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Waves & Wildlife: Magdalena Bay

Trip Overview

$2,190.00 /person

Magdalena Bay is the meeting place of two significant ocean currents, making it a dynamic and exciting place to paddle. Tide races, rocky features, coastal surf, and downwind expeditioning! The current vortex creates a massive upwelling of nutrients, which supports astonishing biodiversity of birds, sea life, and cheeky coyotes.

This trip is a self-supported kayak expedition. You carry everything in kayaks, and resupply food and water about halfway through. On this day, you will spend an hour in the motorboat watching gray whales which migrate from Alaskan waters each year to breed and calve here. A special and unique experience!

Your paddling starts in San Carlos, ventures into the mangroves, then south along the mountainous Isla Magdalena, across the dynamic mouth of the bay, and then along the protected Isla Margareta, a one-way odyssey. Meet/end Loreto.

Enjoy a depth of expertise and local knowledge from lifelong local fisherman/guide Marcos Simental, and coach Ginni Callahan.

  • Departure Months: January
  • Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Snorkeling, Photography
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: Open Water/Ocean, Rock Gardens, Surf
  • Services Available:
    • Guided
  • Accommodations:
    • Basecamp
    • Camping
    • Lodge/Cabin
  • Group Rates: No

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.

"Expedition" level trip is for paddlers with team spirit and solid kayak tripping experience. Distances are typically than 10-16nm/day. There are also opportunities to learn and improve your skills. Your guides are also UKCC/British Canoeing certified coaches.

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