Snorkeling in Los Cabos
Staying in Marina Fiesta Resort in Cabo San Lucas for 5 days, it was the best place to do many activities leaving from Marina. One afternoon I decided to go snorkeling with Cabo Adventures and see why Jacques Cousteau called the waters around Cabo ”the world’s aquarium”.
I was picked up at the hotel and taken to Cabo Dolphins to register. I knew the place already since swimming with dolphins and camel riding I did from there the previous day. After trying on the masks and fits, I was brave enough to refuse the wet suit. I mean, I know we are on the Pacific side but this is summer time for me. And most tourists on the tour did the same.
Sasha, our fun and energetic tour guide for the day, walked us to the high-speed boat. She was so pleasant to talk to. And beside the same name (yes, back in Slovakia people call me Sasha but it’s written in a Slovak way Saša), we shared the same passion for living in different places. Sasha traveled less than me when it comes to traveling the world, but more around her own country Mexico and she has lived in more Mexican states. I was jealous of her super nice tan, and she was of my RTW trips.
We sat on the boat, put the life jackets on, got served water and our photographer started taking photos of us. But I had my own 2 cameras, so did my job too 🙂
Our first stop was to see the famous sea lion living in the Cabo San Lucas Marina. They call him Pancho or Panchito and he is HUGE! He even waved at us when leaving.
Yeah, boat ride again! I cannot live without them for too long. Who cares that the sea water is splashing all on my face! We headed down towards San Jose del Cabo passing by Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa where I was going to stay just after Marina Fiesta.
Our boat driver was playing with us when riding to make the boat trip even more fun. Loved it! It reminded me of the crazy RocketBoat trip I did around San Francisco Bay a few weeks ago.
We also passed Santa Maria Bay (I heard it’s also great for snorkeling) and made our way to Chileno Bay. Beautiful white sand beach with tall palm trees and many adventurous activities to do. Let’s just call it a happy place!
We had 90 minutes here in the bay to do any of 4 activities Cabo Adventures was offering us – snorkeling, power snorkel with sea scooters, kayak or stand-up paddle board (SUP) that is becoming rapidly popular around the world nowadays.
It was the first time I’ve ever seen those little sea scooters that take you underwater for fast snorkeling. And I so wanted to try it. It must feel like flying underwater, right? But unfortunately, I had sinusitis again and the earache was pretty annoying. I could only allow myself to do snorkeling on the water level only.
I guess I easily spent an hour snorkeling and swimming around the rocks with my little waterproof camera. There was a guy feeding fish so I was following him to get hundreds of fish around me. Most of them were yellow, grey or blue color, but please don’t ask me for the names of the species. I’m not an expert! At least 10 different fish species were there for sure though.
It was the cutest thing ever to have a school of 10 – 20 cm big fish right in my face without even having to swim too close to the corals. Right, since that incident back in Giftun island in Egypt when my foot got stuck in a coral and I thought I was not going to survive it, the proximity of the corals still makes me breathless.
I still didn’t want to leave those sweet creatures. They were filling me with energy I needed so much! But there was time to try other activities.
I hoped on a kayak and saw a group of 3 guys who wanted to do it too but I was faster. As there were no more kayaks left, I asked one of them to join me. Sharing is caring! We kayaked closer to the coves and rock formations chatting about life of travel. I also found out Keith’s family was originally from Slovakia (such a coincidence! The third person I met during a week in Los Cabos whose family emigrated from Slovakia to the US a century ago. Grandparents of an older gay guy I met when ziplining were Slovak and also mother of a lady I met in Hacienda Encantada. Love it!)
His friends tried SUP and I had a great laugh at one of them always falling into the sea.
But then, our last 5 minutes, I got a board too and wanted to do stand-up paddle boarding too for the first time. I shouldn’t have laughed at the other guy as when I tried to stand up, I found myself underwater faster than I even realized. I blamed the wave that came up from a ship passing by O:)
Everyone else was on the boat already waiting to leave so I had end my hard trying. SUP, I will win next time!
Sasha served us water and fresh melon. Niceee! Exactly what I needed on a hot day like that.
The way back seemed faster. I didn’t take any more photos nor videos, just surrendered myself. We rode closer to Los Arcos so I could finally see them from so close. Another dream just came true! The beaches around there were ridiculously awesome! Shame we couldn’t disembark there for at least a few minutes.
Once we got back to Cabo Dolphins, it was the time for snacks and drinks included in the tour. Ice tea or mojito (oh, were are the days when I loved you, mojito!), nachos, biscuits, caprese salad etc. Yeah, getting my 3rd out of 5 meals that day. Much appreciated! When munching, a few people asked me about my travel blogging job as they oversaw me handling my card to Keith who kayaked with me. Sweet to see people interested in what I’m doing.
Then just look and order your photos and wait for the transportation back to your hotel. I had my own photos so decided to walk back around the Marina.
Next time when I visit Baja California, it will have to be during the winter months to see even turtles, rays, dolphins and whales swimming around when snorkeling in Los Cabos!
My snorkeling in Los Cabos was a press trip organized by Cabo Adventures as part of Adventure and Spa project. Thanks again to Sasha and Mark for such a great afternoon. However, all the opinions in the post are my own.