Mobula Ray : Snorkeling & Free Diving

Devil Rays expedition in Cabo San Lucas

Tours Overview

Swimming in the middle of these giant schools of Mobula rays it’s absolutely euphoric! It’s almost like being in the center of thousand of birds elegantly flapping their wings underwater.

Our Mobula Rays Snorkeling & Freediving is a multi-day expedition from Cabo San Lucas.

Tours Details

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- Duration: 3 days - 2 nights

- Maximum capacity: 4 people

- Water temperature: from 23°C to 27 °C (73°F to 81°F)

- Water Visibility: from 10 to 30 meters / from 30ft to 90ft

- Multi-day expeditions from early May to late June

IMPORTANT: Please contact us before booking the activity for a smooth and hassle-free experience.

The activity may start late depending on the season so please get in touch with us first. We will keep you updated regarding the action on site.

- East Cape

Located 2 hours drive from Cabo San Lucas

- Open to everyone, beginners, experienced and professionals.

- Previous snorkeling experience and basic swimming skills required.

  • Professional guide
  • Marine park fees
  • Full snorkeling equipment
  • Soft drinks & snacks
  • Professional photos of the experience

- Freediving equipment, 3mm wetsuit recommended (equipment is provided if you do not have your own gear)

- Biodegradable sunscreen

- Sunglasses

- Towel

- Drybag

- Seasickness pills (recommended an hour before departure if needed)

- Camera (underwater & topside)

- A windbreaker or a sweater

May to June mobula Expedition

Multi-day Expedition

  • 3 days
  • 2 nights
  • 2 full days of adventure on the water.

Our 3-day mobula expeditions start in Cabo San Lucas but the action takes place off the coast of a small fishing village near La Paz, in one of the hidden gems of Baja California Sur where we will spend 2 nights and 2 full days on the water looking for impressive schools of mobula rays.

itineray

  • DAY 1: Meeting at our headquarter in Cabo - Transfer - Dinner and presentation
  • DAY 2: Ocean Safari (full day)
  • DAY 3: Ocean Safari (full day) - Transfer to Cabo

Possibility to create a longer expedition if you wish, see our page Custom Expeditions. 

included

  • Transportation
  • Lodging in a double room, in shared occupation (day 1 and day 2).
  • Snorkeling equipment (wetsuits, weight belt, mask, snorkel and fins )
  • Snacks, lunch , water and soft drinks on the boat.

Not included

  • Airfare
  • Dinners
  • Crew gratuity
Munks Devil Ray swimming

Mobula Ray migration - What to Expect

Once again we are very fortunate to have another incredible natural event happening in our backyard. Every year the waters of Baja California Sur host the biggest aggregation of rays in the world, there are 2 seasons during the year from May to July and from late November to early January. 

Every day in the ocean is an adventure and we will go in search of these magnificent animals breaching out of the water, giving us the opportunity to witness their amazing aerial maneuvers.

Are you ready to jump in the water to see this with your own eyes?

If you think watching mobula rays jump all over the coastline is amazing, wait until we join them underwater. We will share the ocean with tens of thousands of mobula rays and watching these sea creatures glide effortlessly with such grace and beauty is simply mesmerizing. 

We designed this amazing trip to bring you up close and personal to these fascinating animals. This is a snorkeling/freediving activity, so no certification is needed. This experience is open to anyone looking to connect with the ocean and love adventure and nature.

Other possible encounters ?

Mobula rays, but not only! The ocean is a place full of surprises where ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN AT ANY TIME!

Dolphins, whales, sea lions, whale sharks and even orcas also call this place home and can decide to join the party at any time...Adventures and explorations AWAIT!

Swimming with Mobula Rays from Cabo

Our Mobula expeditions start in Cabo San Lucas but the action takes place off the coast of a small fishing village near La Paz, in one of the hidden gems of Baja California Sur !

We kick-off our trip by finding the rays. The Munk’s Devil Rays (Mobula munkiana) are famous for their astonishing aerial maneuvers and this is how we spot them. One of the highlights of our expedition is seeing these acrobatic rays jump with their full bodies out of the water. Even before you get in the water with them, we’ll treat you to this mind-blowing show at the surface. This is a great opportunity for wildlife photographers to capture these majestic animals flying out of the water.

The adventure continues as we get in the water. Watching these marine creatures gliding effortlessly with such grace and beauty is nothing short of mesmerizing. It brings you a zen-like feeling that calms the senses.

We designed this incredible trip to bring you up close and personal with these fascinating creatures. These rays are harmless to humans so you are assured of a very safe encounter. This is a snorkeling and freediving activity for adventure lovers. No previous experience is required.

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Mobula rays fun facts & conservation

What kind of ray are the Mobula Munkiana ?

Munk's Pygmy Devil Rays (Mobula munkiana) are one of 10 species of mobula rays in the world.

Munk’s Devil Rays also known as Mobula munkiana is closely related to the Giant Manta Ray. These rays belong to the same family - the Mobulidae.

The Mobula Munkiana can be found on the eastern pacific ocean coast and the sea of cortez, this species can be found in large aggregations up to thousands of individuals and is famous for its breathtaking acrobatic skills, these rays are known to constantly come out of the water individually or in groups.

Mobula Ray species description

These pelagic species are known for their narrow heads and horizontally flattened bodies. They typically have black or purplish-grey upper surfaces and white undersides. The outer half of their pectorals are bluish-grey and they have strongly pointed wings with dark tips. With an average width of just over a meter from wing tip to wing tip, the Mobula munkiana found off the coast of Baja California Sur is considered the smallest of all devil ray species.

Even though it is pretty easy to observe these gigantic schools of rays during the season, we still don’t know much about their lives. The mystery is what makes these ocean dwellers more captivating.

Why Mobula ray jump out of the water ?

Munk’s Devil Rays are famous for their breathtaking acrobatic skills. With superb aerodynamics, these flying rays leap out of the water, either as an individual or in groups. Witnessing them make somersaults and vertical jumps with incredible precision is a feast for the eyes. These acrobatic moves continue to remain a secret to the scientific community. Some say that they like to show off during the mating season while others think it’s a form of communication. Another theory suggests that they leap to get rid of parasites.

These acrobatic movements continue to remain a secret to the scientific community, some theories say it relates to mating, a form of communication or to get rid of parasites. Although the reason is still unknown, one thing is certain, it is one of the most breathtaking sights that nature has to offer across the world.

Mobula Ray Conservation status

The conservation status of Mobula munkiana was updated in 2018 from NEAR THREATENED to VULNERABLE in the IUCN Red List. In 2019 they were added to Mexico's list of protected species under "special protection" status but unfortunately their population still suffers from illegal fishing in some areas, including Baja California.

We are passionate about protecting the ocean and marine life. Our ecofriendly trips help teach people about these majestic rays and the important role that they play in the balance of marine life.

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