In part 2 of our SNUBA Operator Spotlight interview with Oscar Ortiz, Cabo Expeditions, we’ll hear about the impact of Hurricane Odile as well as whale migration and rescue. Enjoy!
Hurricane ‘Odile’ hit this area extremely hard a year ago, impacting many of the local industries. We’ve heard you were intimately involved in the recovery process. Can you tell us a little bit about that process and the area’s recovery from hurricane ‘Odile’?
The most important process was the mental recovery, to realize that we have to be hands-on in picking up the pieces, cleaning them up, and making things better because no one would come and do it for us. We depend on tourism so the sooner we start, the sooner we can receive tourists again.
On your website, we see a lot of pictures and information about whale watching and whale sharks. Tell us a little about these amazing creatures and what it’s like to actually see these animals from the deck of one of your boats.
Every year we are fortunate to witness the migration of these great mammals and swim with the biggest fish in the world. To be able to experience both in small and intimate groups is something unique, because we get to be up-close and personal with these beautiful creatures.
We’ve heard that you actually helped in the rescue of a whale that was snared in a fishing net. Please tell us about this incredible experience!
For the last 12 years we have been involved in 17 rescues, and every occasion teaches us how to be more efficient and more safe. We are part of a group authorized by the Mexican government to assist entangled humpback whales, and we ensure that we follow all the safety guidelines. It is a great feeling to be able to help these amazing mammals.
In our Operator Spotlight series, we’ll be shining a light on a specific SNUBA operator. Our focus will GO BEYOND what happens underwater in order to gain insight into the geography, the culture, and the people that we’re fortunate to work with everyday.
For our first Operator Spotlight, we caught up with Oscar Ortiz – owner and operator of Cabo Expeditions in Cabo San Lucas and asked him a few questions. Enjoy!
Can you tell us a little bit about Cabo Expeditions and how you got started in the ‘Adventure Tour’ business?
Oscar: I moved to Cabo San Lucas right after I finished university in Mexico City 19 years ago. I started out as a snorkeling guide, then I was able to save some money and take out a loan to buy my first boat, which I paid off after a year and a half. From there, I kept on looking for more opportunities to take customers out snorkeling.
The Los Cabos area looks breathtakingly beautiful. For those who have never been to Los Cabos, how would you describe the area and what advice would you give families looking to spend time here?
Oscar: Los Cabos is a semi-desert area surrounded by two bodies of water, the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. It is rich in flora and fauna, has excellent food, and the locals are friendly. Get ready to spend a lot of days in the sun.
Visitors to Los Cabos will undoubtedly be looking for local food recommendations. What types of special foods are native to the area that a visitor absolutely must try? Are there any favorite restaurants in the area that you’d recommend?
Oscar: Seafood is the specialty
in this area. El Torito
Restaurant, a local favorite,
serves generous portions
at affordable prices.
Take a look at Mariscos Torito restaurant here!