Liveaboard Diving in Cabo San Lucas


Liveaboards departing from Cabo San Lucas, or commonly known as Cabo; will usually be setting off towards the Socorro Islands or into the Sea of Cortez. Cabo is a popular tourist destination as it provides visitors with sun, sand, sea and diving; with white beaches and turquoise waters. There are numerous resorts to choose from and endless activities to enjoy the surroundings as much as possible; it is truly directed towards tourism. It is located in the southern tip of the state Baja California in Mexico and it is one of the two locations liveaboards depart from to visit the surrounding dive sites. The dive sites surrounding Cabo San Lucas are world-renowned for the marine wildlife; numerous species of pelagics, large schools of fish, and endless photography options.


There are currently Mexican liveaboards that depart from Cabo San Lucas port. There are year-round liveaboard trips of all shapes, styles, and durations to satisfy everyone's needs. Some liveaboards will head to the Socorro's which are a group of four volcanic islands called the Revillagigedo Archipelago or otherwise known as the Socorro Islands. Due to these dive sites being around 400km (250mi) from Cabo San Lucas the liveaboards usually leave in the afternoon or the evening, to start the first day with diving. The four islands are Socorro Island, Roca Partida, San Benedicto, and Clarion. This is a paradise for many large species of Pelagic species, including many species of sharks such as whitetips, hammerheads, silky sharks and Galapagos sharks. Humpback whales that migrate to and from Alaska and stop over here to breed are spotted here during the winter months. Pods of playful dolphins come up close and personal and last but not least; Manta Rays. The Giant Pacific Manta Rays are definitely the top attraction of this archipelago, they fly along with the divers through the crystal clear waters with wingspans up to 7m (22ft). They have gotten used to divers and so are very curious and will come very close to you for some incredible photo opportunities. There are large schools of blackjacks, Clarion butterflyfish (the local butterflyfish of Clarion island), grunts, and wahoos.

The visibility in this area varies from 15-50m (49-164ft) and water temperatures range from 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) up to 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit). They are part of a protected biosphere reserve and many conservation organizations are working around here to preserve the unique wildlife which lives and pass by here.

This archipelago of islands is a more advanced diving area as it is an open water dive area and therefore sometimes there are strong currents and big waves, and most dive spots are quite deep, however, each liveaboard has their own minimum dive experience level, most expect to have your Advanced Open water with at least 50 logged dives, but there are a few which only need you to have your Open Water and no minimum logged dives. Please keep this in mind.

Other liveaboard itineraries may offer cruises into the Sea Of Cortez which offers some great chances to dive with Sea Lions.


The Mexican liveaboards which depart from here will depart from Cabo San Lucas port. This port and this city are both located in the state of Baja California and located in the most Southern municipality; Los Cabos. You will most likely fly into Los Cabos International Airport, which has flights arriving from the United States, Canada, and other Mexican Cities.

Cabo San Lucas Diving Reviews

  • 8.9 Fabulous
  • 11 Verified Reviews
  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Michael J
  • United States United States

Cabo diving itself is cold (67 degrees F) with low visibility (10ft) and can be very crowded/touristy. Saw some interesting macro life, but no big creatures.

Diving Cabo San Lucas in May on the Nautilus Belle Amie

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Kathleen S
  • United States United States

Not so good this time of year, Feb, water cold and poor visibility

Diving Cabo San Lucas in February on the Nautilus Belle Amie

  • 6.0 Review score
  • Lisa K
  • United States United States

Outside of this boat’s itinerary with local dive shop, Cabo San Lucas was terrible visibility but I saw about 20 mobula rays on the sandy bottom and a giant bait ball of sardines! This was actually more impressive than what we saw on the Liveaboard!

Diving Cabo San Lucas in January on the Nautilus Explorer

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Gabriel A
  • United States United States

Limited visibility but sightings of hammerheads and mobula rays, as well as humpbacks on the surface.

Diving Cabo San Lucas in January on the Nautilus Explorer

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Carlotta B
  • Italy Italy

Nice, rich in marine life, but cold

Diving Cabo San Lucas in May on the Nautilus Belle Amie

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Jose Manuel U
  • Mexico Mexico

Cold water!! It is not a great spot to dive

Diving Cabo San Lucas in February on the Nautilus Belle Amie

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Magdalena B
  • Germany Germany

Cold water, reduced visibility but rich marine life

Diving Cabo San Lucas in March on the Nautilus Belle Amie

Origin: US