Every year, hundreds of migrating humpback whales come to Cabo to enjoy the warm, calm waters. Mothers teach their curious calves to tail lob, fin slap, and breech. Male humpbacks compete for the attention of a few females, and whale song and dance fills the waters surrounding the peninsula as these titans of the sea escape the harsh winters up north. As these waters are home to ⅓ of the world’s marine mammals, it’s not uncommon to see dolphins, sea lions, and possibly even other whales! Last year we had guest appearances from blue whales, fin whales, orcas, and massive pods of dolphins- you just never know what you might see in these rich waters!
Our Eco Whale Watching Tours
Our comfortable and spacious whale watching boats combined with our knowledgeable captains and passionate guides is the perfect combination for an unforgettable experience on the water. See a 40 ton whale breach out of the water, feel the spray from a whale blow right in front of the boat, and listen to whales sing hauntingly beautiful songs with our underwater hydrophone system. It’s like nothing you have ever experienced before, and it is all while cruising alongside the stunningly wild and mountainous coastline of Baja.
We love our whales, and we think you will as well, which is why our expert naturalist ninja whale guides are there to teach you all about the area above the sea and below. The more you know about these whales the more fascinating they become, and we hope that you will be as moved to protect them as we are. Book now or scroll down to learn how your tour supports our efforts to enforce regulations, collect research, report data, and ultimately protect the whales for future generations with our Whale Defender campaign below.
Tour Cost: $80 USD
Season: December 15 – April 15
Tours are 2.5 – 3hrs and available daily at 8am, 11am, 2pm.
Sunset and Private tours also available, contact us for details!
PADI Whale Defender Course
Once feared by sailors as sea monsters they now captivate the hearts and minds of so many of us. They are remarkable creatures. From the largest animal to have ever lived on earth, to their hauntingly beautiful songs, incredible migrations, playful calfs, and some even going out of their way to protect other species from harm. But our mammalian ocean cousins need our help. The PADI Whale Defender course distinctive specialty course was written by Dive Ninja’s very own Jay Clue and marine mammal scientists Mario Escalari & Maru Marcias. The half day course explores the complex intertwined history of humans & whales, as well as why whales are important for healthy oceans, threats they face, and how you can help protect these incredible ocean giants. You’ll learn about whale biology & evolution as well as citizen science projects you can get involved in right now and so much more. Join Team Ninja and become a Whale Defender today.
About Whale Defender
We originally developed the whale defender program right here in Cabo, to be able to give back to the whales that have been culturally important throughout history, are ecologically important to the survival of our planet, and simply because of the moments that they create everyday during the winter months for us and our visitors. In collaboration with some of Mexico’s most renowned marine mammal research and conservation centers, we developed a whale watching and conservation program like no other. The program utilized whale watching tours to help collect data for researchers while also working to monitor the local marine protected areas and the whale populations. Additionally 100% of the funds generated by the tours were donated to help protect the whales of Los Cabos and the Cabo San Lucas UNESCO Marine Protected Area.
The PADI Whale Defender course was inspired by the original Dive Ninja Whale Defenders citizen-science programs that ran as part of an ongoing project with Sea Shepherd and local marine mammal scientists in Cabo San Lucas and Baja California Sur. The original program aimed at turning whale watchers into informed and passionate whale defenders inspired to contribute to the protection and conservation of the whales that call the waters of Baja California home. The PADI course expands upon this concept to include the history, importance, threats, and conservation management of all whales on a global scale as well as how you can get involved in helping whales around the world. The course is open to all ages and both divers and non-divers alike. For scuba divers it counts towards your PADI Master Scuba Diver rating and is the perfect way to spend your pre flight surface interval or any day off from exploring the waters of Cabo. Best of all, when combined with a whale watching tour you can save $30! So you can not only learn about these incredible titans of the sea but experience them with your own eyes right here in Cabo San Lucas! Join us today!