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Humpback Whale Watching In Cabo San Lucas
This is a whale watching excursion in Cabo San Lucas, we give you the option to choose between two different kind of boats
Big boat: More people, it's less money you pay $50 USD per person
Small boat: More adventurous, but it's more expensive $75 USD per person
Either option we have the best price on the market
It really depends on your expectations about this excursion and of course on your budget, then you can choose the kind of boat that would fill your needs and expectations, send us a message so we can explain to you the differences between each boat.
Are you interested? Well, the above information is for people who are quoting prices quickly, however, below we will give more detailed information about the excursion, please keep reading.
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This tour is available only during the winter season, from December 15 to April 15. And it depends on the number of whales that are in Los Cabos at that time, so we ask you to send an email or message before, to request the current status.
The Cabo San Lucas Arch
Our first stop will be the iconic symbol of Los Cabos, the world-famous arch.
The arch is also called Finisterra or Lands’ End. It is the most distinctive rock formation in Los Cabos, it’s located in the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.
This whole area has a special magic, and believe me, seeing it in photos is not the same as seeing it with your own eyes. It’s a mandatory stopping place for all marine excursions that depart from the Cabo San Lucas marina.
We will have time for our guests to take as many pictures as they would like.
Whales have always sparked many stories and tales in humans since the beginning of time, such as the whale that swallowed Jonah in the bible and in the Moby Dick novel. They are impressive and interesting creatures.
Witness one of the longest journeys of one of the mammals, (yes, believe it or not they are mammals fully suited to aquatic life) the largest on earth.
Humpback whales migrate more than 18,000 kilometers from Alaska / Canada waters, seeking to get away from the intense cold of those places, they begin a very dangerous migration, roughly looking to perpetuate the species for another year.
They come to the Mexican coasts such as the waters of Baja California Sur, wanting to reproduce and have their babies.
The hatchlings are born in Mexico and the whales need to stay in these waters long enough for the babies to feed on their own so they can survive the dangerous journey back north.
In Mexico we protect the whales, we have never hunted them and we were one of the first countries in the world to create a protected natural area, the whales are at peace at this place called Ojo de Liebre
Whales can hold their breath for 15-30 minutes, so we will wait until a whale comes to the surface to breathe again. You have to be patient in the meantime, until they show up again. If there is any other whale around, we will get close to the other one.
However, there are some things to consider in order to cause less impact on the whale’s behavior.
- You have to observe the whales from an acceptable distance, try not make them feel uncomfortable
- There can be no more than 4 boats per whale
- You can't make sudden speed changes or go faster than whales
- If the whales avoid you, change their direction, their breathing rhythm or change their activity, do not approach and move away slowly.
- The correct way to approach a whale is from the back, never from the front or surrounding them, as this can be threatening to them.
- Swimming, snorkeling, diving, parasailing or kayaking are prohibited in the areas where the whales are, it can be dangerous and affect the natural behavior of these animals
All these decisions are made by the captain of the boat who is responsible for the group and who has specialized courses by the corresponding authority.
Humpback whales remain endangered - there are no more than 10,000 individuals worldwide, so we have to take care of them.
If we are lucky, we can observe humpback whales, gray whales, etc. The humpback whales are famous for their songs.
The Sea of Cortez is rich in marine life, it is one of the preferred destinations for sport fishing, its waters are rich in nutrients, and contain countless marine species.
There are many possibilities, apart from the whales to see, such as.
- Sea lions
- Manta rays
We are a responsible company
As you can tell by having read this information, we are a responsible company and we take seriously the conservation of our ecosystems and respect for nature.
We follow all the whale watching recommendations of the competent authorities, in addition to having all the training and security measures so you can feel safe, and that you are in good hands
We have all whale watching options available, from small zodiac boats that are more maneuverable so we can get closer to whales all include personalized expert guidance up to big boats, with more services (such as bathrooms) that makes them more comfortable.
Send an email or message, I am sure we have something that meets your expectations.
The tour lasts approximately 2 hours to 2 and a half hours.
