Go Beyond Snorkeling

SNUBA® (snorkel + scuba) adds the gift of breathing underwater to the ease of snorkeling—without scuba diving’s heavy, technical gear and long training. The beauty of tropical sea life opens up as you enter a realm once limited to certified divers. After only 15 minutes of instruction, follow a SNUBA Cabo Expeditions expert guide into the wonders of the Sea of Cortez.

Many sea creatures just don’t come up to the surface within easy sight of a surface snorkeler. You don’t have to dive deep—even the easy 10, 20, or 30 feet down you can go with SNUBA® gives you a perspective you can’t imagine from sea level.

Every day is different under the sea. One day you might see butterfly fish and angelfish nibbling at coral heads. Another day a hawkfish might be spying at you from a shady hideout. It takes a good eye to spot an octopus, but moray eels are easy to recognize. You could see rays grazing on mollusks in the sandy sea floor. Or garden eels sticking their necks out. A big school of jacks or scads might blow by like undersea weather. Look closely for the little things, too – you could spy the brilliant finery of a little sea slug flipping by. Whatever you see today, it will be different tomorrow!

How Does It Work?

SNUBA® is simple: Instead of carrying your air supply on your back, you breathe through a long hose connected to a tank at the surface. You can’t go any deeper than the hose allows, so there’s no worry about getting “the bends” and other concerns that scuba divers deal with. You wear a mask and flippers, like you would for snorkeling.

After about 15 minutes of training, you follow your Cabo Expeditions guide to encounter amazing tropical marine life. Total time underwater is about 30 minutes.

Afterward, enjoy refreshments, and if time allows, use our regular snorkeling equipment, or relax on the beach.

SNUBA at Espiritu Santo Island

For a richer experience, add SNUBA® to your Espiritu Santo adventure. We’ll take you to the remote and mysterious Espiritu Santo Island from the quiet seaside port of La Paz.

Mexico is proud to count Espiritu Santo Island in the Sea of Cortez among its many protected nature preserves. Your Sea Trek® experience in this area will immerse you in a protected habitat for countless marine creatures.

Whether diving La Paz or snorkeling La Paz, birders love the island’s canyon wrens, pelicans, hummingbirds, and magnificent frigatebirds. See life defying the desert with gangly cardon cacti, wild figs, and a black rabbit unique to the island.

The island is most famous for the sea lion rookery at Los Islotes, a favorite place for snorkeling with sea lions. A colony of the furry, athletic swimmers raises their curious and playful pups here. No one who has snorkeled with sea lions forgets this up-close-and-personal encounter.

Availability

DEPARTURES

TOUR DURATION: Approximately 2 hours

TIME DAYS SEASON
9:00 a.m. Monday-Saturday May through November
1:00 p.m. Monday-Sunday May through November

Tour Details

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Great for beginners and those with no prior diving experience. You need basic swimming skills to fully enjoy the tour.

GROUP SIZE

We require a minimum of 2 persons to run the tour and we can accommodate up to 12 persons at a time.

DEPARTURE LOCATION

You will check-in and depart directly from our reservations office located at Plaza de la Danza along the main boulevard by the marina, and next to Dairy Queen.

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Expert instruction and a certified guide
  • A wetsuit and all the equipment you’ll need
  • Soft drinks and bottled water
WHAT’S EXCLUDED
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Gratuities

Requirements & Restrictions

  • Minimum age is 8 years old. Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This tour is not allowed for guests who are pregnant or those with heart, back and/or neck problems.
  • No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs is allowed on the tour.
  • No previous diving experience needed for SNUBA®.

What to Bring

  • Wear your bathing suit under your clothes.
  • An extra change of clothes is suggested along with sun protection, a towel, bio-degradable sunscreen, and a waterproof camera.

DID YOU KNOW?

A garden needs sunlight, water and fertilizer. The sun-blessed Sea of Cortez has strong currents washing over a rugged seafloor with four underwater “grand canyons.” The turbulence stirs up nutrients to feed microscopic plankton, the basic food group for all marine life, from whales to sponges. This rich food source has made the Sea of Cortez “the world’s aquarium,” according to Jacques Cousteau.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about SNUBA® at Cabo Expeditions:

What experience is required to try SNUBA®?

No scuba certification, no previous diving experience or even snorkeling experience is required. You only need basic swimming skills and a desire to explore underwater.

How long is the SNUBA Adventure?

The entire SNUBA Adventure is conducted in about an hour, the Cabo Expeditions entire tour is 3 hours with a light lunch included afterwards. SNUBA was developed for those who would like to safely experience breathing and exploring underwater without the investment of precious vacation time.

The entire SNUBA program includes the following:.

  • Pre-dive presentation/orientation – approximately 15 minutes
  • Equipment outfitting – approximately 10 minutes
  • Skills demonstration/practice – approximately 10 minutes
  • Underwater exploration – approximately 25 minutes

How safe is SNUBA?

Since 1988, approximately 5 million people have done it with out injury. SNUBA diving has proven itself to be the safest form of diving offered anywhere in the world.

 Since the launching of SNUBA by Cabo Expeditions in 2003, not one incident has occurred.

How do you breathe and is it difficult?

You breathe through a mouthpiece called a regulator. As you begin to inhale a comfortable flow of air is provided from a compressed air cylinder located in the raft. The most difficult thing to remember is that you will be breathing through your mouth and not your nose.

What equipment do I wear?

You will be wearing a pair of fins, a mask, a weight belt (to neutralize your bouyancy in the water) and a SNUBA harness which connects your air hose to the raft on the surface.

How deep can I dive?

The depth is limited by the length of the air hoses, which allow you to dive to a maximum depth of only 20 feet.

What if I am uncomfortable going down?

Our primary pursuit is to see that you have a safe and enjoyable experience. SNUBA diving is encouraged at your own level of comfort. Whether you are comfortable at the surface holding on to the raft or diving down to 20 feet, you will never be asked to do anything you do not want to do.

Will I be diving with a guide?

Always. Every SNUBA Adventure is conducted by a professionally trained SNUBA Guide. Your SNUBA Guide will be with you during the entire adventure and share with you the knowledge they have gained about marine life and the reef ecosystem. Most importantly, your SNUBA Guide will be there to provide a safe underwater experience.