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The warm, nutrient rich water of the Sea of Cortez is one of the most biologically diverse locations on the planet, and you can expect to see plenty of large marine life including whale sharks, hammerhead sharks and sea lions.

BIG in Mexico is a trip idea for those who are keen on diving this nutrient-rich body of water, which basks in year-round sunshine. The best months for the most variety of large marine encounters are Sep-Feb, however the water is warmest from Jul-Nov and there are chances to see mantas or whale sharks during this time. Whale watching trips to see the magnificent grey whales are available from Feb-Apr.

Spend your week at your preferred resort in La Paz, the perfect location to explore this amazing area of the world where you can interact with sea lions, wild dolphins, whale sharks, grey whales and plenty more. This trip idea is also available by liveaboard.

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Mexico

    Your overnight journey will involve two flights to get your to your destination.

  2. Day 2: Arrive La Paz

    You will be met on arrival and transferred to your resort for a week long stay. Rest of day at leisure.
  3. Days 3-7 : Dive the Sea of Cortez

    Your five day (10 boat dives) dive pack begins today. Diving is concentrated around Espiritu Santo island. Expect a plethora of marine life in this incredible body of water, where over 30 species of marine mammal and 500 species of fish can be found.

    Highlights include the 200 strong colony of sea lions at Los Islotes, hammerhead sharks at El Bajo and schooling jacks at Isla Las Animas.

  4. Day 8: Day at leisure

    Spend your day relaxing in resort or venturing further afield to explore all that this beautiful area of the world has to offer.
  5. Day 9: Depart La Paz

    Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flights back to the UK.
  6. Day 10: Arrive UK

You should note: Other accommodation options are available either in La Paz or alternative beachfront resorts, plus a liveaboard option. Ask us for further details.

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 10 days from £2,295 pp
  • When to go: Sep-Nov: Visit year-round. These are the best months for BIG marine life encounters.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 7 nights resort in La Paz (BB)
    • 5 days diving (10 boat dives)
    • Tanks and weights
    • Roundtrip airport transfers
Featured location:

Sea of Cortez

Labelled the ‘world’s aquarium’ by Jacques Cousteau, you can expect an incredible marine diversity in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous for its variety of whales and dolphin species, the region is best visited in summer and is best suited to more experienced divers.

  • Ideal for viewing: scalloped hammerhead shark, common dolphin, whale shark, humpback whale, olive ridley turtle
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving, Whales
This itinerary is available on the liveaboard shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

MV Valentina

Dive the Sea of Cortez and Socorro in season from this comfortable liveaboard. The MV Valentina offers unique itineraries to these sought-after locations, famed for their incredible marine life encounters.

Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Costa Baja Resort & Spa

With its breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez, this luxurious resort is perfectly located to discover one of the greatest marine reserves in the world, home to whales, dolphins and a plethora of fish species.

La Concha Beach Resort

Located on the shores of the Sea of Cortez, this beachfront resort has a relaxed ambience and is a great base from which to explore this incredible location, famed for its large marine life.