Please understand that when we see whales and dolphins in their natural environment, we are invited to their home, and therefore we must follow a strict set of observation guidelines to respect their natural life processes. Yes, whales sometimes get close because of their inquisitive behavior, but we are dealing with wild animals, so we cannot guarantee behaviors, only that we will be able to enjoy the beauty that whales and dolphins choose to share with us.
Apart from the whale watching excursion, we have other equally interesting excursions, and let me tell you that, on all water excursions, if we see whales, we will take a few minutes to observe them, although it is not the main objective of the excursion.
We have options like:
- Cabo Sunset Cruise
- Cabo Booze Cruise
- Cabo San Lucas Snorkeling
- Pirate Ship Cabo San Lucas
- Excursions in Cabo San Lucas
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As explained above, the price is based on the kind of boat you want to go on, basically two typesBig Boat:
It has all services such as bathrooms, including breakfast and even an open bar
- Pros: They are more spacious, comfortable and more stable, especially if the sea is rough. Being a bigger group, the price is cheaper
- Cons: it's not a fast boat, the whales are not too close, and perhaps the objective of the excursion is lost due to other things to do on the boat
- Adults Price (+12 years): $50 USD or $900 mexican pesos $46 euros per adult person
- Price for Children (6-11 years old): $25 USD or $450 mexican pesos or $23 euros per child
They are fast boats, but do not have all the services
- Pros: They are faster and agile to move from whale to whale, but being a smaller group, the price is more expensive
- Cons: There are no toilets on board, if the sea is choppy it is possible water will splash you, the boat may have shade or not. Very young children are not allowed.
- Adult price (+12 Years): $75 USD or $1425 mexican pesos $69 Euros per adult person
- Children price (Check age restrictions): Small children are not allowed, it varies from operator to operator, please send an email with the children's ages, height and weight.
So, price depends on what your needs are, the best time of the year to do this activity is January, February and March. Please send an email to check boat photos and more detailed information
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These promotions are valid until December 30, 2020.
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- This promotion is only for small boat reservations
- Only on selected excursions with the 3X2 Promotion TAB
- The one of equal or lesser value will be FREE!
- The 3x2 promotion is valid when booking three different tours for the same participant(s), in one transaction
- It has to be the same persons on the 3 excursions
- No change on dates are allowed
- No refunds are allowed
- Reservations with promotions require reservations at least 7 days in advance
- Promotion valid until December 30, 2020
- This promotion does not apply or cannot be combined with another promotion, offer or package
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Meeting place is always in the Cabo San Lucas marina, usually whale watching is early in the morning between approximately 08:00 to 09:00 am. Although if it’s a small boat there may be later departures
When you make the reservation, you will be sent detailed information about the meeting place, the access door in the marina, as well as contact telephone numbers, etc.
In some cases, we may have pickup service, please send an email for more information
Please send an email, it depends on the type of boat and package. They all include
- Access to the boat and crew that will take care of you
In the same way, we cannot give you this information in advance as it depends on whether you choose a small boat or a large boat, if you are interested send a message and we will send you a detailed explanation of what is included and what is not, as well as suggestions and recommendations.
What To Bring
This list is the most common things that our guests should bring based on our experience. However, it is not intended to be a complete list, as this varies from person to person, these are only recommendations to make you feel more comfortable
- Alcoholic beverages can only be provided to ages 18+
- Sunglasses, cap, sunhats before the sunsets
- Cellular phone or camera
- Cash (for tips)
- During the winter we suggest a sweater winds can be chilly
- Sunscreen or sunblock
- Comfortable shoes
- Comfortable and fresh clothes
- Backpack or bag to store your belongings
We accept the most common forms of payment, it’s important to book in advance, in small boats space is limited.
- Bank deposit
- Bank transfers
- Payment by credit card (5% for bank fees)
Frequently asked questions
1.- Do you come to my hotel to pick me up?
Yes, as long as the hotel is within our pre-established routes, keep in mind that this service probably has an extra cost
2.- I am in an AIRBNB. Can you come pick me up?
Unfortunately if you are not in a hotel, it is very difficult for us, however, we can establish a nearby meeting place where we can meet.
