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Pelican Rock Cabo San Lucas

The Pelican Rock underwater
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Nestled in the azure waters of Cabo San Lucas, Pelican Rock stands as a beacon for adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and those seeking a slice of paradise.

This iconic landmark, located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, is a panoramic spot and a gateway to exploring the marvels of marine life, adrenaline-fueled activities, and serene beauty.

From the thrill of cliff diving (dangerous and not recommended) to the wonders of snorkeling and scuba diving, Pelican Rock offers an array of experiences that cater to every type of traveler.

Discovering Pelican Rock in Cabo: A Natural Wonder

Boats near Pelican Rock, ready to transport snorkelers and divers to the site.
Top left: Pelican Rock. Boats transport snorkelers and divers, an abundance of fish swims, and a crab walks by the rock.

Pelican Rock in Cabo San Lucas is a breathtaking natural landmark. It lies near the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, Land’s End.

This spot attracts tourists and nature lovers alike. Its majestic beauty uniquely blends sea, rock, and wildlife.

Additionally, Pelican Rock serves as a perfect backdrop for memorable photos. Exploring this area reveals the rich biodiversity of Cabo’s marine and coastal environments.

Getting to Pelican Rock

To reach Pelican Rock in Cabo San Lucas, take a water taxi or a glass-bottom boat from Medano Beach or the main marina. Alternatively, you can join a shared or private tour on a motor or sailing yacht.  These boats and tours offer direct access and stunning coastal views.

Unveiling the Wonders: Snorkeling at Pelican Rock

Snorkelers enjoying the clear waters around Pelican Rock.
Snorkelers enjoying the clear waters above and below

Pelican Rock Cabo offers one of the most captivating snorkeling experiences. The crystal-clear waters reveal a mesmerizing world beneath the waves.

Snorkeling at Pelican Rock is an essential experience for anyone visiting Cabo. The clear, calm waters make Cabo snorkeling a world-class activity.

Just a short swim from the iconic Lover’s Beach, the Snorkeling Cabo experience at Pelican Rock unveils a vibrant underwater spectacle. This area is rich with a diverse array of marine life, where the ocean floor is a canvas painted with colorful fish and elaborate coral formations.

The unique geological features create safe, shallow areas perfect for swimmers of all levels. This proximity to natural beauty makes it a top choice for families and adventure seekers.

Diving into the waters here will make you understand why snorkeling near Pelican Rock is a highlight of any Cabo trip.

Close-up of colorful marine life around Pelican Rock.
Pufferfish specie. Known for the area.
Close-up of colorful Parrotfish
Parrotfish at Cabo Bay
Close-up of colorful Moorish specie fish
Moorish specie. Known for the area.

Exploring the Depths: Scuba Diving at Pelican Rock

Scuba diving at Pelican Rock is an unforgettable experience. The clear waters provide excellent visibility of the vibrant marine life below.

Divers can encounter a variety of fish, corals, and underwater formations at Pelican Rock, a favorite spot for novice and experienced divers. The calm waters make diving here safe and enjoyable. Each dive promises a new adventure beneath the waves.

The north side of Pelican Rock, facing Cabo Bay, offers a dramatic plunge in depth, unveiling a gateway to the deep blue. This area’s profound depths make it a haven for spotting pelagic aquatic life, including rays, occasional whales, and fast-moving fish.

Divers are also delighted by frequent encounters with sea turtles and playful sea lions, adding to the enchantment of the dive.

This unique blend of shallow and deep-water environments ensures that every dive around Pelican Rock is filled with surprises and wonders, making it an unparalleled destination for underwater exploration.

The Marine Life of Pelican Rock: A Diver’s Paradise

Close-up of colorful Mobula Rays, marine life around Pelican Rock.
Mobula Rays swim at the Pelican Rock in Cabo Bay

The marine life around Pelican Rock is exceptionally diverse. Schools of tropical fish swim alongside curious divers, and colorful corals create a breathtaking underwater landscape.

Photographers will find countless opportunities to capture the beauty of underwater Cabo.

Thrill-Seeking Adventures: Cliff Diving at Pelican Rock

Pelican Rock Cliff Diving
Locals cliff dive off Pelican Rock. Image: Unknown.

Cliff diving at Pelican Rock offers adrenaline-pumping excitement. Due to its natural danger, it isn’t an official activity aspect.

Divers leap from heights of the rock, experiencing a moment of free fall, and the clear and deep waters below ensure a safe landing for thrill-seekers.

This activity attracts daring individuals from around Los Cabos (locals). Safety measures are always emphasized to ensure everyone’s well-being. Witnessing or participating in cliff diving here is genuinely exhilarating.

Pelican Rock and Its Place in Los Cabos’ Natural Beauty

The serene Lover's Beach, a short distance from Pelican Rock.
Aerial view of the Bay from Lovers Beach.

Pelican Rock is a jewel in Los Cabos’ crown of natural attractions. It stands out even in a region known for its stunning landscapes.

The rock is easily accessible from Cabo San Lucas Marina, Medano Beach, and San José del Cabo if you come via the ocean (This site isn’t part of the tourist corridor).

Visiting Pelican Rock offers a glimpse into the untouched beauty of Baja California Sur. It’s a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Los Cabos.

Enjoying Pelican Rock: Tips and Best Practices

Planning will allow you to enjoy Pelican Rock fully. Though Cabo is blessed with good weather most days, visitors should consider the time of year and weather conditions, especially during hurricane season.

Join a tour of the Pelican Rock

Hiring a local guide can enhance the experience significantly. Guides provide insights into the area’s history and marine life. They also know the best spots for diving and snorkeling.

Exploring Pelican Rock: Tour Options

The best way to experience Pelican Rock with various tour options is by taking or joining a tour. Whether you’re an adrenaline seeker or prefer a more relaxed adventure, there’s a tour for everyone. Below are some popular choices:

Guided Snorkeling Tours

Experience the vibrant marine life up close with expert-led snorkeling tours around Pelican Rock.

Scuba Diving Excursions

Dive deeper into the wonders of the sea with scuba diving excursions suitable for all skill levels.

Glass-Bottom Boat Tours

Enjoy the underwater views without getting wet on a glass-bottom boat tour around Pelican Rock.

Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Adventures

Explore the waters at your own pace with kayak or SUP rentals and guided tours.

Private Boat Charters

Customize your experience with a private boat charter, perfect for special occasions or a secluded adventure.

Eco-Friendly Sailing Tours

Sail the seas with an eco-friendly tour that combines the joy of sailing with snorkeling opportunities.

Sunset Cruises

End your day with a stunning sunset cruise around Pelican Rock, often including options to swim or snorkel.

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I used to live in Los Cabos for some time and worked here as a boat captain in one of Cabo San Lucas' leading tour companies. Back then, I came for 6 months but stayed for 18. I've done a bunch of things, and visited multiple hemispheres. I traveled and lived in other countries. And now I'm back here, At Los Cabos.

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