5-Night Stay on Magdalena Island

Witness the Incredible Mexican Sardine Run

See Whales, Mobula Rays, Dolphins, & More!

Witnessing the ‘Mexican Sardine Run’ underwater is a lifetime opportunity. This expedition will take you to one of the best spots of the ocean where, if we are lucky, you’ll be able to see the striped marlins hunting sardine bait-balls along with sea lions and other species. Magdalena Island is waiting for you to join us with our local expert guides and be part of this amazing adventure.

For this year’s 23-28 Nov expedition we have the fortune to collaborate with our friends of Dive Academy!

Juan Builes
Phone number: +573012418909

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Juan M. Guzmán
Phone number: +573188756389

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If the ocean allows it, you’ll have the opportunity of a close encounter with striped marlins, sea lions, and pelicans while they hunt the sardine bait-balls.

For inquiries, please contact magbayexpedition@gmail.com


Discover a whole new level of adventure living the Mexican Sardine Run while you observe different species underwater

Get a 5-night stay on the magnificent Magdalena Island

You’ll have a close encounter with striped marlins, sea lions, and pelicans while they hunt the sardine bait balls.

Get up close and personal with many other pelagic sea species in the area including the Mobula rays migration, whales, dolphins, and more!

Trip details

Trip Details


USD 2,900 per person

Departure time

Arranged upon booking

Meeting point

Pick up from your accommodation in Los Cabos, Todos Santos, or La Paz


October 26th-31st
November 14th-19th
November 23rd-28th – SOLD OUT (Collaboration with Dive Academy)
December 5th-10th


6 days, 5 nights

Group size

8 ppl expedition

Participation requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Previous snorkeling experience
  • -Insurance (mandatory, to get yours, visit dan.org  or if you have any other that you prefer, but we recommend DAN).
  • Each participant will be required to fill out a waiver before the expedition, the waiver can be found here.


  • Round trip transportation Cabo San Lucas – Puerto San Carlos
  • Round trip transportation Puerto San Carlos – Magdalena Island
  • 2 Marlin Search expeditions
  • 1 Ocean encounter
  • 1 Day of mangroves and sand dunes
  • 5-night accommodation at Tavo’s House
  • Pictures and videos of the experience
  • Lead weights
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Box lunches
  • Masks, snorkels and fins
    * Breakfasts and dinners will be served at Chejo’s Restaurant in the island. Remember it’s an island, so we are going to have typical local food, mostly sea food and some other vegetarian options.

Not included

  • Freediving equipment: dive/wetsuits (Full equipment upon request, $30 USD per day and depends on availability)
  • Personal expenses
  • Flights
  • Tips

What to bring

Wetsuit (3-5mm highly recommended, available for rent upon request and depends on availability)
Mask, fins, snorkel (we will provide with basic gear)
Comfortable walking shoes

  • Passport or INE
  • Proof of dive and travel insurance ( we recommend World Nomads for travel insurance and DAN for dive insurance)
  • Sunblock SPF 30+ (reef-friendly is mandatory)
  • Spending money for personal expenses
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat, buff, and polarized sunglasses
  • Layers of clothes (for the Pacific breeze)
  • Rain jacket
  • Bathing suit
  • Dry bag
  • Beach towel
  • T-shirts and shorts
  • Sweatshirt and long pants
  • Warm, waterproof jacket
  • Sandals or shoes that can get wet
  • A canteen or water bottle
  • Any special foods or medications (seasickness tablets, waterproof bandaids for fin sores, electrolytes)

About your staff

  • Magbay captain and staff


This expedition will be a 5-night stay below a star-studded sky on the magnificent Magdalena Island. Each morning you will head out with our team to see the extreme hunting skills of the striped marlins, the playfulness of sea lions, and get up close and personal with many other pelagic sea species in the area including the Mobula Ray migration, whales, dolphins, and more!

Arrival day – We recommend that you arrive one day before the starting day of your expedition so that you have enough time to prepare and make your way to the meeting point (travel/accommodation expenses not included).

Day 1: Drive to Magdalena bay. We will have a lunch on our way and then arrive to Magdalena Bay for dinner. We will do all the necessary introductions and a briefing on what to expect for the coming days.

Day 2, 3 & 4: 3 days of ACTION! 6:30 am, after a light breakfast, everyone will be on the boats by 7:15 am to get an early jump on the search for bait balls and the Pelagic hunters, as well as whales, mobulas, dolphins and more. We will be one of the only groups staying on the island giving us an advantage over every other boat in the area.

After a full day of action and adventure, we will be back around 4:30 pm to take a break and head to dinner at 6:30 pm. We will repeat the same structure for 3 days.

Day 5: We will have the opportunity to explore the hidden spots of Magdalena Bay, visit the unique sand dunes, cruise through the mangroves, look for bald eagles, and hopefully
encounter the elusive wild coyotes of Magdalena Island. We will then have a final get-together to celebrate the experience, share photos, and have a farewell drink.

Last day: We will head back to San Jose Del Cabo around 9:00 am to be back in the afternoon.

Good to know

  • You’ll be at Magdalena Island and there are no ATMs, pharmacies, stores, etc. so come prepared.
  • Tavo’s house (where you’re going to stay) has a wifi connection.
  • Magdalena Island is a beautiful place, full of wildlife so we recommend you take your camera to save all those memories.

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