The world’s population of gray whales returns each winter to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. There they enter the sheltered lagoons along the Pacific coast where barrier islands protect them from the storms and surf of the open ocean. Magdalena Bay is the largest of these lagoons and the winter home to thousands of breeding gray whales. After traveling from the Bering Sea on the longest migration of any mammal, they give birth to their calves and mate to create future generations.
You can witness this amazing concentration of gray whales firsthand every February and March. The government of Mexico has protected the calving lagoons and has strict regulations on whale watching activities to protect the gray whales. Under the guidance of a licensed skiff captain we can move among the whale herds for some close up views. We may be fortunate enough to have some of the friendly whales approach our boat for some human contact. Imagine petting a whale and looking one of these giant creatures right in the eye!
This is a great extension to your Sea of Cortez kayaking tour and whale sightings are guaranteed. This one day whale watching tour uses a 22 foot motorized skiff to travel to the whales. It is a stable vessel and cameras are handy to document the whales behavior that may include breaching, spy-hopping, fluking, nursing and mating. You will probably also see dolphins, sea lions, pelicans, and thousands of shorebirds. Your guide will identify the unique Baja plants, birds and other wildlife of Mexico’s lagoons.
Quick Whale Watching Day Trip Facts: The one day gray whale watching tour includes van transportation from Loreto, 2 hours of whale watching by boat, snacks, lunch and a naturalist guide for a fee of $149. It is available from mid-January to mid-March.