Cabo Whale watching

Tour Overview

For centuries, whales have instinctively known that the Sea of Cortez is the perfect place for birthing their young… Only recently have humans caught on! After summer months feeding in the cold rich arctic water, whales.

migrate south to Mexico’s Baja California bays to mate and nurse their young. During spring, the whales start migrating north, with their calves.

whales-cir-1Cabo San Lucas is well known for magnificent whale watching opportunities. From late December to late March, groups visiting Los Cabos can have the privilege of observing up-close the migration activities of Pacific Gray and Humpback whales in a private setting.

Cabo Sailing’s private whale watching cruise departs the Los Cabos Marina towards Land’s End and Cabo’s other major points of interest. During season, whales can be found close by, with no need to sail too far offshore. If you wish, you can even combine your whale watching cruise with snorkelling, or as part of a sunset sail.

Eco Whale Watching means observing these giant mammals, while avoiding interference with their routine. Wherever possible, the engines are switched off and only the sails are utilized in order to get close and follow the whales without disturbing them. Our highly trained crew is aware of the importance of respecting sea life and nature in general. They’re happy to share knowledge about whales’ characteristics and behavior patterns.

An up close and personal encounter with these giant mammals will change your perspective about nature and the ocean. 

whales-cir-2If you’re fortunate enough to visit Los Cabos during the months of December thru March, you will have an excellent opportunity to view the largest creatures on earth. Pacific Grays and acrobatic Humpback whales visit this region to breed and give birth to their calves each winter. Cabo Sailing provides a fun and safe way to experience a close encounter with these incredible mammals, with our public three hour Snorkelling & Whale Watching cruise. Departing from the Los Cabos Marina, we head toward ‘Pelican Rock’, where you’ll be able to swim in sparkling turquoise waters, and snorkel with an eye-popping variety of colourful tropical fish. After snorkelling, we’ll hoist the sails and go looking for whales. During season, whales are abundant, close by, and there is no need to sail deep into the ocean.

Alternatively, if you’re short on time, you can choose the two hour Sunset Sail Whale watch. The cruise departs the marina toward the main points of interest in Cabo San Lucas bay. Then, we hoist the sails for whale watching till after sunset. Approaching whales under sail allows true Eco Whale Watching, with a minimum of interference with their routine. Our highly trained crew loves to share information about whales’ migration, habits and other behavior. Cabo Whale watching is not to be missed. This cruise is a MUST!

For centuries, whales have instinctively known that the Sea of Cortez is the perfect place for birthing their young… Only recently have humans caught on! After summer months feeding in the cold rich arctic water, whales.

migrate south to Mexico’s Baja California bays to mate and nurse their young. During spring, the whales start migrating north, with their calves.

whales-cir-1Cabo San Lucas is well known for magnificent whale watching opportunities. From late December to late March, groups visiting Los Cabos can have the privilege of observing up-close the migration activities of Pacific Gray and Humpback whales in a private setting.

Cabo Sailing’s private whale watching cruise departs the Los Cabos Marina towards Land’s End and Cabo’s other major points of interest. During season, whales can be found close by, with no need to sail too far offshore. If you wish, you can even combine your whale watching cruise with snorkelling, or as part of a sunset sail.

Eco Whale Watching means observing these giant mammals, while avoiding interference with their routine. Wherever possible, the engines are switched off and only the sails are utilized in order to get close and follow the whales without disturbing them. Our highly trained crew is aware of the importance of respecting sea life and nature in general. They’re happy to share knowledge about whales’ characteristics and behavior patterns.

An up close and personal encounter with these giant mammals will change your perspective about nature and the ocean. 

whales-cir-2If you’re fortunate enough to visit Los Cabos during the months of December thru March, you will have an excellent opportunity to view the largest creatures on earth. Pacific Grays and acrobatic Humpback whales visit this region to breed and give birth to their calves each winter. Cabo Sailing provides a fun and safe way to experience a close encounter with these incredible mammals, with our public three hour Snorkelling & Whale Watching cruise. Departing from the Los Cabos Marina, we head toward ‘Pelican Rock’, where you’ll be able to swim in sparkling turquoise waters, and snorkel with an eye-popping variety of colourful tropical fish. After snorkelling, we’ll hoist the sails and go looking for whales. During season, whales are abundant, close by, and there is no need to sail deep into the ocean.

Alternatively, if you’re short on time, you can choose the two hour Sunset Sail Whale watch. The cruise departs the marina toward the main points of interest in Cabo San Lucas bay. Then, we hoist the sails for whale watching till after sunset. Approaching whales under sail allows true Eco Whale Watching, with a minimum of interference with their routine. Our highly trained crew loves to share information about whales’ migration, habits and other behavior. Cabo Whale watching is not to be missed. This cruise is a MUST!

Boats & Rates

Morning & Mid-Day cruises are 3 hours long and include light luch, free unlimited bar, snorkel equipment, towels and free wetsuits in winter.

Sunset cruises are 2 hours long shared and 3 hours long private, includes free unlimited bar, and great snacks.

SHARED CRUISE

38' to 42' sailing yachts
Shared - Max 15 guests

Price per person $74
Child (5-12) $37
Infant (0-4) FREE
   

CHICA

30' sailing boat
Private Sailing - Max. 8 guests

1-4 $440
Adult $74
Child (5-12) $37
Infant (0-4) FREE

LIBERTY

38' sailing yacht
Private Sailing - Max. 13 guests

1-4 $550
Adult $74
Child (5-12) $37
Infant (0-4) FREE

SYNERGY / MISTRAL

42' sailing yacht
Private Sailing - Max. 15 guests

1-4 $695
Adult $74
Child (5-12) $37
Infant (0-4) FREE

FREESTYLE

42 feet sport cruiser yacht
Private Cruise - Max. 18 guests

1-4 $850
Adult $74
Child (5-12) $37
Infant (0-4) FREE

PRO

46' feet sport cruiser yacht
Private Cruise - Max. 20 guests

1-4 $1200
Adult $74
Child (5-12) $37
Infant (0-4) FREE

Tour Options

  • Morning or mid-day 3 hour private tour. Can be combined with snorkeling.
  • Morning 3 hour shared tour. Always combined with about 45 minutes of snorkeling at the Pelican’s rock.
  • Afternoon 3 hour private sunset and whale watching cruise.
  • Afternoon 2 hours shared sunset and whale watching cruise.

