Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Baja (and Mexico) safe?
Mexico’s international tourist numbers continue to grow strongly – over 29 million in 2015, up 21% compared with 2014. Los Cabos is reported to be one of the safest tourist destinations in the world and we have never felt unsafe here or anywhere in Baja.
As you would anywhere, be aware of your surroundings, behave appropriately and you’ll have a lot of fun! We are sure you’ll be charmed by how friendly and helpful people are here.
2. How do I make a reservation?
We ask for a deposit to secure your reservation. The value of the deposit depends on the number of people and the activity – see our booking page for details. Once we receive your deposit, we’ll confirm by email and start planning your Adventure in Baja!
3. I’m a newly certified diver / it’s some time since I last dived – what do you advise?
Please let us know when or before you book! We have various options, including the PADI Scuba Tune-Up online course, which you can take in your own time at home before your holiday, watching a refresher video prior to your first dive, practising the basic skills at the start of your first dive with us or completing the PADI ReActivate Program. Please share with us any questions you have so we can agree the most suitable option for you.
4. I’ve done my course work and pool sessions already. Can I do my certification dives with you?
Yes – this is called a referral course. Our normal programme is to complete your 4 open water dives over 2 half-days.
5. I did my certification with another (non-PADI) organisation – can I still dive with you?
Yes – please bring your certification card with you.
6. Can non-divers come with me on the boat when I dive?
Yes – non-divers are very welcome. If you’re happy in the water, we encourage you to go snorkelling – the visibility is generally very good so you can watch the dive from the surface and see lots of marine life in the shallow water. We charge US$45 per non-diver, which includes a wetsuit and snorkelling gear.
7. Is it safe to swim with a whale sharks and sealions?
The short answer is ‘yes’. Slightly longer answer is – remember that whale sharks and sealions are wild animals. Look. Don’t touch. Keep a respectful distance.
Whalesharks are filter-feeders and have no teeth, so they pose no biting threat to humans. Remember that they’re big and can swim very fast. Sealion males can be territorial in the mating season (July/August) so be sensible and give them some space. You’ll be with a certified guide at all times, so please follow our instructions to respect the wildlife and maximise your enjoyment.
8. Can I dive with whale sharks?
This seems like a great idea but snorkelling is actually much better – you’re in and out of the boat a lot and dive gear would just get in the way when you need to enter the water quickly. (Also, diving with the whale sharks is not allowed in Mexico.)
9. How fit do I need to be for hiking?
We have walks for most levels of fitness – gentle river valleys to steep mountainsides. Most of the walks include some uneven surfaces. Bear in mind that it can be very hot in the middle of the day.
10. What facilities are there on the hikes?
There are shower (stream water) and sanitary facilities at the rancho where we start and finish our hikes. On the hikes – well, you’re in the bush!
11. What are the medical facilities in Los Cabos?
Los Cabos is overflowing with pharmacies, where you can buy all the normal holiday things such as bug spray, sunblock, anti-histamines (e.g. Benadryl) as well as various drugs that you would only be able to get on prescription in the US or Europe. There are also several very well-equipped hospitals (and a decompression chamber) in Cabo San Lucas.
12. What do I need to bring?
▪ Sunblock, sunglasses, hat, any personal prescription medicines.
Diving, whale sharks, sealions
▪ Towel, swimsuit, diving certification card and logbook if you have them.
▪ Walking shoes, walking socks, light long trousers, light long-sleeved shirt, bug spray, anti-histamines (e.g. Benadryl).
If you have some spare room in your bag …
▪ Anything you might want to give away to locals, for example old clothes, toys, electronics, sports gear etc. There’s a lot of wealth in Los Cabos but also a lot of poverty and we have many contacts to find good homes for your surplus gear.
13. Weather and water conditions
The weather in Baja California Sur is almost always great – we have an average of 320 days of sunshine per year. December to March (winter) are the coolest months. For many people this is the best time to visit – it’s high season for whale sharks and grey whales and the sealions are at their most friendly.
The hurricane season runs from mid-May to the end of November. Most activity is towards the end of the season and the hurricanes and storms that start in the Pacific tend to weaken or veer away as they approach land. Typically we get a few days of cloud, wind and rain and then it’s back to the normal sunshine!
The table below shows average air and water temperatures and diving visibility in Cabo San Lucas. Note that evening/night-time temperatures in the Sierra de la Laguna (where we go hiking) can be notably colder in winter. Please contact us for advice if you’re thinking of spending a night or more with us in the Sierra.