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Sand Falls
Sand Falls

Sand Falls

Rugged arches both define Cabo San Lucas’ coastline and create some of the area’s best scuba diving. One of those dive spots is known as Sand Falls, located by the arch that stands at the head of the harbor. Discovered by legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, this natural phenomenon is a cascade of—as the name suggests—sand.

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Los Cabos, Mexico

The Basics

The friction between the tectonic plates of North America and the Pacific, combined with the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, can form sand cascades. Similar natural wonders typically occur under dry or desert conditions such as canyons, but in the case of Cabo, it’s underwater. At Sand Falls, divers can watch this continual run-off of sand into the sea, which starts at 90 feet (27 meters) and descends to 120 feet (36 meters). Diving tours typically explore Sand Falls and other sites around Land’s End.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Sand Falls is a unique must-see for experienced divers.

  • The waters around Sand Falls are home to octopus, angelfish, seahorses, and more.

  • Sand Falls is often a jumping-off point for snorkeling and diving trips in the Cabo San Lucas marina, and is close to other dive spots including three shipwrecks.

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How to Get There

You can arrange a trip out to Sand Falls through a number of different dive operators around the Cabo San Lucas marina. Two- and 3-dive tours are also available, and typically include sightseeing boat rides around the waters of the Land’s End area to see Lover’s Beach, the sea lion colony, the famous arch (El Arco), and more.

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How to Spend 1 Day in Cabo San Lucas

How to Spend 1 Day in Cabo San Lucas


When to Get There

The best time to dive around Cabo San Lucas is October and November, when the Sea of Cortez is at its warmest—but this is also when there’s a high risk of typhoons, so you may want to invest in trip insurance if you’re planning a trip in the fall. December through March is also excellent for diving, and you may be lucky to spot humpback and grey whales, along with sea lions and schools of rays.

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The Sea Lion Colony

Considered an easier dive than Sand Falls, the Sea Lion Colony site descends up to 70 feet (21 meters) and is a good option for novice divers in the Land’s End area. Plus, as the name suggests, you’ll spot plenty of sea lions sunbathing on the rocks in their natural habitat.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Sand Falls?
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What else should I know about attractions in Los Cabos?
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As well as visiting the Sand Falls, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: