LOS CABOS -- This Pacific coast Mexican destination might be
synonymous with golf, but tourism officials believe its underwater
attractions deserve equal billing.
During the last four years, Los Cabos' hotels and dive
operations have staged a number of scuba-diving events in an effort
to promote the destination to that lucrative market.
The next such event, Los Cabos Summer Dive Fiesta, is scheduled
for Aug. 17 to 25. Sponsored by the Los Cabos Hotel Association and
local dive centers, the nine-day Dive Fiesta will include
underwater photo contests, underwater treasure hunts, cocktail
parties, diving seminars and diving gear demonstrations.
The event also will enable divers to test the gear and
The week will kick off with a party at the Hotel Solmar, where
clients will have an opportunity to win prizes in one of several
raffles scheduled for the event. Prizes include diving equipment
and a return trip to Cabo.
To promote the event, hotels in every price category are
offering reduced rates and scuba packages that pay 10%. Several
hotels are offering four nights for the price of three, five nights
for the price of four and a week's stay for the price of six
At the Westin Regina, a seven-night package (one night is on the
house) starts at $1,186 per person, double, and a five-night
package (one night is free) starts at $821.
At the Solmar Suites, a seven-night package (one night is free)
costs $995 per person, double, in a junior suite, including two
dinners per person. A five-night package (one night is free) costs
$558, also with two dinners.
All hotel packages include airport transfers, two daily dives,
equipment and event activities.
For nondiving companions, participating properties will offer
25% off the cost of "resort courses" during the event so clients
can get their scuba certification; guests who accompany divers on
the daily excursions will be given free snorkeling gear to use
during the outing.
In addition to regular daytime dives, clients will be able to
participate in specialty dives such as night dives and wreck dives
in the Sea of Cortes.
For information about the dive event and packages, call the Los
Cabos Tourism Board at (866) LOS-CABOS or visit the destination's
Web site at www.visitcabo.com.