BAJA CAL­I­FOR­NIA, MEXICO

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Baja Cal­i­for­nia is the long desert penin­sula run­ning down the western coast of Mexico. It has be­come a hotspot for divers thanks to its unique po­si­tion. On one side you have the Sea of Cortez, a very nar­row but deep body of wa­ter lit­tered with pin­na­cles and islets which fun­nel nu­tri­ent-rich wa­ter into the shal­lows, and on the other you have the huge Pa­cific Ocean with its mass of ma­rine life. Ma­rine mam­mals like sea lions, dol­phins, killer whales, sperm and other whale species - in­clud­ing the largest crea­ture on the planet, the blue whale - can be found in the waters off Baja Cal­i­for­nia, as can ham­mer­head sharks, manta rays and whale­sharks. One of the most-pop­u­lar spots for div­ing is La Paz, which ben­e­fits from hav­ing three is­lands - Cer­ralvo, Espir­itu Santo and San Jose - ly­ing off­shore which are a mag­net for ma­rine life and can pro­duce some ex­cit­ing div­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

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