Spectacular Wildlife Events & Unique Experiences

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These full-day activities are the crème de la crème of our Isla Magdalena tour offerings. Swim with rare and beautiful marlins as they hunt sardines, interact with whales (a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity), and kayak or paddleboard through the mangroves of the biggest wetland in Baja California. Brave the waters to swim with sharks, surf some of Baja’s best waves, try your hand at sport fishing in some of the best fishing grounds in the world, or cruise the waters by boat and encounter all types of sea life.

Mexican Sardine Runs & the Striped Marlin — October 15th to December 31st

  • 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.

Permitted activities:

  • 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.

Prohibited activities:

  • 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.

Sabina and Paula pet a whale

Whale Encounter — January 15th to March 15th

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Age restriction: Suitable for all ages
  • Good to know:
    • If it is a windy day (over 15 mph) the activity has to be rescheduled or substituted for another activity.
    • There is no fitness or skill requirement for this activity.

Gray whales come to the bays of Baja during the winter season to reproduce and give birth to their calves. From mid-January to mid-March, most of the action takes place in the waters of Magdalena Bay. Thousands of gray whales make their way south from Alaska to Baja California Sur on what is the longest known mammal migration. On this Magdalena Bay whale watching encounter, we will boat our way to the entrance of the bay where we will watch gray whales, Eschrichtius robustus, during their mating rituals. Mag Bay is an important place where these beautiful animals choose to reproduce and feed.


SUP or Kayak at Dunes and Mangroves With Picnic — Year-round

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Age restriction: 10+ years
  • What to bring: Bathing suit — kayak or paddle board included.
  • Good to know:
    • No fitness level or experience needed.
    • The entrance to the mangroves is tide dependent, in case the access is too dry the activity will have to be rescheduled or substituted for another activity.
    • If it is a windy day (over 15 mph) the activity has to be rescheduled or substituted for another activity.

The sand dunes and mangroves of Bahía Magdalena are one of the true hidden treasures of the natural world. As we pass through the spectacular labyrinth of trees and roots, the mangroves will open up right in front of our eyes. Minutes after we sail into its channels, the boat will take us to where the forest meets the dunes that stretch over the horizon, leaving us to find ourselves with nothing but the sounds of nature and water. We will enjoy a full day in this marvelous place where we can stand up paddle or kayak in the mangroves and also, with some luck, get to see some coyotes lurking around the area. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch next to the water.


Swim With Sharks –June 15th to September 15th

  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Age restriction: 12+ years
  • What to bring: Swimsuit and 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.

Over the years, shark fishing in Magdalena has been a common practice of local fishermen. But slowly, fishing has been swapped for swimming. The goal is to create sustainable tourism by providing incredible interactions between sharks and humans. At the same time, we want to develop awareness in people with the hopes that these species and their ecosystem will be protected in the future. Come and discover blues, silkys, hammerheads, pilots, and makos.


Dolphins swim in a group

Ocean Encounter — April to July

  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Age restriction: 10+ years
  • What to bring: Swimsuit and 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.

Think of this activity like a safari, we can always be surprised by the unexpected! It could be two bottlenose dolphins that want to play with the boat or a thousand spinner dolphins moving along with their whole family, orcas swimming the waters in the look for food or fun, or gigantic whale sharks heading to the offshore reefs. Cruise around the waters of Mag Bay with an expert, local guide and get in the water to see incredible wildlife up close.


Surfing — June 15th to October 15th

  • Duration: 6.5 hours
  • Age restriction: 12+ years
  • What to bring: Swimsuit and wetsuit (available to rent upon request) – surfboard included.
  • Good to know:
    • Surfboard rental (we have many different types of boards if you are looking for something specific let us know in advance, if we don’t have it we could help you to find one and extra cost may apply).
    • You need to be a confident swimmer.
    • The winds are predominantly offshore, if the conditions are not right we will try to reschedule for the next good day.
    • This is ideal for both experienced surfers and beginners.

Surf the Baja waves at a secret and isolated spot on Magdalena Island. To get to the point, we have to reach the Pacific side of the island by car and then take a boat to access the spot by sea. There is no road access to this spot so don’t expect big crowds. In between sessions, you can jump in the shaded boat to have a break, hydrate, or grab a bite to eat. After a long day in the water, you will come back to the house where you can enjoy a hot shower and the view of the bay from the deck of the house while drinking a cold beer or a warm cup of tea.


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Sport Fishing — August 15th to November 15th

  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Age restriction: 10+ years
  • What to bring: Personal fishing license, which you can get online. Fishing gear and tackle included.
  • Good to know:
    • If it is a windy day (over 5 mph) the activity has to be rescheduled or substituted for another activity.
    • It is a great activity for both the experienced and beginners.
    • Fishermen have the right to catch a certain number of species per day as determined by a point system.
    • Each fisherman is entitled to fish up to 10 points. Billfish (marlin, sailfish, swordfish): 5 points each. Dorado and roosterfish: 2.5 points each. Other species 1 point per specimen. You cannot catch more than 5 points of the same species.
    • We promote a ‘catch and release’ campaign and thus, one specimen of billfish is allowed to be captured per boat.

Magdalena Bay is a place full of magic, part of this is because of its location, and part of it is because of its inhabitants, call them fish, whales, dolphins, or fishermen. This secluded part of the ocean has been a destination to go spearfishing or sport fishing for many generations, but geographically it is not easily accessible which has kept the area pristine and full of fish.

The coastal and offshore waters of Magdalena are full of famous fishing spots, Tetis Bank, Petrel Bank, Pistol Bank, Taner Bank, they are all world-class and they are here on our doorstep. Join us on a full day of fishing and get to know the waters of Isla Magdalena.


Scuba diver watches shark.

Scuba Diving — Year-round

  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Age restriction: +16
  • Good to know:
    • You need to have at least open water scuba dive certification
    • According to the level of the group and weather conditions, the group and your guide will choose 2-3 dives per day.
    • Equipment not included (Availability for rent upon 15 days request)

Scuba diving at Magdalena Island is a truly gratifying experience. Whether it’s diving around a sunken Spanish ship or an old submarine from the First World War or at Tetis, a volcanic zone with great pelagic life, you will have a blast. Octopuses, lobsters, turtles, sea lions, big pelagics such as mola mola, sharks, marlins, and more will be joining your dive and you will get to know every inch of the island, even underwater. Discover what’s underneath this magical place and do it with a certified and experienced guide that will show you everything you need to know.

The diving’s spot will be chosen with the guide, depending on the distance and weather that day. You will use 2 or 3 tanks max per day.

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