The Gulf of California. The Sea of Cortez. The Vermilion Sea. The 900-mile stretch of water that separates the Baja California Peninsula from Mexico's mainland goes by many names. But whatever the moniker, its vastness plays home to a rich variety of marine life. Reef fish, sea turtles, manta rays, and even whales swim through its depths, and thanks to San Carlos Dive Boats, people have the opportunity to see some of these creatures up close.
The company's captains and crew members welcome up to 20 SCUBA divers aboard their 36-foot Newton Dive Special, which travels out to various dive sites. Aside from SCUBA diving, the team also captains fishing charters, happy to ice, fillet, and juggle anything caught. They also hand out complimentary snacks, water, and soda during each voyage.
El Mar Diving Center, an SSI and TDI dive center that started in 1963, serves as a divers' oasis amid the dry Mesa terrain. The center's seasoned staff lead an array of courses, teaching beginners the ropes in the Junior Open Water Diver class and helping more experienced divers hone their skills in Solo Diver sessions. They also lead speciality classes such as Night and Limited Visibility Diver and Wreck Diver, in which adventurers learn which treasure is safe and which is lorded over by pirate ghosts. In addition to heated pools, high-tech equipment, and other essential learning tools, the center's affiliate school in San Carlos, Mexico boasts a 36-foot boat that hosts exploration dives in the Sea of Cortez.