Magdalena Bay Sardine Run Diving Expedition 2023

Just off the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur, Isla Magdalena and Isla Santa Margarita protect a dynamic stretch of ocean known as the Magdalena Bay. The dense forests of mangroves and vast expanses of white sand dunes surround the bay around 200 kilometers of channels and lagoons in breathtaking scenery. Through the combination of deep ocean upwelling as well as the California current and northerly current flowing up the pacific coast provides the bay with some of the most biologically productive waters in the world. These healthy, nutrient-rich waters give us the opportunity to witness the magnificent Mexico Magdalena Bay Sardine Run. Join Ocean Safari aboard the Luxury Liveaboard Nautilus Gallant Lady, a majestic 116 ft yacht, as we travel up the Pacific Coast of Baja California Sur to dive around the sardine bait balls with striped marlins and sea lions that chase them as well as a surprisingly intact WW1 submarine and the wreck of the steamship Independence. Each panga trip out for diving promises an exciting adventure teeming with wildlife seldom undertaken by many others.

Watch Nautilus Liveaboard's Exploratory Trip video


Expedition Itinerary:

Nov 11 (Sat): Depart LAX in the morning to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Board the Nautilus Gallant Lady at 4:30PM and set sail up the beautiful coast of Baja California Sur.

Nov 12-17 (Sun-Fri): Six days of relaxing onboard in the calm tranquil anchorage inside the entrance to the bay, going diving out in the pangas with the vibrant marine life, adventuring on kayaks and paddleboards, or exploring on the islands' mangroves and sand dunes.

Nov 17 (Fri): Set sail back to Cabo San Lucas in the evening.

Nov. 18 (Sat): Enjoy one more breakfast in the morning aboard the Gallant Lady before disembarking. Depart Cabo San Lucas around noon and arrive at LAX in the late afternoon.

Expedition Includes:
-  Airport transfer
- 8 days, 7 nights full board accommodation aboard the Nautilus Gallant Lady
- Three gourmet meals each day, along with snacks and non-alcoholic drinks throughout
- Luxury Sky Lounge, sun deck, and hot tub use
- Paddleboard and kayak use

- Tanks and weights
- Island excursions
- Escort by Ocean Safari professional dive leader/photographer with unparalleled service



- International airfare
- satellite Wi-Fi and telecommunications
- alcoholic beverages
- $65 Port fee & Foreign tourist fee 

- Nitrox fills
- Travel insurance (see below)
- Crew Gratuities

Costs (Based on double occupancy): 

- Superior Suite (10): $2698

- Premium Suite (2): $3198





1st Deposit


Upon Reservation

2nd Deposit


April 11, 2023

Final Payment

Balance Remaining

August 11, 2023

* For credit card payment please add 3%         

Travel Insurance: 

Travel insurance is optional. However, over the years, we have seen how valuable and beneficial travel insurance can be. These policies will help cover expenses when your trip is interrupted due to events such as weather, mechanical breakdowns, missed flights/connections, or when someone else has a dive/medical emergency that prevents you from diving.  

We want to help offset the cost of travel insurance and will sponsor 5% of the cost as store credit if you use the links from our website to purchase travel insurance from DAN. We highly recommend it! 


Cancellation Policy:

No refund on first deposit.

Before Apr 11, 2023, 1st deposit forfeited

After Apr 11, 2023, 1st and 2nd deposit forfeited (unless a replacement can be found then 1st deposit forfeited).

After Aug 11, 2023, no refund (unless a replacement can be found then 1st deposit forfeited).