Magdalena Bay Striped Marlin Expedition
MAGDALENA BAY STRIPED MARLIN MIGRATION: THE MEXICAN SERENGETI
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.
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 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
WHAT TO BRING
*possibility to fly Puerto San Carlos by aircraft, only 40 minutes flight, ask us for rates and availability
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.
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)
Impressive Laysan Albatross