Sea of Cortez • Airplane Supported Mobulas and Orcas
May – July Nautilus Gallant Lady Mango Wind
Experience true exploration searching for famously elusive pods of orcas in the Sea of Cortez.
Between May and July, tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of mobulas congregate in enormous schools in the Sea of Cortez. And where there are mobulas, there will likely be pods of orcas. Using three days of airplane support, we’ll track and hopefully get in the water with pods of orcas and, of course, thousands of mobula rays. Our trips cater to small groups of 12, with just six in the water at one time with the orcas, ensuring private, intimate encounters.
During this time of year, deep upwelling ocean currents cause the Sea of Cortez to become a hive of activity. This is a true ocean safari, and aside from pods of orcas and mobula rays, there are endless opportunities to see rarely seen ocean dwellers, from blue whales to fin and pilot whales, pods of thousands of dolphins and so much more.
While we snorkel and freedive with the mobulas and orcas, we get plenty of divers on these trips and the scuba diving can be a real treat for night dives and experiencing some of our favourite dive sites, including those at Cabo Pulmo UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park.
“We managed to find the big schooling mobulas….my name for them is “popcorn”, as they just pop up above the water, one then several, with splashes as they belly flop down, like someone told them you are a bird! You can fly!… So, the damn orcas…we knew this would not be easy… we have seen…”
Guide Sten (Vikingo) Johansson’s
Read his postcard from sea and find out what they discovered…
Meet at SeeCreatures Cabo Dive Center at 4pm for a complimentary antigen test and to be kitted out with a wetsuit and snorkeling gear. Stick around for a complimentary Backscatter photography workshop in preparation for the incredible snaps you’ll be gaining on this adventure!
At 7:30pm we’ll board the Nautilus Gallant Lady to depart for the Sea of Cortez. Toast to your upcoming adventure with a delicious dinner as we make the five-hour voyage to Cabo Pulmo.
Slip into a wonderful routine of eat, sleep, mingle with mobulas, repeat.
We will have airplane support three days on this expedition to get you in the water with the biggest squadrons of mobula rays and the best chance of orcas. We will be dividing into two groups of six at a time in our high speed 32 ft support boat to get you in the water as often as possible. The more times you splash, the greater your chance of a magical encounter with mobulas. And fingers crossed, orcas…
In the late afternoon, take advantage of kayaking, paddle boarding or a beach hike. Alternatively, stay onboard the sundeck, keeping your eyes peeled for all manner of whales. We know the secret spot to see a resident pod of fin back whales, as well as the possibility to see humpback, sperm, pilot and blue whales. Not to forget pods of thousands of dolphins. During this time of year, the Sea of Cortez is loaded with life.
On the final day, you’ll the opportunity to dive or snorkel at Cabo Pulmo World Heritage Biosphere Reserve, home to some of the fishiest waters we’ve come across (over 6,000 species and counting, to be specific). Finish the day enjoying a picnic on the beach before we set sail for Cabo San Lucas.
Sadly, it’s the end of your trip. After a final breakfast we’ll disembark the boat in Cabo.