Named at one time by the late explorer and oceanographer Jacques Cousteau as “The World’s Aquarium”, The Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) possesses exceptional beauty, tremendous biological diversity, and is home to several endemic species. With these virtues, in 2005 the United Nations Education and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) deemed Islands in the Protected area of the Gulf of California as a Natural Heritage Site.
Scuba diving is a privilege that daring individuals and explorers can enjoy while visiting Puerto Peñasco. Various dive excursions, whether individually or in a group, are available for divers of all levels, and accompanied by certified Dive Masters. Dive instructors are also available for those looking to literally get their feet wet in the world of scuba!
In Puerto Peñasco, scuba diving offers a new way to explore the area. Yet, where are good spots to dive (depending on tides and weather)? One may choose to dive from off a boat, or walk in from a spot along the beach, some of these include: Home Port area, Tucson Beach in La Cholla as well as the southern side of Cholla, the Mirador, and Las Conchas.
A wonderful area to dive is around Isla San Jorge (Bird Island), located less than 20 kilometers southeast of Puerto Peñasco. Bird Island dive spots offer depths of about 40 feet, and good visibility allowing one to observe curious sea lions, colorful fish, starfish, and there have even been sightings of a whale shark.