Ultimate Whale Sharks into the Sea of Cortez

Improved and Even Better Itinerary and Airplane Support!

Whale sharks!! Who doesn’t want to swim with whale sharks, especially when there are loads of them to see in a deserted bay and national park deep into the reaches of the Sea of Cortez. Bahia de Los Angles is a very special place with up to 220 friendly and curious whale sharks visiting every season and is best accessed by a liveaboard expedition ship. Friendly and curious whale sharks?? Yes indeed. There are so few boats around that these whale sharks behave very differently around humans than in any other place.  So break out the good china and sign up for a trip, joining us for a superb 8 or 10 day Ultimate Whale summer expedition.

This adventure combines some of the best diving in the Sea of Cortez supported by our spotter airplane with a large seasonal gathering of whale sharks in a deserted bay in the middle of nowhere. This summer gathering of whale sharks is legendary in Baja. Between 80 and 220 whale sharks have been identified during May to October. Bonus is all the other big critters in the Sea of Cortez this time of year. We will be keeping a sharp lookout for orcas, pilot whales, sperm whales and finback whales, as well as going ashore on a desert island with the largest population of blue-footed boobies in the world.

Sample itinerary
8 days / 7 nights 

Fly into SJD Los Cabo or your option, LAP.

Day 1:
Meet at SeeCreatures Cabo. Luxury coach transfer to our La Paz base. Board your liveaboard and depart for cocktails, dinner, and a sunset cruise.

Day 2:
Wake up at Las Animas for a warm up dive, sea lions, and our best chance to see hammerhead sharks on this adventure.

Day 3:
Wake up in the Loreto National Park. We’ll likely start with a wreck dive and then some of our favourite sites around Carmen Island, or something equally fun depending on the animals and weather. Our spotter airplane will be out scouting for interesting critters in the area.

Day 4:
Wake up at Isla San Pedro Martir, the jewel of the Sea of Cortez. Experience everything from black coral and interacting with sea lions to great diving and going ashore exporing this desert island, under one of the very few permits ever issued. We will be at anchor tonight.

Day 5:
Another day exploring San Pedro Martir.

Day 6:
Bahia de Los Angeles. Yes, we can go diving if you want, but this is our chance to spend the day swimming and snorkelling with whale sharks in splendid isolation. With a bit of luck, we will have the whale sharks to ourselves. These whale sharks are often interested in human watching and can become quite friendly with us.

Day 7:
Sea day transiting home. BUT we will be detouring right through the “sweet spot” we discovered. There are good upwellings in this area, and with the help of our spotter airplane and crew on the top deck glued to their binoculars, we have had good luck with both sperm whales and pilot whales, and sometimes even orcas.

Day 8:
Breakfast. Disembark in La Paz by 8:30 am. Transfer to SJD or SeeCreatures Cabo, or stick around and let’s go on another adventure.

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