Cabo Pulmo, is almost certainly, THE MOST SUCCESSFUL REEF RESTORATION program in the Western Hemisphere, and maybe the world!
In 1995, a smallish, underwater national park was formed by the Mexican government at the request of the fishing families of the tiny village of Cabo Pulmo. Since then, no fishing, or anchoring, has been allowed within the 27 square miles that comprise this underwater park.
Within two decades, the reef sprung back to life in an amazing way. Fish returned, spawned, and grew to maturity in huge numbers, along with turtles, dolphins, and sea lions. According to Octavio Aburto, the marine biologist at the site, the sea life has grown by 500-fold! This is the largest growth rate ever recorded in any protected marine environment worldwide. The reef is now alive with activity. Coral and sea life have become incredibly abundant. Fish swirl in large schools around snorkelers and divers alike. There is great variety in these shallow depths. This is a story that needs to be told and retold, shared, and shared again.
The example set by the little town of Cabo Pulmo, located at the extreme end of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, dramatically delivers hope for the world’s oceans, as it simultaneously provides each of us, with an opportunity to enjoy its magnificent underwater riches.
Cabo Pulmo, is a short two-hour ride from the beaches of the world-famous Cabo San Lucas. An excursion to snorkel or scuba the waters of the national park, ranks right up there with sailing the inside Sea of Cortez on the incredible Island Cat sailing catamaran. Both, are very literally, THE EXPERIENCES OF A LIFETIME!!
Cabo Pulmo, is almost certainly, THE MOST SUCCESSFUL REEF RESTORATION project in the Western Hemisphere. Fish are incredibly abundant, circling in large schools, and huge swarms in variety. Cabo Pulmo is a rural, and rustic, place, but it is so worth the visit. It is a rare jewel of invaluable worth.
An all-day, ALL INCLUSIVE, PRIVATE, Baja Charters’ SNORKEL and or SCUBA excursion to Cabo Pulmo, provides the best experience available. No one does it better! No one provides the things we provide!
Private Ground Transportation
Breakfast burrito, coffee, beverages
Private Snorkel boat, or Scuba boat or both
Private Guide or Guides as needed
Snorkel gear or Scuba equipment
Private ground transportation from your hotel or resort to Cabo Pulmo and return.
A private dive or snorkel boat is provided with a minimum of four snorkelers and/or four divers. Divers and those snorkeling are kept separate at the reef. So, if some of your party plans to scuba, and others want to snorkel, this requires two different boats, and crews and will be charged accordingly. For snorkel or dive groups less than four of either, divers may be grouped with others on a shared boat, the same is true for those snorkeling, at no extra charge.
Snorkel and dive areas are scattered all along the reef. There are at least a dozen well-identified locations that are active with sea life. Your boat captain will typically take you to four different snorkel or dive areas. Exactly where you visit will depend on the winds, sea, and tidal currents. Some days it may be best to spend more time at one location than another. Based on your captain and guide’s considerable knowledge they will decide which areas are best for a particular day.
Ground transportation is included. We pickup you up from your hotel property, or designated area, and transport you directly to the rural area that comprises the Cabo Pulmo National Park. This is all included at no charge.
Sun screen is provided at no charge. Please use ours. It is reef friendly and bio-degradable. There is enough for your trip to the reef, and probably your entire trip to Cabo. (Almost all commercial tanning lotions and sun screens are highly detrimental to corals, reefs, and tropical fish. We want to be part of the solution for reef restoration, not part of the problem.)
Coffee, breakfast pastries, and burritos are provided on your trip to Cabo Pulmo.
Bottled water, sodas, beer, and breakfast bars, are available throughout the day
Each guest receives a canvas shopping-style bag with:
Full-face snorkel mask and sanitary top-mounted snorkel tube.(If you prefer the more traditional mask and snorkel, they are also available.)
Fresh laundered beach towel
Bottle of water
The National Park entrance fee is paid by us and included at no extra charge.
A donation is made in your name towards continued reef restoration, along with a photograph of your receiving a Heroes bracelet as proof of contribution.
All snorkel gear is provided
Wetsuit shorties are provided, as desired.
A private dive and snorkel boat is provided for Baja Charter’s guests. It includes a certified national park captain a certified and licensed reef-snorkel guide.
