Once again we are very fortunate to have another incredible natural event happening in our backyard. Our Mobula Rays Snorkeling & Freediving Experience is a half-day trip from Cabo San Lucas.
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 tour 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. Experience swimming in the middle of these giant schools of rays. It’s absolutely euphoric! It’s almost like being in the center of thousand of birds elegantly flapping their wings underwater. 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.
- Duration: 4 hours
- Capacity: Min 2 people, Max 8 people ( Ask us for our private charter)
(contact us for our private options or a bigger group)
- Mobula rays season usually starts in May and lasts until July
- There is a “mini season” from the end of November to the beginning of January
- To maximize the chance of encounter and since it is a seasonal activity, we decided to start running these trips only after the first schools of rays already arrived in Cabo.
- 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.
- Please meet us directly at the boat 30 minutes before the scheduled trip. The dock and exact location will be communicated after the booking. We look forward to seeing you on the day of the trip.
- Open to everyone, beginners, experienced and professionals
- Previous snorkeling experience and basic swimming skills required
- Minimum age +12 years old
- Professional guide
- Marine park fees
- Full snorkeling equipment
- Soft drinks & snacks
- Professional photos of the experience
- Seasickness pills (recommended 40 minutes before departure if needed)
- A windbreaker or a sweater
- The price for the activity is $150 USD tax not included (+ 16% tax)
- final price with tax $174 USD
- Deposit to book online $25 USD
- Balance to pay the day of the trip $149 USD
Mobula rays fun facts & conservation
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. 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.
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.
The conservation status of the Mobula munkiana has been updated in 2018 from NEAR THREATENED to VULNERABLE in the IUCN red list. In 2019 they have been added to Mexico's list of protected species under the "special protection" status but unfortunately, their population still suffers from illegal fishing in some regions including Baja California. The Mobula munkiana also has a low fecundity rate, the current estimates showing their ability to give birth to only one pup every two to three years.
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.