Scuba Diving in La Paz

The Sea of Cortez is a jewel set among a desert landscape, the seemingly empty mountains and endless fields of cacti contrast greatly with the diversity and amount of life found underneath the surface. 

La Paz is the capital of Baja California Sur, the southern state of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Known as "the gateway to the Sea of Cortez" La Paz has long been a destination for scuba divers, snorkelers, kayakers and other marine wildlife enthusiasts. The waters of La Paz are home to a wide variety of sea life including numerous shark and ray species, whales, dolphins, sea lions, whale sharks and all the fish and invertebrate life that these larger animals depend on. Just a short boat ride from the harbor of La Paz lies Isla Espiritu Santo, a UNESCO World Heritage site that encompasses over eighty square kilometers. These islands are uninhabited and offer excellent scuba diving sites and abundant marine life.

Why go scuba diving with us?

  • We scuba dive in small groups, no more than six divers.
  • A PADI certified Instructor and marine biologist will act as your guide.
  • Free rental equipment.
  • Unlimited bottom times. We Like to dive as much as you do!

Baja Connections offers full day scuba diving tours departing from the harbor of La Paz. Our scuba diving tours include either two or three dives and are led by a PADI certified dive professional. The dive sites of La Paz are varied and there are options for all certification and experience levels. We only dive in small groups, no more than six divers including the guide. Our dive boats are Mexican Pangas, these are 25-28ft boats with full shade, on-board toilet and ladder entry/exit. Scuba diving trips in La Paz are full day tours and include lunch with vegetarian and vegan options as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the day. 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. 

Prices

Local Dive Trips - $120 per person - 2 dives

Explore the dive sites of San Rafaelito, Suwanee Reef and/or the wreck of the Salvatierra. These dive sites are diverse and you will have the chance to dive with sea lions, see some of our larger coral reef systems and view a piece of history, the wreck of the Salvatierra, originally a LST-1 Class Landing Ship Tank. HM LST-63 entered service in the England's Royal Navy and participated in the invasion of Europe during World War Two.

Isla Espiritu Santo Marine Park Day Trip - $140 per person - 2 dives

Isla Espiritu Santo and the small islands in the park offer many different opportunities for scuba diving. The most popular dive site is the sea lion colony at Los Islotes but there are many more dive sites to discover. These full day trips include lunch on one of the beautiful beaches of the islands.

Three tank dive trips are available.

All of our dive trips include rental equipment and sales tax of 16%

Trips to the Espiritu Santo Marine Park require the purchase of a 60 peso entry fee.

Marine Life

The reefs of La Paz host large numbers of fish year round, it's common to see large schools of barracuda, jacks, snappers, grunts and triggerfish on most of the dive sites. While traveling to the islands there is always a chance to see pelagic wildlife including whales, dolphins, marlin, schools of jumping mobula rays and even whale sharks who frequent the deeper dive sites on occasion. The coral reefs of La Paz are often overlooked and include both hard and soft corals, hosts to a large diversity of macro life including nudibranchs, seahorses and frogfish. California Sea Lions are in La Paz year round and are one of the main highlights of diving in La Paz. Seasonally there is the opportunity to dive with schooling hammerhead sharks who frequent the El Bajo sea-mount. 

 

marine life calendar for La Paz

  • Whale shark season runs from October 1st through to April.
  • Magdalena Bay Gray Whale watching is from January 15th through April 1st.
  • Humpback whales are commonly seen in the fall and winter months. We also get sightings of killer whales, blue whales and a few other cetacean species.
  • The sea lion colony at Los Islotes is populated year round with the babies being born in the early spring.
  • The fall is the best time for the schooling hammerhead sharks.

 

Dive Sites

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.

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.

 

  Learn more about the dive sites of La Paz

 

 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.