Apex Ocean Divers is born with the intention of creating more bridges between people and ocean adventures around the world, with a focus on having up close, responsible and unforgettable encounters with unique and majestic underwater marine life, always sourcing from local communities and supporting science (Donations, photo ID and Citizen & science trips). We believe that with having these incredible encounters people can fall in love with the ocean and so find ways to protect it for future generations. 

Making our base in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico mainly known as a party destination instead of the underwater spectacle that it is, we attempt to change the mindset of the tourist of Cabo San Lucas, so that the purpose of their trip includes encounters underwater instead of fishing or parting in the destination.

Collaboration plays an important role for us, working together with other tour operators, local fisherman and marina ensures that we have a bigger scope of work with a teamwork approach to any scenario. 

Founder – Alexander Schmidt

Based in Cabo San Lucas, Alexander Schmidt Márquez has found professional success—and encountered a radical shift in self—through his ocean safari and shark dive business in Baja California Sur. He explains, “I started Scuba Diving when I was 14 years old, capturing the underwater world with a disposable film camera to show my Dad who was unable to Dive due to a broke eardrum, for years I worked in tourism as an Entertainment Manager, which allowed me to travel the globe. Through these experiences, the underwater world of free-diving with ocean creatures and their protection became my passion, and eventually, I knew I wanted to devote my life to creating this same bond for others”

It takes bravery and perseverance to change one’s life in the pursuit of passion. Upon arriving in Cabo San Lucas four years ago, Alex began working in the hotel industry, only to leave after a couple months. After deciding to go all in on his dream of dedicating his life to the ocean, he started a rewarding journey of growth and learning. Today, he is an AIDA 4 Master Freediver (Assistant Instructor Freediver), Rescue Diver and a Federally certified eco-tourism guide for free-diving and scuba diving by Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism. Alex tells us, “Our mission is to get people to fall in love with the ocean, so they can protect it. Connect & Protect”

Baja California Sur’s rich waters present a treasured opportunity to experience the majestic open ocean. The underwater canyons connecting the Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez) to the Pacific Ocean create, as Alex puts it, “an underwater highway” for marine life. Thanks to a large number of microorganisms, such as phytoplankton and zooplankton, there is a feast available year-round. The municipality of Los Cabos sits at the intersection of those two bodies of water, offering a front-row seat to an abundance of species.

During the ocean safaris, Alex and his team go in search of marine life based on knowledge from prior experiences and real-time information shared among the eco-tourism community. Upon coming across wildlife, each unique situation is assessed to ensure the safety of the participants and animals. Once confirmed as safe, the participants follow Alex into the water, snap a few photos, and head back to the boat as soon as possible to avoid disrupting the course of the animal(s). Alex says, “We look to show people incredible animals face-to-face, encounters that they won’t ever forget and change their life forever in hopes of giving them another perspective and value of the ocean.”

The beauty of ocean open safaris and shark dives lies in the unknown. Participants cannot be assured of specific encounters and must go into the experience with an open mind and patience. When expectations are surrendered, there is room for magic to occur.

As Featured on Habitas’s Our Journal”. – https://www.ourhabitas.com/another-kind-of-safari/