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Snorkeling in Cabo Pulmo - Specifics

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Snorkeling in Cabo Pulmo - Specifics

Hi all - I have read a lot of helpful info on this forum regarding Cabo Pulmo, as well as Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo, and am very grateful for all of it. I am now wondering if someone who has been to Cabo Pulmo can give some advice as to specific spots to snorkel from shore. We will have our own equipment and are driving down in a rental car (thanks to all who have recommended Dominic on this forum)! The maps I have been able to locate are pretty vague, and I am looking for directions to get to some good snorkeling we can get to on our own.

Thanks!

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I've been to CP a couple of times now and have snorkelled from shore, but the best advice I can give you is to do a tour with one of the dive shops to get to know the area first. the locals have infinitely better knowledge than you're going to get from a forum, and especially if this will be your first trip to the area, landmarks aren't really going to mean anything to you. you're really wasting your time going out there if you don't get a guide. you're better off staying around Chileno and Santa Maria in that case, as the snorkelling areas there are pretty clearly defined and obvious. note that many of the really good spots in CP are only accessible by panga/kayak. by all means, take your own equipment and work out a deal with the locals, but get a guide.

cheers,

RK

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Thanks for the info rvtus!

Does everyone else agree with rv's advice?

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you can either go by your self or by tour. the most easy way is get with a group. they will take you up by van and set you up with a boat, the snorkel area is south of the beach, you go near the sea lion colony. there is a small beach where they will drop you off. the life there is really nice, its a sheltered cove with lots of fish life and a variety of coral species. then they take you back to the beach, and if you are lucky you get lunch at 'nancy's

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clemery,

Yes, I would agree with rvtus and caboticket, if you don't know the area, go with a local guide and in a group.

BTW, I think this is a decent map of the area. CP is at the upper right CSL is at the bottom, left of center; wikimapia.org/…2

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Clemery, I just returned from a 2 night stay in Cabo Pulmo, we did a snorkel trip and it was great. We rented a car, drove from Cabo to Cabo Pulmo. If you go to www.cabopulmo.com and in the main menu click on Dive Center, this will give you information about reserving a snorkel trip.

The drive from Cabo takes you through La Riberia and then the paved road stops, the dirt road was much better than 4 yrs ago and we did not encounter any pot holes, it was sandy and a little rocky so it kept you from driving fast. At one of the turns in the road 2 kids in a sandy buggy came spinning around the corner, laughing and swerving around spraying sand everywhere —they were having fun and we were glad that we were driving way over on our side of the road.

Our snorkel trip left at 10:00am, they want you there at 9:00am (so if you go for 1 day- be there by 9am) and we went with another couple, due to jelly fish it was highly recommended that we wear wet suits. The trip took us to 3 spots, the first was nice saw lots of fish, 2nd was the sea lion colony and this is where we saw jelly fish. Unfortunately the wet suit doesn’t help if the little guys swim across your jaw area- for a couple of days my lower lip looked like Angeline Jolie – so ladies instead of botox shots- just grab a jelly fish! The sea lion colony was a disappointment- saw only 4 or 5 and one was a pup so the mom wasn’t too friendly. You see so many more at lovers beach plus we had to contend with the jelly fish. The 3rd was out farther in the coral reef and saw lots of fish some type of coral guys and beautiful parrot fish- this was nice the current was a little rough and our guide kept saying there is a storm coming. We were surprised at how they got the little boat in the water for our trip- the boat was up on the beach- so they get in the truck and push the boat out—all the while the bottom is scrapping on the rocks on the beach. Also no ladder to get back into the boat – we asked if they ever thought of getting ladders and the guide says yeah we got one- but it’s at the beach. We were out for about 3 ½ hours and no they did not provide lunch.

As for snorkeling on your own, we meet a couple who have been going to CP for the last 8 yrs and stay about 10 days. He said that he goes out and snorkels on his own and see’s lots of fish. Next time we go—I don’t think I will do the snorkel trip; we will want to see what we can on our own. I also have a map of the area, which shows the Cabo Pulmo Resort and where the 3-4 restaurants are, I can email that to you if you pm me with your email.

All in all- Cabo Pulmo is great- we liked the tranquility of it, the water is awesome, the beach is a little rocky but not enough to keep you away from it. Also the mountain is there and you can do hiking if so inclined – that is another favorite of folks who stay in CP. I have some pictures but have not posted any yet – I can send you those to as that will give you an excellent idea of the area.

Hmm—sounds like I did a mini trip report—but I didn’t talk about the CP beach resort and our wonderful stay in bungalow #10! Oh well-that’s later.

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Thanks for the mini trip report, Lynn - great info and a PM is on its way to you!

Dreams and CaboTicket - thanks for chiming in with advice, I appreciate it!

Anyone else out there have any Cabo Pulmo advice, specifics, etc.?

Thanks again for everyone's advice and info on this forum!!!!

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Lyn , can I ask how CP Resort was and if there's a room for 5 people and what about the a/c? Thanks!

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tedandlisa90,

CP resort was nice. We were in Cabo for 4 wks and we called it our vacation from our vacation. it's very quite and relaxing. The bungalow we had was large, we had a full kitchen, with a built in L shaped couch along two walls. A small dinner table. There was no seperate bedroom- it was one large room, we had a mosquito net over the bed, bathroom/shower were seperate. We had a large front porch with hammack along with a table and chairs, plus a sandy front yard with lots of plants and shrubs. The shrubs were tall which provided lots of privacy. Oh- and each bungalow has it's own Barbecue. We liked it. This is a place where you would need to do grocery shopping before you go because the 2 stores are very limited. I am working on my photos and hoping to post some soon. Otherwise if you would like to see some asap I can email to you- just send me a pm.

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Oh my ~~ I forgot to answer your question!!! I did not see any bungalow that sleeps 5 but the folks we met who are there every year- say that the bungalow on the beach sleeps 8. What I don't know is how private the rooms are. The folks we met had a larger unit than us, because they had there daughter with them, they had there own bed and she had hers but it was not private. We had a large fan and an AC turn on fan over the bed. The evening and days were not that hot for us and we were there in May.

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Thanks for the information we were considering the beach house because of its size but not having a/c will be a concern in Aug for us so I'm not sure if we'll do. Thanks again!