With Mag Bay Expeditions, you have the privilege of staying on Magdalena Island in a tiny fishing village with a shorter distance to the action — we are one of the very few tour operators that offer accommodation in a house on the island. Experience the old Baja lifestyle, you won’t want to miss this unique opportunity.
Magdalena Bay, also known as Mag Bay is located on the west coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Its waters are protected by 4 islands: Santo Domingo, Magdalena, Margarita, and Creciente. The biggest of them, Magdalena Island, has an approximate length of 45 kilometers and is where most of our expeditions happen and where our operation base is located.
Within the island, on the bayside is Puerto Magdalena, a small colorful town of about 50 inhabitants. If you join one of our expeditions you will be one of the few lucky visitors in town and get a taster of the original Baja California Sur lifestyle. Our expeditions encourage you to break the routine and reconnect with nature and the local culture.
Right in front of Mag Bay, currents of cold water coming from the north and tropical waters straight from the south merge, bringing with them a great number of nutrients. The protection that the bay provides is the perfect environment for mangroves to grow, which, in turn, provide shelter for birds, crustaceans, and a variety of fish in their early stages of life. All these elements make the area the perfect ecosystem for birds and help in the development of many species of sea life like tuna, sardines, groupers, snappers, clams, crabs, stingrays, shrimp, sea basses, flounders, and lobsters among others.
Magdalena Bay is not only a paradise for fishermen and nature lovers. It was inhabited by Aboriginal tribes for thousands of years, then later Spanish explorers, pirates, whalers, and even a U.S. navy fleet! The islands are full of history, legends, and vestiges.
The bay is part of the hemispheric network of beach bird reserves Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) and the location enjoys near-perfect weather. Throughout most of the year, the island has warm days and cool mornings and nights. The rainy season is in summer and when tropical storms happen.
During the winter months, the weather reaches a maximum of 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) and a minimum of 40s (4-9 degrees Celsius). These are the coldest months with chilly mornings and nights but sun in the middle of the day. Summer through autumn, the weather tends to be on the warmer side with highs of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) and low in the 60s (15 Celsius), but most of the days are warm with cooler nights.