This extraordinary 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 seamount visible, peaking at 125ft below the surface, all make this dive a memorable experience.
Please Note: Gordo is a deep dive (125-135ft) in the Open Sea, this trip is made for experienced divers with AOW Certification or higher and experience in deep diving.
Nitrox certification is required as well as previous deep diving with our Staff in the Local or Corridor site.
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 precisely so we can descend along the anchor line directly to the top of the Seamount. The descent is made 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 seen on many dives. There are always huge schools of jacks, snappers, and grunts hovering above the Seamount. The top of the Seamount 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.
Due to the depth (120 – 140 feet) and limited bottom time allowed while diving with air, we use NITROX at Gordo Banks. Using Nitrox extends allowable bottom time by up to 60%. Nitrox certification is required, if you are not already certified to dive on NITROX, please contact us, and we will advise on the different options for getting Nitrox certification.
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!