Scuba diving, snorkeling, island tours and whale watching in La Paz, Mexico with Baja Connections

Scuba Diving in La Paz

The Sea of Cortez is a jewel set among a desert landscape, the seemingly empty mountains and endless fields of cacti contrast greatly with the diversity and amount of life underneath the surface. Scuba diving in La Paz is diverse and has sights and marine life all types of scuba divers will find interesting. Here you will find more information on seasonality, dive sites, how we operate and what you can expect to see.

Scuba Diving in La Paz

There are six main areas to dive in the islands, each with two or three different dive sites. There are also a few local dive sites near the harbor of La Paz including a small sea lion colony on San Rafaelito. The dive sites are varied and include deep walls, seamounts, shallow coral gardens and rocky, boulder reefs. La Paz also has three shipwrecks to explore, all with an interesting history. All diving trips here in La Paz are day trips, the distance to the dive sites varies but will be between 1-2 hours travel time. Fortunately there is a lot to see on the way both above and under water, it's not rare to spot pelagic species such as rays, dolphins, marlin and roaming sea lions on the way out to the dive sites.

Marine Life Seasonality in La Paz

  • The California sea lions live in two separate colonies here in La Paz. They do live in La Paz year round but the colonies are closed to snorkeling/diving during the mating season, June 1st - September 1st.
  • Whale sharks inhabit La Paz year round but the whale shark tour tourism season is October 1st - May 1st. Whale shark tours are snorkel only.
  • Humpback whales are commonly seen in the fall and winter months. We also get sightings of killer whales, blue whales and a few other species.

Day Trips

Scuba diving trips in La Paz are approximately 5-6 hours and include two dives. All trips include an in-water PADI Divemaster to lead the dives, all necessary rental equipment and national park fees. We provide lunch (options available) and drinks on all of our scuba diving tours.

Dive sites will be chosen according to the customer's interests but weather will always be the deciding factor in any scheduled trip. If you are determined to dive a specific site it's best to give yourself a window of opportunity and plan your trip so you can be flexible with the weather.

Day trips are conducted from Mexican Pangas, these are 25-30ft boats with top for shade and entry/exit via a ladder. Group sizes are kept small to ensure proper supervision and a great diving experience.

Multi-Day Trips

Baja Connections offers a unique way of experiencing the scuba diving that La Paz has to offer. Board "El Duque" and experience the magic of the Sea of Cortez on your own private diving trip. Overnight and multiple night trips are available. El Duque can handle groups of up to ten divers for multi-day trips and up to 20 divers for a day trip.

Ocean Conditions

The Sea of Cortez and the waters in La Paz can vary greatly in temperature, visibility and diving conditions. In general waters are warmest in the summer and fall reaching up to 85 F (30 C). Winter and spring temperatures can drop down to 66 F (19 C), especially in January and February before slowly increasing into the spring and summer. Additionally thermo-clines may be present with large drops in temperature compared to the surface. In the winter we recommend a 5mm wetsuit when diving with us, a hood will also go a long way in keeping the body warm while underwater. Typical sea conditions are calm with small waves, exceptions include the seamounts of El Bajo and La Reina. These sites are more exposed to wind and require the proper weather conditions to dive safely. Visibility is varied and is mainly determined by plankton blooms, temperatures and local conditions. Good visibility can be experienced all times of the year but it's best in the summer and fall, reaching 100ft/30m. On some of the more advanced sites currents can be present but in general diving here is good for beginners and advanced divers.