Flying Under The Sea

BY: FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ

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Daniel Najera spent years in Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, and Playa de Carmen, before his arrival in Cabo San Lucas seven years ago in 2012. Najera is an ocean junkie, whose passion for the sea led him into the happy world of sea-related thrills and activities that have become his specialty. 

Najera and his tour company, ''Volar Bajo del Mar'' (Fly Under the Sea), offer whale shark tours in La Paz, as well as other free-diving ocean activities that include trips to Cabo Pulmo, and Los Barriles, where the only tours of the whale shark and island nature are available. 

Anybody that arrives in Los Cabos interested in an island tour only has the two choices of Isla Espiritu Santo in La Paz, our State’s Capitol city, and Cerralvo Island near the El Sargento, Punta Arena and La Ventana communities beyond Los Barriles on the East Cape. A two and a half hour, 97 and 119-mile drive. 

The whale shark is a slow-moving, flat-like, sea creature, that was first discovered in April 1828, after the harpooning of a 15-foot specimen in Table Bay, South Africa. Whale sharks are famous for their very large mouths and gentle nature. They are cousins of the megamouth shark and the basking shark. They feed almost exclusively on plankton and small fishes and pose no threat to human beings.

The whale shark is found in open warm waters in tropical oceans where temperatures are rarely below 70° Fahrenheit. The whale shark's lifespan has been estimated to reach 70-130 years.

"We once had a tour of 70 people that wanted to swim with the whale sharks in La Paz," said Najera, while discussing the popularity of the $120 USD per-person tour. 

The exhilarating free-diving tours offered by Volar Bajo del Mar also include the island visits of Isla Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo Island. Two beautifully majestic bodies of soil surrounded by the pristine, aqua blue, Sea of Cortez waters. With more than six years experience, the CPR certified, unblemished safety history, Daniel Najera Robledo, can be reached for free-diving and whale shark, island tour reservations at 777-328-1898 or via email at carpediem3@gmail.com.