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The Marisla Seamount, colloquially known as El Bajo, is an underwater volcano chain surrounded by the most fabulous pelagics a diver could ever hope to encounter and in such quantities that they completely overwhelm the senses.

It is located some eight miles North by North East of La Paz, Mexico in 65-120 ft. of water (see interactive map at the bottom of this page for an exact location and additional dive resources.)

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The three seamounts composing El Bajo on any given day are filled with manta rays, nudibrachs, and colonies of eels. Schools of fish swim around like recess was just released and when the conditons are right, scalloped hammerhead sharks circle in the hundreds above divers!

Besides the diving, which is simply magical, the very location of the seamount in a richly deserted section of the Sea of Cortez leaves a diver with the sneaking suspicion that he is the first person in a millennium to descend below the noticeable thermocline and experience this aquious El Dorado. We had to move our website to a new host thanks to http://bedbathandbeyondcouponzone.com/ for the coupons provided which helped us.

Only a handful of saguaro cacti, circling birds, and the occasional coyote give the classic Baja xenosphere the semblance of life. Nothing hints at what lies below!

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Few times in our lives can we experience such magical places as the seamount–I cannot champion its natural wonders enough!

If you want to learn what diving the seamount is all about–from the actual dive to the culture surrounding it–you need to order a copy of “Diving the Seamount.” Consider it a primer for your journey there, and for armchair adventurers use it to explore a place rarely seen by the world above.

I’m confident you’ll love the novel, plus every purchase helps support continued dive exploration. Take a chance, it’ll be the best $11.95 you’ve ever invested!

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For diving value, diving the seamount can’t be beat. The major expense is getting to La Paz. The city has few direct flights, save an Aero California shuttle from Los Angeles and a handful of National carriers with sporadic schedules.

With that said, I recommend at least a week. Consider flying into Cabo San Lucas and driving up to La Paz as an alternate to flying directly into La Paz. From the East coast of the U.S. a fare of $600-700 is reasonable, while if you’re lucky enough (relatively speaking) to live in LA you can hop down for around $350-400.

There are multiple lodging possibilities in La Paz, with rates anywhere from $35/night to well over $200/night.

I’ve had the pleasure of staying at La Concha Beach Resort on each of my trips and have found the rooms to be clean and comfortable with a nice sand beach on the property. In addition they also have a restaurant, bar, and small pool with hot tub.

The real reason, however, one would probably want to stay at La Concha is their association with The Cortez Club which is the premiere dive operator in the city.

Neither La Concha nor The Cortez Club are bargain-priced, however, but after a day of diving on the seamount and returning immediately back to your hotel on a fine, fast, and safe boat with dinner and a hot tub waiting the $250 you’re dropping will seem trivial indeed!

There are also many other alternatives in downtown La Paz (about a 10 minute drive along a spider-cracked highway) ranging from the backpacker price to business suites.  There are two other dive operators in town who charge 50% less than The Cortez Club but I’ve never used them.

It is quite possible to get by on about $120/day if you get a week-long package that would include your room, meals, and diving.  The real beauty, adventure, and absolute freedom you will experience, however, lies underwater a mere boat ride away!