Mobula rays in Baja California Sur

Mobula rays in Baja California Sur

Mobula Ray Experience is available in season: from April to mid-July

Baja California Sur is home to many wonderful migrations of marine animals, one of the most spectacular is the Mobula Ray migration. This natural phenomenon sees thousands of mobula rays gather annually for different reasons in different locations in massive groups. These aggregations can number in hundreds of thousands of individuals.

Mobulas are a genus of rays found all over the world mostly in warm or temperate waters. There are five species of mobulas that can be found in the Sea of Cortez: Mobula tarapacana, Mobula munkiana, Mobula japonica, Mobula thursoni and Mobula birostris. Mobula munkianas grow upto 1.1 meters (3.6 ft), making it the smallest species of mobula rays. It feeds mainly on mysides and other zooplankton as well as small schooling fish. The mobula munkiana migration can be spotted as they jump out of the water one or many at the same time. This phenomenon is hard to believe and often compared to popcorn. To see this wonderful event for yourself visit Cabo San Lucas in late April-July and join Cabo excursions to snorkel and free dive with these graceful fevers of Mobula rays.

WHEN SHOULD I GO?

April, May, and June– We run day trips with small groups to swim with the schools of mobulas rays and other amazing marine life we find like orcas, whales and orcas.

June and July– Early departure – 7 am. If you are an early riser and like to miss the crowd, this is the trip for you. You also have first picks on the schools of mobula rays.

Afternoon trip – 1 pm-Mobulas, at this time will be moving outside of the Bay of Cabo San Lucas and be found near the surface of the water. We will search for jumping rays and dark shadows in the water that are signs that a great number of rays are below and then we jump.

Sunset Excursion- 4:30 pm– During the evening, mobulas will return to the bay of Cabo San Lucas and schools will begin to be very active on the surface. You will observe the acrobatic side of these rays as you will see them jumping everywhere. Photographers get ready to get some fantastic photos.

Snorkel and free dive

You can snorkel and free dive with the Mobula ray migration, this is the perfect trip for photographers. Board your vessel and head to locations where the rays are known to congregate during the migration season, between April and July. Observe large groups of Mobula rays and watch them breach the water, the only ray to do this. Then enjoy a relaxing journey back to the marina, keeping your eyes peeled for other wildlife.

What else can you see?

The areas where we find mobulas are also popular with dolphins, orcas, whales, sea lions and turtles, if you love marine life and would like encounters with big school of mobulas and big pelagic animals, this is the tour for you. If you would like more information please check out or website or contact us with questions

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