Cabo San Lucas whale watching is a top attraction for many visitors to the Baja peninsula. You’ll need to plan your vacation accordingly if you’d like to encounter whales, however, because as migratory mammals they aren’t in Cabo year-round. Whale watching in Baja California is at its best from January through March. Gray whales begin their migration in the early fall, and travel the longest migration of any mammal, more than 6,000 miles from their summer homes between Alaska and Siberia to winter in the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez. At the end of December, Los Cabos whale watching begins, when the massive animals begin to arrive for the winter.
During their time spent in the Sea of Cortez, whales also seek safe places to birth their young. From your chair on the beach or spot on the golf course, you will likely see these gray whales spouting off-shore. Cabo whale watching tours are one of the most popular options for tours on the sea, including other boat tours (such as glass-bottom boats or sunset cruises), snorkeling or scuba tours, and helicopter tours. If you choose to take a helicopter tour during the time period from January through March, you will probably see the massive gray whales in the water below.
Cabo San Lucas whale watching trips benefit from the local knowledge of guides. They have been tracking the patterns of the whales for many years, and they share their expertise with visitors during tours. Experts know that the lagoons of the area provide an excellent location for whales to give birth. Newborn calves are fifteen feet long and can weigh 1,500 pounds; seeing a newborn with its mother would certainly be a highlight of whale watching in Baja California. During a tour, you will definitely see whales spouting (the exhaling of air by the whale) and if you’re lucky, you might even see them leaping out of the water.
The best sight visitors can see during Los Cabos whale watching is called breaching, in which the whale leaps out of the water and enters the sea again with a big splash. These moments can be unpredictable, and they are a thrilling sight. While not all Cabo San Lucas whale watching tours are granted this sight, the anticipation of seeing it is pure excitement in itself. Whales can stay underwater for two to five minutes, but if you pay extra attention, you can chart which directions they are swimming and possibly anticipate where they will breach next.
Los Cabos whale watching can be expensive compared with other tours, costing approximately 60 US dollars for adults and 50 for children. However, these tours can be much longer than other tours and also offer the opportunity for a fun boating experience, as well as a view back at the shores of Cabo. Private whale watching in Baja California can also be arranged, for groups up to six people. For this option, you pay for the price of the boat, not per person. You also get to arrange the tour on your own schedule and have the privacy of a smaller boat for your whale search. However you get out onto the water, you won’t regret the money you’ve spent after the first time you see a magnificent gray whale.