Mexico Whale Watching Cabo San Lucas

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Whale watching is one of the most popular activities in Mexico.  Every year thousands of tourists all over the world throng to Los Cabos to watch these gigantic creatures.  Just like tourists come to bask at the beautiful beaches and clear water, grey whales migrate every season to Los Cabos to have their calves and swim in the warm waters.

Each year, from January to April, the Cabo San Lucas region becomes home to a variety of migratory whales.  Grey whales take the longest time for migration, as they travel almost 6,000 miles from the Chukchi and Bering Seas between Siberia and Alaska to the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez and Baja California.  There are numerous boat tours undertaken during whale season, giving tourists the opportunity of getting a good look at the whales close.  Along with whale watching, you may also get to watch porpoises, dolphins, and other sea life as well.

Mexico Whale Watching Cabo San Lucas

Grey whales were hunted nearly to their extinction when humans stumbled upon their calving lagoons.  Fortunately, in 1947, the International Whaling Commission gave the Grey whales full protection.  Thereafter the grey whale population gradually made a terrific recovery.  The population is now estimated to somewhere around 19,000 to 26,000 whales in existence.

How to organize a Whale Watching Trip

There are several options to choose from when it comes to planning a whale watching trip.  Some families choose to opt for a private tour offered by the local boat-owners.  If you are interested in arranging a tour for your group all you would have to do is walk down to the docks the morning you wish to go for the tour.  However, be careful, the ‘panguero’ (boat owner) may not be fluent in English.  and the sea worthines of the boats may be in question.  The best alternative to this is to ask the hotel concierge to organize a guided tour with a bilingual guide or to arrange for a tour with a local tour company.

If you are the kind of traveler who believes in getting all the details sorted out before you reach the destination, you can opt for a multi day tour that can be arranged before you leave you leave home.  Various private companies and travel clubs host tours that cater to every kind of traveler.  This would include ground transportation, chartered airplane flights, boats, and guides who are not only knowledgeable about local ecology but can also educate you about the whales and their natural habitat.  The trips also can offer sea kayaking, snorkeling, and deep-sea diving.  Many tour operators also offer 12 day cruises from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas that voyage all the way through the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific lagoons.

If you’re considering this, it would be advisable to bring along a waterproof windbreaker or jacket, motion sickness patches or pills, sunscreen, sunglasses, thermals or warm clothing, rubber boots, tennis shoes or any old pair of shoes you would mind getting soaked.  Also, don’t forget to bring a waterproof camera with a sturdy strap.