Magdalena Bay Striped Marlin Expedition

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MAGDALENA BAY STRIPED MARLIN MIGRATION: THE MEXICAN SERENGETI

THE STRIPED MARLIN HUNTING FRENZY

Free dive and snorkeling with the mighty striped marlin during the biggest marlin migration in the world. Magdalena bay is the only place in the world where you can observe and interact in the water with numerous striped marlin hunting sardines baitballs in the month of October, November and December.

 

Magdalena bay is a natural reserve in the Pacific Coast of Baja

California Sur, not open yet to mass tourism. It is 50 km long

bay along the western coast of the Mexican state of Baja California

Sur. It is protected from the Pacific Ocean by the sandy barrier islands

of Isla Magdalena and Isla Santa Margarita.

 

This bay is particularly noted for the seasonal migration of the California gray whales and now also for the biggest striped marlin migration of the animal world. The aboundance of sharks and different species of marine animals makes Magdalena Bay the Best free diving/snorkeling experience you can have in Baja California Sur. The nature is wild also outside the water. Nearby mangrove swamps provide sanctuaries for sea birds. More than 100 species of birds call the bay and the surrounding area.

 

 The bay includes the small and authentic Mexican fishing village of San Carlos, that will be our base for 3 days.

 

This is a place where the time seems to be stopped, preserving nature and culture. Isla Magdalena and the surrounding area is also home to more than 8 endangered, endemic and rare plant species.

 

The unique opportunity to live a real wild life experience, face to face with one of the fastest and most elusive pelagic predator.

 

Highly recommended for pro photographers, film makers and adventurers.

Our Magdalena Bay Tour

The activity occur offshore, in the deep and blue waters of the Pacific Ocean  far from coastal recreational activities. We will go out early morning in the open ocean looking for any surface activity like birds hunting or bait balls, the The unmistakable sign of presence of the mighty striped marlin hunting sardines! Than we will jump in the water for the big show!

 

Visibility 100ft, water temperature 80-85 F

 

 

This a FREE DIVING AND SNORKELING TOUR NO SCUBA DIVING

 

$1300 USD

per person (minimum occupancy 4 people)

 

 

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DEPARTURE

  • Every monday at 7 Am, (hotel pick up)
  • It takes 5.30 hours driving to reach Magdalena Bay from Cabo

 

 

 

DURATION

  • 5 Days

 

 

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Swimming suit, snorkeling gear.

 

 

 

INCLUDED

  • Transportation  from your hotel to Puerto San Carlos (Magdalena Bay) round trip.
  • 4 nights in Hotel Brennan double occupancy, private bathroom, air conditioning or chance to sleep in the fisherman village at Isla Magdalena in double occupancy,  basic  accommodation with private bathroom, 30 mt from the ocean!
  • (Having a private room, costs an additional  $200 us per person)
  • All meals in Magdalena Bay, water and  the best fresh shrimps and seafood in the world!
  • 3 full day  free diving & snorkeling in the open Ocean looking for striped marlin activity
  • 1 half day eco tour of the bay: visit the sandy island with his endemic population of coyote, the mangroves and  the big colony of sea birds
  • Visit the local community of fishermen of isla Magdalena, a real contact with local culture and traditions
  • weight belts and weights

 

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Snorkeling gear
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for the crew

 

 

 

*possibility to fly Puerto San Carlos by aircraft, only 40 minutes flight, ask us for rates and availability

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 

Snorkeling and free dive with striped marlin hunting in baitballs and other big marine animals

 

Big pelagic action

 

Professional underwater photography of your striped marlin encounter made with professional underwater full frame cameras.

 

Maximum learning from Marine Biologist.

 

Interact  underwater with other big marine animals.

 

Maximum safety

 

Small groups, maximum 6 people in the water.

 

Up close and personal encounter.

 

Explore the wildest marine reserve of Baja California.

 

Birdwatching and nature visits to local mangroves, sand dunes and wild landscape of the Bay.

 

Live an authentic cultural experience.

 

REQUIREMENTS TO BE COVERED BY THE VISITORS

 

Be at least 15 years old and in case of a minor to be accompanied by an adult

 

For scuba diving: advanced open water certification, 50 logged dives

 

For Freediving and Snorkeling no certification required

 

 Signing the responsibility waiver

 

Good physical condition - Basic  swimming skills¬†- Tolerant to long periods on a boat

 

Avoid wearing yellow, silver, white and red.

 

No shiny things, jewelry, hearing, etc.

Yellow fin tuna ( Thunnus albacares)

 

Dorado (Coryphaena hippurus)

 

Striped marlin (kalika audax)

 

Wahoo (acanthocybium solandri)

 

Common Dolphin (delphinus capensis)

 

Mobulas (mobula mobular)

 

Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)

 

Killer whales ((Orcinus orca)

 

Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus)

 

Pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus)

 

Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

 

Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta)

 

Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)

 

Hawksbill Turtle ( Eretmochelys imbricata)

 

Leatherback Turtle  (Dermochelys coriacea)

 

Brown Pelicans

 

Sabine's Gulls

 

Heerman's Gull

 

Blue-footed Booby

 

Magnificent Frigatebird

 

Pink-footed Shearwater

 

Black-vented Shearwater

 

Impressive Laysan Albatross

 

Black-footed Albatrosses

 

 

 

 

 

We also offer private trips and special services for professional photographers and film crews

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