2 Tanks – Gordo Banks Trip

About the diving trip

What a thrilling adventure to dive in Gordo Banks!

This remote dive site, approximately 7 miles offshore from the San Jose del Cabo marina, is renowned for a compelling reason: the chance to meet the elusive scalloped hammerhead or silky sharks – amongst other pelagics – frequenting the seamount. Regardless, diving in these blue waters is an experience in itself!

While Gordo Banks can be a very advanced dive due to its location, the rewards are plentiful. To ensure the safety of all our guests, we require Advanced Open Water certification and a check dive with us prior to their trip. This is to make sure you are comfortable in the water and capable of safely diving this site.

  • 2 Tanks Dive
    Gordo Banks

  • Duration
    8 hours

  • Starting time
    Every day. Departs at 7am

  • Group size
    Max 4 divers per guide

Reserve your spot


$250 USD

Per Person

Professional, knowledgeable dive guide

2 Vegetarian Burrito Snack


Nitrox EANX 28 tanks (air options available)


What’s not included

Scuba diving equipment Rental: $35 USD

Dive Computer:  $15 USD

  • $35 Gear Rental
    Full set of equipment; BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Fins and mask.
  • $10 Gear Item
    Per item of equipment
  • $100 Private Guide
    Private Ninja guide up to 4 divers
  • $1,250 Private Boat
    Private boat up to 4 divers. Ask for info if your party is more than 4 divers.
2 hours away from Cabo San Lucas by boat, Gordo Banks is a coveted deep dive site ideal for seasoned divers. It serves as the meeting point of a number of pelagic species including sharks, and every so often during the migration season, even humpback whales.

Itinerary & schedule
● 6:30am. Meeting at the Dive Ninja HQ in Cabo San Lucas
● 7am. Departure from Cabo San Lucas Marina
● 9am. First dive
● 10am. Surface interval-Snack time
● 11am. Second dive
● 2 to 2:30pm. Back at Dive Ninja HQ.
Required check dive
It is required for every diver to complete a check dive at a local site before diving at Gordo Banks, to assess their buoyancy skills and air consumption.

What to bring ?
It’s recommended that divers bring their own Reef Safe Sunscreen, Swimwear and towel. Warmer clothes and windbreakers during the winter season might be necessary.

Diving certification
Divers must hold a PADI Advanced Open Water certification or an equivalent certification from another recognized diving organization. Having a Nitrox certification is also recommended.

Health & safety
All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (e.g., asthma, heart conditions, etc.) may prevent you from diving. Please, consult your doctor.
Free cancelation
The deposit will be refunded in case of a cancellation at least 48 hours prior to the activity. However, if a reservation is canceled within 48 hours of your activity, your payment will be forfeited. Read our Terms and Conditions
Contact Us
If you have any questions or would prefer to register via phone or email you can contact us directly at 973-619-9976 in the US, +52 624-177-4661 in Mexico, or via email at [email protected]

Diving Safety
Our diving tours are led by experienced instructors. Diving safety and respect of the standards are our top priorities at Dive Ninja. Additionally, first aid and a decompression chamber are located a short distance away.

Scuba Diving Insurance
We highly recommend that any diver/traveler obtains travel and dive insurance for their trip. Through our partnership with DAN, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage. Click here to purchase

Should I book a refresher course ?
A scuba refresher course is recommended if you haven’t been diving for the past 6 months, or if you don’t feel comfortable with your diving skills.

Flying after diving?
Avoid diving within 18 hours of flying. Sufficient surface intervals and safe diving procedures are followed during our diving trips.
Hammerhead shark - Gordo Banks

When to dive in Gordo Banks ?

Weather and Water Temperatures

August to January is our preferred season to see hammerhead sharks !

Cabo boasts a sunny, arid climate with annual rainfall around 25 cm (10 in), mainly from late August to October. Rain is sparse the rest of the year. Above water, warmth persists year-round, peaking in August and September.

Underwater, temperatures range from 15°C (59°F) in spring to 25°C (77°F) in autumn, with visibility from 12 to 30 meters (40 to 100 feet). Occasional thermoclines affect both. Gordo Banks, due to its location, faces north winds and waves, making the diving particularly challenging, especially from February to May

Gordo Banks Dive Site

Gordo Banks is one of the seamounts that form the underwater landscape of Los Cabos.

Gordo Banks seamounts, rising to its highest at about 35 meters (115 feet) below the surface, it lays 7 miles offshore from San Jose del Cabo and 2 hours away by boat from Cabo San Lucas.

Occasionally, strong currents and thermoclines can come up due to the depth and location of the spot, influencing visibility. Divers should also be comfortable in open blue waters to fully enjoy the experience and may be asked to do a negative entry depending on conditions.

Check out our page on diving in Cabo San Lucas for more info

Humpback whale breaching out of water
School of Mobula rays

Marine Life of Cabo San Lucas

What will I see when diving in Cabo San Lucas?

Formations such as Gordo Banks channel currents, enriching the surrounding canyons with vital nutrients. These areas become feeding grounds for fish populations, attracting in turn larger predatory pelagic species drawn by the abundance of potential prey.

Encounters with scalloped hammerheads, occasional silky sharks, dogfish, tunas, and various pelagic species make the dive truly rewarding! While the thrill of encountering these creatures is undeniable, it’s important to note that nature operates on its own terms. Shark sightings, for instance, hinge on factors like water clarity, depth preferences and other unpredictable variables beyond our control.

Consult our Marine Life calendar for more insights into seasonal sightings.

Dive boat and scuba diving Gear

Our Scuba diving boat

Our main panga, a typical Mexican open boat, has enough space to welcome up to 10 divers aboard. The bimini top provides plenty of shade and there is a bathroom on board. It is 9-meters long and its double engine propels it to up to 20 knots.

Diving wetsuit

From August to mid-January, most divers are comfortable with a 5 mm wetsuit and boots.

In spring, as the water temperature can drop to 15°C (59°F) at times, we recommend a 7 mm, with boots and a hoodie if needed. In the Marine Park, diving gloves are not allowed.

Why choose Dive Ninja Expeditions?

Our team at Dive Ninja believes in quality over quantity. We’re passionate about the ocean and love to share this passion with our guests. Dive Ninja provides personalized service, designed to showcase the best of Cabo San Lucas and Baja California in small groups, while providing a high level of safety and thought put into them.