Cabo Pulmo Marine Park

The Wreck

This site is an old tuna boat that went down in the early 1980s. Most of the wooden hull has long since disintegrated, but there is still some wreckage there. A large diesel motor and a huge brass propeller engulfed in netting provide sanctuary for fry and other species of marine life. There are also masts and large refrigeration units all lying in approximately 45 feet. In winter months gay bar grunts and goatfish school by the thousands.

Los Morros Norte

This site surrounded by sand, is a long bar, that harbors schools of huge grouper, some in excess of 200 lbs. In the spring of the year it is not uncommon to also see large amberjacks and schooling big eye jack. The depth of this reef is 55 feet and harbors many large green Moray eels.

El Bajo de los Morros

This reef is approximately 1/4 mile long and only 20 to 30 yards wide. The colors, coral and vegetation remind us of Disneyland. This reef draws an extreme amount of tropical fish as well as resting turtles. Other divers have commented that "the visibility would have been better but they couldn't see through all the fish!" Surrounded by sand and thousands of garden eels, it is not unusual to see large pargo and grouper. This site has also attracted whale sharks, porpoise, and manta rays.

El Cantil

This is another very popular reef for a number of reasons. Its maximum depth is 55 ft. with many small caverns that harbor very large grouper and dog toothed snapper. There are many ledges and crevices to yield protection to octopus, resting turtles, playful pufferfish and a wide variety of starfish. Since Cabo Pulmo has become a protected area, a large school of bat rays have taken residence there and it is not uncommon to see manta rays as well. The topside of this site is covered with what seems to be acres of elegant stony coral, which provides a safe environment for frogfish, damsel, wrasse, and other colorful tropical reef fish.

The Deep Reef

Like most of the reefs in Cabo Pulmo, this long bar of ledge-like reef is surrounded by a sandy bottom. Located in approximately 90 feet, the many cracks and crevices provide ample hiding places for many large grouper that fall into the 200-pound plus category. This site is never a disappointment as there is always something different there to peak your curiosity. We have seen stingrays, angel shark, nurse shark and even hammerheads.

The Sea Lion Colony

The face of Cabo Los Frailes has an almost glacial appearance—minus the ice, of course! Large boulders that appeared to have rattled loose and fallen aimlessly into around 45 feet of water provide a sanctuary for a colony of California sea lions. These playful creatures, as cumbersome as they are on land, are charmingly graceful under water. This site can be dived or may be used for an amusing surface interval. Large schools of sardines and many species of other tropical reef fish reside there as well.

The Submarine Canyon

This site is the deepest of the Frailes area and begins in approximately 50 feet and gently slopes to well beyond the recreational dive limit. There are very unique rock formations that were created when the platelets of the earth erupted over thousands of years ago. These large ledges and over hangs provide homes for an abundant supply of lobster and other marine life. It is not uncommon to see schools of manta rays, big grouper and a large supply of conch.

Islotes

This small island protrudes slightly on the surface and then widens stoically into a thick hearty structure under water. This pinnacle-like structure is like diving in the round. It features many varieties of sea fans, gorgonian, and colonial cup corals that have become the signature of the Sea of Cortez. The structure itself is indigenous of the near by beach's topography, with large boulders providing small caverns with portholes for great photo opportunities. Huge bumb head parrotfish, and scrawled leather jacket filefish are residents there as well as a seasonal, large school of swarming big eye jacks.

The Caves

Although we call them caves, there is no major overhead environment to these structures. With plenty of ambient light shining through many large portholes, the brilliant colors of the different varieties of corals, and an array of tropical fish provide a perfect composition for remarkable photos.

Cerralvo Island and Punta Perico Area

The Rock Highway

This site appears as a long rock bar that resembles an actual highway. The depth ranges from approximately 55 to 70 feet, surrounded by a sand floor. Huge over hangs and crevices house many lobster, an abundance of Moray eels, and very large Dog toothed snapper.

Punta Perico

With a maximum depth of 70 feet, this site has three distinctive terrain changes. The first is large boulders with many cavern-like swim-throughs. The site then opens up into unique monumental type rock formations. Toward the end of the dive, it completely changes into large channels that resemble a huge rat maze.

Boca de Los Muertos

Unique rock formations with a maximum depth of 85 feet, this site always hosts an abundance of sea life.

El Cardonal

This site appears as a long rock bar that resembles an actual highway. The depth ranges from approximately 55 to 70 feet, surrounded by a sand floor. Huge over hangs and crevices house many lobster, an abundance of Moray eels, and very large Dog toothed snapper.

Punta Pescadero to Rancho Buenavista Area

Punta Pescadero

Translated into English, this is Fisherman's Point—and it’s a site that truly lives up to its name. With a maximum depth of 40 feet, it has unusual rock formations and very interesting topography. Resident scorpion stonefish, Cortez stingrays, and large schools of surgeonfish provide this site with grace and beauty. Seasonally, we see conch, octopus, and Nudibranch. Because this site is located on a migratory point, conditions and marine life may change very rapidly. A second dive, at the same location, may reveal something completely different.

The Rock Highway

This site appears as a long rock bar that resembles an actual highway. The depth ranges from approximately 55 to 70 feet, surrounded by a sand floor. Huge over hangs and crevices house many lobster, an abundance of Moray eels, and very large Dog toothed snapper.

Cerro Verde

Only a 20-minute boat ride, this area is a large rock bed that begins in 25 feet of water and slopes down to approximately 90 feet. It features large schools of amberjack and ladyfish. It also harbors a wide variety of star fish such as chocolate chip sea stars, tan sea stars, panoramic crown of thorns, yellow spotted and spiny stars, to name a few. There is also a community of Cortez stingrays with loads of garden eels living in the sandy floor on the north side of the rock bed. This area is also a seasonal provider of Nudi branch.

Rancho Buenavista Reef

This reef, although small and shallow is like a magnet for marine life. We've seen almost everything on this reef. Because it is not far in distance it is a favorite for night diving.

Gordo Bank

This site is approximately 50 miles south and takes about two hours by boat to arrive. It is for ADVANCED DIVERS ONLY! The top of this seamount is in approximately 100 feet and is covered with loads of yellow bushes of black coral. Because this dive is a "Blue Water" dive you may be able to see game fish in action. It is not unusual to see marlin, tuna, dorado and wahoo. Hammerheads and whale sharks have also been known to grace this site with their presence.


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