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  • Isla Magdalena looking to Isla MargaritaIsla Magdalena looking to Isla Margarita
  • Morning light
  • Long-billed curlew
  • Gray whale spyhopping
  • Bald eagle in mangroves
  • Morning on the Sand Bar
  • Dunes and mangrove mazes of La Amazona

Magdalena Bay Wildlife

The soul of an immense and beautiful landscape

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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! Creatures come from far and wide to feast from the sea’s bounty. 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. Bring wildlife up close with our top-of-the line high definition Vortex spotting scope.

On our return to the hotel via motorboat, we will spend a couple of hours with the gray whales which migrate from Alaskan waters each year to breed and calve in Pacific lagoons such as this one.

A motorboat will provide support when we move between camps, enabling us to bring a kitchen setup more convenient to this environment than what fits into our kayaks. People are welcome to bring larger photography equipment if desired. However, please be aware that sand and wind can make a tough combination for sensitive equipment.

See Neil Schulman’s beautiful photos from the 2017 Mag Bay trip at Neil Schulman’s Photography Blog.

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Magdalena Bay Wildlife route

Magdalena Bay Wildlife route


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