About Baja Connections

We are located in the city of La Paz, on the eastern side of the Baja Peninsula and just a few hours north from Cabo San Lucas. Known as the gateway to the Sea of Cortez, La Paz has been a diving and snorkeling destination for many years. The islands here are famous for thier big creatures, large schools of fish and mobula rays and a year round population of sea lions who are the highlight of any trip to the islands. Seasonally (September through April) whale sharks can be found just outside the harbor and sightings are virtually guaranteed. La Paz is the home port to Isla Espiritu Santo, part of the Islas del Golfo de California UNESCO Biosphere reserve. This reserve was established in 1995 and covers 48,000 hectares in three areas, the islands of Espiritu Santo and La Partida and the underwater seamounts of El Bajo. Almost all of our tours take place in these beautiful and uninhabited islands.

All of our tours depart from the Muelle Fiscal, the government dock located on the Malecon in downtown La Paz. Departure times vary depending on the trip. All full day tours include lunch, drinks (water/juice), wetsuits, snorkeling and/or diving equipment. We dive and do our tours from Mexican pangas, 25ft boats with full shade and entry and exit via a ladder.  

Please note that Baja Connections does not have a public office, inquiries and reservations can be made by phone or email only.

To make a reservation or an inquiry please contact us by phone at +52 612 148 4045 or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are also available on facebook messenger and Whatsapp (use the number above).

Why choose us?

  • Small groups and personalized service.
  • 15 Years' experience in the tourism industry.
  • A commitment to safe diving practices and teaching standards.
  • Every dive and snorkel trip with us is an education and includes a detailed briefing on the marine life found at the dive sites and the pelagic sea life we may see on the way.

Seasonality

wildlife calendar for la paz

  •  Whale shark season runs from September through to April.
  • Magdalena Bay Gray Whale watching is from January 15th through April 1st.
  • Humpback whales are commonly seen in the winter months in La Paz. Humpback whale watching tours are available Mid-December through to April 1st.  
  • The sea lion colony at Los Islotes is populated year round with the babies being born in the spring and summer months.

 

 

Ocean Conditions

The Sea of Cortez and the waters in La Paz can vary greatly in temperature, visibility and diving conditions. In general waters are warmest in the summer and fall reaching up to 85 F (30 C). Winter and spring temperatures can drop down to 66 F (19 C), especially in January and February before slowly increasing into the spring and summer. Additionally thermoclines may be present with large drops in temperature compared to the surface. In the winter we recommend a 5mm wetsuit when diving with us, a hood will also go a long way in keeping the body warm while underwater. Typical sea conditions are calm with small waves, exceptions include the seamounts of El Bajo and La Reina. These sites are more exposed to wind and require the proper weather conditions to dive safely. Visibility is varied and is mainly determined by plankton blooms, temperatures and local conditions. Good visibility can be experienced all times of the year but it's best in the summer and fall, reaching 100ft/30m. On some of the more advanced sites currents can be present but in general diving here is good for beginners and advanced divers.

Island Tours & Snorkeling

Our tours include a guide who is there to provide information about La Paz, it's marine life and the islands that we visit. They are also there to act as an in-water guide and show you the best way to interact with the marine life we have here in La Paz. Tours vary in length and are available for private groups and individuals. All tours include snorkeling equipment, wetsuit, a light breakfast, lunch and drinks (juices/water). Group pricing and private trips are available. 

Scuba Diving in La Paz

dive site map of La Paz, MexicoThere are six main areas to dive in the islands, each with two or three different dive sites. There are also a few local dive sites near the harbor of La Paz including a small sea lion colony on San Rafaelito. The dive sites are varied and include deep walls, seamounts, shallow coral gardens and rocky, boulder reefs. La Paz also has three shipwrecks to explore, all with an interesting history. All diving trips here in La Paz are day trips, the distance to the dive sites varies but will be between 1-2 hours travel time. Fortunately there is a lot to see on the way both above and under water, it's not rare for us to spot rays, dolphins, marlin and sea lions on the way out to the dive sites. Normal trips include two dives with the option for a third. All trips include an in-water PADI Divemaster to lead the dives, all necessary rental equipment and national park fees. We provide a light breakfast, lunch and drinks on all of our scuba diving tours.

Dive sites will be chosen according to the customer's interests but weather will always be the deciding factor in any scheduled trip. If you are determined to dive a specific site it's best to give yourself a window of opportunity and plan your trip so you can be flexible with the weather. The maximum group size is six divers for any scheduled dive trip, this includes the divemaster. We have a variety of free rental equipment including weight integrated BCD's, 3mm and 5mm wetsuits, high quality regulators, wetsuit boots, dive computers and open heel fins. We will also rinse and dry any of your personal equipment from day to day during your diving holiday.     

Departure times and tour duration vary depending on the specific tour; whenever possible we dive at slack tide, when the currents are at their weakest.

 

Baja Connections is dedicated to minimizing our impact on the environment and marine wildlife through maintaining strict wildlife viewing guidelines, minimizing the use of plastics and proper disposal and recycling of all wastes created by our business, diving trips and scuba courses.