The opportunity to see some of the largest creatures on Earth in their natural habitat is not one you’ll want to pass up. Read on to learn how to get the most out of your cabo whale watching experience.
If you are planning a trip to Cabo San Lucas during the winter or early spring, you will want to be sure to schedule a whale watching tour.
The best times to travel for whale watching are from December to April. The Sea of Cortez has been a prime birthing spot for whales for centuries. The whales will feed in the cold waters of the Arctic during the summer, then they will make their way to Baja, California to mate and to nurse their young calves.
In the spring, the whales will head north with their young calves, but while they’re here, they offer the unique chance to see these regal animals in their natural habitat.
Shared Tour Options
You don’t want to miss out on viewing some of the earth’s largest creatures if you are in the area from December through March. Humpback whales and Pacific Grays visit the area to breed and birth their calves every winter. To enjoy a safe and fun tour, there are public snorkeling and whale watching tours available.
Whale watching tours leave from Los Cabos Marina and make their way to Pelican Rock. At Pelican Rock, visitors can swim in the waters and snorkel with the bright tropical fish before heading on out to whale watch. Because of the abundance of whales during this time of the year, there is no need to go far out to sea.
Private Tour Options
If you prefer to go whale watching privately, there are private tours available. Because whales can be found nearby during the whale watching season, your boat will not have to go far offshore. You can choose to combine your whale watching tour with snorkeling or with a sunset sail.
To keep from bothering the whales and to ensure they stay nearby, the boat’s engines are turned off and the sails are used, so the boat can follow the whales and get closer to the creatures to ensure a breathtaking experience.
The crews for the whale tours are highly trained, and they are aware of the importance of respecting nature and ensuring the safety of their passengers.
The Best Safety Practices
It is important to follow the instructions of the guide and crew when on a whale watching tour.
Don’t get too close to the rails on the boat or lean over the sides. Always respect nature and obey any instructions that are given by the crew. The crew is highly trained and has been taught to respect whales and other wildlife.
They will make sure the whales are not threatened. They know how to approach these large creatures without infringing on their territory and making them want to retaliate against the boat.
Your boat’s crew will know what the weather conditions will be like, and they can advise you where to sit and how to take the impact of waves with your knees rather than your back if you suffer from back problems.
Here are some other tips for whale watching:
- Use sunscreen on all exposed skin, and be sure to reapply often
- Cover up properly when you are snorkeling.
- If you have back problems, talk with your guide so you can determine how to minimize the impact of the waves.
- Wear sunglasses that offer adequate UV protection. This can also help you see the whales better!
- Make sure you have taken the proper health precautions and you have had the right vaccinations before traveling, if applicable. The Centers for Disease Control website will be able to provide you with health advice for your specific destination.
- Be sure you protect your camera. Take plastic bags to protect your camera by wrapping it when it is in your camera bag. Use a lens hood and protective filter to avoid water damage from splashing waves. When your camera is not being used, be sure you keep the lens cap on it.
- Do not approach whales if you are swimming, snorkeling, or kayaking. While they aren’t aggressive animals, they are large and powerful, so they could cause serious injuries if they slap their tails or breach.
Schedule in Advance
You should schedule your whale watching tour as far in advance as possible, as these tours are in high demand. Whales are beautiful, graceful, and unfortunately often endangered creatures that not everyone has a chance to see, so whale tours are popular with those visiting Cabo.
Securing your place on a tour early can help prevent disappointment caused by booked tours and crowded schedules.
Remember, it is only during winter and early spring that these tours are available. If whale watching is important to you, make sure you schedule your trip to Cabo during those times.
With available snacks, an open bar, and a highly trained crew, Cabo Sailing is the best choice to get you close to these majestic creatures on a whale watching tour in Cabo San Lucas.