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Underwater Photo Location: San Benito Islands, Baja

Underwater Photo Location: San Benito Islands, Baja

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Baja, Mexico is surrounded by some of the most biologically diverse water in the world. San Benito Islands is a small slice of this pie and is a blast from the past! I like to compare it to California diving of 75 years ago, California diving is fantastic, but the environment at San Benito Islands is like California on steriods!

San Benito Islands is 279 miles south of San Diego, California and is only accesible from a live aboard dive vessel and typically on a trip with a minimum of a 7 day itiinerary. Horizon Charters Live Aboard Adventures is the only live aboard company that is regularly servicing this amazing destination, and has been doing so since 1994.

San Benito is not for the novice diver and takes a full day of travel to reach. Regular departures from San Diego, California take place during the best months to dive this amazing destination during the months of June - September.

When diving San Benito expect to be surrounded by life on every dive. Not only are the kelp forests absolutely amazing, the mixture of temperate and tropical species of fish, as well as three different species of pinneped are quite often too much to absorb on every single dive!

Even though San Benito is far south of sunny Southern California, do not sign up expecting to encounter large pelagics, i.e., whale sharks or mantas. We have seen these animals here, but they are not an animal that frequents San Benito's waters.

For more information about this truly unique biologically diverse destination go to: website

Facts about San Benito Islands, Baja
  • It is in Mexico
  • San Benito Islands, Baja is in the Pacific.
  • The typical depth is 0-40 Metres 0-130 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 10-30 Metres 30-100 Feet.
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by Craig Dietrich
B&W Manta/ Shooting off the Revillagigedo Islands in Mexico and this Manta wanted to play with us. It was just incredible how they seem to connect with you. Stayed with us for the whole dive and followed us back to the boat.

by Alejandro Topete
3 Morish Idol, Islas Revillagigedo Mexico

by Alejandro Topete
Whaleshark on surface, Isla San Benedicto Mexico
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