Cabo San Lucas Whale Watching Cruises and Tours

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WHALE WATCHING TOURS IN LOS CABOS, BAJA, MEXICO

Every year, starting in October, the Eastern Pacific population of gray whales begin a 5,000 to 7,000 mile journey from the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas to the Southern Gulf of California and the Baja penninsula. The purpose of the southerly migration is reproduction with female grays giving birth in a few select areas like Scammon's Lagoon and Magdalena Bay. A great portion of those whales find their way to the end of the penninsula and into the southern regions of the Sea of Cortez. For the tourists amongst us, that represents a phenomenal opportunity to get up close and personal with these magnificent mammals. Whale watching season in Los Cabos runs from December thru April. If you're coming down to Los Cabos during that time period, we encourage you to take a day to experience the spectacle of breaching and spy hopping mothers with their calves close by.

While the grays are pretty much gone by the end of February, there are still opportunities to see humpbacks, pilot and killer whales nearly year round when conditions are right. Make sure you bring along a camera, you won't want to miss out on some great photo ops. This is also a great trip to take a GoPro® or similar wearable HD video camera. The waterproof housing and variety of mounting options make it great for trips like these.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR AND WHO SHOULD I BOOK MY WHALE WATCHING TRIP WITH?


A Callifornia Gray Whale's fluke is that last thing you'll see when they dive
MORE ABOUT EASTERN GRAY WHALE MIGRATION
By late December to early January, eastern grays begin to arrive in the calving lagoons of Baja. The first to arrive are pregnant mothers looking for protected lagoons to safely birth their calves. Next single females looking for suitable mates. Come mid-February the bulk of the eastern gray population has arrived filling the lagoons with nursing, calving and mating gray whales.

The first to leave the lagoons are males and females without new calves. Much of the population travels south to Los Cabos and the Sea of Cortez while their calves strengthen for the trip back to Alaska. Pregnant females and nursing mothers are the last to depart. The nursing mothers will not have eaten for months by that time but continue to nurse leaving only when their calves are ready for the journey north. The trip back to cold water feeding grounds in the Bering and Beaufort Seas is the next time the mothers will eat having shed up to a third of her weight. Often, a few mothers will linger with their young calves well into May.



Los Cabos Whale Watching tours with Ocean Riders OCEAN RIDERS WHALE WATCHING TOUR
Our pick for the best whale watching tour in Los Cabos, three years in a row. These high speed Zodiac inflatables get you to the whale watching grounds faster than just about any other tour in Los Cabos. The tours depart from the Cabo San Lucas or Puerto Los Cabos marinas three times per day. Departure times run between 8am and 1:30pm, the tour lasts about 2 hours. Rates are $84 for adults, $60 for kids 6-12 years of age.

CABO EXPEDITIONS WHALE WATCHING TOURS
Cabo Expeditions provides whale watching tours on zodiac inflatables but that's not all they offer whale watching enthusiasts. Want to swim with whale sharks? Then take a trip up to La Paz and they'll put you in the water with these magnificent, gentle giants. Want to immerse yourself in whales of all types for more than just a day trip? They offer a "Whales of Baja" 7-day tour that covers about 400 miles of both Pacific and Sea of Cortez whale habitats including famous San Ignacio Lagoon where gray whale mothers and calves get up close and personal.

CABO ECO TOURS
From their multi-million dollar luxury catamaran to their high speed zodiac, Cabo Eco Tours offers some great trips on great boats. For large groups like corporate events, the Eco Cat may be the best choice for luxury whale watching or private coastal tours.



Whale watching, beach hopping tours in Cabo San Lucas