From April to July, hundreds of thousands of mobula rays gather in dense schools in the Sea of Cortez Mexico. Where there are mobulas, there are orcas! Join us on the luxury diving yacht Nautilus Galant Lady as we head out in search of this amazing natural event. We use dedicated aircraft support to maximize our encounters by quickly locating the mobulas and orcas along with whale sharks, blue and fin whales, dolphins, and so much more! Mobulas,Orca,Baja,Mexico,Nautilus,Trip,Nautilus,Galant Lady,Aerial,Support,April,May,2023,excursion,adventure,dicing,scuba,snorkeling,rays,ray

Mobulas & Orca Baja, Mexico Nautilus Trip - Nautilus Galant Lady with Aerial Support - April 29-May 6, 2023

From April to July, hundreds of thousands of mobula rays gather in dense schools in the Sea of Cortez Mexico. Where there are mobulas, there are orcas! Join us on the luxury diving yacht Nautilus Galant Lady as we head out in search of this amazing natural event. We use dedicated aircraft support to maximize our encounters by quickly locating the mobulas and orcas along with whale sharks, blue and fin whales, dolphins, and much more! RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW This trip is predominately focused on snorkeling and freediving, but there will also be some scuba opportunities. The underwater photography will be mostly wide angle ambient light photo and video. There are also great topside photo opportunities of the orcas, leaping mobula rays, dolphins, birds, and other wildlife in the area. Be sure to bring your telephoto lenses as well. Orcas (Orcinus orca) are commonly known as killer whales, but these large apex predators are actually giant dolphins by definition. Males can grow up to 30 feet in length and swim over 35 mph, but the grandmas are the real bosses of the family. These fascinating and highly intelligent “resident” and “oceanic” whales often stay in tight family groups for their entire lives. “Transient” orcas are a little different and travel individually or in small groups of two or three animals maximum. The orcas that we hope to encounter are individuals from the Eastern Tropical Pacific population that is known to travel between Baja and Costa Rica. RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOWThe Flying Rays of the Sea of Cortez Seeing the color variations and geometric patterns of these rays as they dance underwater is a hypnotizing sight and a dream for photographers. Above water, these rays have earned a reputation for their acrobatic prowess. Hailed as the flying rays of the Sea of Cortez, rays are typically five to seven feet across, and witnessing males leaping out of the water, wings (pectoral fins) flapping, is an unforgettable sight. More athletic individuals can reach an altitude of ten feet or more, and while it’s a guess on our part, we believe that the higher the boys jump, the more impressed the girls are! Dedicated Aerial Support For at least two days of the trip, we will use aircraft to provide aerial spotting to maximize our encounters with the Mobula rays and hopefully orcas. The pilots specialize in finding orcas and are the very best in the business. The best place to find them is in the triangle between Espiritu Santo, Carpenter Rock on the west side of Cerralvo, and Las Ventanas on Baja. RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOWNautilus Galant Lady Embarking on the luxurious 116 ft expedition yacht, the Nautilus Gallant Lady, we’ll follow this epic migration across the Sea of Cortez. Suitable for snorkelers, swimmers, and divers of all experience levels and fitness, we’ll put you in the water for virtually unlimited time with schools of mobulas. If the rays are on the move, some encounters might only last minutes, but other encounters might last for an hour or longer, and sometimes the mobulas will even allow you into the middle of their squadron. The icing on the cake? Experience special night encounters with schooling rays as they swarm around our dive lights in shallow protected bays. Space is limited so sign up now! RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOWPrice:$4,500 (per person, double occupancy)Standard Package Includes: 7 nights on the Nautilus Galant LadyBreakfast, lunch, and dinner dailyNon-alcoholic drinksAdditional costs:International airfare to San Jose Del Cabo (SJD)Accommodations before and after the trip5% Tax$65 port feeTourist TaxAlcohol Trip InsuranceCrew tipTravel Info:April 29th: 4pm check-in. Board Nautilus Galant Lady at 7pmMay 6th: Disembark at 8:30am Please note that Divers Alert Network (DAN) or equivalent evacuation insurance is mandatory on all trips. 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