Magdalena Bay Striped Marlin Expedition


The world biggest migration of the striped marlin, the Mexican sardine run, hundreds of marlin, sailfish, mahi-mahi, tunas sea lions and whales all participate in this crazy natural event, with the same purpose, feeding on sardine bait balls!

 One of the best experience you can have in the ocean, highly recommended for pro photographers, film makers, thrill seekers adventurers.


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 BajaCalifornia Sur, not open yet to mass tourism. It is 50 km longbay along the western coast of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. It is protected from the Pacific Ocean by the sandy barrier islandsof 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.

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


$ 1300 USD PP
  • minimum occupancy 4 people


  • Transportation from your hotel to Puerto San Carlos (Magdalena Bay) round trip
  • 4 nights in Hotel Brennan double occupancy, private bathroom, air conditioning. 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


Weekly departures, pick up at your hotel/location around 9 am

It takes 5.30 hours driving to reach Magdalena Bay from Cabo


5 Days

What to Bring

Swimming suit, snorkeling gear

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


  1. Be at least 15 years old and in case of a minor to be accompanied by an adult
  2. For Freediving and Snorkeling no certification required
  3. Signing the responsibility waiver
  4. Good physical condition - Basic swimming skills - Tolerant to long periods on a boat
  5. Avoid wearing yellow, silver, white and red
  6. No shiny things, jewelry, hearing, etc

Interact With:

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

Contact Us 

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