Whale Watching Day Trips
After spending the summer feeding in Alaska, gray whales begin their incredible migration south to winter in Baja California . They travel for 2-3 months to reach the warmer southern waters where they will mate and birth from mid-January to end of March. Large numbers of grays congregate in 3 bays along Baja's west coast; Laguna Ojo de Liebre, Laguna San Ignacio and Bahia Magdalena (the southern-most bay, only 3 hours drive across peninsula from La Paz). These shallow and highly-salinated bays increase newborn calves' buoyancy and help keep them warm, despite their lack of protective blubber at birth. As fellow mammals, gray whale calves are born live and nurse their mothers' milk, which is 50% fat (the gain 60 pounds per day diet!).
Here, gray whales will sometimes swim near small skiffs and allow themselves to be touched. Concern has grown about the impact of boat traffic around whales, and the number of boats allowed in the breeding lagoons is restricted. Along the migration route, boats' proximity to whales is also limited.
6:30AM Hotel pick up
09:30AM Breakfast in Cd. Constitución
10:30AM Depart Cd. Constitución
11:30AM Arrive at Puerto López Mateos and depart for 2 hours of whale watching
01:30PM Return to dock
2:00PM Lunch at a local seafood restaurant
03:30:PM Depart Puerto López Mateos
06:30PM Arrive back in La Paz
Recommendation: Bring wind breaker, tennis shoes, hat, sun lotion and camera.
Whale Watching: Two days, one night in Puerto Lopez Mateos
6:00AM Hotel pick up (coffee & juice during the driving )
9:00AM Breakfast in Cd. Constitucion.
11:00AM Board the boat for 2 hours of whale watching
01:00PM Return to port and enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
02:00PM Hotel check in at Lopez Mateos .. rest for two hours.
04:00PM Afternoon boat ride for one hour to the dunes.
05:00PM Return to port and take a shower.
06:00-08:00PM Dinner at local restaurant. Stay at Cabania.
8:00AM Breakfast at local restaurant.
9:30AM Board the boat for 3 hours of whale watching.
12:30AM Return to port.
01:00PM Lunch at local seafood restaurant
02:30PM Hotel check out and leave for La Paz.
05:30PM Arrive in La Paz and transfer to hotel.