A travel journal
to Baja California by Barb B
Quote: This journal is about my scuba diving experiences in Baja California. My husband is a NAUI SCUBA Instructor and I am an assistant instructor. We've made many trips to this area, sometimes with students and sometimes alone. A pristine area, unfortunately becoming more crowded each day.
Most North American tourists see only the top of the Baja Peninsula around the tourist areas of Tijuana and Encinada or else the fishing areas at the tip of the peninsula around Cabo San Lucas. There is a vast area of the Baja peninsula between these two tourist areas which still remains unknown to North American visitors.
The people of Baja are anxious to show us their beautiful homeland and share their culture.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 22, 2000
We hired a local Mexican Fisherman/diver to show us the BEST diving and underwater fishing spots (cost was about $20 a day--later the locals told us that was TOO MUCH, we should have only offerred $10 a day.)
The facilities are MINIMAL--primitive toilets, shower is an overhead hose -- if you are lucky! If you are in a cab-over camper, with your own water supply--YOU ARE in Business!! Otherwise--Bathe in the water--after all, you ARE a TOUGH old SCUBA Diver!! (at least that is how many see us).
On the weekend, drive into the town of Mulege and spend the evening at Las Casitas hotel (quite inexpensive). Enjoy the food, booze and Music -- have a wonderful HOT (!) shower, sleep well--and go back to the beach for MORE Diving!!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2000
Las Casitas Hotel Restaurant
The closest Air fill station/Dive shop is in Mulege. A REALLY NEAT(!) little rural Mexican town about 7 miles north of Cayote beach.
This is the ONLY game in town--accept it!!! The people here are very friendly. Owners, Miguel (a local guy)and his wife Claudia (an American) are both NAUI instructors and VERY knowledgable of the area. They offer trips, tours of the local area dive sites.
A fairly secure dive with maxmum depth of about 30 feet. The beach is wonderful and we have camped on the beach in April and October. There can be lots stingrays and surge in this area so be careful. Northern California divers will find this area VERY nice and warm---Florida divers will find it COLD and a bit intimidating. Here, you will find decorator crabs, Sargeant Major fish, rays and if you are lucky, you may find a tiny octopus living in a can or bottle on the bottom. If you are not accustomed to diving in this area, always stop by the local dive shop for a chat with local divers--find out about its' perils and pleasures! If you are a certified diver, but have not dived in this area before, I STRONGLY recommend you talk with Miguel (owner of the local dive shop in Mulege). He will answer all of your questions, fill your tanks and suggest local dive sites. They also run boats to the best of the BEST local dive sites. They are WONDERFUL dive trip operators--trust them for the most current information!
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