Sea of Cortez Tours

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The Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California), lies between the Baja California Peninsula and mainland Mexico. This stretch of the Pacific, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most diverse seas in the world and home to more than 3,000 marine species, including hammerhead sharks, sea lions, and sea turtles. 

The Basics
While the Sea of Cortez stretches along roughly 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) of Mexico’s coastline, the Los Cabos region in Baja California Sur is a popular jumping off point for tours. Many Sea of Cortez excursions leave from Cabos San Lucas, Todos Santos, San José del Cabo, and other nearby towns. 

There’s no shortage of things to do, whether you want to fish, snorkel, scuba dive, or horseback ride on the beach. You can also swim with massive whale sharks or relax on a sunset cruise. Whale-watching tours are another popular activity; humpback whales, blue whales, and grey whales migrate through the region during fall and winter. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Sea of Cortez is an ideal destination for nature lovers, sun worshippers, and families with kids. 
  • If you plan to snorkel or scuba dive, be sure to wear a wetsuit or long-sleeved rash guard to protect against the sun, jellyfish, and rough coral. 
  • If you’re prone to motion sickness, bring medicine aboard any ocean trips. 
  • Proof of scuba diving certification is required for certified dives.

How to Get There
The Los Cabos region, where many tours depart from, is located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Los Cabos International Airport lies roughly 45 minutes by road from Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos, and 15 minutes by road from San José del Cabo. Rental cars and taxis are good ways to get around in this region. 

When to Get There
Although it doesn’t get hit with very many big storms, the Sea of Cortez is subject to the same hurricane season as the Atlantic—the months of June through November may see an increase in rain and storm activity. Winter (December through April) is the busiest season and the best time for whale watching. 

Biodiversity in the Sea of Cortez
The Sea of Cortez is an excellent spot for snorkeling and diving, with a rich array of marine life and an underwater world of hard coral reefs. A variety of tropical fish species, including pufferfish, yellow snapper, manta rays, and sharks, can be found here, plus large marine mammals such as whales, whale sharks, and dolphins. 
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Address: Baja California Penninsula, Mexico
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Los Cabos Sea Adventure: Snorkeling, Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Sail, snorkel and swim in the shimmering seas of Los Cabos on a 3-hour sea adventure tour from Los Cabos. Cruise to a secluded cove and choose from a variety of adventurous activities. Perfect your paddle boarding technique; soar over the waves on a motorized sea scooter; kayak over the serene surface of the ocean; or discover an underwater wonderland by snorkeling. Listen as your knowledgeable guide directs your attention to dolphins, whales and rays on this amazing ocean adventure.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Los Cabos Pirate Ship Snorkel or Dinner Cruise

All hands on deck for a fantastic voyage on the waters off Cabo San Lucas. Whether you choose the snorkel excursion or a sunset dinner cruise, you'll hit the high seas on a pirate ship where jolly crew members will regale you with local pirate lore. The afternoon snorkel cruise includes a barbecue lunch and of course, swimming with the fishes, while the evening tour allows you a chance to get your dance on. Enjoy unlimited grog, an open bar, and plenty of sea shenanigans with both.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Clear Bottom Kayak and Snorkel Discovery Tour in Los Cabos

Paddle the Sea of Cortez in a clear-bottom kayak, then slip into the water for a guided snorkel tour of a coral reef with vibrant marine life. See the Cabo San Lucas coast from the water, passing the Arch, Lover’s Beach, and a sea lion colony that’s home to hundreds of animals. The two-person, sit-on-top kayaks are perfect for even beginning kayakers, and you’ll be paddling alongside a certified guide from start to finish.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Sunset Cruise in Cabo San Lucas

Set out from Cabo San Lucas on a private 2-hour sunset cruise highlighting some of the coastline's most iconic sights. Board a power catamaran for a leisurely cruise along the Cabo coast, sailing past landmarks such as Lovers Beach and the photo-worthy golden-hued Arch, which looks even more spectacular in the evening light. Watch the sun slowly disappear below the horizon with your friends and family while basking in the natural beauty of your surrounds.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Sightseeing Cruise and Snorkeling in Los Cabos

Set out on a private charter tour along Baja's spectacular Sea of Cortez, a hotbed of biodiversity. Departing from Los Cabos, board a private sightseeing cruise to see some of the sea's natural landmarks, including its permanent colony of sea lions and the distinctive golden-hued Arch. Then hop into the calm and clear waters of either Santa Maria or Chileno Bay where you'll have the opportunity to swim and snorkel alongside schools of colorful tropical fish, mantas and sea turtles unencumbered by crowds.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez from Todos Santos

