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

A Striped Marlin Hunting Frenzy in exciting Magdalena Bay with Shark Diving and Mobula Rays by Night

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About This Trip:

 Mag Bay only option or 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.

After a transfer back to the airport, Mag Bay only guests will end their trip here. For those who are on the  dive combo trip,  we transfer to La Paz where we do a dive unique to La Paz: a night dive with Mobula Rays. Plankton are drawn like a magnet to our lights and schools of rays come swooping in to dive down to feed in the sand. It is non-stop swirling action at night. We also dive with sea lions; a dive full of fast interaction with these curious and humorous animals.

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 6 guests


  1. Pristine coral reefs full of marine life at Cabo Pulmo National Park, bull sharks, wrecks, a chance of humpbacked whale sitings
  2. Night dive with Mobula Rays at La Paz
  3. Striped Marlin hunting sardines in Magdalena Bay

2022 Dates

  1. November 5- 10 2022  Mag Bay Only Trip
  2. November 11- 19 2022  Mag Bay + La Paz & Cabo Pulmo Diving
  3. Inquire for price
  4. It is possible to do both trips for a total of 8 days with the marlin plus the scuba diving


2023 Dates

  1. Oct 28 - 2 Nov 2023  Mag Bay Only Trip
  2. November 3 - 11 2023  Mag Bay + La Paz & Cabo Pulmo Diving
  3. Inquire for early sign up price
  4. It is possible to do both trips for a total of 8 days with the marlin plus the scuba diving


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Included (Combo Trip)

  1. 8 nights accommodation in Single Room (discount for sharing)
  2. All transfers between Los Cabos airport, Cabo Pulmo, La Paz, Port San Carlos, back to airport
  3. 2 days of 2 tank diving in Cabo Pulmo, 1 night dive with Mobula Rays in La Paz, Sea lion colony dive
  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 2022

Note: Mag Bay only Itinerary is the same Day 0 - Day 6 when they will return to SJD airport

Day 0 - Nov 10

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

Day 1 - Nov 11

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

Day 2 - 5 - Nov 12 - 15

  1. Striped marlin & sardines from private boat

Day 6 - Nov 16

  1. Transfer to La Paz, sea lion colony dive, Mobula Night Dive

Day 7 - Nov 17

  1. Transfer to Cabo Pulmo National Park
  2. Shark Dive, 2nd Dive In Marine Park

Day 8 - Nov 18

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

Day 9 - Nov 19

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