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Cabo Pulmo vs Santa Maria Snorkelling

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Cabo Pulmo vs Santa Maria Snorkelling

Is it worth the full day trip to go to Cabo Pulmo to snorkel or are we better off spending half a day to go to Santa Maria ? Any recommendations on companies would be appreciated too.

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1. Re: Cabo Pulmo vs Santa Maria Snorkelling

Do you have a rental car? some companies won't allow their cars to go to Cabo Pulmo. Not sure of any companies that take you to CP, maybe beachbusker can answer that one. It is a long drive (and slow the last 7 or so miles). Lots of tours that go to Chiliano or Playa Santa Maria from the marina

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Can you make a 7am hotel pick-up time?

Can you withstand an hour on dusty, bumpy dirt roads?

Can you Kayak 3 miles?

Can you be outside cell phone service for five hours?

Are you going before the New Year?

Are you comfortable with a 10 person tour?

Are you comfortable riding with these 10 persons in a van for 4 hours?

Do you want the cheapest tour?

If you answered NO to any of these questions, we need to re-define your query. Else: cabosanlucastours.net/Cabo-Pulmo-Snorkeling.…

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3. Re: Cabo Pulmo vs Santa Maria Snorkelling

In May of 2008 we took 3 days from our Cabo trip and went to Cabo Pulmo. Loved it. here is my review of it...

We stayed 2 nights 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.

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. If you check my profile and go to videos I have one of our drive to Cabo Pulmo.

Personally, if you have the time go to Cabo Pulmo, it is relaxing, you are with nature~ can't ask for anything more :-)

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