Prepare your paddle for a kayaking tour of Baja's stunning Sea of Cortex, departing from Todos Santos. Set out to explore this natural wonder: one of the most biodiverse bodies of water in the world, with hundreds of fish species. Drift past rocky islands housing nesting blue herons and blue-footed boobies, then hop in the sea to experience its incredible wonders first-hand, snorkeling in spots that are unaccessible by motorized vehicles. There's also an easier Balandra Bay kayak option, though both include a delicious and relaxing picnic lunch.
  • Duration: Flexible
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Discover Scuba Diving Around Los Cabos

Learn the basics of scuba diving in and around Los Cabos. You'll receive both video and onsite instruction before dipping into the Sea of Cortez under the supervision of a pro PADI certified instructor. Discover what it's like to linger beneath the water's surface along with 800 fish species and get a taste of the undersea adventures that await.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Whale Watching Tour in Cabo San Lucas

Spot humpback whales in the waters near Cabo San Lucas on this 2.5-hour whale-watching tour by Zodiac boat. A seasoned captain leads the boat to Land’s End (Cabo Arch) and prime viewing locations where you can spot gray whales, dolphins, and even orcas. Learn about the wildlife and local geology as you go from a marine biologist on board. This tour is limited to 15 people, but you can opt to upgrade your experience to a private outing for just you and your group.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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2-Tank Dive in the Cabo San Lucas Marine Preserve

Join beginning and experienced divers on a 2-tank dive in the Sea of Cortez, one of the most biodiverse bodies of water on the planet. Depart Los Cabos for the Cabo Can Lucas Marine Preserve—home to one of west coast North America's only coral reefs—and spend 3-hours exploring sites such as Pelican Rock, Land's End and the cascading Sands Falls. Swim alongside schools of tropical fish, manta rays and sea turtles, see colorful coral formations and swaying sea fans and bask in the sheer beauty of this incredible underwater world.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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PADI Open Water Referral Dive Course in Cabo San Lucas

Complete your open water PADI dive certification with a 2-day referral course in Cabo San Lucas. Perfect for those who've already begun scuba training in pools but still need to clock their open water dives. This exciting offering allows you to fulfill them at some of the most stunning sites around Los Cabos, including in the Sea of Cortez—one of the most biodiverse bodies of water on the planet.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos

Submerge yourself in the shimmering Sea of Cortez on a full-day eco tour from Los Cabos. Admire dramatic desert landscapes as you venture to the luscious enclave of La Paz, and then sail out to sea to greet the world’s largest fish, whale sharks. Swim and splash near the natural habitat of these incredible creatures, and then feast upon traditional Mexican tacos on a beautiful beachfront boardwalk. Visit the iconic Hotel California, and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel on this spectacular seasonal tour (available September to April only).
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Los Cabos Combo Tour: Glass-Bottom Boat Ride, City Sightseeing and Shopping

Enjoy a combination of natural and cultural offerings with this unique 6-hour Los Cabos tour. Begin your day riding aboard a glass-bottom boat to the landmark rock formation known as El Arco, watching schools of tropical fish swimming beneath you as you go. Back on land see a glassblowing demo at a Cabo San Lucas glass factory, then travel along the spectacular Tourist Corridor to San José del Cabo where you´ll taste tequila and embark on a sightseeing walk through the historic city center.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Whale Shark Swim Adventure in La Paz

Head out on the Sea of Cortez aboard a catamaran to swim near the natural habitat of whale sharks on this 2.5-hour excursion from La Paz. With certified guides, slip into the water, wearing the provided snorkel equipment, to get a look at these huge creatures in the waters they call home.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Zodiac Whale-Watching Adventure in Los Cabos

Set sail on the Sea of Cortez for a 2.5.-hour whale watching tour on board a 15-passenger Zodiac boat, with four daily departure times between 8am and 3:30pm. Bring the whole family for this small-group ocean adventure with ample opportunities to view wildlife and see the beaches and rock formations that make Los Cabos famous.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Snorkeling or Swimming with Sharks Tour in Cabo San Lucas

