Mexican Sardine Runs & the Striped Marlin — October 20th to December 20st
- Duration: 6-8 hours
- Age restriction: 12+ years
- What to bring: Wetsuit (available to rent upon request) — snorkel gear, belts, and lead weights all included.
- Good to know:
- You need to be a confident swimmer.
- If it is a windy day (over 15 mph) the activity has to be rescheduled or substituted for another activity.
Swimming among marlins is not a secret anymore, it is a one-of-a-kind experience that everyone wants a taste of, and we don’t blame them! Watching the animals hunting on hundreds of thousands of sardines along with sea lions, seagulls, pelicans, and frigate birds, is like witnessing a perfect symphony of life just under the surface of the sea. Marlins and sea lions coordinate to push the giant bait balls of sardines to the surface and hunt on them one by one while seabirds participate in the feast from above. We will have the opportunity to enjoy this spectacular marine show up close as we swim alongside the shoals (while sticking to strict protection protocols).
The non-extractive activities of observation and swimming with striped marlin (Kajikia audax) are subject to the rules established in a management plan and code of conduct.
- Swimming with bait balls where the following are present: striped marlin (kajikia audax), sardines, sea lions, whales, or other pelagic species.
- Scuba diving with tanks in or near bait balls where the following mix of species is present: striped marlin, sardines, sea lions, or other pelagic species.
- Use of equipment to capture underwater footage or images, including the use of lights or flash.
- Use of equipment to capture aerial footage or images, including drones.
- Consuming alcohol or drugs while participating in these activities.
- The disposal of any article to the sea.
- Not following the captain’s rules.
- Swimmers must never attempt to touch or have any type of physical contact with marine life.
- Sudden movements and noises that could drive away any nearby animal.