Mexican Sardine Run

Mexican Sardine Run

San Carlos, Mexico

Charter Length:
7 Days

3 Explorers

Expedition Overview

Join the non-stop, breathtaking action

Predators big and small are on the hunt during the annual Mexican sardine run where the underwater action is fast and furious. And the best encounters take place within ten meters (30 feet) of the surface, making this a perfect adventure for non-divers, free divers, and snorkelers to see:

  • Striped Marlins who are the star of the show
  • California Sea Lions join the chase and compete with the Marlin
  • Frigate Birds with sharp eyes track the sardines, making it easy for us to find the action
  • Bonitos, Bryde’s Whales, and Tiger Sharks show up, but with less frequency than the marlins of the sea lions
  • Every once in awhile, we get really lucky, and a pod of transient Orcas shows up

Liveaboard — Avoid Traffic, Spend More time In the Water

After years of getting up very early and sitting in traffic for hours on the way to and from the boat, I have now set up a new liveaboard option to eliminate that part of this adventure, opting instead for the comfort, luxury, and convenience of our floating hotel, the catamaran Mango Wind. At 45′ x 24′ wide, this vessel offers three large cabins, each with one queen-size bed, private head and shower, and individually controlled air conditioning.

Each morning, we will depart from our mooring, located in a safe, quiet bay at the entrance to Magdalena Bay and the Pacific Ocean, at least one hour away from the nearby town of San Carlos. This arrangement should save us the roughly two hours of daily travel that it normally takes to get back and forth from the marina to the hotel. We can also expect to be the first onsite each morning for the sardine and the marlin action, and we will have the option to stay at sea after everyone else leaves at 3 p.m., enjoying the beautiful warm light just before sunset from the deck of the boat.



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Expedition Leader

Amos Nachoum is a distinguished figure in wildlife and underwater photography, with a remarkable career spanning over four decades. His unique ability to blend exploration and artistry has captured the attention of audiences worldwide, with his work being prominently featured in esteemed publications such as National Geographic and The New York Times.

His talents have earned him numerous accolades, including the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, received twice in recognition of his unparalleled skill and commitment. Amos is the founder of Big Animals xpeditions, inviting adventurers to join him on extraordinary journeys to witness the majesty of wildlife in both marine and terrestrial environments.

His 2019 documentary, “Picture of His Life,” highlights his relentless pursuit of excellence and undying passion for wildlife photography. It chronicles his quest to photograph a swimming polar bear in the Canadian Arctic, showcasing his ability to connect with nature’s most magnificent creatures.

Joining Amos on an expedition transcends the ordinary adventure; it is a profound learning experience, an opportunity to immerse oneself in the beauty of the natural world, under the guidance of a master photographer. His work serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of preserving the planet’s incredible biodiversity. Amos Nachoum’s expeditions are a celebration of wildlife, a journey of discovery and appreciation, from the depths of the oceans to the far reaches of the mountains.


San Carlos, Mexico

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Arriving Cabo San Lucas, group pick up at airport and drive to LaPaz. Check in for one night. 2.5 – 3 hours drive

Day 2

Morning, hotel check out and depart La Paz – drive to San Carlos, 3 hours drive – at the PM board the vessel and cruise out of town to safe anchorage

Days 3 – 7

5 days search and dive with BaitBall, Striped Marlins, Sea Lions, possible Humpback whale, Orca and Mobula ray

Day 7

End of the day the Catamaran return to Town for one last night

Day 8

Early morning departure and drive back to Cabo San Lucas airport or to other Baja adventure



Water 80 – 82°F (26 – 28°C)
Land 70s – 80s°F (20 – 30°C)

100+ feet (30+ meters)

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