Baja Whale Watching Expeditions
2020 Season Dates Now Available!
Every winter the Mexican Peninsula of Baja California plays host to an awe-inspiring migration of thousands of whales. Many species of these gentle giants make the long journey down to the Baja Peninsula to find new mates and give birth away from cold arctic waters up north. Baja is known for having the greatest concentration of migrating marine mammals in the entire world. By joining our Gentle Giants Baja whale watching trips, you will have front row seats to the action!
During this special time of year we’re able to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures. New mothers nurse and care for their calves. Humpback whales put on an amazing show as they search for new mates – breaching out of the water in a thunderous splash. Curious grey whales poke their heads out of the water only inches from the boat to say hello. And gigantic blue whales cruise the calm seas. Whether you’re a diver or non-diver this will be the expedition of a lifetime to see these gentle giants in their natural habitat. The humpback whale watching season for Cabo San Lucas runs from mid December to mid April, the grey and blue whale seasons from mid January through late March. But for 1 month every year the peaks of all 3 seasons cross over allowing us to run these super special whale expeditions to see the best of them all!
Below you’ll find more info on the stops we make during your Gentle Giants expedition. Then scroll down to the bottom to check out the available dates, the itinerary, costs and our Gentle Giants Expedition photo gallery. Then click here to book your whale watching expedition in beautiful Baja!
Watch Humpback Whales in Cabo San Lucas
Our gentle giants expeditions kick off at our ninja home base in Cabo San Lucas. The waters around Cabo play host to hundreds of humpback whales every winter. These giants are known for their acrobatic shows, where we often see them breaching. Imagine a 15m/45ft giant propelling itself from the ocean. It’s an experience unlike any other. We’ll also see males showing off for females as they search for mates, both male and female humpbacks sticking their flukes out of the water, pec slapping, and lobtailing. And this time of year, it’s not uncommon for us to spot mothers teaching their newborn calfs how to breach, dive, and swim.
Befriend Grey Whales in Bahia Magadalena
Bahia Magdalena is home to one of the most incredible experiences on earth. Imagine leaning over the edge of the boat, placing your hands on the waters surface and having a massive grey whale place its head under your hand and slowly lift it from the water as it looks you in the eye. The grey whale encounters in this area can only be described as magical. They often swim right up to the boat, poking their heads from the water only inches away as if they want to say hello. Mothers are even known to push their young calfs up to the surface as if they want to introduce us to them. This area is where we have seen some of the largest aggregations of any whale in Baja. In 2019 we had days where there were 60+ whales around us at one time. It is incredible. After whale watching, we’ll make a stop to explore the sand dunes, home to our local population of coyotes, as well as cruise the beautiful, and critical, mangroves that make this area such a hot spot for animal life.
Spot Giant Blue Whales in Loreto
The blue whale is the largest animal to ever live on earth. An animal in size comparable to a 10 story building with a heart so large its heartbeat can be detected from 2 miles away. Every winter these majestic giants migrate to the waters around Loreto in search of krill giving us an amazing opportunity to see them. These gentle giants grow up to 25 meters long and can weigh more than 200 tonnes! Loreto is a hot spot for marine mammals this time of year, we frequently spot other species of whales (including gigantic fin & minke whales!), as well as super pods of dolphins and more! Check out some of the photos from past Baja whale watching expeditions in our photo gallery below.
Swim with Whale Sharks in La Paz
Your Gentle Giants expedition wouldn’t be complete without a visit to swim & snorkel with the largest fish in the world – the whale shark! Whale sharks can grow upwards of 12 meters (40+ feet) long and can weigh upwards of 21 tons (47,000 lbs.). Yet these docile giants move through the water with such grace and beauty, opening their large mouths to filter feed on tiny plankton. They’re known for their gentle behavior; allowing snorkelers & divers to closely share the ocean with them. Sometimes if we are lucky we can find them standing completely vertical in the water suction feeding on plankton blooms. The area of La Paz in which we find them is quite unique in that it’s relatively shallow and you can usually see the bottom as they cruise by casting shadow on the white sand below. If time allows, we’ll also take a stop to visit some of La Paz’s famous salty sea puppies – the California sea lion. The curious pups are known for all sorts of playful shenanigans with snorkelers.
Available Dates for 2020
Every year when the high point of the 3 whale seasons cross over we have a small few weeks window that we can run these special Gentle Giants Expeditions. This gives you the best chance for the most amazing interactions with humpbacks, grey whales, blue whales, and whale sharks all in one trip. The trips run 9 days/8 nights, and include accommodation, transportation, and all tours and activities. For those looking for a shorter tour we recommend checking out our Grey Whale Mini Expedition or contacting us for a private expedition.
|Gentle Giants Trip Itinerary:||Day #||Day of Week|
|Arrive CSL. Meet at hotel. Tour Intro/Briefing||1||Saturday|
|Full Day Open Ocean Safari w/ Whale Watching||2||Sunday|
|Morning Humpback Whale Watching. Transfer to LM||3||Monday|
|Morning Grey Whales tour & visit the dunes||4||Tuesday|
|Morning Grey Whales Tour. Transfer to LOR.||5||Wednesday|
|Full day Blue Whales tour.||6||Thursday|
|Cave paintings & Spanish mission tour. Transfer to LP.||7||Friday|
|Whale sharks & sea lions tour.||8||Saturday|
|Return to Cabo or add-on days.||9||Sunday|
Please note that the itinerary may change slightly due to weather, current marine life sightings, and other factors out of our control.
What’s The Cost?
This is a special limited offer series of expeditions due to the short window we are able to run these trips. Each expedition is 9 days long with a maximum capacity of 6 guests. The expedition package price is $2585 USD. All prices are per person and on shared double occupancy basis. If you are traveling solo, no problem! We will match you with another solo ninja guest of the same gender. Or if you prefer your own private room a single supplement upgrade is also available for an additional fee.
The trip price includes all activities each with an Team Ninja expert naturalist guide or biologist, presentations & talks throughout the week, transfers between all 4 locations, 8 nights accommodation on a shared double occupancy basis, a light breakfast at the hotel, snacks, & soft drinks onboard the boats (lunch will also be served on full day boat tours), commemorative Dive Ninja reusable water bottle, and all marine park fees.
What’s Not Included
The price does not include flights, transfers from/to airport to/from the Dive Ninjas store in Cabo San Lucas, any rental equipment, Crew Gratuity (10%-15% of trip price is customary but is at your discretion), local dinners & other meals or drinks not mentioned above, 8% IVA (Mexican sales tax), or credit card processing fees.
Please note that this expedition is not a scuba diving trip. You do not need to be scuba certified or freediving certified to join these expeditions. You only need to know how to swim for the snorkeling portions of the trip. If you’d like to gain some experience with freediving beforehand we recommend taking a freediving course in Cabo San Lucas the days before the trip with one of our ninja instructors. It’s an awesome way to make the most of your time on the expedition!
Looking for more?
In addition to whale watching in Baja California, there are countless possible optional activities we can offer such as: scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas, Loreto, La Paz or Cabo Pulmo, day trips spent snorkeling and relaxing at gorgeous off the beaten path beaches, enjoying natural hot springs in the sierra mountains, visiting ancient cave paintings in the mountains, visiting some of the historic Spanish Missions, or going to Todos Santos to visit Hotel California of Eagles fame. Give us a shout, our ninjas love chatting about the local area and will gladly help you put together a proper ‘Ninja’ expedition.