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Yucatan Sardine Run – Sailfish

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Quickest fish in the marine world!
Price$4,800 MXN
Quickest fish in the marine world!
Price$4,800 MXN
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Duration: Full Day
Availability : JAN 20th to MAR 10th

From the 20th of January until the 10th of March, there is a migration of Sardines near Contoy Island (Cancun area), that migration brings big animals like dolphins and tunas, but the fish that love most those sardines are the very beautiful sailfish !

It is a mind blowing experience, the sailfish is the quickest fish of the ocean !

It is not an easy excursion because we spend a lot of time at sea searching, but once we found the baitball and got into the water, it is one of the most unbelievable underwater experience. It is a dream for any sea lover or photographer to watch those animal hunt.

The area also has high concentration of plancton (but the visibility is good) so it s quite possible to also find manta rays and whalesharks meanwhile we search for sailfish.
Please note that there is no guarantee to find the wildlife but we will do everything possible to make it happen.

Price Includes

  • Transportation
  • Marine park fees
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Snacks


  • Mandatory to be a good swimmer to enjoy the experience.
  • Bring sun protection (cap, glasses, long sleeves tee shirt and a windbreaker).
  • There is water, sodas and some small sandwich onboard feel free to bring extra food if you want.
  • Let us know if you need equipment (mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit).
  • Tips will be appreciate for the boat crew.
  • It is sometimes possible to organize pick up at your hotel if it is too complicated to meet at the diveshop.


  • Equipment : $100 MXN/ piece and per day (Mask + Snorkel, Fins, Belt ou Wetsuit)
  • Full equipment : $300 MXN/ day


Meeting at 5h45 at the dive center. One hour drive to the harbor of Punta Sam in Cancun.

7h00Detailed Briefing

Before going on the boat we will make a detailed briefing about the day, how to behave with the animals and some security points

7h15Boarding on the boat

At 7h15 we will board the boat and head to the sardine area, it takes about one hour to arrives to the interesting area.

8h00+Underwater Encounters

Once offshore we will look for the frigate birds to find the baitballs and we will jump in the water every time there is a good opportunity for an underwater encounter

14h30-16h00Return to Playa Del Carmen

We will be offshore between 6 and 7 hours and we are returning to shore around 2:30pm and back to Playa del Carmen around 4pm

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Couple Traveller

Nous retournons encore et encore avec Pranamaya pour de la plongée en apnée…. Nous sommes allés dans plusieurs Cenotes, nous avons fait des excursions avec les requins baleines, le “sardines run” mexicain avec les poissons-voiliers (sailfish), etc. etc. L’encadrement est impeccable et les aventures formidables. Chaque fois génial. Je recommande sans hésiter.

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