Cabo Pulmo is part of the sub-delegation of La Ribera, in the municipality of Los Cabos. It is a small community of service providers, and international and local residents that are full of life thanks to its proximity to the sea.
25 years ago, fishing was the town’s main economic resource. When the fishermen realized they were damaging the ecosystem, they decided that it would be better to dedicate themselves to tourism and preserve the Big Little World of Cabo Pulmo.
Now, thousands of people come to the community to swim with the different species of fish. Here, you not only feel a part of a completely different ecosystem than the one you are used to but also marvel at its beauty.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau, a French naval officer, researcher and explorer, named the Gulf of California the world’s aquarium because he found several ecosystems in one location. He described it as an event that could only happen in Cabo Pulmo, a place where several species congregate, including snapper, burro almorejo, bicolor parakeet, king angel, Moorish idol, spotted pufferfish, green horse mackerel, rainbow runner, dolphins, sea lions and sharks.
On June 6, 1995, Cabo Pulmo was declared a Protected Natural Area by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Due to the fact that sport fishing was prohibited in nearly nine square miles of the Cabo Pulmo National Park, the number of fish has increased by 400 percent.
Cabo Pulmo attracts international tourists, professional divers and the occasional amateur. Adventure knocks on your door and the feeling of an explorer, as Jacques Cousteau felt, takes hold of you.