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Phocea Mexico is a PADI Gold Palm IDC centre, the highest level of recognition in scuba diving, which allows them to guarantee safe courses supervised by professionals. Phocea Mexico own 3 centres in Mexico: Phocea Playa del Carmen, Phocea Cozumel, and Phocea la Paz.
La Paz is the capital of Lower California (Baja California in Spanish). It is often described as a white town with a Mexican soul (more than Los Cabos), it offers simple pleasures such as walking along the Malecón (the sea promenade) during sunset and discovering beautiful beaches particularly at Pichilingue.
Whether you want to dive, practice snorkelling, kayak or camping… you cannot visit La Paz without exploring the archipelago of Espíritu Santo.
The Espíritu Santo Island is the big attraction in the area, it is right there where we will dive with the sea lions. Situated on the coast of the Gulf of California it is a two-hour drive north from Cabo San Lucas. La Paz, capital of Lower California South, is straight on the Sea of Cortés. It is an internationally-known spot for being the habitat of sea lions, whales, hammerhead sharks and whale sharks and let's not forget the giant squids.
Isla Espíritu, the main island, is 12 miles (19 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide. This desert of 23,800 hectares is one of the most pristine ecosystems of Lower California. Archaeologists have found remains indicating that humans have lived on this island for more than 40,000 years. The natural preservation of Isla Espíritu Santo is marvellous.
Get to Espiritu Santo
All dives are undertaken outside the Bay of La Paz. The most interesting ones are a priori around the archipelago of Espíritu Santo. Departing from La Paz, it takes an hour to reach the southern tip of the archipelago.
The crossing itself is already worth its weight in gold. You can observe birds by the hundreds, schools of Mobula rays, dolphins and even the occasional humpback whale at the surface. This place is literally packed with animals of all kinds!
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