Cabo Pulmo and Gordo Banks Diving and Eco Expedition 2023

Join us for an unforgettable journey in one of the most biodiverse waters in the world, which Jacques Cousteau called “The Aquarium of the World.” The Sea of Cortez is home to 891 reef fish species, 90 of which are found nowhere else in the world. We will venture to the best of the best, Cabo Pulmo marine park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to the Pacific’s easternmost barrier reef - the only coral reef in Baja California. The local village helped this unique ecosystem from overfishing and desolation, and it is now a rebounding reef that is home to over 235 fish species and hundreds more species of marine invertebrates and mammals. You will not believe your eyes when you see the explosion of marine life diversity and an astounding density of fish amongst the colorful reefs! You are sure to encounter some of the largest schools of fish you have ever seen, as well as sea lions, sharks, and mantas. We have planned our trip for the best season to dive in the Sea of Cortez when the water temperatures are over 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and visibility is over 100 feet!

A few miles off the southern end of Baja California, the Gordo Banks is an area around an underwater seamount that causes currents to bring nutrients to the area and creates a hotspot of marine life. With the highest peaks of the seamounts over 100 feet under the surface, the highlight of the dives here lies with the area’s pelagic visitors. Large schools of jacks, snappers and creole fish attract larger predators such as tuna, wahoo, marlin, and multiple species of sharks! 

We will take a short flight to Cabo San Lucas and a 2-hour van transfer through the Baja desert and Cortez scenery and arrive at Cabo Pulmo in the mid-afternoon. The next day we will dive in beautiful warm water for 2 dives a day for 3 days. Diving is off pangas launched directly from the beach with tractors, and dive sites are all within a 20-minute boat ride. After diving we will be able to enjoy hiking, beach combing, and eco-activities. On the fifth day, we will take a van transfer to Cabo San Lucas and check into a 5-star hotel. The next day we will dive 2 tanks at Gordo Banks in the morning. After resting for the night, we will fly out around noon and back to LAX in the late afternoon Saturday, Nov. 11. 

This is one of the very few land-based diving trips Ocean Safari has offered in years! It comes with a short 7-day getaway in 80+ degree warm water, is very economical, and is sure to include lots of fun and adventure. 

Expedition Itinerary: 

November 5 (Sun): Fly from LAX to Cabo San Lucas and take a 2 hour van transfer to Cabo Pulmo. Arrive in the mid-afternoon, check into beautiful Casitas/bungalows, and eat a welcome dinner. 

November 6-8 (Mon-Wed):  2 tank dives daily at Cabo Pulmo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, An opportunity to see sharks, huge schools of fish, and an explosion of marine diversity and explores and enjoy eco activities in the area.

November 9 (Thur): Have a farewell breakfast and check out around 11 am. Take a 2 hour transfer through Baja desert to Cabo San Lucas and check into a seaside 5-star hotel. Free program for the remainder of the day.

November 10 (Fri): 2 tanks dive at Gordo Banks to have an opportunity to see a large diversity of pelagic marine life and maybe even schools of hammerhead sharks. 

November 11 (Sat): Fly from Cabo San Lucas to LAX around noon and arrive home early evening.


Expedition Includes:

·  All transfers/transportation in Mexico

·  Accommodation in casitas/bungalows based on double or triple occupancy in Cabo Pulmo

·  Marine Park fee

·  2 nights in 5-star hotel stay in Cabo San Lucas in a deluxe junior suite based on double occupancy

·  3 days of diving in Cabo Pulmo 

·  1 day diving in Gordo Bank with Nitrox

·  Meals and drinks daily at Cabo Pulmo, breakfast included at the hotel in Cabo San Lucas 

·  Tanks and weights

·  Escort by Ocean Safari professional dive leader/photographer with unparalleled service



·  International airfare

·  Alcoholic beverages

·  couple of meals in Cabo San Lucas

·  Equipment rental

·  Mexico VAT tax (17%)

·  Travel and dive insurance (diving insurance is required)

·  Crew Gratuities


Cost: (based on Double Occupancy)

·  $1748






1st Deposit


Upon Reservation

2nd Deposit


July 5, 2023

Final payment

Balance remaining

Before August 5, 2023

For credit card payments, please add 3%  

(trip insurance is available thru Ocean safari, please ask)


Cancellation Policy:

Before July 5, 2023, 1st deposit is forfeited, no refund on the first deposit.
After July 5, 2023, 1st and 2nd deposits are forfeited (unless replacement can be found then 1st deposit forfeited).
After August 5, 2023, no refund (unless a replacement can be found, then 1st deposit forfeited).