Baja California’s Sea of Cortez is a marine paradise that famous ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau called the “world’s aquarium”. It offers a range of water activities from swimming with whale sharks to snorkeling, kayaking, deep sea fishing, sailing, paddle boarding and of course, some of the best diving on the entire planet.
Snorkeling is an activity that is easy to learn, requires no special training or expensive equipment, and is fun for all ages and fitness levels. The azure waters of the Sea of Cortez are best seen while snorkeling from June through October when temperature and visibility combine to make the experience a memorable one.
It is widely agreed that the most phenomenal underwater habitats of Baja California can be found nearer to the south, from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas. In this tropical marine environment, living coral reefs are common. Set against the Sierra de La Giganta, lucky snorkelers in the Sea of Cortez will definitely come across moray eels, sea lions, dolphins, manta rays, and a wide variety of tropical fish and other marine species. The further offshore you go, the more likely you are to increase your odds of experiencing a high diversity of habitats and marine fauna. While the Bay of La Paz does not offer much, your snorkeling experiences will improve as you go out to the end points of Playas Tecolote and El Coyote, and offshore islands Cerralvo, Espiritu Santo and Los Islotes.
If you can swim and breathe through a tube, you’re all set to begin your first undersea adventure.