The Amigo Uno was scheduled to start the dive day by diving Pelican Rock in Cabo San Lucas Marine Park. Amigos Del Mar had a mixed group of divers going out on the Amigo Uno. The group consisted of eight people, six of whom were certified and two were making their first dive ever. They may be on the same boat but we split the groups up so they are enjoying two entirely different experiences.
Luis got his group of experienced divers ready and then they stepped off the dive platform and started their scuba experience by diving Pelican Rock in Cabo San Lucas Marine Park. Todays group saw a variety of fish, including snappers, groupers, Moorish idols, parrot fish – to name a few. They also saw the green moray eels. it is almost impossible to dive in the Cabo San Lucas Marine Park without seeing a green moray eel. Their second dive was at The Point – where we have the best opportunity to play with the sea lions.
The non-certified divers were escorted by Karen – a newly certified PADI instructor. They have already seen a safety video, but Karen still takes them through an extensive briefing and then gets them suited up and ready to enter the water. And then the dive starts!. The first step is to get them comfortable with their gear while on the surface of the water. And then they gradually submerge and wait to see what comes across their path. The instructor will point out various marine life – but their primary function is the safety of their charges. At the completion of the dive, they ascend together and, after the safety stop, enter the boat. And then they re-experience the dive as they review the experience while onboard.
Amigos Del Mar SCUBA takes divers on Across the Bay ecotours two to three times a week, and sometimes even four. When we head out on an Across the Bay ecotour, we leave the mouth of the San Lucas Bay and head north and slightly east. This is about an eight mile trip and takes about thirty minutes to get there. If you want to place it against the highway, we end up in the Santa Maria and Chileno area.
There are more than a dozen dive sites to select from when divers go out to explore a Cabo destination dive site. We love to make this dive trip because it is a completely different underwater environment from the local dives in the Cabo San Lucas Marine Park. Across the Bay has a sand based bottom with some vegetation and limited reef formation. It has an average depth of 50 to 60 feet and in some spots is as deep as 90 feet.
Besides the reef formation, there’s a better chance to spot a variety of rays. We can spot Diamond stingrays. Electric Rays, Butterfly California rays, as well as a few other species. And the Across the Bay ecotour is the spot where we are most likely to find free swimming turtles.
During the winter months we have the added bonus of spotting whales and their babies in the ocean as we traverse the bay. And someday we know we’re going to be surprised by whales swimming underwater.
It’s not hard to understand why would love to go Across the Bay and scuba dive in the corridor area.
Everyone that dives with Amigos Del Mar knows about the scuba dive dogs. And a whole lot of people that just walk by the store have had the opportunity to meet and pet the dive dogs – Manchas, Gringo and Rica. And now, Pato and Andres.
Last Friday was a very sad day for the staff of Amigos Del Mar. We spent the morning saying goodbye to Gringo. But we also had the pleasure of spending over thirteen and a half years with Gringo.
Gringo is now down at the Pedregal Beach with Manchas. Gringo, the most senior of the scuba dive dogs always loved the water and the boat. He would delight in a day spent diving with Kevin. The return trip, where he would stand guard on the bow, will always be remembered as he protected the clients from the marauding pelicans. Gringo especially loved his walks down on the Pedregal beach where he would run in and out of the surf to cool off from chasing the balls we would throw for him. And now Gringo is spending his eternity in the spot he loved most and next to his best friend in this world.
For those fans that missed it, Manchas was put to rest at the Pedregal Beach just after Hurrican Odile. And nowManchasand Gringo, the original scuba dive dogs are where they belong – together again.
So to all of those divers that spent some time with the dive dogs – Gringo and Manchas – say a fond farewell. And stop in and visit Rica, Pato and Andres, our next generation of scuba dive dogs.
Let’s talk about Cabo San Lucas Night Dive. Last Thursday evening, Luis and two drivers went on a night dive with Amigos Del Mar in the Cabo San Lucas Marine Park. Annette and Rob had been diving with Amigos Del Mar all week. We normally require a minimum of four people for a specialty dive – but we always take care of our good customers.
The check in for the night dive is 6:45 pm. After we get Annette and Rob signed in we head down to the marina and the dive boat. At about 7:10 pm there was just a very little bit of light in the sky and so that’s when we headed down into the water.
After the first 10 minutes in the water the sun had finished setting and it was pitch black 50 feet down. The first thing we spotted were the sleeping parrotfish. And no, we did not wake them up. Our next encounter was when two white tip reef sharks cruised past us. You never know what you’ll find when you goon a night dive with Amigos Del Mar.
Of course, we saw spiny lobster and slipper lobsters. Too bad it is a Marine Park and we only take pictures but NEVER touch. They really look like they would’ve tasted good. As we flashed our lights into the dark we could pick up the red light from the eyes of the crustaceans. That’s how we find the lobsters. You flick your light on, then flick it off and look for the red spots. We also picked up some crabs and shrimp eyes that way.
The water was 76 degrees and the visibility, with our lights on, was about 40 feet. That’s actually pretty good for a night dive. And for the finale, Luis, Annette and Rob swirled their hands through the water and created their own light show with the phosphorescence they created.
The fun times are one more reason to go on a night dive with Amigos Del Mar.
So how do you get from the water to the sand? You do it by experiencing the Amigos Del Mar Desert Adventure Eco Tour
Amigos Del Mar is a specialty scuba diving provider. We offer tours in the Cabo San Lucas Marine Park, across the bay at Santa Maria and Chileno, and then there are the adventure trips. You can scuba at the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, do advanced diving while looking for hammerheads at Gordo Banks, or snorkel with the whale sharks in La Paz. And if you decide you’re ready for a change of pace – then you can take a desert tour up to Santiago.
Amigos Del Mar heads for the desert 2 to 3 times a month. A lot of our guests like to see the other side of Cabo. We grab a car and we head northeast to a little town called Santiago. We’re not sure what the population is but we’re pretty sure it’s less than 1000 people.
On the drive north you have two distinctly different views. On your right hand side are incredible vistas of the sea of Cortez, ofttimes with the surf crashing into this shore. On the left hand side there is sand and cactus. And boy do we have a lot of cactus. And interspersed throughout the drive are the various resorts. Once we clear San Jose, we really get into the rustic Mexico that most tourists never see. We pass through several small town on our adventure, but eventually end up at Santiago.
What we love most about Santiago is the waterfall. You pass from the desert area into a spot that almost looks like an oasis. At this time a year there are quite a large variety of floral life You see choya cactus, pithaya, cardon cactus – all in flower- and an amazing variety of birds. And the waterfall is incredible. And you get to swim in the pool and play under the waterfall.
After playing in the water, can you load up and head over to Cabo Pulmo for lunch. We could go on and on about Cabo Pulmo, but we will do that in a different blog.