This special adventure is an opportunity to dive with Pelagic Fish and even Sharks that are frequent at Gordo Banks diving Sea Mount. The top of the underwater mountain lies beneath the surface, so that nothing is visible from above the water to mark its location. A decent in blue water along an anchor-line and only the top of the sea mount visible, peaking at 125ft below the surface, all make this dive a memorable experience.
The boat ride is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes each way, along the coast and out to the open sea. Upon reaching Gordo Banks, we anchor precisly so we can descend along the anchor line directly to the top of the sea mount. The descent is done in blue water, when the sea mountain is visible only when reaching a depth of 60 ft or more.
Sharks are the main attraction, but pelagic (open water) fish like Tuna, Marlin, and Manta Rays are encountered on many dives. There are always huge schools of jacks, snappers and grunts hovering above the sea mount. The top of the sea mount is unlike any usual dive site; huge cracks, canyons, black coral, sponges and other types of sedentary life cover the pinnacle.
This tour is for divers with advanced certification. Want to improve your scuba skills to take this trip? check out the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.
Gordo Banks Diving on Nitrox
Due to the depth (120 – 140 feet) and very limited bottom time allowed diving with air, we use NITROX at Gordo Banks. Using Nitrox extends allowable bottom time by up to 60%. Nitrox certification is requiered, if you are not already certified to dive on NITROX please contact us and we will advice on the different options for getting Nitrox certification.
*A third dive on the Gordo Banks trip can be available on the East Cape reefs or Corridor or if the sea is calm we might visit the Japanese Wreck, Please reserve the 3rd dive in advance.
A few words about safety:
Safety is a high priority in all our dive tours, all our guides always carry Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) and dive computer, with many years of experience in Gordo Banks we will provide the best tour to this site.
“Friendly and Professional Dive Shop”
We did a 3-day package with Manta Scuba – Local, Corridor and La Paz. The staff were helpful from the very beginning, even before we arrived. By the time we showed up, everything was set up. We just needed to fill out our paperwork and grab wet suits; the gear was already aboard. The boats were comfortable and the rides out ranged depending on where you went, from the Local spots that are just a few minutes from the dock, to La Paz which required a 2hr van ride and an hour on the boat. That last one might sound daunting, but it was worth it – snorkeling with whale sharks and mobula rays, followed by diving with the most playful sea lions I’ve ever seen! They were grabbing at our hair and playfully (I think!) biting our fins. We had different dive masters during our week, and both were outstanding – good pre-dive briefing, helpful with the gear, and – most important – focused on safety. We would definitely recommend Manta Scuba to anyone considering diving in Cabo – easy to get to, small operation, and professional from start to finish. Well done!
“Fatastic day diving, great team”
Went diving with Manta today. What a fabulous experience. First of all the team, diving equipment, boat were all excellent. Did the three dives – 2 by the Corridor and one locally. Could not have asked for a more enjoyable day. The last 2 included seeing swarms of spotted eagle rays fly above us for what seemed like a very long time, then swimming with sea lions near the arch! The deepest we went was 47 feet. The water temperature on the surface was 70o F, but a 7 mm suit with boots, hood and gloves was adequate to keep me warm. You do need to bring food since the offerings on board a somewhat limited but water is available. So go diving and go with Manta!