Explore the ‘World’s Aquarium’ With Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, B.C.S.

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SCUBA Dive in the Sea of Cortez with Special Diver’s Paradise Package

The Diver's Paradise package from Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto encourages SCUBA divers to explore the indigo waters of the Sea of Cortez.

There is no better location to uncover the mystery of the sea than at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto. - Owen Perry, co-owner and president of Villa Group

Avid SCUBA divers can explore the indigo waters of the Sea of Cortez which explorer Jacques Cousteau dubbed “The Aquarium of the World,” with a Diver’s Paradise package from Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, the newest member of Villa Group Resorts and Baja’s first million star resort.

The Diver’s Paradise package includes two customized dives, offering daily explorations of new diving sites and an element of surprise and delight for adventure-seekers. The resort offers a variety of SCUBA beginner, intermediate, advanced and specialty dive programs for the entire family, from ages 8 to 88. In addition, from January to April, divers can also get an up-close view of gray whales that migrate to the area to bear their young in warm, placid waters.

A little-known but pristine ecosystem, Danzante Bay, thought to be one of the most diverse seas on the planet is truly a diver’s paradise. Here, guests can get up close to nearly 5,000 sea creatures, including 1,000 species of reef-dwelling and migratory fish, in addition to soft corals, mollusks, mother-of-pearl, starfish, sea urchins, leatherback sea turtles, sea lions, dolphins and seven species of whales, including the majestic blue whale. Praising the Sea of Cortez as the "North American Galapagos," Cousteau's campaign to preserve the region was critical in securing national and world protection for this unique marine environment. The lush underwater playground is a United Nation’s World Heritage Site and has been protected as a National Marine Park since June 2000, offering divers an unspoiled, world-class view of the goings-on under the sea.

In addition, the 800-square-mile Loreto National Marine Park boasts dozens of small rocky islands, plunging walls, underwater pillars and finger reefs – a diver’s paradise. Divers can explore Del Carmen Island, which is home to a 125-foot fishing boat wreck in about 30 feet of water, Danzante Island, which offers stair-stepped walls with deep canyons and crevices, and Punta Coyote, where sea fans, gorgonians and colorful reef fish are plentiful. Other options include Los Candelleros, which features deep crevices and structural cover that serve as a haven for fish of all sizes, and Las Galeras, which offers boulders with large tabletop slabs of underwater rocks.

“There is no better location to uncover the mystery of the sea than at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto,” said Owen Perry, co-owner and president of Villa Group. “This package offers the perfect vacation for divers who want to explore and uncover unique underwater sights.”

Touted as one of the top places for kayaking in the world because of its tranquil and calm waters, guests can also partake in not only diving, but also other water activities like kayaking and paddle boarding as part of the package. After a day of adventure, travelers can unwind at the resort’s state-of-the-art 39,000 square-foot Sabila Spa, which is ranked one of the top spas in Mexico by Spa Finder.

The package, starting at $859 USD per person based on double occupancy includes a four-night, five-day stay in a Deluxe Studio room, two days of SCUBA diving along the Baja Peninsula, with a picnic lunch each day and a $25 USD spa credit. If needed, all diving equipment is also included. The package is available for travel between now and November 15, 2015. An all-inclusive Diver’s Paradise package with food, beverage and airfare is also available.

For resort reservations or additional information, please contact the resort at reservaciones.vdpl(at)vgloreto(dot)com or call 800.790.4187 and mention “Diver’s Paradise Package.” To learn more about Villa del Palmar, visit http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com.

About Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto: Baja’s First Million Star Resort
Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto is a luxury destination resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island (one of five in the region). Flanked by the rugged Sierra de la Giganta range, the Villa del Palmar is the first and only resort to occupy one of the Gulf of California's last virgin coastlines. The resort features 181 new, spacious, beautifully appointed Deluxe Ocean View, one, two and three bedroom Suites with terraces and stunning ocean and mountain views, three restaurants offering gourmet dining, an attentive English-speaking staff, five swimming pools, a 39,000 square-foot Sabila Spa and Wellness Center, two tennis courts, beautiful beaches, a private beachfront Danzante Bungalow villa for glamping and a mild and warm climate year-round. The upcoming 7,400-yard Rees Jones-designed Danzante Bay golf course will offer a challenging, yet friendly course that works with the natural beauty and serenity of the surrounding environment.

Guests can enjoy PADI-certified SCUBA diving lessons and snorkeling tours in the protected indigo waters that explorer Jacques Cousteau once dubbed the “Aquarium of the World.” Outdoor adventurers can also experience tours of the nearby Coronado, Danzante and Del Carmen Islands atop an inflatable APEX boat, as well as swimming, world-class fishing aboard the “Mad Dash” tournament boat, paddle boarding, kayaking, whale watching and mountain biking. With complimentary shuttle service, guests can explore the historic town at the Islands of Loreto and visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous. The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish off the coast and in an area that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Hotel perks include a spa and fitness center, massages, salsa dance lessons and movie nights for children. The New York Times lists Loreto in its Top Ten Places to go in 2011. Travelers can take a short flight from LAX on Alaska Airlines to the Islands of Loreto. With a new service beginning on February 14, 2015, travelers can also fly to the Islands of Loreto from Calgary, Canada aboard WestJet, Canada’s most-preferred airline.

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