Become one with the Sea
Diving without a tank is its own experience. Experiencing the sea and meeting its inhabitants with our body alone can be liberating, and often very mystical. Humans were design to freedive and you will notice a more unobstructed interaction with the wildlife, as well as a unique connection with nature. It’s you and the Big Blue, flowing as one. At Blue Nation we know the best spots for you to explore and make the most of your experience. Also, we can provide the knowledge, logistics and safety that you could require.
- Boat tour
- 2 stops
- Basic equipment*
- Drinks & food
- Emergency & spare equipment
- Marine Park fees
*Wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins & rubber belt. Long free diving fins not included, we recommend bringing your own.
The Loreto Bay National Park has a seemingly endless diversity of seascapes. You will find deep walls, pinnacles, shallow reefs, deep and shallow wrecks teeming with life, seamounts… you name it!
Our freediving tours usually take us around the same spots we explore during our snorkel tours. Check our itineraries here and choose the one you prefer! The prices and what’s included in the tours remains the same. We can adapt your equipment to better fit the needs of the freediving activity such as low-volume masks and rubber weight belts. Long freediving fins not included, we recommend bringing your own.
We can also tailor-made freediving tours for groups and private charters to some of the most exclusive or remote spots.
Other specific equipment and services can be rented aside:
- Freediving buoy rental – $40 USD
- Freediving buddy service + buoy + lanyard + depth plate – $75 USD
- Do you need a specific setting, logistics or safety divers? Let us know, we’ll make it happen.
We have two very different ship wrecks within Loreto’s National Park: the Diaz Ordaz & the C-54 Agustin Melgar.
The Diaz Ordaz was a large boat carrying loads of salt from the salt mines, located in the north of Carmen island. One day it caught fire and sank very shallow in the bay. The hull almost touches the surface, while its deepest side reaches 11 meters (35 feet). This ship wreck is the only reef in the surrounding area, and has gathered most of the reef life inside the bay.
The C-54 Agustin Melgar is located near Danzante island. It used to be a large II World War minesweeper, deliberately sunken to create an artificial reef. The top side is 12 meters (40 feet), and the bottom goes to 23 meters (75 feet). You can read more about it here.
Loreto is the place in Baja California Sur with more density and more biodiversity of invertebrates, and that includes corals.
Whereas stony coral is hard to come by in the Sea of Cortez, the soft coral thrives and creates large, thick forests. Along the bottom, coating walls and pinnacles, shallow and deep. For the advanced freediver, the black coral forests often offer great rewarding deep dives, where corals tend to be abundant, like the site called Esmeralda, or Punta Blanca in Coronados island. Shallow areas where currents are frequently experienced can offer fantastic drifts and abundant fish life.
Some deep seamounts are only accesible for the most dedicated and advanced freedivers, but the reward often matches the challenge, and the coral forests will offer a whimsical background to the large pelagic life. Examples of this are Mount Eden, with a depth exceeding 38 meters / 130 feet or the Abyss, in Carmen island.
The abrupt topography that has made Loreto so beautiful has also made our undewater seascapes incredible steep and diverse.
Among the different islands contained within the Marine Park, you can find several steep walls and big drops, often teeming with life. Many of these walls are easily accesible and present in every island, providing both easy and challenging sites.
Some walls come with a surprise, like the one in La Lobera, our sea lion colony. These furry fellows will tag along freedivers and make your dives extra fun. Other walls in Coronados island are found in Las Lajas, with several swimthroughs and reef life. Danzante island has a fantastic wall on its north end, the site we call Faro Norte, and reaches depths exceeding 30 meters /100 feet. Carmen island will amaze you with its verticality around the Abyss or El Arroyo.
Esmeralda and Punta Blanca are also a magnificent spot for more advanced freedivers, and offer some of the most stunning coral forests there is.
If there are walls and drops, there must be pinnacles too!
Pinnacle sites are a joy to explore. They always offer great sceneries as you drop, and often are havens of life. Most fish will gather in one side or the other looking for shelter against currents, creating fish hotspots where wildlife density could be quite amazing.
Pinnacles could also be a challenge, as they can drop deep. Some of the best examples are found south of Danzante island, like Neptune’s finger and The Twins.
Other pinnacles are suitable for beginners and advanced freedivers alike, like Piedra Blanca and Picachos, both in Carmen island.
In all cases, expect a plethora of life and differents habitats depending on depth.
Most of us are freedivers because the wildlife we can see and the magical interactions that we can witness. All this happens around reefs, where fish and other marine creatures find food and shelter.
Loreto counts with some of the best fish abundance and diversity numbers of the entire Baja California Sur. There are reefs of all kinds, shallow and deep, abrupt or flat, coral rich or rocky etc. They can be found in every island, although there are some that stand out.
The shallow seamount of La Choya is a no fishing area with a ludicrous amount of life, pelagic hunters and moray eels. Its several peaks and canyons and its shallow depth, between 5 to 15 meters / 15 to 50 feet makes this a playground for all levels, although some currents tend to be present.
Las Tijeras, at Coronados island is also a great spot with great variety. There we find shallow reefs and drops teeming with life, and deeper reefs along vertical walls coated in coral. Good for all levels.
In the remote side of Carmen, there is a reef we call Punta Dijon, and is presently one of the most diverse site there is in the Park. It has canyons, walls, pinnacles and coral reefs, all in single compact spot. Around this island you can also find shallow and easy dives, fantastic for beginners around the sea caves of Arroyo Blanco, and both shallow and deep reefs at Punta Tintorera.
Some other incredible reefs can be found in distant places, like Bajo Sandia in Montserrat island, with swimthroughs and rocky arches, abundant wildlife and sunken anchors. Punta Colorada and Piedra Ahogada, north of the Park, has some of the most pristine shallow coral reefs, full of color and life.
Freediving CoursesExpand your limits
International Association for the Development of the Apnea
AIDA 2* Basic
Become a proficent, safe freediver
$420Per person | 3 days | 2 people min.
Your first steps into becoming a proficient, safe free-diver, and the entry level to pursue further training.
You will practice static and dynamic free-diving skills both in confined and open water sessions. These include breathing techniques, dive skills, propulsion and buoyancy techniques, among others.
AIDA 3* Advanced
Expanding your limits
$500Per person | 3 days | 2 people min.
This course is aimed for those already certified freedivers who want to pursue new horizons that require serious training and discipline.
The training elaborates further into the techniques learned on the previous course, and covers more advanced safety procedures and physical requirements.
Before you enroll in a course:
- Prices in US dollars. If payed in Mexican pesos a daily exchange rate will apply.
- The minimun required age for freediving courses courses is 16 years old.
- Courses include all the required materials and equipment.
- The duration stated in each course is approximate and may vary depending on weather, student performance or availability.
- As a legal requirement, students must complete a medical questionary before the beginning of the course. Some cases might require a medical clearance.
- Please, read the Terms & Conditions for more information. There is important stuff there!