Scuba diving in La Ventana - Mexico

La Ventana Scuba diving : Cerralvo Island (Jacques Cousteau Island) and La Reina

  • Cerralvo Island & La Reina
  • June to October
  • From Open Water

The Sea of Cortez offers some beautifully secluded day trips from Los Cabos. One of our favourite Baja Sur expeditions is to La Ventana: a kite surfing town with a small population of local fishermen and home to a gateway to Jacques Cousteau Island. The famous ocean explorer led many expeditions in this area and so the Mexican Government changed the name from Cerralvo Island in 2009 in honor of his conservation work here. However, it’s worth noting that many of the locals prefer to use it’s real name ‘Cerralvo’.

But no matter the name, it is the perfect spot for vacation explorers that want to escape the crowd in Cabo. Come and dive or snorkel around the deserted island of Cerralvo and, further north, an isolated rocky reef called “La Reina“.


Tour details Price & booking

What's inclued

  • Private guide 4 divers max per guide
  • Private Boat Panga style 28ft boat : Shade, ladder, emergency o2 and first aid equipment.
  • Private Transportation
  • Breakfast pack
  • Picnic Lunch With all drinks and snacks for the day
  • Tanks and Weights

Schedule

June 1st until 31 October
Private or Shared boat available

Departure

From Los Cabos
Transportation included

Duration

2 dives | 2 Tanks
Full Day (5.30am to 5.30pm)

Price & Booking

Cerralvo Island & La Reina

Price in USD | Cash discount available

Scuba Diving - Private Boat

$ 1400 per tour

1-5 people | 2 Tanks

Diving Equipement : + 35 USD

Tanks and weights included

San Jose pick up $40 each way

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Tour Info and Requirements

Included :

Transportation from Cabo San Lucas, Guide, Panga style 28ft boat (Shade, ladder, emergency o2 and first aid equipment), Ceviche beach picnic with all drinks and snacks for the day (let us know if you have any food allergies), Go Pro underwater photos, tanks, weights and snorkel equipment.

Experience level:
Open Water level certified.

Max Depth:
65ft/20m

Maximum group size per boat:
4 divers and a guide.
(2 boats available ask for a price for more than 4 divers)

Water Temps

June – July 70f – 75f | 22c -25c (5mm suit for June)

July – Nov 80f | 28C  (3mm sufficient)


Scuba Diving Reviews

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Best operator in Cabo

aura and her team are simply the best dive operators in Cabo. Word class attention to detail and world class service I would never use anyone else.

By Cabolectric on TripAdvisor

The perfect ecotour opetator

What can I say? I am mexican and I am so happy by the outstanding service provided by this company. From the warmth and professionalism of its guides, drivers, chef and waiters, staff. I underpaid for an amazing experience in Cabo Pulmo.…

By David B on TripAdvisor

6 days of diving

Perfect...what else can I say, attention to detail and saw everything we could have wished for while diving!!! Bull sharks, whale sharks, hammerheads, turtles, the elusive octopus, nudies, large schools of fish, sea lions that compete with cirque du soleil, cow nose…

By G Bernier on TripAdvisor

Best Diving Experience

I would highly recommend Cabo Private Guide to anyone who is wanting to dive in Cabo. Prior to my trip with Cabo Private, I had not dove in over a year. Laura the owner made me feel really comfortable prior to heading…

By Gina C on TripAdvisor

Best Diving & Whaleshark tour in Cabo!

Had an amazing time with Cabo Private Dive! The booking process was easy and the owner, Laura, followed-up and kept us updated on our schedule. I was lucky to get to dive with Laura one day where we saw sardines and a…

By N4L7419 on TripAdvisor

Cabo Private Guide Rocks!

Could not have asked for a better experience than we had with Cabo Private Guide! We were in Cabo for a week and got to know Laura and her staff well over the 4 days that we went diving with Cabo Private…

By Jace J on TripAdvisor

Best dive shop in Cabo San Lucas

We spent an entire week diving with Felipe. Our trips were fantastic, and customer service was amazing from the entire dive shop crew! We dove Cabo San Lucas, Gordo banks, Cabo Pulmo, La Paz, and did the mobula snorkel and dive. Every…

By Joy on TripAdvisor

Spectacular Day of Scuba

Cabo Private Guide took our family out for a "try scuba" excursion and my husband and two sons got a chance to experience their first-ever scuba dive. The instructions given by Edgar were clear and not too overwhelming (especially for the 11…

By DJsMrs on TripAdvisor

Had the BEST time diving with Cabo Private Guide!

My partner and I are both AOW certified and had about 45 dives completed, but we've always prioritized diving with the right people as we get more practice as divers. I always try to find a highly recommended tour operator when it…

By Emily on TripAdvisor

Diving trip to Jacques Cousteau Island

And underwater? The seafloor drops off to 600 meters within a mile on the channel side and down to 1KM off the east side. This provides the necessary ocean currents and sea habitat for big-game fish and passing migrating pelagic animals. La Reina dise site has seen the return of the giant pelagic manta ray in the past two years, although sightings are still very unpredictable. In addition to this incredible animal encounter, Jacques Cousteau Island is also a sanctuary for super squadrons of Mobula Munkiana (a smaller cousin of the giant manta) that can be found from April through the summer. This, in turn, attracts Orcas that feed on the giant schools. Sperm whales and humpback whales have been seen regularly.

In addition to the larger aquatic life encounters that require some good luck at the whim of mother-nature, Cerralvo Island is home to abundant, resident, tropical sea life and pristine whitesand beaches. In a typical dive we can see tropical fish, free-swimming moray eels, huge eagle rays and more.

Itinerary to Jacques Cousteau Island (Cerralvo Island)

THE DAY BEFORE

Before 4pm come and get fitted for equipment and take care of check in/payments etc.

** We recommend doing a local dive in Cabo San Lucas first to make sure there are no issues when we are very far away from our dive center**

 

THE DAY OF

5.30am leave Los Cabos via Route 19.

7.30-8am arrive at the boat in La Ventana.

8-8.30am departure.

2pm/2.30pm return.

5.30pm back to Los Cabos .
We recommend not making any dinner reservations until 7.30pm.

 

Dive site : What to bring to your dive in La Reina reef

Are you wondering what to bring for your diving day at La Reina ? Here is list that can help you while diving in this dive site :

  • Hats
  • Reef safe sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Any personal equipment you would like to bring
  • Any necessary sea sickness medicine if you experience this (we do not experience too much choppy conditions this time of year)
  • Tips for the crew

Managing your expectations while diving in La Ventana

This is a bespoke private tour for a small number of people in a rustic area away from the usual luxuries of Los Cabos. Safety and wildlife encounters are our priority.

The cost of the tour is due to the distance from Cabo, the 12 hour tour time and guaranteeing a safe, private or semi/private service so that you can enjoy as much as nature has to offer all to yourselves.

The transportation is a standard vehicle for 1-2 people or a 6 -10 seater for 3-4 people.

Diving boats are 26ft – 28ft dive panga boats with expert crew for diving and snorkeling. There is shade, snacks/refreshments and lunch but some of the boats do not have a bathroom and you would need to jump in the water as you will be at sea for 6 hours. We go here in the hot summer so it’s hard not to jump in the water!

In addition, if there is anything you can think of to help us make the trip more comfortable just let us know.


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