Whale Watching Day Trip
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 give 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 a 3 hour drive across the peninsula from La Paz.
These shallow and highly-salinized bays increase buoyancy for the newborn calves 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, a boats’ proximity to whales is also limited.
- 06:00AM – Hotel pick up
- 09:00AM – Breakfast in Cd. Constitución
- 10:00AM – Depart Cd. Constitución
- 11:00AM – Arrive at Puerto López Mateos and depart for 2 hours of whale watching
- 01:00PM – Return to dock and enjoy lunch at local restaurant
- 02:30PM – Depart Puerto López Mateos
- 06:00PM – Arrive back in La Paz
Breakfast at Ciudad Constitucion
2 hours whale watching boat at Lopez Mateos(Magdalena Bay)
Sea food lunch at Lopez Mateos
snacks on the van
Usually whale watching season is from late January to early March but seasonality changes a lot. Please contact us and ask if the whales are in the bay.