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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 start at $55 for adults and $25 for kids (8 to 13) and includes lunch, open bar, and equipment rental. Cabo Marina, Dock 1, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/144–4217. www.buccaneerloscabos.com.
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 cost $45 to $49 and include a light lunch, equipment, and, of course, booze. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 888/557–3330 in U.S.; 800/681–1858 in Mexico. cabosnorkeling.com.
La Princesa. The most upscale boat in Los Cabos is a beautiful 48-foot catamaran called La Princesa. Daily trips to Bahía Santa María or Bahía Chileno depart between noon and 3 pm. For $49 per person, you get 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. Cabo San Lucas Marina, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–7676. www.laprincesacharters.com.
Oceanus. Oceanus leaves at 11 am for four-hour snorkeling cruises that cost $45. It also departs at 4 pm for a $45 sunset dinner cruise. Discounts of up to 40% can be found online. Blvd. Marina, near Wyndham Hotel, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–1059 or 624/143–3929. www.oceanusloscabos.com.mx.
Pez Gato. Pez Gato has several cruising options including a $49-per-person snorkeling trip to Bahía Santa María and includes all snorkel gear, beverages, lunch of deli sandwiches, chips, and fresh fruit basket. Children 5 to 11 are half price and under 5 are free. Cabo Marina, near Wyndham Hotel, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–3797. www.pezgatocabo.com.
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