Named the “Aquarium of the World” by Cousteau (also known as the Gulf of California), the Sea of Cortez hosts 850 marine species and the largest variety of whales and dolphins in the world. This body of deep blue water is a world apart, with a different sense of time, place and rhythm all its own. 

What to see when diving in the Sea of Cortez

Between the Baja Peninsula and the mainland of Mexico, the stunning Sea of Cortez awaits. The Sea of Cortez diving hosts some of the most beautiful marine life encounters in the region and divers here can explore submerged mountains wreathed in hammerheads, or join swarms of tuna and jacks as they flit tirelessly in and out of local wrecks.  

Due to the deep water found off the coast, winter sees frequent visitors such as humpback, gray, pilot and sperm whales alongside more than 400 sea lions. Because of the cooler Pacific waters, a wetsuit is frequently required and stronger currents tend to make this thousand-mile coastline a better destination for the more experienced divers. The rocky reefs in the sea are also home to a huge variety of smaller creatures such as jawfish, seahorses, nudibranchs, crabs and octopuses. 

Other Attractions

Within the Sea’s boundaries, a group of uninhabited World Heritage desert islands offer a unique destination for kayaking and hiking that’s rich in natural history, unspoiled in beauty, and unrivalled in marine life. 

A fabulous experience is a close-up gray whale experience in San Ignacio. Click here for more details,