To really immerse yourself in Rocky Point’s amazing ocean environment, just take a dip. You can go snorkeling or, if you want to do more than scrape the surface, try scuba diving. Diverse undersea realms live just off the coast of the Sea of Cortez. Some of the top scuba and snorkeling spots in the area are located in Cholla Bay and Bird Island. Another good area is Playa Mirador right off Manny’s Beach Club, this beach has a lot of rocks and makes for a good snorkeling site. Bird Island offers the overall best experience. These spots generally have clear and warm waters that are more ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.
The tide in Puerto Peñasco rises and falls every 6 hours so you need to time your diving and snorkeling adventure accordingly or the waters can be too murky hence affecting visibility. It is best to plan your snorkeling and diving time during incoming tide, at high tide and one hour before the outgoing tide. This will allow for better visibility.
Sonoran Scuba located at the Sonoran Sea Resort offers a “Bubblemaker” class for kids age 8 and up and they teach them to take their first breath underwater and have some fun activities and games while wearing real scuba gear. The class is 2.5 hours and icludes all gear for $40.00 per person. They can be reached at 602-445-6382 ext 2100 or from Mexico 638-382-8251
There are several companies in town that offer snorkeling and diving tours. If you are not a certified diver these companies have lessons which normally include one pool instruction and one dive in the ocean. The full activity normally lasts about 4 hours and all gear is included. They will take you to the most desirable snorkeling/diving spots in the area. They also offer snorkeling guided tours that include a professional guide.
Prices vary from vendor to vendor but the average rate for the pool lesson and one ocean dive (lasting about 4 hours altogether) is around 120.00 per person. If you are a certified diver you can rent a tank for about 50.00 and two tanks for about 65.00.
Guided snorkeling tours are around 50.00 per person and last about 3 hours or if you prefer to do it on your own you can rent the snorkeling gear for about 12.00 an hour.
These company offer snorkeling and scuba diving from Bird Island:
Del Mar Charters delmarcharters.com 520-407-6054
For dive and snorkeling instruction as well as rentals contact
Sonoran Scuba located at the Sonoran Sea Resort 602-445-6382 ext 2100 or from Mexico 638-382-8251