7 days of diving 2 tank dives around Coronado and Carmen Island were insufficient! So much beauty surrounds you in this marine park, it is impossible to appreciate it all. We enjoyed seeing some unique species of animals only found here like some beautiful nudibranchs from 1 cm to 10 cm in length, octopi, eels (moray and spotted), fish of all colors and sizes, dolphins, sea lions, and bird life too. Water visibility was 30-60 feet during this late July trip, which I understand improves in late August/ September to close to 100-120 feet. Surface temps were 80-88 F with temps at 40 ft in the neighborhood of 72-80 F. Coming from Seattle with water temps of 40-45F and visibility of 10-20 feet this was like heaven. I wore a shorty wetsuit mostly to thwart the stings of noseeums and the tiny invisible jellyfish or plankton. The kids wore full 3/2 wetsuits to help with core body temps during our 45-60 minute dives.
The most pristine and beautiful beaches of Loreto are found on the islands. Consider a beach hopper trip or go to the Marina in the morning to catch a ride with a local fisherman to some of the best beaches. The more popular ones have shade, white sand, a little outhouse, and are easy to access by panga with a 30-60 minute trip each way.
On our bucket list: return to swim with dolphins, see the whales, see a whale shark, and see a seahorse (elusive masters of disguise!).
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