El Bajo Seamount:
This underwater mesa attracts schooling hammerheads, sometimes numbering in the hundreds, swirling clockwise around the seamount. Look for Panamic green morays in the seamount’s small canyon.
A small rock islet topped by a lighthouse, this site near Cerralvo Island features brain coral, gorgonians, giant Pacific manta rays, zebra and jeweled morays, and an array of tropical fish. Look for giant sea horses in the summer, and whales during winter months.
Noted for its striking rock formations, archway, and caves, this site churns with schooling sardines. Look for king angelfish, yellow surgeon fish, cup corals, and the resident colony of sea lions.
This ferry sank in 1976 and now rests on a sandbar in 18 metres/60 feet of water. In addition to the automobiles that sank with the ferry, divers can view the wide array of marine life shelters in the wreck.
Named for the island’s shape rather than its residents, this site features swim-through caves and crevices, as well as a sand shelf housing a garden of swaying conger eels. Schools of rays and pods of dolphins are regularly sighted here.
At the convergence of the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez, divers find sea lions, turtles, huge sea bass, schools of game fish brought in by large schools of bait fish such as sardines, and green jacks, as well as the occasional manta or whale shark.
Sea Lion Colony, Los Cabos:
Among the 800 tropical and pelagic marine species found along this ledge, you will likely see large groupers, manta rays, bottlenose dolphins, manta rays, whale sharks, and (of course) sea lions.
Drop down this wall to 27 metres/90 feet to view the deep hidden pinnacle rocks, fan corals and gorgonians. The base of the main pinnacle is home to Mexican parrotfish, porcupinefish, box puffers, Mexican clownfish, octopus, goatfish, surgeonfish, yellow snapper, buttercups, as well as possible sightings of eagle rays, mantas, sea lions, white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles and an occasional whale shark.
Noted for rock formations and unique topography, this site (whose name translates to “Fisherman’s Point”) boasts scorpion stonefish, Cortez stingrays, schooling surgeonfish, conch, octopus, and nudibranchs.
Gently sloping to a depth of 27 metres/90 feet, this site harbors schooling amberjack, ladyfish, Cortez stingrays, nudibranchs, garden eels, and a wide variety of sea stars: chocolate chip sea stars, tan sea stars, panamic crown-of-thorns sea stars, yellow spotted stars, and spiny stars.