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The natural world is filled with wonders, and in Cabo San Lucas, you can discover the playful creatures that live in the ocean, including sea lions. These marine mammals have been living on the coast of Cabo for centuries, and getting the chance to swim with sea lions in Cabo San Lucas is an adventure you’ll never forget. Because these creatures are so unique, sea lion swimming tours are popular with both adults and kids, making them the perfect addition to a family vacation.
For sea lions, Cabo San Lucas is their natural habitat, and when you sail out around the rocky Land’s End point, you’ll see these playful animals basking in the sun on the rocks before slipping gracefully into the ocean. Their sleek bodies glide quickly through the water, even though males typically weigh around 660 lb and females around 220 lb. In the wild, they’re not known to be aggressive towards humans, but you always want to respect nature and refrain from approaching marine life on your own. However, because they typically live out by Land’s End where the waves and currents are stronger, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever see a sea lion swimming with you in the water unless you’re on a tour. They’re rarely spotted at the main Cabo San Lucas beaches for swimming.
Learning about the ocean and getting the chance to encounter marine life gives travelers a great appreciation for the environment, and because of this, there are several options for a sea lion swimming tour in Cabo.
Swim with Sea Lions in the Wild: Lots of boats head out to Land’s End, so for a true swimming with sea lions Cabo experience, sail out to the majestic Isla Espiritu Santo, a volcanic island in the Sea of Cortez. After a 45-minute boat ride, you’ll arrive at the island where you can snorkel with the sea lions and enjoy time on the unique Cabo San Lucas beaches for swimming on the island. While you’re there, you’ll spot tropical birds, and if you sail during the winter, you might even spot whales breaching the water’s surface. This tour is one of the most memorable experiences you can have in Cabo.
Encounter Sea Lions in a Pool: For younger kids who aren’t strong swimmers but love animals, there’s a swimming with sea lions Cabo experience in an enclosed pool where they can shake hands with and kiss and hug a sea lion. It’s the most kid-friendly chance to swim with sea lions in Cabo San Lucas, especially for small kids or those who aren’t comfortable in the open water. This tour also includes the chance to swim with dolphins. The friendly animal trainers here make this an educational day for both kids and adults.
Sail Out to See Sea Lions: If you’re not comfortable getting in the water with sea lions, you can still take a trip to see them in the wild. Out at Land’s End, the sea lions are used to boats sailing by and people taking pictures. Sometimes, they even seem to pose for photos. With a sailing tour, you’ll learn all about these mammals and watch them play in their natural habitat.
Since you’re not likely to spot any sea lions while you’re at one of the Cabo San Lucas beaches for swimming, book a tour to encounter them either in the wild or in a pool. Whichever of the swimming with sea lions Cabo tours you book, you’ll be amazed at their agility in the water and friendliness with humans.
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