Baja Ultimate Whales

SEASONS

Mid-January – Mid-March

8 Days, 7 Nights

TYPES OF ADVENTURES

Liveaboard, Glamping & Luxury Camp

PRICING (pp. dbl occ.)

Glamping Camp: US$5,000
Luxury Camp: US$5,500

Destination Overview

Baja Ultimate Whales

Meet the most majestic whales on the planet: Gray whales, humpbacks, blue whales, fin-back whales and whale sharks. Lets not forget about the huge pods of dolphins.

Imagine combining the amazing gray whale interaction at San Ignacio Lagoon into an 8 days / 7 nights adventure at sea with all these other animals of Baja and your own spotter plane to absolutely maximize your encounters.

Starting with humpback whale watching off Cabo, swimming with whale sharks off La Paz, a lovely beach lunch on UNESCO World Heritage Site Isla Espiritu Santo, snorkelling with sea lions, and then being picked up by our 116-ft expedition yacht for cocktail hour and dinner as we sail north towards Loreto.

Blue & Fin Whales of Loreto and the Mechudo Corridor to La Paz

4 Days / 3 nights onboard, with a specific emphasis on intimate encounters with blue whales and their new calves, as well as more humpbacks, huge pods of dolphins, giant fin-back whales, and fingers crossed, orcas or sperm whales. While onboard, guests are encouraged to take advantage of snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, paddling, and shore expeditions.

New to our 2023 Baja Ultimate Whale trips, we are including our new spotter airplane! We will have pilot and naturalist on board guiding our boats to all of the action in the Mechudo Corridor.

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San Ignacio Lagoon Gray Whales

Finishing with a private charter flight to San Ignacio Lagoon and meet the friendliest gray whales on the planet. Your choice of glamping or luxury camp. 4 Days/3 nights before returning to Cabo.

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Sample Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

Fly into SJD. Cabo.

Day 1

09:30 complimentary Backscatter photo and video workshop. 11:00 Transfer to the El Ganzo hotel for 5 hour whale watching with lunch onboard. Coach transfer to La Paz for an overnight stay in the Marea boutique hotel, a very funky repurposed cement plant located on a quiet sand beach.

Day 2

Breakfast and then board pangas right in front of the hotel to go swimming with whale sharks (weather permitting). Beach lunch and relax at Isla Espiritu Santo. Afternoon snorkel with sea lions and the board our 116-ft expedition yacht to head north towards Loreto to explore the Mechudo Corridor.

Days 3 – 4

At sea. Aerial support to maximize animal encounters. Meeting up with pangas in the Loreto National Park for blue whale encounters.

Day 5

Return to La Paz. Afternoon private charter flight to San Ignacio Lagoon. 1 Hour 35 minutes to the airstrip at camp. Greeted by camp manager and hostie with champagne on a silver tray. Orientation. Enjoy camp.

Days 6 – 7

Your choice of an early breakfast and 07:30 to get an early start on 2 whale watching encounters. Or sleep in for late breakfast and one leisurely encounter. Lunch. Relax. One more afternoon whale watching encounter. Go for a kayak or paddle board or walk in the desert. Cocktail hour around the fire pit as the sun goes down. Dinner (fine dining of course) and an evening presentation by one of our naturalists.

Days 6 – 7

Final day of whale encounters and then 1 hour 40 minute flight back to Cabo. Flight might arrive at the FBO at the airport as late as 6 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What am I going to see?

You can expect blue whales, humpback, fin whales, mega pods of dolphins, whale sharks, sea lions, and if you’re lucky, orcas and sperm whales. Also, up close and personal interactions with Pacific gray whales! San Ignacio Lagoon is also home to a variety of bird species including nesting ospreys and egrets.

When should I go?

We only operate in peak season when large numbers of whales are present, from January through March.

Why do your trips start out of San José del Cabo?

Because the shortest charter flight to the Lagoon is from San José del Cabo which is super easy to get to with service from 15 different US cities, most of Mexico and even direct flights from overseas. Because San José in the winter and spring is a really fun place to visit! Because you won’t have any border crossing hassles. And because we offer all sorts of other activities from our San José del Cabo base including swimming with whale sharks and other adventures into the Sea of Cortez, scuba diving including our Socorro giant manta liveaboard trips, Backscatter photography workshops and much more.

What kind of accommodations can I expect?

A stay at the Marea beachfront hotel in La Paz.

Onboard our 116-ft expedition yacht, the Gallant Lady.

We offer two levels of accommodation at San Ignacio Lagoon:

Glamping Camp

We say “NO” to tiny tents with cots, sleeping bags and a couple of shared toilets and showers for the whole camp! Our tents are windproof, insulated and heated for maximum comfort, with ensuite bathrooms and showers, hot and cold running water with good pressure, and 24- hour power. Not to mention “real beds” with fine linen.

Enormous thought has gone into every detail, from a fire pit to a fine selection of wine, craft beer, single malt scotches and fine dining. We even have a bar and lounge tent and Wi-Fi access throughout the camp.

Luxury Camp

Our luxury camp features all the amenities of the glamping camp, but with 12 large and luxurious tents, ensuring the utmost privacy. Each tent features an ensuite bathroom, a dresser in the bedroom as well as a separate sitting area with a couch and easy chairs – perfect for relaxing after a day of adventure.

Think of our luxury camp as one of the world’s best pop-up hotel.

What’s included in the trip?

Hotel transfers in San José del Cabo. Luxury coach transfer to La Paz fromSan José del Cabo. Marea hotel in La Paz. Spotter airplane support. Private charter flights from La Paz to the Lagoon and the Lagoon toSan José del Cabo. Accommodation, activities, meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages plus unlimited whale watching subject to capacity control and weather. On-site naturalist. Park fees, gift shop, bar, gratuities and camera rentals are NOT included.

What airport do I fly into?

SJD Los Cabos International for both commercial airlines and private aircraft.

Operated For Safety

Operated For Safety

Safety is a very serious business. Mother Ocean can be capricious and unforgiving. We hold ourselves to the highest standards and you should expect and demand no less. In our view, every dive boat should be operated within a certified ISM safety management system, outfitted with sprinklers, emergency smoke hoods for everybody and the same safety, fire, life saving equipment and radios as the largest cruise ships. Captains, mates and engineers should have professional commercial mariner qualifications and all crew should have STCW professional mariner certification. Safety is not something to publish in a brochure. It’s part of our DNA. A cornerstone of our culture. Something that we have been living by for every day of the last 30 years.

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