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 which depart from Cabo San Lucas port. There are year round liveaboard trips of all shapes, styles and durations to satisfy everyones 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 name of these 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 white tips, hammerheads, silky sharks and Galapagos sharks. Humpback whales which 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 re definitely the top attraction of this archipelago, they fly along with the divers trough the crystal clear waters with wing spans 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 black jacks, Clarion butterfly fish (the local butterfly fish 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 organisations are working around here to preserve the unique wildlife which inhabit and pass 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 having 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

  • 8.8 Fabulous
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  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Mike J
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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