You will be in and out of the water several times. Snorkel and scuba areas are scattered all along the reef. There are at least a dozen well-identified areas that are active with sea life. Your boat captain will typically take you to four different snorkel areas, including a stop at the sea lion colony. Exactly where you visit will depend on the winds, sea, and tidal currents. Some days it may be best to spend more time at one location than another. Your captain and snorkel guide, or dive masters, will decide which areas are best for any given day, based on their considerable knowledge of the area.
Lunch at La Palapa or an alternative restaurant in Cabo Pulmo is provided at no charge. Order from the menu, everything is covered!
The bar is open for Baja Charter guests. Have whatever you like. There is no charge to you. Everything is included.
Your return trip home will include one or two short stops for bathroom breaks. There are liquid refreshments on board your return trip to your hotel, resort, condo, or rental property.
For snorkel or dive groups of less than four, divers will be grouped with others on a shared boat, the same is true for those snorkeling. If you wish to pay an additional single charge of US $300 to have a private boat with less than four persons in your group, please let us know and we will quickly organize it for you.
Pick-up from your hotel lobby, or designated location.
A canvas shopping bag is provided each guest with a bottle of water, and a breakfast bar. We will make a stop for bathroom, coffee, and breakfast burrito or pastries, while enroute.
(There is cold beer, sodas, and bottled water on board for the day’s activities.)
Arrive to Cabo Pulmo Welcome Center for a short explanation of the reef and displays of the myriad fish you will be seeing. Photos will be taken as you receive a Heroes bracelet from the curator. A donation is made by Baja Charters for every guest to the reef. We also provide payment for the National Park entrance fee. Photo and Hero bracelet are included.
Boat launch. On board along with you, will be a licensed, park certified captain, and a certified guide. Snacks, sodas, bottled water, and beer are also on board.
Lunch is on after a quick freshwater shower. The restaurant is only steps away. Order right off the menu, anything you wish. It’s on us. The bar is also open. Order whatever drinks you like and take all the time you want. This is a private activity. You have your own personal driver. Everything is included.
Depart Cabo Pulmo. A bathroom stop will be made during the return trip. Sodas, bottled water, and beer are on board.
Return to your hotel or resort property content and happy! Only the fortunate few will have experienced anything like what you have just done.
Private transportation will pick your party up at your hotel or resort and return you at the conclusion of the day’s activities.
Minimum age is six years old. Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
Strong swimming ability is normally NOT required. However, only guests that are reasonably fit and healthy with good balance, should enter the water at the reef. If you are not strong enough to manage your weight getting into and out of the water on a stainless-steel boat ladder, it is best to stay in the boat and simply watch from there.
To scuba at the Cabo Pulmo Reef you must be Open Water certified.
Scuba Equipment Rental
There is a $60 charge per person for equipment rental and tanks payable at the time of booking.
is a non-profit, conservation and educational program focused on the restoration of reefs and mangroves in the Sea of Cortez. This is a volunteer organization with NO PAID personal. Each month, RNAM coordinates, directs, and participates in cleaning beaches, reefs, sea lion colonies, and mangroves. Volunteer marine biologists, divers, surfers, kayakers, paddle board enthusiasts and ocean lovers of every type, participate in these projects. Baja Cat is a RNAM sponsoring partner, providing funding, resources and personal, in support of these worthy projects.
In 1995, an underwater national park was formed by the Mexican government at the request of the fishing families of the tiny village of Cabo Pulmo. Since then, no fishing or anchoring has been allowed. The reef sprung back to life in an amazing way. Fish returned, spawned, and grew to maturity in huge numbers, along with turtles, dolphins, sea lions, and sharks. Coral and sea life have become incredibly abundant. In addition to the fee Baja Charters pays to the National Park for every guest who visits with us, we also make a donation to the Cabo Pulmo Welcome Center for reef preservation for each of our customers.
Baja Charters is a contributing partner to the Leave No Trace association, and actively promotes its outdoor ethics programs.
Environmental education. In addition to “hands-on” clean up, RNAM, provides marine science educational instruction in schools throughout Baja Sur. Recently, over 1,000 students were taught how to preserve habitat and reduce pollution in a single month. Baja Charters provides resources and direct experiential interaction for teachers and professors supporting environmental instruction and hosts an annual all day private charter for the top-performing 25 educators in this area.
Project AWARE is a global movement for ocean protection powered by a community of adventurers. We connect the passion for ocean adventure with the purpose of marine conservation to create lasting change. Baja Charters has adopted a snorkel and dive site for continual clean-up and preservation.
Los Cabos Humane Society rescues and finds homes for dogs and cats. Don't buy, adopt!
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