5-Night Stay on Magdalena Island

Witness the Incredible Striped Marlin

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 you can see the striped marlins hunting sardine bait balls along with sea lions and pelicans. Magdalena Island is waiting for you to join us with our local expert guides and be part of this amazing adventure.

For inquiries, please contact magbayexpedition@gmail.com

Highlights

Discover a whole new level of adventure living the mexican sardine run while you observe the striped marlins 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

Departure time

Arranged upon booking


Meeting point

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


Availability

November 30th – December 5th


Duration

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: https://dan.org/)
  • Each participant will be required to fill out a waiver before the expedition, the waiver can be found here.

Included

  • Round trip transportation Cabo San Lucas – Puerto San Carlos
  • Round trip transportation Puerto San Carlos – Magdalena Island
  • 3 marlin expeditions
  • 1 day in mangrove and sand dunes with paddleboards and kayaks
  • Use of supplements and kayaks throughout the island stay
  • 5-night accommodation in the island house
  • Pictures and videos of the experience
  • Lead weights

Not included

  • Food is not included. We are open to take your groceries in the van and you may use the kitchen in the house to prepare meals daily. There is also a local restaurant on the island where you can purchase meals.
  • Free equipment: dive/wetsuits (Full equipment upon request, $30USD per day)
  • Personal expenses
  • Flights
  • Tips (on the last day of the expedition, envelopes will be laid out to spread the tips as you please. It will be spread between the food service, captains, and Mag Bay guides. Consider bringing between 15% – 20% of the total price of the expedition)

What to bring

Wetsuit (3-5mm highly recommended, available for rent upon request)
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)
  • Dive gear: mask, fins, snorkel
  • 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 guide

  • Magbay guides and staff

Overview

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 stop for lunch in Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico, and then arrive in Magdalena Bay for dinner. We will do all of 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. 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 have access to kayaks and paddleboards to explore with our Magbay Expeditions Crew. 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 at 7:00 am to be back in the afternoon around 2:00 pm San Jose Del Cabo Time Zone.

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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