Isla Cerralvo - La Reina - La Reinita

Isla Cerralvo is the southernmost island in the Sea of Cortez. It is for the most part uninhabited and approximately 16mi/26km long and 4mi/6km wide. When the island was discovered by Spanish explorers it was inhabited by a tribe of natives called the Pericues. Extensive oyster beds were found on the western coast and Isla Cerralvo became one of the largest producers of pearls during the pearling era. The northern tip of the island submerges into a reef that extends over 1/2 mile and averages 60-70 feet in depth. This reef is fed by cold water currents from the deep submarine trench nearby, ensuring an abundance of marine life.

There are two main dive sites, Islote de la Reina (seal rock) and La Reinita. La Reinita is a small rock pinnacle found on the West side of Isla Cerralvo, this dive site drops down to 30m/100ft+ and is subject to consistent currents making it a magnet for schooling fish and home to a large amount of soft corals. La Reina is a rocky islet on the north-west side of Isla Cerralvo, home to a large population of hard and soft corals, schools of reef fish big and small and a few species of moray eel and stingray. This area is also the best place to spot the giant manta which can grow up to 7m/25ft. across and can be spotted in the late summer and fall.

 

  Scuba diving trips to Isla Cerralvo are day trips and include two dives. These dive sites are advanced sites, with depths over 18m/60ft and are subject to open ocean conditions.