There are general whale watching trips searching the ocean for large whales. Sometimes, you may be fortunate just to get a glimpse of these enormous, yet elusive marine mammals. Then, there is watching Grey Whales in the calving lagoons of Baja California Sur, Mexico. An experience which will undoubtably change the way you perceive whale watching. It is one of the most remarkable and powerful connections you can ever have with nature. Something exceptionally unique and limited to only 3 destinations in the world, (Guerrero Negro, San Ignacio and Bahia Magdalena), each location found in the southern section of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico.
This particular adventure visits 2 different locations within the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. Our first stop is Guerrero Negro to observe the grey whales migrating south from Alaska to the lagoons in Baja. California Grey Whales (Eschrichtius robustus) endure one of the longest annual migrations of any mammal. They travel a distance of 10,000 - 12,000 miles (16,000 - 19,200 km) round trip every year between their summer feeding grounds in the cold Arctic seas and their winter calving lagoons in the warmer and saltier waters of Baja California, Mexico. The main purpose of this tremendous journey is for the females to give birth and nurture their newborn calves in these protected waters until they are strong enough to make the return back north to Alaska. The lagoons provide these whales with the optimal conditions during the few months between January and April. Extremely salty and shallow water allows the calves to expend far less energy during their nurturing process.
These lagoons are the only place on earth where you can have up close and extremely personal encounters with these whales. What makes this experience even more special, is that the whales are the one's initiating the contact with the people observing them. There is no doubt they seek the attention from us humans. Mother grey whales will often nudge their calves towards the boats, sometimes going under their young and lifting them up to be touched. In addition to the birthing and nurturing of calves, the lagoons provide an opportunity for larger male grey whales to compete for courtship and mating with the adult females. Generally the grey whales begin arriving in early January and can be observed until the beginning of April. Definitely a unique level of whale watching and an experience like no other!
From Guerrero Negro, we will venture north up the Baja California peninsula to Bahia de los Angeles. This location will be our home for the next 4 nights. We'll be out on the water 3 days searching for large baleen whales throughout the bay. There is a good chance you'll be observing whales twice the size of the adult grey whales you encounter in Guerrero Negro.
The most common whales seen in Bahia de los Angeles are fin whales, Balaenoptera physalus , second only to the blue whale as the largest living animal on earth. Fin whales can reach a length of approximately 27 meters (89 ft) and weigh up to 80 tons (160,000 lbs). They are often seen in pairs, sometimes in larger groups. These whales have been referred to as the “greyhounds of the sea” for being the fastest of the baleen whales.
Humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae , are the second most common whales encountered in Bahia de los Angeles. They display social and acrobatic behaviors not observed in many other whale species. Breaching, tail lobbing and pectoral flipper slapping are common displays of humpbacks. Humpbacks attain a maximum length of 15 meters (50 ft) and can weigh up to 40 tons (80,000 lbs). The largest animal on the planet can also be found in Bahia de los Angeles. The blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus , is observed more in the winter and spring months in Bahia de los Angeles than the summer.
Other possible whale encounters may include Brydes whales (Balaenoptera brydei ), Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), Pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus ) and Orcas (Orcinus orca ). Although not commonly found in Bahia de los Angeles, Orcas have a random and powerful presence there. The element of surprise is always waiting for us in Bahia de los Angeles.
Small and large pods of short-beaked common and bottlenose dolphins are another expected encounter during this trip. It’s always exciting witnessing large pods of dolphins porpoising out of the
water in their natural habitat. The megapods of dolphins found in Bahia de los Angeles, sometimes greater than 1,000 individuals, are short-beaked common
dolphins (Delphinus delphis). This species is smaller than the larger, more robust bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), which can also be observed at this location. Many times we witness acrobatic leaps of incredible heights from these cetaceans.
Snorkeling with California sea lions (Zalophus californianus ) will be part of our itinerary as well. We’ll transport you to a shallow rookery where you’ll have the opportunity to swim and snorkel among large groups of residential sea lions. These graceful pinnipeds will amaze you with their curious presence. One of the coolest snorkeling encounters! A full wetsuit is necessary if you want to snorkel with the sea lions during the winter / spring trips due to colder water temperatures.
Meeting Location: Los Angeles, California (exact meeting location TBD)
Season: February to April
Trip Length: 7 days (5 boat days + 2 travel days)
******Note: All other Food and Drink not included******
Trip Cost: $2,150 US
Trip Itinerary: Contact for Information
Private trips available upon request
*The Grey Whale Adventure will bring a maximum of 4 people. We believe this significantly helps to reduce the impact on the whales and any other wildlife we encounter during our trip. Furthermore, traveling with a small group will enhance your personal experience.
January 29 - February 4 COMPLETED
February 7-13 COMPLETED
February 16-22 COMPLETED
February 26 - March 4
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