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[*] posted on 1-4-2019 at 10:50 AM
La Paz area snorkeling???


Wondering where to get in some good snorkeling while in La Paz. Don't have a vehicle or boat but can bus out the the main beaches.

Where can we expect to see clear waters and a fair bit of marine life?

Also wondering if its possible to rent a small fishing boat for the day for self guided fishing and visiting reefs a big further out.

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[*] posted on 1-4-2019 at 05:24 PM

Several places near La Paz come to mind. Going out past Pichilingue, past Tecolote up a dirt road and back to the shoreline the small beaches and rocky areas are good snorkeling. You are at Punta Las Galeras and beyond. There is an area to the left of Tecolote also. Past Ensenada El Coyote is an excellent rocky area down to Puerto Mixta. One of my favorites is off the old Punta Arenas park at the end of the road at the hotel and walk down the beach to the right (in front of the hotel) and the rocky area is great. Rocks have fossilized shells embedded in them. Shallow water in front, a deep canyon you can jump into and snorkel away. Not only do you see smaller marine life, but some sizable ones also. Get a good book on marine tropical fishes and you will see many. All of these are clean water unlike the bay, however snorkeling among the mangroves on the Magote in the Bay can also be rewarding. There is a long channel near the old hotel that can be pretty good. This is Bay stuff, muddy bottom, bottom dwellers. Some pretty great sand dollars, rays, etc. Wish I could join you.
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[*] posted on 1-4-2019 at 09:35 PM

If you're willing to board a panga and go offshore, you can go north to the islands and snorkel in the sea lion colony.
You didn't mention what time of year you were going. The water can be surprisingly cool, depending on the season.
Here's a link:

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[*] posted on 1-6-2019 at 10:33 AM

If going anytime soon check weather as I was there most of the month of December and it was too cold & windy for snorkeling unless you are from Canada/Europe where temps are colder than U.S.
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[*] posted on 1-6-2019 at 11:17 AM

By car you can go to Pichilengue beach as a good place to go to find some action on the outside edges of the bay, or of course Balandra and Tecolote at the edges of the rocks, the further away from others the better, like El Saltito. You can also drive to El Sargento all the way to end of the road, Punta Pescadero or Boca Del Alamo. For real quick and easy, there are a ton of boats leaving the Malecon daily about 10am-12pm, for example, Eco Calafia Tours that will take you right to the action to dive with whale sharks, turtles, dolphin, seal lions and see some action guaranteed. It's not cold at all, water is about 74F on SOC and warmer on the Pacific, there are days of cool 70F weather intermixed with warm 80F sunny weather.

Just returned from a week of snorkeling with friends and family. You can also camp at any these locations noted below for free, but keep it clean and pack all trash and waste, here's some photos:

Guided Tours leaving La Paz daily--cost about $35 per person for 3-4 hours - Eco Calafia Tours or Los Rauls Tours are highly recommended

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Punta El Cardonal

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South of Punta Pescadero is world famous Tuna Canyon

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Punta Pescadero is a great spot to swim and stop by the restaurant for a dip in the pool and food and drinks or enjoy watching your favorite sports

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Tecolote - boats also leave to go to Isla Espirtu Santo for a quick trip vs leaving the Malecon for a longer trip to the islands
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La Balandra La Perla de La Paz

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[*] posted on 1-9-2019 at 06:29 PM

"Tecolote - boats also leave to go to Isla Espirtu Santo for a quick trip vs leaving the Malecon for a longer trip to the islands"

It's the same trip - boat from La Paz picks up passengers at Tecolote - snorkeling trip is about 7 hrs - cruise past east coast of Espiritu Santo island, pointing out interesting things, then about an hour at the sea lion colony where all the boats go (off Isla Partida). Absolutely astounding. Then a stop for lunch (included - seem all boats serve ham and cheese sandwiches and ceviche (excellent)). About an hour or so on this pristine beach - where you can snorkel too. Then cruise back on the west side of the islands. You can bring your own beer and put it in their cooler. They have snorkels, masks, life jackets, drinks.
I also went snorkeling at Tecolote, Balandra (pales in comparison to the boat tour to Isla Partida). I had a calm day, warm water.
I also saw a smaller, fast boat with just a couple of people - probably much more expensive, but it was the same trip we were on.
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[*] posted on 1-9-2019 at 07:19 PM

Week Jan 13 - 20 is forecasted to be 30c in the region - warm

There are many tour companies, 20-30 operating daily - at the moment diving is closely managed with oversight from Semarnat on sight to ensure that boats don't overcrowd areas, whale sharks or seal lion areas, captains and guides are certified, boats well prepared.

Personally its a bit much for me to go all the way from inside the Bay to Partida round trip is a long day in a panga, so if I am going to the island I prefer to leave from Tecolote. I would do 2 trips one inside the Bay and one outside with a 4 hour round trip max. But if you can handle it its a great long day especially in a bigger boat 28foot plus with bathroom, definitely want to choose the right size boat for the trip.
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