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The sunken ship in Baja you can visit!

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Discover the captivating region of La Paz and Espíritu Santo, known for its stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife. One of the unique and exciting experiences to have during your visit is wreck diving!

The history of Baja runs deep in its waters, shaping the culture from its earliest inhabitants to the vibrant fishing traditions and today’s recreational attractions. Shipwrecks have played a significant role in this history, adding to the allure of the region.

Let’s explore the Fang Ming shipwreck

Fang Ming Wreck – La Paz, Baja California, Photo by Joe’s Scuba Shack

The Mexican Navy seized this Chinese fishing vessel on April 18, 1995. While it was attempting to smuggle Chinese workers into the United States. Following years of custody, SeaWatch, a group of local conservationists interested in protecting the underwater beauty of the region, devised a plan to transform the ship into artificial reefs. They created passages and openings in the hull of the ship, to ensure that divers can safely explore the interior. And to enable them to capture breathtaking photos and videos illuminated by natural light.

SeaWatch members made efforts to obtain necessary permits and prepare the vessel for deliberate sinking. In November 1999, the Fang Ming was intentionally sunk at a depth of 72 feet (22 meters) on the west side of Espiritu Santo Island. These wrecks are not only the first intentional shipwrecks in Latin America but also a highlight of the Espiritu Santo National Park.

The green side of wreck diving in Baja

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Photo by Underwater Paparazzi, Nick Polanszky, Seawatch

Wreck diving in Baja offers more than just an adventurous exploration of dark corridors, decks, and cabins. It provides an opportunity to witness the thriving biodiversity that attracts an array of fish and marine flora. As a protected marine park, the Fang Ming wreck has become a flourishing no-fishing zone. Divers can encounter various marine species, including green turtles, angelfish, parrotfish, groupers, and even sea lions resting on the deck. This presence of vibrant marine life serves as a testament to the positive impact of artificial reefs on underwater ecosystems.

Visiting these sunken ships helps alleviate pressure on other dive sites. Promoting a balanced presence of divers across the diverse sites near La Paz and Los Cabos in the Sea of Cortes.

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