GREY WHALE WATCHING EXPEDITION
San Carlos, Baja Mexico
February 8 - 12, 2018
(5 day trip / 3 days whale watching)
Day 1 - We will pick you up from the La Paz International airport between 1-2PM. Once we have collected you and your gear, we will travel to Puerto San Carlos. This is a 3 hour drive through stunning scenery. Once we arrive, we check you into your hotel room. (dbl occ.) The rest of the evening is yours to prep camera gear, relax and / or explore the town.
Day 2 - 3 - 7AM. We have a light breakfast, then head out for our day at sea. Lunch, drinks and snacks are included. We spend the next 4-5 hours at sea, seeking out the best photo opportunities with the whales.
Day 5 - We have a good breakfast, check out and we return as a group to Lap Paz for your flight's home. Departure time from Puerto San Carlos is 8AM. The drive is 3 hours so please make your return flights for after 12PM.
Every year, friendly grey whales migrate to the warm, nutrient rich waters off Baja California. Between the months of January to March, hundreds of these whales spend their time off Magdalena Bay. We are inviting you to join us for this 5 day (3 days whale watching) experience of a lifetime. We will be visiting the whales in February, which is during the peak grey whale season. Our home base during our time here will be Puerto San Carlos, Baja Mexico. A quiet fishing / whale watching community, which also boasts one of the largest gatherings of these whales off the Baja coast.
We do not snorkel with the grey whales, (permits are required). However, the main reason is the whales do not like snorkelers, they spook easily and will disappear quickly. On the flip side, the female whales here are extremely friendly and will approach boats, seeking out attention from people. Why they love attention from people on boats, but are scared of snorkelers, I am not sure? When they approach the boats, they rub up against them, sometimes even pushing the boats around. The curious whales will often spy hop, to look at the people in the boats, sticking their faces out of the water, giving people the opportunity to give them a face rub. They have been known to do this for hours at a time. These friendly whale encounters are the photo opportunities we are seeking out.
BRING SNORKEL GEAR
This is a whale watching trip, and our priority is the grey whales. However we do recommend that you bring snorkel gear with you. There may be opportunities to swim with the local sea lion population at the end of the trip (weather dependent). AND hopefully if we get lucky, there is a resident pod of orcas that sometimes frequents the bay, hunting dolphins and the whale calves. We would definitely try to snorkel with them, if they allow it. This is a bonus and completely optional - you do not need to get in the water if you do not want to.
EVERYDAY IS DIFFERENT
One day, the whales will be flirty and interested in interacting with us. Other days they may be mating or courting and have no interest in us. This is why we plan these expeditions over several days for the best opportunities to attain the images and the interactions you are hoping for.
Please note; these are wild animal encounters, there are no guarantees that we will see any whales or that they will want to interact with us. However, we are traveling here during the peak season and we use very experienced whale watching guides that know where to look and how to approach the animals for the best possible interactions.
BRING YOUR UNDERWATER CAMERA
How we get our underwater images of the grey whales is by hanging off the sides of the boat and dunking our cameras in the water. (the pangas we use are low profile so it makes submerging your camera into the water for photographs easy). The clicking sounds the cameras make often will attract the whales attention and they will come right up to your dome port. These encounters are easily one of the greatest we have ever experienced in / on the ocean. Strobes are not allowed as it spooks the whales.
YOUR NEXT MOVE
Let us know you are interested in joining this expedition.