The Marine Park was established in 1996 and encompasses 800 square miles of the Sea of Cortez and 5 main islands- Coronado, Carmen, Danzante, Monserrate, and Santa Catalina. The Park is home to an exceptionally high diversity of marine and plant life including 900 fish species, many cetaceans such as Blue and Fin Whales, 700 plant species, and 300 bird species.
Coronado Island is the closest, formed from and extinct volcano, popular to visit the playful sea lions.
Carmen Island is the largest, with many white beaches and coves , plus an old salt mine, now a private hunting lodge for bighorn sheep.
Danzante Island has dramatic mountains, fabulous SCUBA and snorkel sites, and a few hiking trails near Honeymoon Cove.
The island shorelines have clear blue waters for kayaking and fantastic snorkeling. The reefs are so rich in marine life that Cousteau named the area "The World's Aquarium". Dive sites feature shipwrecks, walls of soft corals, sea fans, 200 species of Reef fish, and an incredible variety of invertebrates.
SCUBA Divers enjoy fabulous underwater formations, caves, and Pinnacles, providing some of the best dive sites in Mexico. Dolphin Dive shop is just around the corer, and Blue Nation Dive company located downtown.
Full PADI Open Water certification can be accomplished in 4 days.