- Reaction score
- San Francisco Bay Area
- # of dives
- 500 - 999
3.) How many dives is it practical to do per day, and about what time of day do you finish? I ask because some people do a dive trip just to dive, and some destinations lend themselves to 2/day and done.
4.) Any topside attractions besides laying around/hanging out?
For CSL, you could do a couple of dives in the morning and be done in time for lunch - especially if you're doing the local dives (neptunes finger, lovers beach, wreck, sand falls, etc). Most operators will take people here because it's super close. One thing you will notice though, is the constant noise of the boat engines.
If you head to the corridor (to the east), you'll notice that the noise is gone and instead you'll be able to hear the reef more. Trips to the corridor or around the arch are slightly longer trips. I have spent a week in CSL and booked 3-4 dives per day including some night dives. It's totally do-able.
Also keep in mind, if you want, the Socorro Island trips depart from CSL.
Dives here usually begin with an 0800 or 0900 meet up time. (I honestly prefer earlier but I guess most people on holiday don't want to get up super early after drinking the night away!)
For Cabo Pulmo, it's generally 2 dives per day in the morning. Sometimes 3 but rarely 4. They do not go out at night. In general, CP dives boats are pangas. They sit on the beach on trailers, gear is loaded onto them, then the divers, and they're pushed out by trucks. When coming back. the divers jump off the side at while the boat floats in the water, the trailer is put in and the captain drives the boat onto the trailer while the truck drives it out of the water. Since there are no lights in Cabo Pulmo (solar powered village), it's not a very convenient process in the dark and quite a few of the crews don't actually live in town.
My Cabo Pulmo routine is constant. Wake up around 0500, make tea and go to the beach for sunrise. Breakfast then dive shop and dive. Lunch post dive and photo editing. Siesta, dinner. sleep. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Other activities my friends will partake in include biking (you can rent them), hiking (there are trails for bikes and feet that go up the mountain). Fishing (they take you outside of the marine park). If you have a car, you can visit the hot springs and take a hike/dip there.
In CP, you've got the sounds of the desert, birds, wild horses, etc. When it gets dark, the town starts to wind down. Bring a flashlight. There are no lights. Most places are closed by 21h00 or even 20h00.
A local visitor center was built a few years ago. There are movie nights and the community will come together to watch other presentations too. One year I was there, a documentary was playing that featured Cabo Pulmo and its status as a Mission Blue hope spot and Dr Sylvia Earle's visit. It's not a party town.
In CSL, you've got the sounds of the marina and music blasting with the random tourist getting sick sometimes. But you do have bars and night clubs and restaurants and shopping - what you'd expect from a larger city. Definitely a party town and a good place for stuff to distract! Oh and depending on when you visit and if you're into it, CSL has sport fishing tournaments. I don't fish. I've never tried. I eat it though. And some of the giant catches are pretty impressive. (Bisbee's Black and Blue).