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Mobula Rays in Cabo San Lucas

The small size of Mobula rays allows them to perform tricks and be the public's favorites

Best time: mid-May–July | late November–early January

Mobula Rays

Mobula rays are common in Baja California during their breeding season between mid-May and July. During this time, you can find massive schools of these beautiful diamond-shaped creatures just off San Lucas Marina. Mobula rays are easy to spot thanks to their unusual mating behavior—jumping above the sea surface and making water splashing noise. Reverse migration takes place between late November and early January, but the winter season is less impressive.

Cabo San Lucas snorkeling tours, running between mid-May and July, will take you to the amusing mini-manta rays up close. When your guide notices the first "flying ray," then you'll know that you've reached the destination. Prepare to see an unforgettable spectacle of thousands of Mobulas floating synchronously during your underwater adventure. These aquatic species are harmless and are not dangerous to humans.

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When is the ideal Mobula rays sighting period in Cabo San Lucas?

To witness the Mobula rays in Cabo San Lucas, mid-May to July and late November to early January are ideal periods. The breeding period between mid-May and July is home to numerous diamond-shaped creatures in large schools off San Lucas Marina. While in late November to early January, Mobulas participate in a reverse migration, albeit with less impressive winter season spectacle. Show more

What is the Snorkelling destination to see the Mobula rays?

San Lucas Marina is the ultimate snorkelling destination in Cabo San Lucas to spot the Mobula rays. The exciting mini-manta rays parade rarely found in other places is best witnessed during mid-May to July. The snorkelling guide will signal when the first 'flying ray' appears, instructing you to prepare for thousands of Mobulas swirling magnificently, an unforgettable underwater sightseeing experience. Show more

What sets Mobula rays apart from other ray species in Cabo San Lucas?

Mobula rays distinguish themselves from other ray species in Cabo San Lucas by their petite size and remarkable mating behaviors. Their diamond-shaped bodies are notably small, making them easily identifiable. The unique mating behavior involves leaping out of the water and splashing sounds to attract possible mates, making the sightseeing experience in their natural habitat entertaining and memorable. Show more

What makes Mobula rays' mating behavior unique, and what is its purpose?

Mobula rays exhibit spectacular mating behavior, with males leaping out of the water and making splashes as sounds to attract females and identify their gender. Scientists assume that such conduct helps rid the rays of parasites and also serves to stimulate mating. Witnessing the Mobula rays' mating dance in their natural habitat is a unique, unforgettable, and enjoyable experience. Show more

Are there any safety tips required when snorkelling with Cabo San Lucas' Mobula rays?

Although Mobula rays are harmless to humans, some safety measures are necessary while snorkelling. It is ideal to have a professional guide who can direct the required safety measures. Additionally, avoid interacting with the rays as any harassing behavior or excessive disturbance can frighten them. Give them space and respect their natural habitat for an exciting, safe, and fun experience. Show more

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Authors: Olha Savych