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Many of the best dive spots are also good for snorkeling. Prime areas include the waters surrounding Playa del Amor, Bahía Santa María, Bahía Chileno, and Cabo Pulmo. Nearly all scuba operators also offer snorkel rentals and trips. Equipment rentals generally cost $10 per hour ($20 for the day). Two-hour guided trips to Playa del Amor are about $40; day trips to Cabo Pulmo cost about $150. Most of the snorkeling and excursion boats are based in the Cabo San Lucas harbor and the best place to make reservations is along the marina walkway, near the Wyndham Hotel or at the beach palapas along El Médano Beach.
If you're willing to plan ahead, booking online will often bring you significant discounts on these tours.
Buccaneer Queen. A tall ship, once used in TV commercials, the Buccaneer Queen Pirate Ship now carries passengers on snorkeling and sunset cruises as well as private charters. Snorkeling tours include lunch, open bar, and equipment rental. Dock 1, Marina, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/144–4217. www.buccaneerloscabos.com. From $63.
Cabo Snorkeling. Cabo Snorkeling runs a bunch of snorkeling adventures throughout Los Cabos. For a younger, party-oriented crowd, try the Jungle Party Snorkeling Tour or Cabo Fun Tour. Offering a slightly smaller, less luxurious boat than some of the others docked in Marina, these trips are less about luxury and more about fun. Four-hour trips include a light lunch, equipment, and, of course, booze. Marina, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 888/557–3330 in U.S.; 800/681–1858 in Mexico. www.cabosnorkeling.com. $45 to $70.
La Princesa. The most upscale boat in Los Cabos is a beautiful 48-foot catamaran called La Princesa. Daily three-hour trips to Bahía Santa María or Bahía Chileno depart at noon. Price includes a mini-Cabo adventure, drinks, a light lunch, and equipment. If La Princesa isn't available, there are other yachts you can choose from for similar adventures. Marina Blvd., Marina, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–7676. www.laprincesacharters.com. $59 per person.
Pez Gato. Pez Gato has several cruising options including a snorkeling trip to Bahía Santa María, which includes all snorkel gear, beverages, lunch of deli sandwiches, chips, and fresh fruit basket. They have two 42-foot catamarans, Pez Gato I and Pez Gato II and also offer a romantic sunset cruise, a rowdy booze cruise, and in-season whale watching. near Wyndham Hotel, Marina, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–3797. www.pezgatocabo.com. Snorkeling trip, $55 per person.