Whale Watching Tours

The Southern Baja has many excellent places for whale watching, 75% of the world's cetacean species, including Humpback whales, Gray whales and Blue whales visit the Sea of Cortez during their annual migrations. Cabo San Lucas is the hot spot for Humpback whale watching, Loreto is known for it's blue whales and  Lopez Mateos is home to the friendliest Gray whales in the Baja. La Paz is no stranger to whales, while we cannot offer dedicated whale watching tours it's not uncommon to see Humpback whales on our island tours and scuba diving trips.  

The Gray Whale

Magdalena Bay is located on the pacific side of the Baja Peninsula, about a four hour drive from La Paz. The bay has over 150 miles of coastline including mangroves full of migrating birds, wild coyotes and white sandy dunes and beaches. The bay also acts as a nursery for the Gray Whale. These whales travel over 10,000 miles/16,000km from their feeding grounds in the northern seas to the warm waters of Mexico every year. Magdalena Bay is one of their calving grounds in the Baja and it is common to see both adult gray whales and their calves.

The day begins with an early morning pick up at your hotel, as we begin our drive to Magdalena Bay you can get settled in and either enjoy the scenery or catch some more zzz's. Once we arrive in Lopez Mateos we will embark on a 2-3 hour whale watching tour. The tour takes place in northern Magdalena Bay, a narrow channel with white sandy dunes, wild coyotes, many species of birds, dolphins and of course, the Gray Whale. It's common to see multiple whales, small calves and if you're lucky you may have a face to face encounter.  Your guide is present during the whole trip and will be speaking about the gray whales, their migrations and life history.

Gray whale watching season is January 15th - March 1st. The tour is a full day, up to 10 hours. The drive is approximately 3 hours one way. The tour includes

  • Round-trip transportation from your hotel in La Paz.
  • Breakfast and Lunch, breakfast will be on the road and lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Whale watching guide (Spanish/English).

  $150 per person. Price includes taxes. Min. 4 persons.

 

The Humpback Whale

Humpback whales can be consistently viewed from Cabo San Lucas from Early December through to April. They are the most exciting whale to view, mainly because of their aggressive mating displays. During these mating rituals the male humpbacks attract females through displays of power making for a great show and experience. If you are lucky you might also have the chance to view mother whales and their calves. We have many options for this tour, including additional time spent downtown Cabo San Lucas, releasing turtles in Todo Santos or surfing in Cerrito's beach. The whale watching tour takes place from the marina in downtown Cabo San Lucas and includes a marine biologist to act as your guide.

Humpback whale watching season is mid-December to April 1st. This tour is a full day tour, up to 10 hours. The tour includes

  • Round-trip transportation from your hotel in La Paz.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Cabo San Lucas.
  • Whale watching guide (Spanish/English).

  $125 per person. Price includes taxes. Min. 4 persons.

 

The Blue Whale

Yes, the largest animal on planet earth can be viewed in it's natural habitat in the waters around Loreto, approximately a five hour drive from La Paz. The blue whale season is short, occurring for approximately six weeks in February and March. The tour itself is an all day tour so this is an overnight trip. Please contact us for more information.

 

More about Whales

Baleen Whales

Baleen whales are typically larger than the toothed whales (there are some exceptions) and have very different feeding habits than their fish and squid eating cousins. They primarily feed on small pelagic crustaceans called zoo-plankton. Although each individual crustacean is very small, typically microscopic, they consume very large amounts of them each day, up to 4 tons in the case of the blue whale.

The baleen is a series of 270-400 fringed overlapping plates hanging from each side of the upper jaw, where teeth might otherwise be located. These plates consist of a fingernail-like material called keratin that frays out into fine hairs on the ends inside the mouth near the tongue. Baleen whales use this as a filter to capture small animals as they expel water out of the mouth through the baleen, leaving the small animals near or on the tongue where they can be swallowed. The most common baleen whale in La Paz is the Humpback whale, which frequents our waters from September through to April. We also have more infrequent sightings of blue whales, gray whales and the fin and sei whales. To learn more about these amazing animals click the links below.

 

Toothed Whales

Toothed whales have a single blow-hole (baleen whales have two) and teeth, anywhere from one in the case of the narwhal to over a hundred in some of the dolphin species. Toothed whales feed primarily on fish and squid which they sense with their sonar like abilities. In toothed whales the second blow-hole has evolved into an echo-location system with the same basic principles of sonar. Using this specialized organ called the "Melon" allows the animal to focus its vocalizations and sense objects around them. The waters of La Paz have a lot of dolphin species and there have been sightings of orcas in recent years.

 

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