This private package will introduce your group to several distinct regions of Southern Baja. In addition to the two days of local diving, Casa Nautilus will be the departure hub for three days of excursion diving.
Gordo Banks is located about 5 miles off shore. You will descend upon the seamount looking for sharks and other large pelagic life. This open ocean deep dive requires an Advanced Certification.
You will take a step back in time traveling to the east cape where you will submerge into the pristine waters of Cabo Pulmo. The national park is one of three coral reefs in North America. It's home to bull sharks, mantas, and massive schools of Big Eye Jacks.
The group will also drive to the state capital of La Paz, and then travel to Espiritu Santo Island, where we will visit the sea lion colony of Los Islotes, dive one of the shipwrecks, and swim with giant whale sharks.
Best of Baja
Day One (Check in)
Our team will coordinate private transportation for your group from the airport. Casa Nautilus is available for check in after 3:00 PM. If your group arrives early, the team will unload and store all your luggage and equipment until the house is available. Our staff will help you get settled and answer any questions you may have regarding the week's activities. This is the perfect time to check and prepare your equipment for the following day.
Day Two (Local diving)
The group will gather at the main palapa at 7:30 AM to review the day's plan. We will board the boat at approximately 8:00 AM. The first dive site is a short boat ride from the marina. Typical surface interval is approximately 45-60 minutes. After the second dive the tour will break for lunch for about 1 hour. Lunch options include; Medano Beach Restaurants, Marina Restaurants, or boxed lunches on the boat. After the third dive, we return to the marina at approximately 2:00 PM and are back at the dive shop by 2:30 PM
Day Three (Cabo Pulmo)
The group will gather at the main palapa at 6:00 AM to review the day's plan. The equipment will already be loaded in the ground transportation to Cabo Pulmo. Transit time to Cabo Pulmo takes about 2 hours. The charter to Cabo Pulmo includes two dives and is coordinated with the park officials. After diving, we stop at one of the local restaurants for lunch before continuing the tour. On our way back to Cabo your guide will make a couple of short stops to point out local attractions (Tropic of Cancer, the Oasis of Santiago, Old Town San Jose Del Cabo, etc.). Our trips to Cabo Pulmo are scheduled from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Day Four (Local Diving + Night Dive)
The group will gather at the main palapa at 7:30 AM to review the day's plan. We will board the boat at approximately 8:00 AM. The morning dives on day four are typically scheduled for the Corridor. The boat trip to the first site requires about 20-30 minutes. After the second dive, we will return to Cabo and the tour will break for lunch for about 1 hour. Lunch options include; Medano Beach Restaurants, Marina Restaurants, or boxed lunches on the boat. After the third dive, we return to the marina at approximately 2:00 PM and are back at the dive shop by 2:30 PM. We will meet at the main palapa one hour before the night dive to discuss logistics.
Day Five: (Gordo Banks)
The group will gather at the main palapa at Sunrise. The equipment and tanks will be waiting on the boat. This expedition includes enriched air nitrox. Transit time to Gordo Banks is approximately 1-1/2 hours. The top of the sea mount is in about 100 feet of water. Both morning dives will be deep. The surface interval will be extended to a minimum of one hour. On the way back to Cabo we will serve a boxed lunch prepared by a local restaurant. Once the boat returns to the marina, we will take a short rest at the Marina to off load tanks and prepare for the third dive. The day's charter will be complete between 3:00 and 4:00 PM
Day Six (La Paz)
The group will gather at the main palapa at 5:00 AM to review the day's plan. The equipment will already be loaded in the ground transportation to La Paz. Transit time to La Paz takes about 2 hours. The charter to La Paz includes two dives and a snorkeling experience with whale sharks. Target dive sites include the Sea Lion Colony at Los Islotes and one of shipwrecks. Travel time by boat can be up to two hours each way to Espiritu Santo Island. When the activities are concluded, we stop at one of the local restaurants on the famous boardwalk before returning to Cabo. Our trips to La Paz are scheduled from 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Day Seven: Friday (No Scuba Scheduled)
Day seven is planned as a non-diving day. Guests may take this day to rest and prepare for their departure, or our team can help organize a variety of other activities: Local Snorkeling Free Diving Kayaking Whale Watching Dolphin Experience Beach Activities Dessert Tours ATV Tours City Tours Fishing
Day Eight: (Departure)
Casa Nautilus has a checkout time of 11:00 AM. Your package includes return transportation to the airport. We allow for a one-hour travel time back to airport and suggest you arrive two hours before your flight is scheduled to depart.
The trip package includes standard 80 cubic foot tanks and weights.
Enriched Air Nitrox will be provided for the dives at Gordo Banks but is otherwise available for an added cost.
Rental equipment is available for an added cost
Lunch is included for the excursion days. Snacks and water are provided daily.
Casa Nautilus comes fully furnished and is equipped with most amenities. If you have specific needs or concerns, please contact our staff prior to arrival. We will send you a pre-arrival questionnaire to help our team prepare for your trip.
The air and water temperatures fluctuate significantly in Los Cabos throughout the year. Please prepare accordingly based on the season you plan on visiting. Don't forget ecofriendly sun protection to protect you and our fish friends!
The Best of Baja package includes several long boat trips. If sea sickness can be an issue, divers should take appropriate measures to mitigate the symptoms.