Los Cabos is known for its clear, dazzling turquoise seascapes, and no visit to Cabo is complete without getting on or in that water. Whether you’re looking for the best place for sundowners, a world-class surfing experience, or to discover a new universe under the water’s surface, Cabo has something for you.
While it was challenging to narrow down the choices, we’ve whittled it down to a concise top 10. Did we miss anything? Let us know!
Top Ten Best Water Activities in Cabo
1. Swimming With Sharks
Whale sharks may be the largest of all sharks, but they’re also harmless plankton-eaters who don’t mind sharing the water with snorkelers, swimmers, and divers. Also, the water of Crystal La Paz sparkles like a gemstone—so bring your camera and prepare to be dazzled by nature from every possible angle.
2. Whale Watching
The winter months are the best times of the year to see whales in Cabo. Generally, whales can be seen around Cabo from mid-December to mid-April. Humpback whales are the most commonly seen type of whale, but you may also see gray whales, blue whales, orcas, and sperm whales. For the best whale watching, we recommend going out in the morning when the water is calmest.
The snorkeling in Cabo is unlike any you’ve experienced! It’s one of the best things to do on the water in Cabo, partially because it’s so fascinating and also because you don’t need any special training or diving experience to do it. Santa Maria Bay is a must-do for snorkelers. There are loads of colorful fish, and the water is very clear, making for good viewing. Chileno Beach and Land’s End are also great snorkeling destinations. Bring bread to feed the fish—they’ll be all over you!
4. Scuba Diving
Experienced divers will love to dive the Corridor and explore its underwater canyons, where you’ll see moray eels, barracuda, angel fish, sharks, and all kinds of exotic marine life—maybe even a whale! Cabo Reserve is where you’ll see Sand Falls, a truly unique experience, and sea lions near Land’s End. Cabo Pulmo Marine Park will get you up close and personal with multiple coral reefs and a world of undersea color you could never imagine. If you don’t have your Open Water Certification, speak to us about options in Cabo. You’ll be diving in no time!
There are many great surf spots in Los Cabos, most notably at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. On the Sea of Cortez side, we like Playa Costa Azul from March through October. In winter, you’ll find the best waves on the Pacific side at Los Cerritos. If you’re not an experienced surfer but want to learn, plenty of surf shops offer lessons, equipment rental, and guided excursions to make sure you get to put what you learned into practice.
If sharks aren’t quite your thing, or if you’re looking for something fun and safe to do with the kids, you can swim with dolphins in Los Cabos. Most dolphin experiences are within humane conservation areas, like Dolphin Discovery. While there, you’ll swim with dolphins in a large, enclosed ocean cove approximately the size of a football field. If you’re concerned about interacting with dolphins “in captivity,” rest assured that they are well cared for, play a lot, eat well, and that human contact is limited. Fun fact: the dolphins at Dolphin Discovery are so well cared for they exceed their typical lifespan in the wild by 15 years.
What’s flyboarding, you ask? It’s kind of like snowboarding on the water or surfing in the air with a “jetpack” attached to the board. Pressure is generated by a pump that pushes water through something like a firehose. The rider is bound to the board and can control the water pressure using a hand-held remote. Flyboards can reach speeds up to 50 km/h and fly as high as 15 meters in the air. If it sounds intriguing, all we have to say is—you only live once.
8. Paddle Boarding
If you prefer your watersports a little closer to the surface, paddle boarding might be your jam. Stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) are just like surfboards, except you move them with a paddle. It’s easy to do, and riding waves is not required. We recommend going out in the morning as the water and winds are calm, and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy a leisurely paddle, but it’s gorgeous at sunset, too. Rentals can be easily arranged for the day.
Perhaps it goes without saying, but swimming in Los Cabos is a must-do if you love the water. The water is warm and clear, and whether you visit a local beach or jump in from your private charter, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss. Check out our guide to the best beaches in Los Cabos, or trust us to take you places beyond your wildest dreams. We know all the best swimming spots, and some are only accessible by boat.
10. Cruise Land’s End
Land’s End holds some of the most scenic and romantic spots in Los Cabos, and no trip to Cabo San Lucas is complete without a sightseeing tour by sea. Experience the majesty of El Arco, walk the sand at Lover’s Beach (and Divorce Beach!), visit Pelican Rock, and get up close and personal with sea lions and seals. Dive in for a snorkel to see pufferfish, angelfish, and all kinds of colorful marine life below the surface, then climb back on to soak up the sun’s last rays and watch the sun disappear into the Pacific. If it sounds like paradise, you’re not far off!
If you love watersports and breathtaking scenery, Los Cabos has it all. There’s no better way to indulge your senses than right here in our azure waters. Book your charter today, or drop us a line with your questions. See you on the water!