East Cape Explorers
East Cape Explorers
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8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Scuba Diving , Shark Diving, Snorkeling and Whale Watching in San Jose del Cabo. East Cape Explorers is the first adventure group to open in the beautiful marina in San Jose. We are a team of highly trained, highly experienced ocean adventurers who love nothing more than to show you the time of your life out on the beautiful Sea of Cortez.
San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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2023

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Julian D
Toronto5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I decided to take my PADI Advanced open water course recently when I was in Cabo San Jose. East Cape Explorers is the only Local dive shop at the time of this review but the only one you could ever need. Charlie the diving instructor was very knowledgeable professional and thorough. He answered all my questions and was a pleasure to dive with. Playa the dive shop mascot (dog) was a fun addition to the already exciting trip. My girlfriend came along for snorkeling one day and was thrilled to hang out with Playa. She told me Playa would keep track of the divers from the boat and even point out marker bouys and the divers resurfaced. She even pointed out some whales which was an amazing experience. My last adventure dive for the course had to be rescheduled due to weather. I was not able to complete it with East Cape Explorers due to scheduling. Charlie was very accommodating and set me up for a course next day with thier sister company Dive Cabo. I completed my last course with Cesar also very knowledgeable and professional. I would definitely recommend checking out East Cape Explorers.
Written January 13, 2020
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VaPeterson
Santa Cruz, CA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Charlie, Playa and Dave were an excellent team! They run a top notch dive operation and know their stuff.
I’ve been diving in San Lucas 3 times and really wasn’t interested in seeing the Arch, the wreck or the waterfall again... so was delighted to find that there was a local company in San Jose (where we were staying) that would tour the local reefs. The shop is a quick 5-10 minute ride to the port from Zona Hotelera and once I arrived I was first greeted by Playa a young friendly and very charming greyhound mix. Charlie took over and set me up with appropriated gear and in the process of adding my computer to the reg, noticed some wear on it and gave me valuable guidance.
Dave was an excellent boat captain, getting us safely to our locations with ease of a seasoned seaman. Charlie lead our dives like the pro he is with thorough briefings and a great eye for the things we wanted to see. Playa kept us entertained and amused. She definitely made our dive extra special with her antics and personality.
I would totally recommend the East Cape Dive team for anyone who wants to explore the beautiful underwater world of the Sea of Cortez.
Written January 6, 2020
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vr80031
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We did a whale watching tour with a 3 year old - which was a little risky, yes! But we had a GREAT tour with Roland and Pablito. We did see tons of whales and had the whole sea to ourselves.

What I really want to call out is that Pablito was a fantastic captain and was super cognizant about how our kiddo was doing, being super cautious while still making it fun. I haven't seen a crew do that before on any sort of boat - it was a great change.

Another reason we did a tour here is that the San Jose marina is much more relaxing and easy to get around than Cabo.
Written March 13, 2020
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Hi there, Thank you for reviewing your whale watching tour with Roland and Pablito. It is often easy to forget to thank our highly trained professional captains due to their unassuming, quiet confidence, but Pablito really appreciates that you took the time to do so. Roland, Pablito and I all hope to welcome you back for more watery adventures here in the beautiful Sea of Cortez. Take care and thanks again, Charlie & The East Cape Explorers Team
Written March 16, 2020
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Paul Vukovich
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Friends
A seriously professional outfit - these guys have everything dialled in to create a super safe environment to deep dive with hammerheads at Gordo Banks. Charlie @saltyscotsman is on point with his briefings and one of the best instructors I’ve had the pleasure to dive with.

These dives are literally 40 mins by boat from the marina in San José - in the Sea of Cortez !

We were fortunate enough to see humpbacks breaching , humpbacks doing a swim by during our safety stop and huge schools of hammerheads the likes of which I’ve only ever witnessed in remote archipelagos like Galápagos and cocos !

If you’re going to dive in Baja then you need to dive with these guys - period !
Written January 21, 2021
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D F
Hong Kong2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
Evelyn is an amazing educator and guide. I’ve been on several dive trips in the last dozen years, and I’ve never experienced such a clear and well-organized briefing/refresher. My parents joined us for a resort dive, and I was in awe of Evelyn’s communication skills preparing them for their second ever dive. Come to find out, she has an education degree. She is passionate about education, ocean health, and art, and a delight to be with. I especially appreciated her sweetness with my mother, who had a bit of motion sickness.

Our skipper Pablo is also very nice to be with. We always felt safe on his boat, and he worked smoothly with Evelyn to get everyone geared up for the dives. There wasn’t a single moment of stress or urgency the whole morning.

