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Get Your Splash On: What to Do In and On the Water in Cabo San Lucas

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Water activities are one of the best ways to discover the many facets of Cabo San Lucas and its renowned beauty and wildlife. With pristine beaches, secluded bays, and seas teeming with marine life, there are aquatic activities for all ages and interests in Cabo—from adrenaline junkies to nature enthusiasts and everyone in between!

Whether you want to get up-close and personal with sea life, try out thrilling water sports, or simply relax, you’re sure to find a water activity perfectly suited to you in Cabo.

Go Underwater


Want to experience the amazement of diving, but don’t want to have to go through training? SNUBA is the perfect alternative!

A combination of snorkeling and scuba diving, SNUBA allows you to dive way below the surface of the water without having to carry any heavy gear. Instead, you breathe through an easy-to-use regulator attached to a floating air-supply tank that sits on the surface of the water. Wearing only a snorkel mask and flippers, you can glide effortlessly through an underwater world, spotting the array of animals that hide amongst the reef.

The best part? SNUBA only requires a brief, 15-minute training session—then you’re free to explore Cabo’s underwater ecosystem and see tropical marine life closer than ever before. No certification or previous experience is necessary, even if you only have basic swimming skills. That makes this a great option for families and people of all ages—kids and grandparents included!

Scuba Dive

Cabo San Lucas is a paradise for dive enthusiasts. The Sea of Cortez is nicknamed “the world’s aquarium” for good reason: It’s brimming with diverse sea life. There are plenty of underwater places to explore near Los Cabos, but Cabo Pulmo is one of the best. It’s a national marine park that’s home to one of the oldest reefs in the American Pacific!


You don’t have to be a diver to get up-close and personal with Cabo’s marine life. With calm waters and tropical temperatures, snorkeling is a dream in Cabo San Lucas. Between August and November, visibility can range from 40 to 90 feet; that means you’ll be able to see first-hand why the Sea of Cortez is considered one of the most important ecosystems on the planet.

Swim with Whale Sharks

Known affectionately as gentle giants, there’s nothing quite like swimming beside the largest fish in the world: the whale shark. Coast alongside these magnificent animals, and marvel as they glide gracefully through the water, feeding on microscopic plankton and krill. It’s safe and so much fun to do. You’ll emerge from underwater with a newfound appreciation for what lives beneath it!

Free-Dive with Sharks

This one’s for the adventure-lovers! Try snorkeling or diving with sharks—without a cage. Los Cabos is one of the best places to encounter the rare, smooth hammerhead, along with mako sharks, silky sharks, and blue sharks. Seeing them closer than ever before, you’ll be amazed by their power and grace. Not only is this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it helps to promote shark conservation by helping people get past the stereotype of Jaws and learn what sharks are really like.

Get Onboard a Submarine

Go underwater without getting wet! A perfect activity for the whole family, the Cabo Submarine allows you to view the area’s vibrant sea life in a safe and comfortable—dry—environment.

Our 60-foot, semi-submersible submarine travels to beautiful Land’s End. From the deck of the submarine, you’ll see stunning vistas and rugged landscapes, including the famous Arch (El Arco).

After you’ve taken your share of photos, head below deck to see a kaleidoscope of sea life. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a front-row seat to colorful schools of fish. Every tour has a marine biologist onboard, who provides information about Baja California’s abundant biodiversity and fascinating natural history.


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Stay at the Surface

Watch Whales

More than 20 species of whales and dolphins are known to frequent the waters of Los Cabos, including:

  • Humpback whales
  • Gray whales
  • Blue whales

When you go on a whale-watching excursion, you get to witness these majestic animals in their natural environment. Watch as they breach, slap their tails, and interact with other pod members. It’s a truly unforgettable experience.

Want to enhance your wildlife-viewing experience? Consider a whale concert sunset tour, where a hydrophone is used to pick up the enchanting songs of migrating humpback whales.

Take a Day Trip to Espiritu Santo Island

If you’re after an interactive and educational animal encounter, take a day trip to Isla Espiritu Santo. You’ll feel like you’re in a world apart from the hustle and bustle of touristy Cabo San Lucas. And you’ll get to enjoy underwater relaxation too as you snorkel with the resident sea-lion colony!

All our tours focus on the connection between land, people, and animals as a web—every part depends on another! We’ll make it fun to learn about Espiritu Santo’s unique biodiversity and tell you why it received the honor of being a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Who says the only way to experience Cabo’s watery world is under it? Witness its beauty from a completely unique vantage point when you go parasailing. Soar high above the azure seas, craggy landscapes, and golden-toned beaches of Cabo San Lucas Bay.

Don’t forget your camera! There will be plenty of fantastic photo opportunities throughout your adventure.

Go Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

Looking to reconnect with nature while working on your fitness at the same time? With a focus on strength and balance, stand-up paddle boarding provides a low-impact workout for your entire body. Plus, it’s known to reduce stress and improve your mental well-being.

The warm, calm waters and safe swimming conditions at Medano Beach provide the perfect setting for stand-up paddle boarding.

Get Sporty


The summer months offer the best surf conditions in Cabo, although surfers can’t resist the area year-round. If you’re advanced, don’t miss Monuments, Zippers, and The Rock, which offer challenging breaks.

Not an expert surfer? No problem! Beginners can book surf lessons at Acapulquito Beach (also known as Old Man’s). It’s located in nearby San Jose del Cabo and well worth a visit. There’s nothing like experiencing the beauty of Cabo as you skim the surface of the water!


Paddle past the beautiful sights of Cabo San Lucas from the comfort of a kayak. Relaxing and fun, it’s a fantastic way to explore the scenery and wildlife in this picturesque area.

Our snorkel and kayak tour offers the best of both worlds. Hop into a glass-bottom kayak, and paddle to the impressive Arch at Land’s End, one of the most picture-worthy spots in all of Los Cabos. If you’re lucky, on the way to one of the best snorkel spots in Los Cabos, you’ll pass a mischievous sea lion colony and get to see these playful mammals in action.

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Between November and March, strong wind speeds create the ideal conditions for windsurfing in Cabo. Los Barriles, Buena Vista, and Punta Colorada are a few of the best windsurfing beaches—all located on the East Cape.


If you love to fish, you do not want to pass up the opportunity to cast a line here. Species include:

  • Marlin
  • Swordfish
  • Yellowtail

Local fishing charters provide a scenic and action-packed day out on the water!

Eager to dip your feet into Cabo’s water activities? Book your perfect aquatic adventure with Cabo Expeditions! Still not sure what’s right for your vacation or your family? Speak with one of our experts live!