Swimming with Sea Lions – Los Islotes, Sea of Cortez, Mexico

The Galapagos Islands may be the most famous place in the world for swimming with curious, playful sea lions, but it’s not the only place.  Other locations known for up close sea lion encounters are Los Islotes in Mexico and the Palomino Islands in Peru.  Los Islotes is the closest location for US travelers and the islands are a year-round home to a colony of more than 300 California sea lions.

Up close encounters with multiple sea lions at Los Islotes is a regular occurrence.
Up close encounters with multiple sea lions at Los Islotes is a regular occurrence.

Because Los Islotes’ colony of sea lions see human visitors just about every day, individuals are very interactive with snorkelers and divers.  Young pups seem to be the most curious, often coming close and swimming alongside you.

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Blowing bubbles.
Swimming with sea lions Los Islotes Mexico Reefs to Rockies
Several individuals were quite interested in our GoPros.
Swimming with sea lions Los Islotes Mexico Reefs to Rockies
Extreme close up.

Swimming with sea lions at Los Islotes is one of the most popular day trips from La Paz and its popularity is warranted.  If you’re planning a trip to La Paz or other locations in Baja California Sur, feel free to contact one of our destination specialists.