Scuba Diving – Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park

Scuba diving is always so much fun! Swimming with beautiful fish in a clean water is a fantastic chance to explore the underwater life. Cabo Pulmo National Marine park is less than an hour’s drive to the south from Spa Buenavista / Los Barriles. The park is home to one of only 3 coral reefs in the North America. The reef is estimated to be thousands of years old. After being overfished several decades ago, the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park was established to revitalize the marine life in the area. Marine life has since made an unbelievable comeback and the park is now teaming some 875 marine species including 226 species of reef fishes, 154 of marine invertebrates, 5 species of sea turtles, 3 species of dolphins, 3 species of whales, schools of mobula rays, whale and hammerhead sharks, and a colony of sea lions.

There are many dive shops working in the area these days and trips can be booked online.

Coral Reef at Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park
Thousands of fish coming together during reproduction courtship. In the afternoon, these fish form a massive spawning aggregation around the reefs of the National Park. The diver in the image is David Castro, a local divemaster of Cabo Pulmo who has been working together with his family, in the protection of the Park that has been close to any fishing activities for the last 17 years. This no-take marine reserve has allowed the recovery of many species and the historical abundance of predatory fish such as Bigeye travellies.

What’s more?

There are lots of other great outdoor activities waiting for you in Los Barriles:

  •  mountain biking
  • sportfishing for the best catch
  • hiking in the hills outside town
  • taking boat tours to whale watch or visit nearby attractions
  • water sports such as kiteboarding, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking

… and many more!

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