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  • Sea lion pup with fish
  • Pelicans watch kayakers pass
  • Magdalena Pacific coast. Rockhopping!
  • Out to see the whales
  • Gray whale spyhopping
  • A great variety of colors and shapes!
  • Long-billed curlew
  • Marcos plays in the southern mouth of Bahia Almeja
  • Morning on the Sand Bar
  • High tide in the estuary
  • Morning light
  • Wildflower dunes of Magdalena
  • Two female frigates and a juvenile

Waves & Wildlife Expedition: Magdalena Bay

The soul of an immense and beautiful landscape

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This trip is tremendous in its scope and beauty and not done by any other outfitters. Magdalena Bay is dynamic and breathtaking, but it’s the expertise of our staff, deep local knowledge and passion for sharing it that ultimately inspired us to put together one of the most rewarding trips we’ve ever done.

Tide races, rocky features, playful sea lion pups, thousands of migratory birds, grey whales, nesting frigates and magnificent landscapes invite you to be inspired. Our route runs with the prevailing wind. A sail might be fun! We plan 3 layover days, each with access to some exciting “park and play” paddling, in locations so remote that you will never see another kayaker.

Magdalena Bay is the meeting place of two significant ocean currents—the cold California Current coming from Alaska, and the warm Equatorial Countercurrent from across the Pacific. This vortex creates a massive upwelling of nutrients, which supports astonishing biodiversity. It is one of the largest lagoon systems and richest estuarine waters in the world.

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 the leadership and coaching of Ginni Callahan.

This trip is a self-supported kayak expedition, meaning we carry everything in our kayaks. We will have a resupply of food and water about halfway through. On our resupply day, we will spend an hour or 2 in the motorboat watching gray whales which migrate from Alaskan waters each year to breed and calve in Pacific lagoons such as this one.

Remote logistics do make this an expensive trip, but it’s absolutely stunning and well worth what it takes to get there! We don’t do it every year, so catch it when you can.

Enjoy more photos from our trip January 2020 on this Photo Gallery.

Waves & Wildlife Expedition route

Waves & Wildlife Expedition route


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