Magdelena Bay

Dec 19, 2019 - National Geographic Venture

Magdelena Bay is a legendary place on the Pacific side of Baja California Sur. Famous for many reasons, it was the sight of our second day of exploration in BCS, Mexico. A place sparsely populated with people but rich in marine life, as well as long-shore drift, it made for excellent beach combing. The land was in a shocking state of green after the recent rains, and nearly every desert plant was in lush pigment and flower. The sea surface was glassy as we took to the water for kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. After our morning operations we packed up and took to the seas by ship just outside the bay. We were making our way south, but not in a hurry just yet, as the rich waters nearby can often bring charismatic megafauna – and it certainly did. At least three humpback whales appeared and kept us company for hours, all the while performing tail-lobs, spy hopping and full breaching. The sun set in glorious Baja fashion again, as we were on our way to Cabo.

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James Hyde


James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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