One of the most magical times of the year in Los Cabos is November through April. The fall/Winter season provides spectacular weather and is also perfect for whale watching. The Grey and humpback whales can be spotted just off of our coastlines. Driving along the coastal highways we are fortunate enough to see whales breaching and playing, or even by just walking on the beach at sunset you can whale watch. Truly this is one of the symbols of Los Cabos and represents what Baja living is all about. During “Whale Season” Los Cabos is a very busy place and it is also the most popular tourist season we have. Many first time visitors want to whale watch or take a scenic tour and see the whales closer up. There are many tours available to get a closer view of these playful sea creatures, but there are a few very important points to keep in mind. When friends come into town and want to whale watch, picking the right tour is important so everyone has a great time, but also being eco-conscious, to protect our waters and of course, the whales. Only a select few tour operators are certified for this activity.
The ocean is of course, the seasonal home to these California Grey Whales and Humpback Whales as well, and they are visiting the warm waters off Baja Sur for a specific purpose. Whales mate and birth their calves in the protected warm bays to the North of Los Cabos. The whale’s migration path is throughout the Pacific off the Mexican coastline. While the calves are learning to breach and play, the waters here provide the perfect temperature and a safe environment for these creatures, hence why they picked this area. While the whales are playful, it is vital to remember that when we plan a whale watching tour to be conscious of the type of tour and be respectful of the environment. While the tour operators are required by law to obtain special permits, to operate a marine vessel some do not have certification for this activity. Also, many have not received adequate training on how to provide the tours and maintaining a respectable distance and offer general information about whales. Sometimes the excitement of visitors can push these tour guides to get too close. Remember, we are there to watch the whales as they are in their natural habitat and not harass them. When people are in search of the perfect picture, the perfect video, tour operators can sometimes get to close and not only does this pose a risk for the passengers, but also for the whales as well.
So, how do you know whom to go with to assure you will have a good time and the whales will not be harassed? Who has these special permits and certifications? Here is a list of certified tour operators and below you can find links to reserve tours with these companies.
As residents of Baja California Sur, we are fortunate to live in Los Cabos during a very special time on this peninsula. There is a massive amount of growth and newly added infrastructure, which is great for the economy, however, we feel it is vital to remember our environment and do our part to help preserve it. Los Cabos has become a popular tourist destination and retirement option for so many, due to the deep-sea-fishing, whale watching, golf and the plethora of other activities and events, but also the surrounding beauty. Our desert ecosystem and amazing beaches make this place so truly special. By doing a small thing like making sure to research which tour you select, not only will you get to witness these majestic creatures up close (not too close) but we can do so in a way to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy seeing them as well.
Happy Sightseeing and enjoy the whales!