DIVING AND SNORKELING

Baja California has the most diverse and interesting diving attractions found almost anywhere in the world. On a single trip a diver can hunt for ling cod in a cool-water kelp environment, visit a coral reef, make friends with a huge manta ray, hitch a ride on the fin of a gigantic whale shark, watch sand cascade down steep underwater canyons, and photograph such Indo-Pacific beauties as Moorish idols and longnose butterfly fish. A visit to a mysterious Pacific seamount, where life competes so vigorously for living space that not a square inch of bare rock can be seen, may be followed days later by a dive on a pristine sand bottom devoid of life-devoid, that is, unless you approach slowly and quietly, to find hundreds of slim garden eels swaying in the underwater breezes, ready to disappear instantly into the sand. Individually, these marvels are found elsewhere, but collectively they make Baja unique.
 
 
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A cooperative manta takes Marilyn Danielson and a pair of remoras for a fantastic ride
Photo by Ted Rulison
Moorish Idols off San José del Cabo
Photo by Michael Peterson

 

A SHORT VISIT TO ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING PLACES ON EARTH
by:Walt Peterson ©

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