Striped Marlin of Magdalena Bay
During October and November, a magical event happens in the nutrient rich swirling blue waters off Magdalena Bay where striped marlin gather to hunt on the second largest sardine run in the world. This thrilling underwater action is spectacular. There is an excellent chance of also seeing california sea lions, dolphin, wahoo, pelicans, different species of gulls, boobie birds, frigate birds, shearwaters and even the awe inspiring albatross.
While it’s best to snorkel or free dive around the bait balls there will be plenty of scuba diving opportunities on your week long trip with massive schools of fish, turtles and the wreck of a WW1 submarine and the passenger steam ship SS Independence. But wait, there is more! Humpback whales are on the move at this time of year and if we are really lucky, we might even see orcas or blue whales!
Your Magdalena Bay Adventure looks like this*
Drop by our SeeCreatures Dive Centre in the inner harbour of Cabo San Lucas to get fitted for any rental gear you might need and to take advantage of a complimentary Backscatter underwater photography workshop or a complimentary warmup dive or both! Meeting at the Dive Centre by 4:30 latest to board your liveaboard dive ship for a sunset cruise and overnight run up to Magdalena Bay.
Let’s go diving with the option of 4 dives at the south end of Isla Santa Margarita. You will be amazed at the abundance and variety of life. Both dive sites are home to California sea lion colonies but our second dive site has an especially large and impressive sea lion colony.
We are going to be diving 2 different shipwrecks today weather permitting. A WW1 submarine that is remarkably intact with loads of life. And the wreck of the SS steamship Independence of the Vanderbuilt Line that sank with the loss of 150 lives.
Day 4 to 6
Bait balls. striped marlin. incredible predatory behaviour. adrenaline rushes!! The sardine run off Magdalena Bay is massive with untold millions of fish. Our plan is to divide into groups of 6 or 7 divers per skiff and head out in individual groups when we spot a good bait ball. Unlike the smaller bait balls we see down at Socorro Island, these bait balls are so large that they can survive hours of predatory attacks giving us ample opportunity to snorkel, free-dive and experience this incredible behaviour. We will be out on the water all day, each day, before heading into shelter for cocktail hour and a calm anchorage every evening..
Spare day! While the swell is generally quite low during this time of year, we have allowed for an extra FLEX day in case of weather. We can always duck inside the Bay and explore the mangrove swamps and get some extra diving in. Weather permitting, we are aching to further explore Thetis Bank to find an offshore pinnacle rumoured to be as shallow as 40 feet. You can be sure that our captain and crew are going to do their very best to maximize your experience all week long subject to any weather constraints
Return to Cabo San Lucas for breakfast and disembarking by 8:30 a.m. Don’t forget that this is also peak season for diving the Sea of Cortez where we have back-to-back liveaboard trips available as well as Cabo Pulmo and day trips to Gordo Banks and also the whale sharks of Mogote! Let’s keep diving!!
*Our captains and crew will do their very best to give you the most spectacularly dive experience.
Given weather and animal sighting itinerary may vary.