FRIENDLY GRAY WHALES

San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Sur, Mexico - 4 nights

TOUR DESRICPTION:

Have you ever wondered what a whale felt like? Have you ever imagined you could be so close as to reach out and touch one? These are questions that can both be asked and answered one trip. Nothing is quite like San Ignacio Lagoon in Mexico's Baja California peninsula. Every winter, thousands of migrating gray whales make their way from the Arctic to 3 lagoons Baja's Pacific coast. San Ignacio is not the biggest of the three lagoons, but it is world famous for having the friendliest whales on the planet.

It is hard to go whale watching anywhere else in the world after visiting San Ignacio. As you set out into the lagoon, you will be meet with the random symphony of whale blows all around you as the viewing area can sometimes swell up with over 100 whales, many of which are vying to get your attention for a good scratch. Whales will spy-hop, they will roll around, they will even breach clear of the waters, leaving you in awe of their size and power. 

The stars of the lagoons of course are the mothers and calves who tend to be the most friendly and playful of the whales. While adults focus on mating, the mothers and calves are there to relax and nurse and nothing is more interesting to a brand new baby whale than the boats full of passengers waiting to interact to play. During the outings, don't be surprised to suddenly have a mother pushing her calf directly to the boats to say hello and if you're lucky, they'll open their gargantuan mouths as they show off their blonde baleen and huge tongue!

During this trip, you will be staying in a brand new luxury tented camp, right along the shores of the lagoon. During the nights, stay warm inside your tent while listening to the sounds of whales breathing, coyotes howling, and the desert winds breezing by outside. Your tent will come with a private ensuite bathroom, something no gray whale camp or lodge in Baja has ever offered. You will also have electricity (not easy to come by out in the desert!), a king sized bed, and a personal fire pit outside to reminisce on your days with the whales while staring up at the star filled sky.

There is nothing in the world quite like the feeling of interacting with whales on this level. Once it is time to depart back home, the first thing you'll be thinking about is how soon you can return to this magical place.

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Price Includes + 

Price Does Not Include - 

  • 8 gray whale outings

  • 1 humpback whale watch

  • 3 nights at a luxury camp

  • All food and non-alcoholic drinks

  • Private flights to & from camp

  • International flights to & from San Jose del Cabo (SJD)

  • Hotel in Cabo

  • Gratuities for camp staff

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • $35 per person reserve fee

  • Insurance (required)

SUGGESTED CAMERA GEAR:

  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera body (bring 2 if you plan on doing surface and underwater photos)

  • Wide angle lens (e.g. 16-35,mm 24-70mm, etc. Mostly used for up-close shots)

  • Fisheye Lens (e.g. 8-15mm. Good for underwater shots)

  • Mid range lens (70-200mm)

  • Telephoto lens (300mm+)

  • Underwater housing 

  • GoPro

  • Tripod (if you plan on shooting stars at night)

  • Polarizing filter

  • UV filter (if you worry about sea spray on your lens)

  • Camera bag capable of carrying gear and daily necessities

  • Waterproof case for phone 

HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • Get up-close and personal with gray whales in one of the most epic marine wildlife encounters on the planet

  • Pet and play with mother and calf gray whales and other adult or juvenile whales

  • Take a scenic private flight over Baja's rugged mountains and coastline

  • Watch and photograph other wildlife from humpback whales, dolphins, turtles, rays, birds, and more

  • Relax in a brand new luxury tent along the water

  • Enjoy an array of freshly prepared local Mexican food and drinks

TOUR DETAILS:

Dates: Multiple departures between February-early April 2022 & 2023. Please scroll down for all the departure dates offered.

Group Size: Up to 20 participants at the camp (6-8 per boat).

Cost: $3,075 per person, based on double occupancy for luxury tent. $1,247.50 per person for premium tent. For single travelers, there is a 25% surcharge. 5% tax not included.

Payment: 25% deposit due at time of booking, remaining balance due 60 days prior to departure.

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrive in San Jose del Cabo and head to your resort. We recommend staying at the Barcelo Resort, which will have transportation options to and from the airport for your trip. If you arrive early enough, enjoy a complimentary humpback and dolphin whale watch at 4:00PM.

Day 2: Head back to SJD airport for your private flight to San Ignacio Lagoon. Arrive at camp and enjoy your first 2 gray whale trips, one midday and the other in the late afternoon.

Days 3 & 4Head out on 3 gray trips throughout the day. In between trips, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served.

Day 5: Catch our private flight back to SJD and either head home or spend as many nights in Cabo as you would like. 

Physical Requirement: Virtually none. Small amounts of walking around camp and having to get in and out of small boat.

2022 Departures

Please inquire about 2023 departures, booking now!

  • Feb 1 - Feb 4, 2023

  • Feb 4 - Feb 7, 2023

  • Feb 7 - Feb 10, 2023

  • Feb 10 - Feb 13, 2023

  • Feb 13 - Feb 16, 2023

  • Feb 16 - Feb 19, 2023

  • Feb 19 - Feb 22, 2023

  • Feb 22 - Feb 25, 2023

  • Feb 25 - Feb 28, 2023

  • Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2023

  • Mar 3 - Mar 6, 2023

  • Mar 6 - Mar 9, 2023 (Chase's trip)

  • Mar 9 - Mar 12, 2023

  • Mar 12 - Mar 15, 2023

  • Mar 15 - Mar 18 2023

  • Mar 18 - Mar 21, 2023

  • Mar 21 - Mar 24, 2023

  • Mar 24 - Mar 27, 2023

  • Mar 27 - Mar 30 2023

  • Mar 30 - Apr 2, 2023

  • Apr 2 - Apr 5, 2023

  • Apr 5 - Apr 8, 2023

When I receive your registration information, I will respond within 24 hours with a registration packet and more information. Once the deposit is paid for, you will be asked to fill out a guest registration form for Baja Expeditions. The remaining amount for the tour must be paid in full 60 days prior to your departure. Tour fees can be paid through Zelle (recommended), check by mail, credit/debit card, or PayPal. Those who use PayPal or credit/debit card and will be charged a 2.95% processing fee.

If you wish to speak to me directly, feel free to call: (425) 301-1757, or email: chasedekker@ymail.com