3.- I want you to pick me up at a specific time, is it possible?
Unfortunately no, we have schedule pickup times
4.- At what time would they stop by us?
Depending on your hotel location, when you make formal reservation, you will be sent a confirmation receipt of services with all detailed information such as estimated pick up time, we ask you to be ready 5 minutes before you pickup time
5.- How do I recognize who will pick me up?
When your service confirmation receipt is sent, all of the detailed information will be sent to you, but it is easy, we will call out names to locate you.
6.- In which vehicle would you pick me up?
Usually in Toyota Hiace trucks or sprinters, but may vary depending on the availability of the vehicles.
7.- I am late. Can you wait for me?
Sometimes we can wait about 5 minutes. Remember we have other pickups and often people already aboard who will be upset waiting longer that the promised time, we strongly ask you to be on time at the meeting place, otherwise you will have to get to the marina on your own
8.- I'm already at the meeting place, but I don't see anyone, what should I do?
Immediately call the contact number that will be printed on your service confirmation receipt, they will inform you where the van is or if there is any delay.
1.- Because of the rush, I couldn't print the service confirmation receipt. What happens?
Nothing happens, you can show it on your cell phone screen or request a receipt directly to your WhatsApp or even just with your name and your confirmation number that will be on your service confirmation receipt
2.- Can I show my receipt on my cell phone?
Yes. In fact, it is the most recommended, please do not waste sheets as much as possible, we are in the 21st century, right?
3.- How should I be dressed?
Comfortable clothes, a small coat if it is winter
4.- Do you have any place to store my things?
Unfortunately no, it is advisable to bring only what is necessary and a bag to store your personal belongings
5.- Which days are the least people listed on the excursion?
Usually the beginning of the week, however, in holiday season, there is a good flow of visitors, it can vary
1.- What is included if I reserve the Humpback whale watching in Cabo San Lucas?
- Round transportation * If you select the option *
- Bilingual guide
- Access to the boat and crew members
2.- Does it include life jackets and lockers?
There are life jackets as part of the boat's emergency system, however, it is not necessary to wear them all the time. Unfortunately, we do not have lockers available
3.- We have an open bar, all we want to drink
It depends if it is a large or small boat, please send an email
4.- How long does the excursion last?
Usually 2 hours.
1.- Can I pay by credit card?
Yes, however, please be aware there may be extra bank fees charges, so we prefer cash
2.- can i pay in cash when you come to get me
Yes. We have that option, however, you have to demonstrate to our online operators it is a serious reservation, to avoid wasting resources on fetching them and not showing up.
3.- Do you have any credit card interest-free month promotion?
Unfortunately, no. However we have great prices and good promotions when in big groups.
4.- What is the adult price?
$50 USD per person, over 11 years old would be considered adults. Note: This price is in a large boat
5.- How much do the children pay?
$25 USD each child, children from 6-11 years are considered for this price, children under 6 are totally free. Note: This price is in a large boat
5.- You have special prices? Let's say for older adults, locals, people with different abilities, travel agents
Yes, we have a 10% discount, in the comments field it is necessary to mention it and ask for the special price for them.
6.- Do you have any promotion available?
Sure, if you are more than 7 people, we have a 10% discount
1.- How can I make the reservation?
We make it easy for you, we have this website, it can also be by WhatsApp, email or phone call
2.- How do I know that the reservation is already made?
If a service confirmation receipt was sent to you, with your confirmation number the reservation is already formalized, but if any questions please send an email
3.- What hours do you have for customer service?
We are available 24 hours a day, however, the hours we guarantee the service are
- Monday to Friday 07:00 am – 10:00 pm hora local
- Saturday & Sunday 07:00 am – 08:00 pm hora local
4.- How far in advance can I make my reservation?
The reservation framework where we can guarantee you the same price, is from 1 month to 1 night before the excursion
5.- Can I pass my reservation to another person?
Yes, as long as you notify us and give us the other person's information
6.- Can I change my reservation date?
Yes, as long as you notify us as soon as possible, at least 2 hours before so those spaces can be occupied by another client.
