Cabo Pulmo Underwater National Park
Cabo Pulmo is probabbly the biggest and richest coral reef on the west coast, with more than 800 species of tropical and subtropical fishes.
Declared Natural Preserve in 1995, in 2000 was ranked to National Park and now is part of the protected areas by UNESCO along with the islands of the Gulf of California.
Cabo Pulmo is a small village on the East Cape, where fortunatelly, Civilization has not conquer yet. No power lines, no paved road, no tap water, etc. and because of this, the coral reef remains untouched.
To get to Cabo Pulmo, you will need to rent a car, preferably a Jeep, it's about 2 hours drive from Cabo San Lucas, take the high way 1 North, and keep driving for about 40 minutes passing the airport, you will pass by Caduaño, Miraflores and Santiago. At Las Cuevas, make a right to La Rivera, and before enter town, make right again till road finish, you will need to keep driving for about 30 minutes more on the dirt road, till you see houses.
If driving is not your style, you can take Cabo Outfitters Kayak and Snorkeling Trip to Cabo Pulmo, they will take you to the best spots to enjoy nature and, and everything is taking care off, transportation from your hotel, all snorkeling equipment, kayaks, life jacket, beach chairs, umbrellas and an ice chest with sodas water and granola bars. To finish the trip to Cabo Pulmo, you will have a great Baja style fish tacos for lunch before heading back to your hotel. Just you need to bring swimsuit, towels, sunblock and camera. Your guides will help you all time and make sure you have a great and safe day.
If you are a Certified Scuba diver, in Cabo Pulmo you will find a couple of dive shops that will take you explore one of the greatest coral reefs, we will recommend you to bring your own equipment except for taks and weights, but they have it for rent as well. The best time of the year is in Summer, where water temperature is excellent as well as visibility of over 100 feet. This is a National Park, so no knifes or gloves are allowed, and you will need to pay the Park's entrance fee, your guide will help you with that.
Again, if you want to take a scuba diving tour, either because you are on your own, or do not want to drive, you can make reservations here
In Cabo San Lucas, you can get the dive trip with Manta Divers, they organize one or two departures a week, and a minimum of 4 divers is required, but as well, everything is taking care off, transprtation from the dive shop to Cabo Pulmo, all equipment, drinks, lunch and entrance fee. To make reservations, click here
Right now, Cabo Pulmo beauty is in risk, due a mega construction project that want to over explote the area and built a city, marina, resorts, etc, without taking in consideration all ecological damages. please, visit Cabo Pulmo Vivo and spread the voice to protect the coral reef.