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Whale Watching in Cabo

If you’re traveling to Cabo from January through March, we recommend you take advantage of your chance to see the whales. Whales are the biggest and most powerful animals on the planet. During this period they migrate to the southern half of Baja California all the way from places like Alaska and Siberia 6,000 miles away. Along the lagoons of southern Baja are the calving grounds of these massive creatures. Their summer homes are north of the Arctic Circle, but in winter it’s far too cold for them there. That’s why even the whales like to come to Cabo!

A whale in Cabo

Even the whales like to come to Cabo!

The most common whale to spot in Cabo is the Pacific gray whale. This is because they frequent shallow waters along the coast. You may also see humpback whales (pictured above) which are comparable in size. Some travelers may witness orcas, commonly called killer whales, attacking other larger whales. The fights often last over an hour when they do occur.

Various kinds of whale activities can be observed. Breaching is the most spectacular of all; it’s when the whale thrusts itself over the surface of the water, arches through the air, and splashes right on its back with incredible force. Another of the different whale activities involves spouting. This occurs when a whale clears its blowhole resulting in water flying all over the air. In fact, you may even find yourself in a cloud of water if you go on a whale watching tour in Cabo!

You can book a whale watching tour from almost any of the many travel agencies and hotels in both Los Cabos and La Paz. Though the peak whale watching season is between January and March, tours begin in December and end in April. They start at the Cabo Marina. You may enjoy the experience aboard different kinds of watercrafts such as catamarans, sport-fishing boats, glass-bottom boats, and even kayaks. The captains have lots of experience and know of the best places to find the whales. A Whale in CaboIn the tours, newly born whales can be seen going out at sea with their elders for some exercise. If you are interested in having a serious whale watching experience, not to say the other ones aren’t, then consider going on a tour that visits the closest whale calving lagoon to Cabo San Lucas — Magdelena Bay. It’s located 120 miles or 200 kilometers northwest of La Paz, another tourist locality in Baja California. Tours are also available to two other lagoons with even more densely populated whales, but those are further up north. They are Laguna San Ignacio and Laguna Ojo de Liebre in case you’re wondering.

It is actually possible to do whale watching without ever having to set foot in a boat. Cabo’s Hotel Finisterra features a site called the Whale Watcher Bar. Here you can observe the whales approaching within a few hundred meters of the shore on the Pacific side of Los Cabos. It’s also a great place to watch sunsets. Whales may be viewed from Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach and a few other resorts on the Pacific side of Cabo as well. Binoculars or an SLR camera with a high focal length lens could add to the enjoyment. In the beginning of whale watching season, you could see whales coming to Cabo, and towards the end you will see them going the other way.

Normal whale watching tours in Cabo cost US$35 to $85 per person; and some include lunch.

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