humpback whale cabo san lucas

Cabo San Lucas whale watching tours

  • Whale watching in Cabo
  • December 15 – April 15th

Every year from December 15 to April 15 Los Cabos witnesses the incredible migration of humpback whales from Alaska and Canada. These beautiful animals arrive in warmer climes to engage in mating behaviour and to birth their young. Take a two and a half hour tour on a fast, comfortable panga (or upgrade to a luxury boat?) out into the Sea of Cortez and find families of humpbacks breaching, jumping and slapping at the surface. Occasionally grey whales, orcas and blue whales are spotted.

There will be drinks and snacks for the duration. You can choose an early morning tour, late morning or afternoon tour.


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Tour Outlines

You might be wondering what goes on on your whale watching tour? How do we find the whales and what can you expect to see? Not long after the sun comes up, Humpback whales start to play!


What's inclued

  • Private guide
  • Private boat
  • Water and Snacks

Schedule

Every day

Deparature

From Cabo San Lucas Marina

Duration

2 and a half hour

Price & Booking

Whale watching in Cabo

Price in USD | 5% Cash Discount

Private Boat

$ 650 price per boat

1- 8 people

Cancelattion policy & Cash Payement discount

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Whale Watching Reviews

Tripadvisorreviews

Whale Watching

Mireya and the capitan were absolutely amazing!!! Best experience of ever ! We enjoyed every moment. Every time they saw a whale siting they would go over and beyond to make sure we saw and took great pictures! They are very educated…

By janelle S on TripAdvisor

Amazinggg

Great experience we encounter whales, dolphins, turtles and the service was phenomenal highly recommended!

By alexschmidtm on TripAdvisor

Fantastic service and knowledge

From the ease of booking and flexibility to the great guide, they were great. Very knowledgable about the region and they seem to have a good network of guides and resources to tailor a trip exactly how you want it. When I…

By Demian R on TripAdvisor

Whale watching and snorkel private tour

Laura was very easy to work with and her tour guides made the whale watching memorable. They let us adjust to how much whale watching vs sborkeling we wanted to do. Excellent views.of whales interacting and jumping.

By Monica F on TripAdvisor

Amazing time, wonderful company, and fantastic guides!

Laura and her company, Cabo Private Guide, were highly recommended on the Pueblo Buento Owners Group. I called several other companies, and chose Laura's because of her great communication, prices, and custom trip for my group. She was wonderful about explaining where…

By Alissa on TripAdvisor

Thoughtful + Professional + Reasonable

My family and I went on a Whale Watching and Snorkeling combo tour in Early Feb 2020. The trip itself was very enjoyable. The crew members(both our guid and captain) are kind, adventurous and stay being on top of everything. A few…

By Hailey B on TripAdvisor

Humpback Whale Behaviours

Humpback Whale can be spotted as they come up to breathe and their breath disperses water from their blowhole. When it’s time to dive deep their tail, ‘or fluke’ , is easily seen. If you’re lucky enough to see the underside then you are seeing their ‘fingerprint’. This pattern is how citizen science organisations such as www.happywhale.com identify individuals.

The most exciting behaviours are breaching, fin slapping and head slapping! Breaching is when whales launch themselves out of the water. Why do they do this? There are a number of theories: the first is because they like to attract attention by making a loud noise, either to warn off competition or gain attention.

We see mother and baby doing it too, so the mother is thought to be playing and teaching her offspring!

Why do the humpback whales come down to Cabo?

What makes this place so popular with the whales? Well that’s easy!

Los Cabos is on the tip of the peninsular; at the gateway to the Sea of Cortez which is known to be one of the most biodiverse seas on the planet. Not only this, but the whales treat the Cortez like an ocean nursery away from the vast and open Pacific Ocean.

Baja California waters are better suited to newborns and when it’s time to mate and give birth they travel south for the warmth and protection that it provides. The feeding grounds in Alaska and Northern Canada are very cold and the baby must be nursed to strength on the journey home.

The mother will not feed during this time. During the whale watching season, which runs December 15 – April 15, you are likely to see many young whale playing on the surface with their mother as she teaches them how to breach, fluke and head slap: behaviours necessary for attracting a mate when they grow into adolescence.


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