I’ve now gone on two trips to Baja with Charles. The first was in March 2016 to Guerrero Negro to see the Gray Whales and then to Bahia de Los Angeles for some whale watching. I had such an amazing time that I returned to Bahia with Charles in August 2016, this time bringing along some friends, to swim with the whale sharks. The experiences that Silver Shark Adventures has to offer are incredible and should be at the top of any good bucket list. I had the opportunity to kiss a baby gray whale, swim with majestic whale sharks, have up close sightings of fin and humpback whales, hop in the water with playful sea lions, and so much more. Bahia is a magical place to visit and you’ll find no better tour guide than Charles. He has years of experience visiting the area, established relationships with the locals, and extensive knowledge of the marine life. I’ve fallen in love with Bahia and can’t wait for my next trip with Silver Shark Adventures!
I recently joined Charles Harmer on a guided tour into a remote and beautiful part of Baja Mexico to swim with whale sharks, sea lions and go whale watching. Although I've traveled extensively through Mexico and Central America and have swam with whale sharks before, I was absolutely blown away. It was the experience of a lifetime. Professionalism, respect and knowledge of the marine world, and the intimacy with the animals themselves was way above and beyond anything I had ever experienced before. I can't recommend the experience enough. Now I'm hooked and can't wait to go back and do it again!
With his profound knowledge and love for the Sea of Cortez, Charles led us on a three day adventure of a lifetime. My wife and I viewed and photographed whale sharks, fin whales, turtles, dolphins, sea lions and numerous birds including nesting osprey and blue-footed boobies. Swimming with whale sharks and sea lions gave me a view into their world that I will treasure forever.
I was very nervous about my trip to Bahia because it was my first time leaving the country and on top of that I was not feeling great the first day of our trip. Charles did a great job making me feel safe and comfortable on the drive down and once we arrived. Bahia is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen or been too. Charles is full of knowledge and very passionate about whale sharks and marine life. Everyday I spent there was incredible. Swimming with whale sharks, sea lions and watching the beautiful sunrise every morning are all things I will truly never forget! I would highly recommend taking a trip with Charles to Bahia. Get up, get out and scratch it off your bucket list.
Firstly, you describe the bay in the sea of Cortez, Bahia de los Angeles as a kind of Mexican mini Gallapagos – in so far as the variety of birds and marine mammals that we encountered, almost entirely on our own, I would say I agree with you.
I don’t think words, photos or even video do it justice. As I walked along the beach one evening, there were all sorts of sea birds wading and picking their way along the shoreline which made it an audial and visual spectacle, a couple of mobular rays jumping out of the water, add the calmness of the water itself lapping onto the sand and rocks, clams squirting in a kind of chorus at low tide, terns diving into the shallows collecting tiny fish to take back to their nests, the odd osprey diving in and plucking out a massive fish almost the same size as itself and it trys to writhe and wriggle free as the osprey flies off with it held tenaciously wthin its talons.
The colours of the sea, the sky and the mountainous islands all around as the sun sets far to the west are a magical hue of blues and oranges on the horizon. Add to this the boat trips out to where a range of different seabirds are resting sunning themselves on the rocks majestically and as you get closer to the Californian seal colony, the cacophony of noise from the seals as the males warn their neighbours not to stray too close to their harems as they also sun themselves on the shallow outcrops above the water. The blows of the whales as they surface from feeding in the deeper water, passing pods of dolphin here and there along the way. The roar of a breaching whale occasionally in the distance.
Not only could you see the spouts of vapour but you can hear the deep breaths out and in as they refresh their massive lungs. The skill of the boat drivers as they position the boat to get closer but not so close or from the wrong angle that the whales just dive straight away but in such a way that the whales really do not seem to mind the boat getting right up close enough to see the barnacles and lice around the nostrils of these huge animals. It feels like you could reach out and touch them as they are only a few feet away. If you are standing up, you can see the whole size and length of the animal as it graciously swims along the surface when the sea is calm and clear.
Just as you describe them yourself, you can see their massive bodies especially the fin and humpback whales, as big as the dinosaurs that roamed the land millions of years ago. You said we could hope to see these creatures but never in my wildest dreams did I dare to think that we would get so close, see so many and that the waters would be so calm and clear. Such good views of the top fins and tail fins that you could even identify if it was the same whale as you had just seen or different ones.
Since those days spent on the boat with you, I have dreamt about little else than being there, vainly attempting to capture some of the magic and majesty of those beautiful and gentle creatures. I am forever endebted to you for persuading us to come to this place, taking my wife and I to view for ourselves the sights, sounds and experiences of this wonderful area. I knew we would never have had such a fantastic experience for the whole five days we were there, if we had not teamed up with you as our guide and driver. Thank you once again for a true experience of a lifetime.
Ok so there were some compromises, the food was very Mexican, the hotel was rather basic, the drive home was very long, but all made far more acceptable by having your company and thoughtfulness, your enthusiasm and passion to share it all. Your experience and care for the environment. Your skillful videos for a lasting memory to take home with us...Overall, it was just incredible.