Baja Whale Watching
Experience whale watching unlike anywhere else on the planet! This trip explores the west coast of southern Baja and the renowned whale breeding lagoons of Magdalena Bay. Between December and March, gray whales mate and give birth in these beautiful waterways. Visitors enjoy opportunities for up close and personal encounters with gray whales, great sea kayaking, excellent bird viewing, beautiful sunsets, and great food at our remote base camp on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
LA PAZ All trips begin and end in La Paz: La Paz is located 800 miles south of the USA/Mexico border, on the Sea of Cortez. La Paz is the capital of Baja California Sur, and the largest city in southern Baja. It is located on a large, natural bay, and some of Baja’s most beautiful islands are just a short distance offshore. For a town of over 200,000 souls La Paz has a very nice, warm feel to it. The waterfront area of La Paz (Malecon) is particularly beautiful, and the sunsets across the bay are usually quiet spectacular! Local families and tourists often gather along the recently remodeled Malecon at water’s edge to enjoy this nightly show. It’s the perfect place to walk before and after a meal at one of the many restaurants or sidewalk cafes.
MAGDALENA BAY Magdalena Bay is a series of lagoons sheltered from the Pacific Ocean by low barrier islands and is the winter breeding grounds of the California Gray Whale. It is one of the three large bays on Baja’s Pacific coast where the whales go each year to mate and give birth from late December through March. Protected mangrove estuaries provide excellent bird viewing opportunities and exciting exploration via sea kayak.
OUR GUIDES: We place a premium on our guest’s experience. Every trip that we lead draws on the experience of countless tours and trips across the world. Our leaders are committed professionals who are exemplary guides and instructors. They are dedicated to insuring our guests an experience that exceeds their expectations. They have a passion for what they do and the places that they do it in!
Our kayak guides are simply some of the most experienced kayak instructors/ guides in the state. They hold certifications from both the American Canoes Association and the British Canoe Union. Many of them actually teach the courses to certify guides for other companies. Our Sea Kayak team has experience paddling from Maine to Alaska, from Croatia to Baja.
Our guides are all skilled naturalists and will share their knowledge of the area’s natural history, marine biology, birds and local flora. Through their humor and skill, they will give you a rich, deep, and intimate experience of this place. Great Mexican cuisine and the culinary skills of our staff make for tasty meals in this remote setting on the Pacific coast.
Our itinerary is designed to give our guests the best opportunities to view whales up close and experience the natural beauty of this pristine area. It includes 2 nights in La Paz, and 3 nights camping in our remote ocean side exclusive location. There is ample opportunity for kayaking, hiking, relaxation, in addition to the incredible whale watching experiences.
Day 1: Arrival in La Paz airport. You’ll be greeted by our friendly staff and transported to the hotel. Pre-trip meeting with guides at the hotel in the evening.
Day 2: In the morning you’ll ride in our van for 3.5 hours to the launch site on the west side of the peninsula. We’ll board the skiffs for a 2 hour journey of whale watching in the heart of whale activity (this is truly the best way to get up close to these gentle giants) and settle into camp & dinner. Beachcomb & stargaze. (L, D)
Days 3 – 4: Our days are filled with watching dolphins, whales and birds, exploring the rich mangrove inlets, hiking along the sand dunes, kayaking the warm inland waters, beachcombing, swimming, or stargazing. (B, L, D)
Day 5: After some more whale watching in the morning, we’ll depart for La Paz and spend the night in the hotel. (B, L)
Day 6: Fly home from La Paz.
INCLUDED: Professional Guides, 2 nights hotel accommodations and meals in La Paz, all sea kayak equipment, camping group gear, and other equipment, meals as noted (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), airport transfers on Days 1 and 6, motorboat transfer and support.
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to La Paz, alcoholic beverages in town, personal items, gratuities to the crew.
DATES/PRICES: Please see our schedule for current dates and prices information.