sea of cortez baitball and diver

pen ink well goldA note from Dom  ... The Sunny Sea of Cortez 

This is a really cool destination which, to be honest, doesn't have the guaranteed thrill of the mantas at Socorro ... nor the adrenalin-pump of Great Whites at Guadalupe.  But, the diving is varied & beautiful, with the strong possbility for some sensational pelagic encounters  ... plus virtually guaranteed baitball action with tons & tons of fish.  Some super Kodak photo ops!                read more

You'll dive some really lovely walls ... and reefs rich in marine life.  Plus, depending on the season, you're likely to encounter one of more of the whale species in addition to whale sharks, mantas, mobula rays, dolphins and sea lion colonies.

Sea of Cortez is located close to home for those of you in North America, Central or even South America.  More and more trips are being offered here and you'll find a wonderful variety and some exciting animals ... and, in general, a super relaxed, vacation-attitude on the liveaboards.

Enjoy the surprise of plenty of smaller species: damselfish, Cortez angelfish, herrings, Mexican hogfish, and loads of eels.  Marvel at the size of some of the gorgonians and see black coral up close and personal.   Then, of course, you have the tuna, wahoo, jacks barracudas and amazing bait-balls if you're lucky enough to be there at the right time.

Check it all out here on our Sea of Cortez page and when you're ready to hear more, I'm an email away and will respond to your request with any additional details that you wish.    Cheers, Dom

Sea of Cortez diving

Sea of Cortez Pelican

globe th CopyThe dramatic Sea of Cortez separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland.   It’s coastline is approximately 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) in length and it is one of the longest peninsulas in the world, second only to the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia.   The sea itself is thought to be one of the most diverse seas on the planet, and is home to more than 5,000 species of micro-invertebrates.   The Gulf of California is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sea of Cortez ... the essentials

  • a profuse number of islands, rocks & pinnacles
  • sloping walls and healthy reefs buzzing with life, including plenty of critters
  • large, richly colored sea fans & sponges, plus kelp forests
  • several endemic species (for example the Cortez angelfish & Cortez damselfish)
  • countless sea lions, all ready to cavort with you in their water-world playground
  • elegant manta rays, extraordinary leaping mobulas & ever-present stingrays
  • dolphins & porpoises which jet at full speed under the water, then rocket into the air in an orchestrated mass
  • the ever popular whale sharks frequently make an appearance
  • pilot whales & orcas, sperm whales & humpbacks are also often seen

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Kick back, relax & enjoy the sunshine

Your Sea of Cortez voyage will be one of pleasure, relaxation, sun and white sand beaches in addition to lovely diving ...

This is not adventure diving.   You're almost certain to encounter some of the oceans great predators ... but the numbers aren't anything close to those at Socorro or Malpelo or Galapagos .... and you don't have that same excessive adrenaline rush.  

Play with the sea lions & passing pelagics

But you can always count on the sea lions ... in great numbers .... plus, schools of jacks, tuna, dorado & wahoo  ... turtles, magnificent moray eels, lobsters & octopus  ... and at least a few of the big guys, including schooling hammerhead sharks & marlin, if you're really lucky.

The trips are typically run in May and June, before the air temperatures reach extreme heats but the water temperatures are already just right.

Most of the liveaboards offer some shore excursion options giving you the opportunity to visit a local community or two and perhaps even catch a bit of actual beach time.

Sea of Cortez - click on the markers & zoom to locate airports, departure points & diving ...