October 7, 2016
El Bajo, Fang Ming Wreck, Swanee Reef
There are opportunities to see hammerhead sharks in La Paz! A shark that has been on my bucket list to see for as long as I can remember! The dive site is called El Bajo, and it’s mostly a very deep blue water swim in hopes of seeing these beautiful majestic creatures! I’ve heard the stories, I’ve been given high hopes! And I have been skunked. Every. Time. I’ve decided El Bajo hates me. Luckily the next two dives were awesome to make up for the sadness of the hammerheads once again eluding me.
The Fang Ming Wreck is a Chinese vessel that was confiscated by the Mexican government for carrying illegal immigrants. It was finally sunk as an artificial reef in 1999. The boat is 180 feet long and can be penetrated if you have the experience. It’s a thriving reef now and one of my favorite wreck sites to visit. Wrecks are just so spooky, I love them! Max depth is 70 feet.Swanee Reef has been a favorite since my first trip to La Paz. It’s like being in a crazy aquarium. Even though the reef was damaged from the hurricane a few years ago, its definitely bouncing back! I noticed makers on the coral heads, looks like the popular site is being monitored and they are trying to bring back the coral heads to what it once was. That being said, its still thriving with life. Beautiful gargonians, and schools of fish roam the coral. Tons of eels, porcupine fish, scorpion fish and the occasional dive bomb from a friendly sea lion. Next up, my last day in La Paz! Check back!