Baja Mexico Safari with Marlins & the Sardine Run in Magdalena Bay

A Striped Marlin Hunting Frenzy in exciting Magdalena Bay with Shark Diving and prestine reefs of Cabo Pulmo Marine Parks

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About This Trip:

Mag Bay + Baja Diving Combo

The adventure starts in Port San Carlos where Magdalena Bay is host to the largest striped marlin migration in the world. We will be on our own boat from 7am to 4pm looking for sea birds who will point us to the epic hunting action going on underwater. The marlins hunt the sardines as do the sharks and seals. Under the surface will be a frenzy of action as marlin hunt in cooperation containing and maneuvering the bait balls. One by one they attack the sardines and take their meal. We stay at an upscale hotel outside of Port San Carlos.

Our last days are in Cabo Pulmo National Park where protected marine habitat and pristine coral draws an enormous amount of tropical fish, seals, turtles, and more. Large schools of jacks are an awesome sight as the formation pulses and morphs before us. We do dives specifically for bull sharks who lurk and patrol on the scattered remains of shipwrecks.

Key Information


  1. Mexico
  2. Port San Carlos, Magdalena Bay, Cabo Pulmo, and La Paz


  1. Limited to 5 guests


  1. Pristine coral reefs full of marine life at Cabo Pulmo National Park, bull sharks, wrecks, a chance of humpbacked whale sitings
  2. Striped Marlin hunting sardines in Magdalena Bay

2024 Dates

  1. November 3 - 11 2024  Magdalena Bay Sardine Run & Cabo Pulmo Diving
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  1. 8 nights accommodation in Single Room (discount for sharing)
  2. All transfers between Los Cabos airport, Cabo Pulmo, Port San Carlos, back to airport
  3. 3 days of diving in Cabo Pulmo
  4. 4 full days on private boat for striped Marlin
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Not Included

  1. Airfare to Mexico (SJD) and Return
  2. Airport hotel on arrival or departure
  3. Meals, drinks
  4. Gratuity for boat captain and crew
  5. Rental equipment

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Travel Planning

  1. Guests should arrange to fly into Los Cabos (SJD) airport the day before and stay in a local hotel  Transfer next morning to Mag Bay   
  2. Depart on the last day in the late afternoon - we will have a transfer from Cabo Pulmo to the airport on this day


  1. This trip combines scuba diving and snorkeling in open water conditions. Certification and evacuation insurance is required

Itinerary 2024


Day 0

  1. Guests arrive in Cabo (San Jose Del Cabo Airport (SJD), stay at airport hotel

Day 1

  1. Meet at  San Jose Del Cabo Airport (SJD) before 8am, transfer to Puerto San Carlos (Magdalena Bay)

Day 2 - 5

  1. Striped marlin & sardines from private boat

Day 6

  1. Transfer to Cabo Pulmo

Day 7

  1. Shark Dive, 2nd Dive In Marine Park

Day 8

  1. Shark Dive, 2nd Dive In Marine Park
  2. Explore beaches and park

Day 9

  1. Transfer back to Cabo Airport, Depart late afternoon (allow for transfer from Cabo Pulmo)    
scuba dive Cabo Pulmo Park


More About this Adventure

Magdalena Bay Sardine Run

Baja Mexico and the Magdalen Bay area are becoming very popular due to the variety and reliable encounters with all types of marine wildlife. The sardines have been in very good numbers for the past few years and the marlins and other predators are attracted to the food source. This mix makes it a very exciting destination for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Coastal views of Baja Mexico

Baja is a beautiful raw natural place with a surprising vistas everywhere. Our local host has many beautiful places to show us when we are not out on the water.

sea lions hunting sardines

Sea lions compete with the striped marlin for the schools of sardines. They have a different hunting technique and cause entertaining chaos.

orcas and humpbacked whales at Magdalena Bay

Mag Bay has an explosion of marine wildlife during peak season Oct - Jan. We often see humpbacked whales and orcas as well as dolphin, turtles, and coyotes along the shore.

Magdalena Bay striped Marlin

We launch off the beach at Magdalena Bay for our day out to find the sardine bait balls

scuba with Mega Schools of fish at Cabo Pulmo

Our trip takes you to Cabo Pulmo, a world class pristine marine park environment

panga boats for our adventure on Magdalena Bay

Our boats are limited to just 5 guests plus crew. Our captains experienced and helpful and chosen from the best.

Luxury accommodations at Magdalena Bay

We stay at an upscale hotel outside of the Magdalena Bay town area where we can enjoy good food and a safe and quiet atmosphere.

snorkel or scuba with sea lions in Baja

The sardines attracts sea lions. Most encounters are at the surface

Cabo Pulmo best dives of Baja

On the Combo Trip we dive the pristine waters of the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park


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About Us

Our photo safaris are for photographers and non photographers who want to get up close to large marine life. All of our trips are to destinations proven to be reliable for great encounters. Gregory Sweeney is on hand to help guests with camera gear and techniques before and during the trips. We have been hosting underwater trips for over 15  years.