MARLINS AND MORE 2023
Join me on a true open ocean adventure!
In October and November of 2023 I will once again head to Magdalena Bay for open ocean safaris looking for striped marlin. At this time of year, these amazing fish, among the fastest on earth, migrate along the coast of the Baja peninsula, preying on mackerel and sardine bait balls. This migration is one of the most impressive things to see in the ocean and chances of finding other marine life are very good, too! Our trips in the last few years brought us lots of marlins, sea lions, dolphins, dorado, sailfish, tuna, humpback whales, Bryde's whales, countless mobula rays and even mako sharks, hammerheads and orcas!
These will be long days out at sea. We will leave the port early in the morning and come back in the afternoon, our cameras filled with tons of amazing pictures and videos! Note that this can be physically challenging, as we are likely to get in and out of the boat several times a day, with quite a bit of swimming in-between! As action is often fast-paced this will be snorkelling and freediving only (no scuba diving!).
These trips will be led by award-winning photographer Hannes Klostermann, together with The Cortez Club.
You can of course combine these trips with any of the other experiences, like diving around La Paz or in Cabo Pulmo.
16 - 20 October 2023
23 - 27 October 2023
13 - 17 November 2023
$2099 per person (based on double occupancy, single supplement at request, 4 guests maximum per trip)
Day 1: You arrive at San José del Cabo or La Paz airport. Transfer to The Cortez Club. We meet there, check our snorkel gear and then leave for Magdalena Bay early afternoon.
Day 2, 3 and 4: Three days of open ocean adventure looking for striped marlin and sea lions feeding on bait balls, plus anything else we might find (orcas, sharks, whales, turtles, dolphins...)
Day 5: Transfer back to La Paz. We will get back by around 2 PM.
4 nights hotel in Puerto San Carlos
Three days of open ocean safari
Transportation from and to La Paz airport
Lunch (sandwich), snacks, water & softdrinks on the boat
Flights: We recommend flying into La Paz through Mexico City. Please plan to arrive early on the first day of your trip or a day in advance, as we have a couple of hours on the road ahead of us to get to Magdalena Bay, so we need to leave early in the afternoon.
Gratuities for captains and guide
Extra nights before or after the trip
We require a $500 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot.
Full payment is required two months before your trip.
A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
Open ocean trips to see the marlins can be physically challenging. There can be quite a bit of swimming involved and conditions can be rough. While this time of year is usually fairly calm, winds can pick up causing waves. We recommend sea sickness medication if you have a history of motion sickness, as we won't be able to go back to shore during the day. We also recommend bringing warm clothes, as the first few hours in the morning are often quite chilly. You can also bring a camera suitable for bird photography, as there are lots of them inside the bay.
Magdalena Bay is very much off the grid. Mobile networks can be slow or failing. Wi-Fi won't always be available. There is a pharmacy, but don’t expect them to stock any exotic medication. Please make sure you bring everything you might need. There are small supermarkets where you can get snacks and drinks for the evenings.
This trip is weather dependent. While conditions are usually good at this time of year, we can't make any guarantees as the plan is to head out several miles offshore.