Magdalena Bay is the meeting place of two significant ocean currents. This vortex creates a massive upwelling of nutrients, which supports astonishing biodiversity. This makes Magdalena Bay a great place to watch wildlife! To the banquet come gray whales, dolphins, sea turtles, wintering waterfowl, and even coyotes. Enjoy the depth of expertise at your disposal from lifelong local fisherman and guide Marcos Simental and Naturalist Andrew Emlen. Bring wildlife up close with our top-of-the line high definition Vortex spotting scope.
Begin with a night at the waterfront Mar y Arena Eco-Hotel. Paddle and camp for 6 days on the spectacular and protected Isla Magdalena, moving from mangrove mazes and brilliant white dunes to the southern mountains. On your return to the hotel via motorboat, you'll spend a couple of hours with the gray whales which migrate here from Alaskan waters each year to breed and calve.
In February 2019 SKBM offers a special combo, with this trip and the Natural History of Baja on the gulf side of the peninsula.
SKBM features professional-quality equipment! Their kayaks are single, British-style kayaks with skegs, such as the NDK Explorer, Romany, and Pilgrim Expedition, plus P&H, and Tide Race. Seda doubles are available upon request. Werner Paddles 205-220cm. Don Beale Greenland paddles. Kokatat, MSR, Therm-a-Rest NeoAir. Seals, Snapdragon. SKBM is the only Nigel Dennis Expedition Centre in Mexico! This means they have excellent equipment and equally excellent safety standards.
SKBM trips are classified as “Primer”, “Builder”, or “Expedition”. "Primer" level trips are for paddlers with foundational experience (wet exit, basic steering). The goal is to get off the water before whitecaps become pervasive (12 knots of wind). Distances are typically less than 10nm/day. There are also opportunities to learn and improve your skills. Your guides are also UKCC/British Canoeing certified coaches.