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Diving and Snorkeling
Although there are numerous offshore islands on both the Pacific Ocean side and Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula that offer excellent diving opportunities (some for snorkeling as well), the most popular spots are the mostly tropical waters of the mid to lower Cortez near: Bah�a de Los Angeles, Muleg�, La Paz, Cabo Pulmo (East Cape) and Cabo San Lucas. La Paz likely offers the more diversified choices of diving destinations.
Popular sites in...
- L A Bay: Isla Coronado. East side for divers, west side for snorkelers (around Isla Mitlan).
- Muleg�: Isla Santa Inez, or Conception Bay.
- La Paz: Isla Espiritu Santo, Isla Partida, Los Isolotes, the Salvatierra shipwreck, and El Bajo Seamount are the most popular of the areas sites. El Bajo is known for large manta-rays, whale sharks and schooling hammerhead sharks.
- Cabo Pulmo: The Pulmo Reef is a living reef that is, in theory, protected by the government. In reality, the encroachment of human beings on this location will most likely be the death-knell for the sealife that relies on the reef. From what I know this is the only living coral reef along the west coast of North America.
- Cabo San Lucas: Noted for its infamous sandfalls near shore, the nearby Pelican Rock is great for snorkelers and divers alike. Along the corridor, Playa Barco Varado, Bah�a Chileno (by the Hotel Cabo San Lucas), and Playa Santa Maria (by the Hotel Twin Dolphin) are excellent for both divers and snorkelers as well. Cabo dive info link
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