Mobula Ray Safari
Take part in one of the largest aggregations of rays on Earth
Join East Cape Explorers on a mobula ray safari like no other. Every year between May and June, thousands of Mobula Rays come to the coasts of Baja California Sur, culminating in one of the largest aggregations of rays on earth. Undertaking a mobula ray safari with these gargantuan schools is an experience you won’t likely forget – it is so spectacular that it appears in documentaries such as Blue Planet II and National Geographic. The schools swim at speed and in shallow water, so diving is difficult: snorkeling on the surface is how to have the best interactions!
You will cruise out in comfort and speed on our custom built boats, and using the skills of our eagle-eyed captains and guides, find schools of rays. They can be seen from long distances, leaping out of the water in acrobatic displays that are a privilege to witness. Not only will you swim with the rays on our mobula ray safari, but also enjoy some snorkeling on one of Baja’s beautiful reefs. Chat to us to book your spots on a tour for the history books!
Mobula Ray • Snorkel Safari
Witness the largest migration of Mobula Rays in the world here in Los Cabos
Adults: $95 USD | 7-12 Year olds: $65 USD
Price – Private Tour
1-2 participants: $390 USD | Additional participant: $75 USD
Snorkel Gear & Wetsuits Rental | Water & Snacks
Taxes & park fees | Photo & Video Service
There is no particular season for the mobula rays we see them in intervals all year round. When we know that they are around we offer tours so this tour is best to book with on short notice. We offer 2 tours from 9:00 -12:00 on Mondays – Saturdays.
Upon check in at the dive centre, you will be fitted with snorkel equipment before heading out to the boat. We will then drive out either to the East Cape or down towards Chileno and Santa Maria Bay, keeping a watchful eye for schools of rays at all times.
On our Mobula Ray Snorkeling trips, you will enjoy snorkeling at one of our favorite shallow reefs, and spend the remainder of the tour finding and swimming with the Mobulas.
Please be aware that, although the season is spectacular and consistent, these are wild animals and sightings are not guaranteed.
Your expert guide will teach you fascinating facts about the animals, as well as the best way to enjoy the tour – they will also take photos and videos of the animals and of you and your group: this service is completely free!
When interacting with wild animals such as these, it is important that it is done in a way that is respectful and unintrusive. Our captains and guides have been working on these waters for years, and have a deep love for the ocean and its residents.
This means that you can enjoy truly spectacular interactions, without worrying about harassing or affecting the rays in any way. Once a school is found, you and your guide will gear up with fins, mask and snorkel and get ready to drop. The expert captain will then judge the direction of the school, and drop you perfectly ahead of the rays.
This means that the rays can approach you if they want, but also have plenty of time to move away if they are not feeling like playing with us on that day. Join us and let us share our passion and love for these incredible creatures, in a wildlife experience you won’t soon forget.
Facts about Mobula Rays
Mobula is a genus of rays in the family “Mobulidae” that is found worldwide in tropical and warm, temperate seas. Some authorities consider this to be a subfamily of the eagle rays. Their appearance is similar to that of manta rays, which are in the same family, and based on genetic and morphological evidence, the mantas belong in Mobula. Species of this genus are often collectively referred to as “devil rays”, “flying mobula”, or simply “flying rays”, due to their propensity for breaching, sometimes in a spectacular manner. These rays gather in groups and leap out of the surface into the air up to around two metres before splashing back into the water.
Depending on the species, the devil rays can attain widths up to 1.1–5.2 m (3.6–17.1 ft). Despite their size, little is known about the devil rays, much of it anecdotal. Most species entirely lack a tail stinger. In most species having a stinger, it is encased, rendering it harmless.