NOTE: Although conditions for snorkeling are usually best in the morning, an afternoon snorkel is available from 1:30-4:30pm, depending on conditions. If interested, please contact your host Michael. 10:00-10:35am : We will meet at Hammer Heads, located in the Marina San Carlos, where we will start with a brief PowerPoint presentation on the natural history and ecology of the region. We will also review the most common species we will likely encounter during our snorkel. If needed, I will provide snorkel gear which we will try on to ensure a comfortable fit and that everyone is well equipped for the days activity. 10:35-10:45am : We will drive in our vehicles to the snorkel destination. 10:45-11:00am : After parking our vehicles, we will review the snorkel site and discuss our general course to be followed while snorkeling. The route will be based on the current conditions (e.g. currents, wind, visibility etc.), and the ability and snorkeling experience of the group as a whole. 11:00-12:30pm: We will snorkel the area and observe the spectacular marine life the Sea of Cortez harbors. 12:30- 1:00pm: We will reconvine as a group and discus our observations and experience from snorkeling the area, while we enjoy freshly prepared ceviche.
I have received a Master's in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona through the Marine Sciences program. Originally from Caborca, Sonora I have always had a profound appreciation of the Sea of Cortez, and the people who call this region home. I speak both English and Spanish at a mother tongue level, and am in effect bicultural. As a former educator at the University of Arizona, I have taught and coordinated numerous field trips to the coast addressing conservation and ecology issues pertinent to the Gulf of California and the surrounding Sonoran desert. I hope to inspire and share my appreciation and understanding of the ecology of the region of San Carlos with you!
Freshly prepared ceviche of locally caught fish served on a tostada with sauces of your choice.
Purified drinking water to fill your personal drinking container.
1) Mask, snorkel, and fins (if you do not have your own). 2) Field guides to identify the organisms we encounter.
We will be snorkeling in a protected cove at the base of the iconic mountain of San Carlos, known as Tetakawi. This protected cove provides snorkeling opportunities for all levels of experience. Here we will see a diversity of reef fish including damselfish, angelfish, and butterflyfish. In addition we will see a variety of invertebrates including growths of emerald coral, gorgonian sea fans, and large zoanthid colonies.
This experience is only possible during the warmer months of the year. Previous snorkeling experience would be helpful, but it is not necessary. You must be able to swim and be comfortable doing so in the ocean. Having your own gear is also preferable, but not necessary.
Snorkeling with a marine biologist