to go early in the morning before other tourists have arrived. Bring some crackers or bread along, and you'll be swarmed by the hungry little buddies. You can also see the corals by the rocks, but don't come too close just to be safe.

Land's End

Another great snorkeling area is the Land's End. Amazing wildlife encounters await you at The Arch of Cabo San Lucas, Lover's Beach, Pelican Rock, Neptun's Finger, North Wall, and Whale's Head. If you plan your visit during Mobula rays' mating season between mid-May and July, you'll get a unique chance to snorkel with massive schools of these marvelous creatures just outside the Marina. As a bonus, you will likely observe a colony of sea lions basking on the rocks. Additionally, snorkeling tours to Land's End can incorporate other fun activities, such as beach hopping, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

La Paz

If you want to escape mainstream destinations, Baja's infinite opportunities have something for you too. What about a whale shark snorkeling excursion in La Paz? Or maybe you'd rather join an expedition to Espiritu Santo Island?

Cabo San Lucas snorkeling map

All snorkeling locations are marked on the Cabo San Lucas snorkeling map so that you could grasp the whole picture of the area. Take a look at the hotels available nearby and make your bookings in advance for the most convenient vacation. Snorkeling season largely coincides with the low summer season, so look for discounts.

Practical info

When is the best time to go snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas?

For those who are more sensitive to lower temperatures, snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas is recommended between the months of May and September. These months are usually warmer, making them perfect for enjoying aquatic life. However, snorkeling during October and November is recommended if you want clear visibility. If you prefer a more relaxed experience, snorkeling from December through April is recommended. Show more

Where are the best places to snorkel in Cabo San Lucas?

Cabos San Lucas boasts Santa Maria Bay and Chileno Bay as the most popular snorkeling spots with loads of marine life and calm waters all year round. Land's End, which includes Pelican Rock, North Wall, Lover's Beach, and the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, is another must-visit place for snorkeling. La Paz, which offers snorkeling with whale sharks, is also a unique destination to consider. Show more

What marine life can be spotted while snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas?

Snorkeling in the waters of Cabo San Lucas is a treat, with a range of sea turtles and tropical fish to keep you entertained. Land's End may provide you with the chance to see sea lions resting on the rocks. Clear visibility of mobula rays and whale sharks is often discovered in large groups during the mating season. You may also see invertebrates and sponges in popular snorkeling spots like Santa Maria Cove and Chileno Bay. Show more

Can I go snorkeling without joining a guided tour in Cabo San Lucas?

It is possible to go snorkeling on your own at a popular spot in Cabo San Lucas or even at your own beach with your gear. However, participating in a guided tour provides several benefits, including expert safety supervision, revealing some hidden coves and reefs or discovering new aquatic creatures and seeing around different parts of the ocean. A guided tour is highly recommended especially if you are new to snorkeling. Show more

Are there any alternative snorkeling excursions or destinations near Cabo San Lucas?

Espiritu Santo Island is one of the nearby places that offers you some of the unique snorkeling experiences such as snorkeling with sea lion colonies. La Paz, another destination near Cabo San Lucas, ushers visitors into unique experiences with whale sharks. San Jan del Cabo offers snorkeling with bull sharks and is well-known for its spectacular snorkeling experience in the Gorda Banks. These destinations are guaranteed to up your snorkeling experience. Show more

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