Baja California Sur- A general overview (Chapter One)

by   Profile Franco and Sabrina   When 27th December 2021
Scuba diver and school of Munk's devil ray, pygmy devil ray, (Mobula munkiana), feeding on plankton at night, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean
Free diver photographing Striped marlin (Tetrapturus audax) feeding on
sardine's bait ball (Sardinops sagax), Magdalena Bay, West Coast of Baja California, Pacific Ocean, Mexico
Scuba diver surrounded by shoal of Big-eye jacks (Caranx sexfasciatus), Cabo Pulmo Marine National Park, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Group of Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), on the water surface, Eastern Pacific Ocean, Bahia Magdalena, Baja California, Mexico

Follow us on a real tour of the biggest Mexican peninsula, Baja California Sur, and its satellite islands.

During the past two years of Covid-related travel restrictions, we headed to this intriguing country several times, since Mexico is one of the few destinations which has never closed its borders or required quarantine on arrival. Thanks to Mares' support, we had the chance to test several products for scuba diving, freediving and snorkelling. We used them in challenging situations and could rely on them for all our demanding needs. We were surprised by their strength and flexibility, starting from our Cruise Backpack Roller bags which were sturdy and capacious - we could no longer do without them for our travels. But let's proceed step by step...

Driving just off the two main international airports (La Paz and Cabo San Lucas), the look of the Baja California Sur reveals its peculiarities. At a first tired glance, it appears tedious: cacti, the desert, rocks, beaches and vice versa. On the contrary, the underwater side of the coin is awesome. We came here with the spirit of travellers in search of the surprising underwater nature of the Sea of Cortés and the wonderland of the Pacific coast's shallow waters, and we felt great love for each site.

Baja California Sur is a peninsula full of contradictions and striking chromatic contrasts, stretched between the mid-cold Pacific Ocean and the quieter Sea of Cortés. From ochre/orange/fire red-coloured parched lands to mountains of granite and sandstone and long beaches of white, fine sand. With endless rows of columnar cacti and the long ribbon of asphalt, the Carretera Transpeninsular, that joints Tijuana in the north to Cabo San Lucas in the south, zigzagging from one coast to the other and crossing the desert canyons and sierras.

Baja California Sur is a sensational place, much like the character of Mexican people: strong, friendly and smiling. We could not have asked for anything more. It deserves passion, it is intriguing. It is like a primordial soup which feeds a perfect marine food chain and a great variety of marine birds (among them beautiful pelicans, cormorants and gulls). You will be surprised by the quantity and variety of fish thriving everywhere - the dive spots are like a natural appendage of the land, an endless bare area with rocks, canyons and granite blocks worn away by the marine currents, emerging from the sandy depths.

If divers are looking for colourful coral gardens, gorgonian sea-fans, soft-corals and critters for macro-photography, it would probably be better to go for the polychromies of the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. The Sea of Cortez is extraordinary, and gives great satisfaction to people looking for an abundance of fish. Follow us and in our next posts you will see them with your own eyes!

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Profile Franco and Sabrina
When 27th December 2021
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