Best Scuba Diving Sites in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas started out as a popular resort destination and now heralded as a prime scuba destination because of its natural reefs, rock formations, wall dives, underwater caves, and impressive marine biodiversity. Tourists can’t help but fall in love with Cabo’s natural beauty and unique sea-desert ecosystems.

Diving havens

Here are the locations to scuba dive in Cabo San Lucas which are accessible from the harbor through a dive boat.

Diving at CaboPelican Rock: Depth 20-60 feet / Suitable for new and advanced divers

This popular diving destination located just offshore from Playa del Amor is brimming with amberjacks, hammerhead sharks, giant manta rays, moray eels, nudibranchs, seahorses, blennies, and different species of tropical fish. The rocky slopes are enveloped by gorgonians and sea fans and have a wall dive that leads to the amazing Sand Falls.

North Wall: Depth 20-100 feet / Fitting for divers of all skill levels

The North Wall is a rock-covered slope located on the north side of Pelican Rock.  The holes, cracks, and crevices in the reefs present a big mystery for curious divers who love to explore the unknown. These underwater cavities create a safe haven for a variety of marine dwellers such as zebra eels, jewel eels, moray eels, flute fish, puffer fish box fish, scorpion fish, porcupine fish, trumpet fish, stingrays, seahorses, spiny lobsters, and slipper lobsters. This area is also frequented by schools of butterfly fish, damselfish, angelfish, wrasse, jacks, and goatfish.  The steep sandy slope is also visited by coronet fish, grouper, sharks, and large rays.

Neptune’s Finger: Depth 30 – 100 Feet / Possible for different skill levels

As its name implies, Neptune’s finger resembles a giant rock finger pointing towards the sky from deep in the ocean. The site is crawling with hard and soft corals, gorgonians, sea fans, and sponges. Divers have the chance to encounter turtles and different kinds of rays like stingrays, eagle rays, and Pacific giant manta rays. Big schools of fish are also known to swim through these waters.

Sand Falls: Depth 90 – 130 feet / Reserved for advanced divers

This underwater wonder was first discovered in the Jacques Cousteau television series “The Underwater World of Jacques Cousteau.” Sand Falls is a unique waterfall made entirely of sand that cascades through a channel and into the 1,200-foot canyon. This diving site is teeming with marine creatures such as snappers, angelfish, Mexican Goatfish, sardines, and other species of tropical fish. Underwater explorers also have the chance to encounter octopus, seahorses, sea slugs, and frogfish hiding behind rocks.

Magnificent sea horseMiddle Wall: Depth 80 – 130 feet / Recommended for advanced divers

In between Neptune’s Finger and Pelican Rock is a steep wall wrapped by sea fans. Divers have a good chance of spotting rays, schools of tuna, bonito, and groupers in the Middle Wall. Occasional green moray eels and lobsters are also seen in these waters.

Land’s End: Depth 20 – 70 feet / Ideal for divers with intermediate diving skills

Descending between two majestic pinnacles at Land’s End leads you to where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet. Sea Lions enjoy doing underwater somersaults and chasing after one another in this area. Turtles, garden eels, guitarfish, sea bass, parrotfish, and mobulas are often seen swimming around the rock.  Lucky divers may witness a whale shark or manta ray cruising along the waters.

Planning your next scuba diving adventure? Explore these unique and special diving sites to enjoy premier scuba diving at Cabo San Lucas.

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