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Dive with Great Whites, Sevengill Sharks, Makos, Blue Sharks, 5 species of Catsharks and Spotted Gully Sharks in False Bay, South Africa.

 

 

Sailfish Baitball Diving Expedition

 

 

Expedition:

 Free diving with sailfish attacking baitballs.

Location:

 Cancun, Mexico.

Accommodation:

 Lagoon front hotel (for easy boat access).
   

2015 Dates:

 February 28th to March 5th FULL

2015 Price:

 $1995 single or double occupancy.

2015 Leader:

 Andy Murch
   

2016 Dates:

 March 4th to 9th 6 SPOTS AVAILABLE

2016 Price:

 $2295 single or double occupancy.

2016 Leader:

 TBA

 

Read the 2014 Sailfish Expedition Trip Report

 

Includes 4 days of chasing baitballs and free diving with sailfish and other pelagics and 5 nights hotel accommodation, light breakfast, lunch onboard and transfers to/from Cancun International Airport.

 

 

FREE DIVE ON BAITBALLS SURROUNDED BY THE MOST ELEGANT HUNTERS IN THE SEA!

Join me for the adventure of a lifetime

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World Class Sailfish Encounters

In the winter months, baitfish mass in their hundreds of thousands on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. Relying on the concept of 'safety in numbers' the baitfish form huge bait balls that are slowly wittled down by huge aggregateions on sailfish and other large pelagics.

 

We will be staying in an oceanfront hotel in northern Cancun because it is close to the 'feeding grounds' and surrounded by warm water that make chasing sailfish that much more enjoyable and your images that much more spectacular!

Staying on the mainland (as opposed to Isla Mujeres) also gives us access to bull shark diving, cenotes and other options if we have any 'weather days' which are not uncommon at this time of year.

 

Sailfish Baitball Free Diving

 

Other Pelagics

Because Isla Mujeres is a pit stop for many other large pelagic species it is sometimes possible to jump in with manta rays, sharks and schooling golden rays. This is a destination that really delivers.

 

               


Leave Your Dive Gear at Home.

The ocean may be deep but the sailfish corral the baitfish to the surface which acts like a wall that the helpless fish cannot breakthrough. Once the baitfish form a defensive baitball, swarms of gulls swoop down and dive like missiles into water to snatch fish. That is the visual signal that we look for to find the action. Slipping quickly but quietly below the waves is the best way to approach the sailfish and to keep up with them as the baitfish frantically dash from one spot to the next. Using scuba creates so much drag that it is tough to keep up with the sailfish and the noise of the bubbles makes it difficult to approach them. This is why we dive with nothing more than a wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins.

 

sailfish diving

 

Why come with Big Fish Expeditions?

Sailfish are illusive animals that are easily spooked by large groups of divers. You need a fast boat and an experienced crew to find the baitballs and drop you into the middle of  the action. The boat usually holds 12 divers but we are limiting the expedition size to six guests only so that there are only three guests in the water at any given time. If you want to spend long days out in the blue chasing sailfish and then zip directly back to your beachfront hotel, then join me for the sailfish encounter of a lifetime!

 

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SIGN UP FOR THE ISLA MUJERES SAILFISH EXPEDITION!

 

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Sailfish Baitball Free Diving

 

 

 

 

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Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch

EXPEDITION LEADER

Andy Murch is a shark fanatic. He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography Magazine,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Elasmodiver.com Shark and Ray Field Guide.

 

When not running expeditions or on photographic assignments Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada

 

Andy is also the driving force behind the PREDATORS IN PERIL PROJECT which shines a spotlight on many endangered species of sharks and rays that are overlooked by mainstream conservation groups. Predators In Peril is entirely funded by Big Fish Expeditions.

 

Find out more about PIP at:

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