All cruises depart from Cabo San Lucas Marina towards the snorkelling area. All cruises visit Cabo’s famous arch, lover’s beach, the sea-lions’ colony and both sides of Baja’s coasts: Pacific and Sea of Cortes.

What´s Included?

Morning or Mid-Day / combined with snorkeling:

  • 3 hour cruise.
  • Experienced and bilingual crew.
  • Light lunch & unlimited open bar.
  • Snorkeling gear.
  • Clean towels.
  • Wet suits (winter only).

Afternoon / combined with sunset cruise:

  • 2 hour cruise (shared) / 3 hour cruise (private).
  • Experienced and bilingual crew.
  • Appetizers & unlimited open bar.
  • Optional vegeterian menu.
  • Optional snorkeling (Private cruise only).
  • Wet suits (winter only).

About Whales

Every winter we have the privilege of hosting gray and humpback whales in our warm Cabo San Lucas waters. To properly enjoy Cabo whale watching with Sailing, we have gathered some interesting facts about whales, especially about Gray and Humpback whale, which are the most frequently sighted in Cabo.

Whales are marine mammals. Like all mammals they are warm blooded, uses lungs respiratory system and feed their calves with milk produced by the mother glands.

Interesting Facts
  • All 75 species of whale are carnivores.
  • A mature whale can reach up to 50 feet in length and weigh up to 30 tons.
  • While humpbacks feed from suspended plankton, gray whales are bottom feeders. They turn to their right side and scoop the sand, filtering organic matters.
  • Both Humpback and Gray whales have two blowholes.
  • The blowhole, the whale’s nostril, makes it easy for whales to breathe in air without fully surfacing. Since they can only breathe at the surface, whales have had to develop conscious breathing.
  • The “spout” or “blow” seen is caused by exhaled air (not water). Since the exhaled air is typically warmer than the surrounding air at the water’s surface, the humid air immediately condensed into a mist, appearing as a spout of spraying water.
  • While the human body uses only 15% of oxygen inhaled, whales can use up to 90 percent of the oxygen they inhale.
  • Whales survive in sub-zero water temperatures, due to a fat layer called “blubber”, under their skin, which insulates them from their frigid environment,.
  • While spending time in Cabo San Lucas waters, humpback whales rarely feed. Instead they survive by utilizing the blubber as stored energy.
  • Whales cannot sleep fully, as they must maintain their breathing. They overcome this by allowing one-half of their brain to sleep at a time.
Where they come from?

Whales can travel thousands of miles in only a few weeks. They travel the Pacific Ocean up and down the U.S. and Canadian coastline and as far west as Hawaii, returning to the same food-rich cold water areas year after year. They migrate with the change of seasons, enjoying the warmer waters at the southern tip of Baja California during the colder months, and the abundance of food in the Arctic during the warmer months.

Whales have wide tail flanks, extended flippers and, in some species, dorsal fins. Swimming forward is done, like other marine mammals, by flexing their tails up and down. To change direction, they steer their flippers creating a side movement. Dorsal fins, if present, serve to stabilize the whale’s body as it swims

Whales songs

Gray Whales and Humpback whales can produce a wide range of sounds, which they use to communicate with each other over long distances. Whale’s songs can last as long as 30 minutes. Only males sing!! suggesting one purpose is to attract females With no vocal cords, whales generate their songs by forcing air through their nasal cavities.

Breeding

Humpback and Gray whale breeding occurs mostly during winter to early spring, near the water’s surface, and in warm waters. Pregnancy lasts up to one year. The calf is born tail first near the surface in warm and safe shallow waters. The newborn instinctively swims to the surface for its first breath; helped by its mother, using her body and flippers. Within 30 minutes after birth, the baby whale can swim. The mother and calf may stay together for a year or longer. Calves drink 100 pounds of milk each day. Humpback whales reach puberty at 4-7 years old and maturity at 15 years.

Cabo Sailing's commitment: Eco-friendly whale watching

If not conducted considerately, Whale watching can be harassment for the whales. We are committed to respecting the whales’ territorial freedom by following few basic “rules of engagement”. We will be sure to best position you for observing this living magic up close. Please, do not forget that these are wild animals swimming in their natural habitat. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Our Menu

  • Unlimited bar includes: red & white wine, margaritas, beers, rum, vodka, tequila, whiskey, juices, sodas, bottled water.
  • Morning & Mid-Day: chips, salsa & guacamole, fresh baguette sandwiches, fresh cut fruits and dessert.
  • Sunset Cruise: chips, salsa & guacamole, selection of cheeses and cold meets served with fresh bread, sushi bar and dessert.
  • Mexican option ($10 usd per person) – chips, salsa & guacamole, beef & chicken burritos, quesadillas and dessert.
  • Vegetarian options upon request.

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CONTACT US!

Toll free US 1 800 206 1669
Toll free MEX 01 800 700 8485
Direct: +52 624 143 8485  |  105 9456

Office: Plaza Nautica Local C-5
Blvd. Marina, Cabo San Lucas
Open from: 08:00 am to 18:00 pm