Swim or snorkel with sharks in the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean during this half-day tour from Cabo San Lucas. Your guide ensures a memorable and safe experience in the waters of Baja California as you look for blue sharks, silky sharks, mako, smooth hammerheads, and other marine life, and get a close look at the Arch of Cabo San Lucas and sea lion colony. Includes use of snorkeling gear, guide, refreshments, and boat transportation from a central marina.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Sunset Dinner Cruise in Los Cabos

Take a 2.5-hour sunset dinner cruise on the Sea of Cortez while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas. Feast on a buffet spread of traditional Mexican fare, sip tropical cocktails and cold beers from the open bar, and take in the scenery as you cruise by Land’s End.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Los Cabos Horseback Riding

Explore the breathtaking beaches and rocky terrain around Los Cabos on horseback! An expert guide will lead you on a scenic ride aside the Sea of Cortez, where you’ll see gorgeous ocean views, rocky canyons, and deserts spotted with unique plants and abundant wildlife. Perfect for any level of rider, this exciting excursion requires no riding experience and goes with the pace of the group.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Swimming and Snorkeling in Area with Sea Lions in Sea of Cortez

Swim in the area known to have baby sea lions in Baja's Sea of Cortez on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Depart Todos Santos for La Paz, where you'll board a boat to Los Islotes and its permanent colony of sea lions. Delve into the surrounding waters to snorkel alongside them, also keeping an eye out for mantas and sea turtles. Afterward enjoy a chef-prepared picnic lunch on Isla Espiritu Santo, then spend the afternoon as you wish: back in the water, embarking on a leisurely hike or basking in island beauty before returning to Todos Santos.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$210.00 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Los Cabos Whale Watching Cruise Including Breakfast

Spot gray whales and other marine life on this 2-hour whale watching cruise from Cabo San Lucas. Sail past the dramatic El Arco (The Arch) rock formation and a colony of sea lions as you enjoy a delicious Mexican breakfast of spicy eggs and aromatic coffee. Keep an eye out for dolphins, manta rays, and gray whales once you arrive at the Sea of Cortez. A marine biologist will accompany you on board to provide commentary on these impressive creatures.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Beach Hopping Snorkeling Discovery in Los Cabos

See the diverse marine life in the Sea of Cortez on a 3.5-hour snorkeling tour from Cabo San Lucas, with stops to swim at two different beaches. You’ll also see Land’s End, Lover’s Beach, and the Arch from the water, with a stop to visit Cabo’s thriving sea lion colony. This 3.5-hour snorkel tour includes pickup and drop-off at centrally-located Los Cabos hotels, a light lunch, and snorkeling gear, and both morning and afternoon departures are available.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Swim with Whale Sharks All Inclusive Tour from Los Cabos

Get the opportunity to snorkel near the natural habitat of whale sharks during this tour from Los Cabos, including round-trip transport, snacks, lunch, drinks, and even an open bar. First, learn about the whale sharks from a marine biologist on your way to the dive sight, and then head into the water with a professional instructor. Catch sight of the beautiful sea life in its natural habitat, and afterward, relax with a hot shower.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$330.60 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Sea of Cortez Snuba Adventure from Los Cabos

During this SNUBA adventure in the Sea of Cortez, you'll spot myriad marine creatures that remain just out of reach from a surface snorkeler. A mixture of snorkel and scuba, SNUBA combines the ease of snorkeling with the ability to breathe underwater via a hose. It take just 15 minutes of instruction — no technical training required.
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
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$79.00 USD
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  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
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2-Tank Corridor Dive for Certified Divers in Cabo San Lucas

Join other certified divers on an exciting 2-tank dive of The Corridor in the Sea of Cortez, which offers some of the hottest diving spots in Los Cabos. Depart Cabo San Lucas for this 5-hour exploration of a series of remote underwater sites, including Blow Hole and Chileno Bay. Swim far beneath the surface alongside mantas, sea turtles, and scores of tropical fish. From December through March grey and humpback whales are also commonly seen cruising along the coast.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$115.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Whale-Watching Sunset Cruise in Los Cabos

Go on a whale-watching adventure in waters where humpback whales are known to call home on this 2.5-hour sunset cruise. Board a zodiac-style boat, and keep your eyes peeled for whales as you cruise along. Listen closely as a hydrophone’s dropped into the water to pick up songs of these beautiful creatures. Plus, enjoy light refreshments as you take in views of the stunning scenery under the setting sun.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$95.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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