Villa del Arco Cabo Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
The coast line from Cabo San Lucas (Villa del Arco) to San José del Cabo has some of the best snorkeling anywhere. Santa Maria Bay is a great spot for this, as is Chileno Reef, both of which can be accessed by land or sea.
We highly recommend visiting this beautiful location. The resort staff at Villa del Arco can give you more information.
The waters at Land's End (Lover's Beach) are also good on days when the Pacific swell is small. You can get there by water taxi. You can get one at Villa del Arco. (The Pacific side isn't recommended for water sports because of its strong surf and undertow.) Once you are there, you will find vividly colored tropical fish. In the area around Land's End you'll find sea lions lounging on the rocks. You can see Villa del Arco Resort from there. To get home, flag down a boat. Don't leave too late, as most boats return to the marina at about 4 p.m.
Snorkel tours can be arranged right on Playa El Medano (where Villa del Arco is located) or from several tour desks. This area is a natural marine sanctuary and home to schools of angelfish, triggerfish, goatfish and parrot fish, to mention a few. All wildlife in this area is protected and spear fishing, collecting or fishing is not permitted. However, you can explore and take photographs.
All scuba divers will enjoy the waters near Land's End. Visibility ranges from 30 to 50 feet in winter months, and over 100 feet from April through October. The North and South Wall are popular canyons with steep granite walls and ledges 100 feet down. The Abyss, about 100 feet from the arch, is recommended for advanced divers only. The Sandfalls, a 90 foot dive originally documented by Jacques Cousteau, starts at Pelican Rock and drops 1200 feet. This canyon makes the Bahia San Lucas among the deepest bays in the world.
Other dive sites located in Los Cabos include: the famed Point, where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific meet; a trio of rock formations known as Blowhole, Pinnacle and Rookery, where a wealth of small creatures can always be found; the protected waters of the Santa Maria Cove, a favorite for beginners; Gordo Banks (advanced only), where schools of sailfish, marlin, tuna, wahoo and hammerheads are part of the attraction, along with nature's most bizarre species of black coral -- so iridescent that it radiates a glowing yellow hue; and Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, the largest coral reef complex in the Eastern Pacific north of Panama.
Expert instruction is available for beginner divers. All must show "C" cards to rent equipment or tanks. Reputable dive shops also provide well-maintained dive boats and excursions. If you're accustomed to diving in the Caribbean, you'll find that the water here is not as clear nor as sheltered. The best time for diving anywhere in Los Cabos is in the summer when water temperatures are warm and the visibility is best.
The Concierges at Villa del Arco can give you more information on this and help you make reservations.
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