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The Cortez Club – Premier Diving And Watersports

Scuba Diving Day Trips

La Paz’s only PADI 5 star dive center , the Cortez Club offers either a 2 or a 3 tank dive to over 20 different dive sites located around both Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo islands. With a variety of sites including wreck dives, a sea lion colony, seamounts and reefs there is something for every diver wether a novice or experienced. Come see the wonders of the sea of Cortez with visibility at times over 100 feet and in summer water temperature at 88f it is clear why Jacques Cousteau called it ” the world’s aquarium”!

“To truly appreciate the beauty of La Paz, you need to look beneath the surface!”

PADI Discover Scuba Course

For those who are not certified and want to try what it is like to go scuba diving without committing to the 4 day course the Cortez Club Discover scuba diving program is for you! You receive a detailed briefing from your instructor, you then enter a confined water environment to practice followed by an actual open water dive. A window to a whole new world is yours to discover. This does count to one of the 4 dives in the open water diver course if conducted within 6 months.

Course costs $125 dollars plus 11% tax and includes full equipment rental.

Swim with the whale sharks trip

Probably the most exciting trip you’ll ever go on! Swimming with the largest fish on the planet up to 60 feet in length or simply view them from the boat will be the most rewarding and memorable trip of a lifetime. The tour provided by the Cortez Club takes 3 hours and departs from our private dock at La Concha beach resort. We include full snorkeling equipment of mask, fins, snorkel and a wetsuit, bottled water and soft drinks too. Please bring a towel and if using suntan lotion please make sure that it is biodegradable and not oil based. This is a seasonal trip available from July 15th through to the end of February.

Trip costs $55 US dollars plus 11% tax per person.

Snorkeling trip to Los Islotes

Our trip includes equipment of mask, fins, snorkel and a wetsuit. If clients have their own they are welcome to use it but there is no price difference. Our lunch is a choice of a submarine or baguette sandwich, bottled water, sodas, a bag of chips and chocolate chip cookies. We depart at 8:30am and return at around 3pm. It takes 75 minutes to get to Los Islotes on an average calm day. We spend about 2 to 3 hours there then go to a beach on the island unless clients wish otherwise to stay at the sea lion colony.

The snorkeling trip to Los Islotes does include tax or 11% iva a $100 us dollars.

It breaks down as follows:

Rack rate $75 plus 11% tax

Lunch $12 plus tax

National park permit fee $5

The Cortez Club offers its own private dock and launch ramp services.

Whether just visiting the world famous “Sunset Bar” or La Conch hotel just call ahead on channel 16.

  • Boat launching $10 dollars
  • Boat washing $20 dollars
  • Docking fee $5 dollars
  • These services are subject to 11% tax.

106ft Broward

Offers the highest level of service for either scuba diving, sport fishing or simply island vacations.
With three state rooms and three twin bunk rooms it is suitable for private families and small groups combined with the 5 star treatment offered by The Cortez Club.

Day trips cost $5,000 dollars a day plus 11% tax.

72ft Buddy Davis

For simply the best sport fishing adventure try our 72ft luxury Buddy Davis yacht.
In absolute style and fully equipped to make your experience a most memorable one.
This yacht is also available for multiple day charters in the sea of Cortes.
Sleeps 8 with two king state rooms and two twin bunk rooms with all the frills and spills that are synonymous with The Cortez Club first class service.

Day trips cost $3,000 dollars plus 11% tax per day. Multiple day charters cost $3,600 dollars plus tax per 24 hour period.

63ft Bertram

For a more luxurious experience try our 63ft Bertram sport fisher fully equipped with two state king rooms, galley and air conditioned salon.
This is the way to fish Baja in the Cortez Club style and experience the highest level of service.

Day trips cost $1,800 dollars plus 11% tax per day. Multiple day charters cost $2,000 dollars plus tax per 24 hour period.

32ft Bertram

Day trips cost $900 dollars plus 11% tax per day.

28ft Cruiser

For more comfort and added space why not try our 28ft Cruiser that includes a full head, galley, captain and deck hand to make your sport fishing experience as relaxed and enjoyable as possible combined with the exhilarating fun of fishing.

Day trips cost $550 US dollars plus 11% tax for up to 5 anglers.

Lunches cost $12 dollars plus tax, bait $20 dollars, daily fishing license $15 dollars plus tax and weekly license $30 dollars plus tax.

26ft Super Panga

Costs $350 US dollars plus 11% for up to 4 anglers.
Lunches cost $12 dollars plus tax, bait $20 dollars plus tax and daily fishing license $15 dollars plus tax or weekly license $30 dollars plus tax.

Why not upgrade to a 26ft Super Panga for up to 4 anglers or simply allow yourself more room and speed.

22ft Super Panga

Sport fishing on a 22ft Super Panga allows you to be flexible as to which fishing grounds to visit and is the preferred fishing boat in Baja.
All boats have fast 4 stroke engines, fishing tackle, VHF radios, safety equipment and an experienced captain that will put you on the fish.
Fish with the best and most experienced crew in Baja !

Communing with Spectacular Sea Life

Rating: 5/5 
Joshua Lurie
Reviewed: May 18, 2012

We left La Paz just as the sun was climbing to its peak and bounced along the Sea of Cortes for what seemed like hours, passing massive cactus-lined rock formations, striated cliff walls and distant island shores, and it was worth investing all the time to reach a craggy mass of rock. Our guides from The Cortez Club dropped anchor and led us into the clear, azure water to swim with playful sea lions, which was certainly one of my most memorable outdoor adventures. Through our snorkel masks, we could see hundreds of fish of dozens of different stripes and nearly every color in the rainbow. We surfaced and continued on to the beaches of Espiritu Santo, where a naturalist explained the history of the islands as crabs scurried on distant wave-lashed rocks. Our guides led us to Restaurant Playa Pichilingue for an ironic seafood feast before we returned to La Paz, punctuating a spectacular day.

This review was submitted by Joshua Lurie, a writer from Los Angeles. Joshua has participated in the Scribes program, a program designed to encourage writers to create original content about Baja California. Baja Scribes may receive food, lodging or payment, but they are encouraged to submit their own opinions on this site, which may not reflect the views or opinions of Joshua’s website documenting his travels can be found here.

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