I would highly recommend seeking out this team for dive training.
Written May 7, 2021
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Nholewin
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Roland, the tour operator, and his really experienced/knowledgeable Captain, took us to see whales yesterday in the morning. We almost immediately found a pod of whales flipping, jumping, twirling and just having fun in the slightly turbulent Sea of Cortez. What they were really doing was much more practical. They were trying to get rid of the barnacles that attach to various parts of their bodies. All this we learned while Roland took fabulous photos which he provided to the six passengers. The boat was spacious, comfortable and perfect for this type of tour. Will book with Roland and East Cape Explorers again next year.
Written March 4, 2020
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Hi there, Thank you for your review! The whale season here in Cabo is one of our favorite times of the year - and I'm sure you can now understand why! Roland loved sharing his considerable whale knowledge with you, and hopes to welcome you again next season! Thanks again, Charlie & The East Cape Explorers Team
Written March 16, 2020
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rjolette33
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Frankly, if you're diving in Cabo and not diving with Charlie and his crew at East Cape Explorers, you're doing it wrong. These guys are absolutely fantastic and so professional. My girlfriend and I did our open water certification dives with them, and couldn't have had a better experience. Charlie was an incredible instructor, and I wouldn't have been half as good with my buoyancy control without his help throughout all of our dives. The rest of his crew is absolutely amazing as well, Pablo was the friendliest captain and managed the boat extremely well despite some pretty severe swells on a few of our dives. Fergison (hopefully I spelled that right) was also a fantastic instructor and helped us have a great dive the first day despite having no more than 5 feet of visibility under the water. The other 4 dives that we did were perfectly clear, and the dive sites they brought us to were more than I could have hoped for. So much sealife!!! My girlfriend got seasick on our first dive, and they were so helpful to her. They also worked with us to make sure that we were able to complete our certification despite her not being able to finish our first dive. All in all, best dive crew I could have hoped for, made us feel extremely comfortable for our first time in the water. Without them I would be half as confident in the water. I left feeling I could do almost any dive, and am excited to get my advanced open water and more experience so I can come back to them for Gordo Bay!!!
Written September 22, 2020
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Ryan, What an epic review! Thank you for taking the time to write it. I'm so glad you and Alex both enjoyed your course, especially after her tough time on the first day. I look forward to welcoming you both back to enjoy some dives as certified divers! Take care, Charlie & The East Cape Team
Written October 9, 2020
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Jeff M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Putting in a great review for East Cape Explorers and their excellent team. First, is the great diving. Saw hammerheads, eels and the whales were amazing. Diving in February has cooler water (75 degrees) but the sharks and numerous whales makes up for the cooler waters. I was always with a small group of divers so we always had one guide diver for 2-4 people. Max, Rosie, Reuben and first mate Capi were professional and always stressed safety to ensure all divers felt comfortable and had a great time. Reuben would take boat out looking for whales on each dive and I was getting both diving and whale watching excursions on same trips. Whales were breaching less than 50 meters from boat. Another benefit with this dive shop as they work to ensure everyone gets to share pictures. This is important as I dove with another dive shop last October in Cabo and the dive guides had cameras but never shared or sent pictures of the underwater highlight. If you are staying in San Jose de Cabo, do not hesitate to book a dive trip with East Cape Explorers. I will return to dive with East Cape, and I dove with others who have returned annually for many years.
Written February 25, 2024
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Thank you for such a great review! This time of the year the water is a little chilly but my gosh isn't it worth it! We are so very happy you had such a great experience with us and you felt safe. Safety is a number one priority here with us, especially when diving Gordo Banks. Captain Ruben and Capi are great Whale finders and will do all they can to help us look for their big shows on our surface intervals. We hope you enjoyed the photos we took and you can look back on them and remember your great trip! Hopefully, we will see you again soon!
Written February 27, 2024
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ROsbaldestin
Hook, United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Joined East Cape Explorers for a 2 tank dive to Gordo Banks in October 2023. This was an excellent trip but what was most impressive was the enthusiasm and professionalism of the team. My wife and I have been lucky to dive with many outfits around the world and these guys were absolutely first class! The equipment and boat was well maintained the boat captain was excellent and extremely professional throughout. They had a real eye for safety and gave a comprehensive brief on the surface and managed the dive once in the water extremely effectively ensuring a safe but fun experience for all. All the staff were knowledgeable and professional throughout but also great fun and ensured that everyone had a great time. If you are looking for a dive trip in the Cabo area these guys and their sister outfit Dive Cabo are top class and I cannot recommend them highly enough! Oh and we got to dive with a shoal of over 100 Hammerhead sharks too so the dive was not too shabby either!!
Written October 6, 2023
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Hi! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We're glad you had such a great time diving with us here at East Cape! We regularly service our equipment and make sure to keep it well-maintained daily. We believe that if everyone feels safe and looked after then everyone will be having fun!
Written December 12, 2023
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Greg Betsinger
Longmont, CO12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We have been diving around the world with so many dive operations. East Cape Explorers is one of the most professional! Dive Master Charlie is a true dive professional.

He truly loves the ocean and its wildlife.

Most important for us he took our daughter - a novice diver - under his wing with inexhaustible patience to ensure she had a very comfortable experience.

Thank you Charlie!

Captain David made all of the above water activities a real joy. He has an eagle eye and gave us many good looks at whales throughout the day.

Written February 13, 2021
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