7.- I don't feel good, Can i cancel the excursion?
Yes, of course we are aware that sometimes things do not go as planned, just let us know as soon as possible
8.- What are the cancellation and refund policies?
Usually the following criteria, but may vary, please send an email
- 100% refund within 24 hours
- No Show, No Refund
9.- Can I cancel or change the date of my visit?
Yes, just let us know as soon as possible, to make the necessary adjustments
10.- How far in advance can I make my reservation?
We recommend no more than 1 month in advance and at least one night before the excursion
In our effort to guarantee the integrity of all excursions we have certain restrictions
- This excursion is focused only on whale watching, you cannot snorkel
- It is important to be on time at the meeting place, be respectful of other guests, remember it is a shared excursion
- The use of life jackets is mandatory, remember we are responsible for your safety.
- If you are under 18 you must be accompanied by an adult.
- You cannot drink alcoholic beverages if you are under 18, ID will be requested
- Cannot board with obvious effects of alcohol or drugs.
- Must have the ability to climb small ramps, steps, and walk short distances
- Be physically and emotionally healthy.
- We can stop serving alcoholic beverages for your safety and others around you.
- Have a feeling of tolerance and respect for other people
- All of the above
- The boat will move so it is not recommended for people with recent back or neck surgeries
- Not recommended for pregnant women
- Not recommended for young children
- Not recommended for people with limited mobility
- Being able to get on the boat with minimal help
- A sense of adventure and a smile
It is important that, if for any reason you are unable to attend the excursion, notify us as soon as possible to avoid any penalty. Each case is analyzed separately, as we take into account circumstances beyond your control. Please send an email for more information, as it varies from supplier to supplier
- 24 hour cancellations without penalty
- No Show No refund
"We took the tour after doing some research and wanting one which felt more authentic. Our experience was good - the boat wasn’t too crowded and we saw whales. It was nice to see lands end, the beaches and we were lucky enough to see sea lions too. Thanks for an enjoyable afternoon"
"If your goal is to actually experience (and learn about) whales, small boat is the perfect choice! Our guide was so knowledgeable, teaching us about whale behaviors and answering all of our questions. It’s a small boat, so we were able to maneuver much closer to the whales than I’d ever been. We learned so much and had an amazing time! This is a MUST-DO experience for your bucket list!"
"This excursion is fantastic.It was the first day of the whale watching season. Mari was great, Excited energetic and very well informed about the wales. We were treated to upward of 40 or more breaches. So many we lost count. I know this is rare to see. But we had an amazing time!"
"the a marine biologist is super enthusiastic about the whales in this area and other areas of the world. She is knowledgeable and happy to share her perspectives and experiences. I would go again - maybe on a longer trip next time! Love that these guys are dedicated to the research and the science."
"My wife and I took two trips in late January and had a great time. We chose because we liked the small boat and the fact that they have a marine biologist on board. At one point on both trips they dropped a hydro-phone in the water so we could listen to the whales sing which was pretty cool. On one trip they even dropped a gopro in the water and we were able to watch one of the whales that swam next to our boat when the trip was over."
"Staff were responsive and knowledgeable, the boat was not crowded, the staff were very helpful (assisting my husband who is a wheelchair user into the boat and making sure he was comfortable) and it was very professionally run."
"The staff are marvelous, we felt totally safe and we were entertained by the whales, the tour went longer than we expected because of the generosity of the staff making sure we kept following the whales, until we were one of two boats left."
"The staff, the service, their love for what they do. And then the whales come...This is an experience for everyone. The marine life and surroundings are fantastic"
"Our cruise ship was late and we were able to reschedule our excursion through messenger. They were very accomadating and worked with us on a time. Turned out that this time was the best of the day. Many whales breaching. Very knowledgeable and the driver would get as close as possible. I would recommend to anyone and would not hesitate to go out with them again."
"Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas. End of January. Saw 6 whales with two up close experiences. Marine Biologists was fabulous - informative and enthusiastic. Great captain too. Well worth it! I would go again if ever in Cabo San Lucas."