Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo
Updated: Jul 7, 2021
My husband and I recently took a short trip to the gorgeous Los Cabos, Mexico. It was our first time visiting the area, and we completely fell in love with the destination. From the wild horses running around the airport to the wildlife in the ocean, Los Cabos has so much to explore and experience.
Los Cabos is where the ocean meets the desert, and the landscape is nothing short of spectacular. It is where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. It is where you can meet humpback whales, whale sharks, horses, and camels!
We took a luxury whale watching excursion one afternoon. I carefully researched times of day that whales are most active and what I found is that time has nothing to do with activity level. (This was confirmed by our amazing tour guide). Choose the time of day that you want to be out and make your plans. We went out about 3 p.m. in the afternoon because I knew it would provide us with a gorgeous sunset to view the arches at as well as the opportunity to see whales. We arrived and got settled with our small group of people traveling. We then walked over to the marina, and boarded the gorgeous luxury catamaran.
Our guide was nothing short of amazing. He was very informed and informative in a fun and playful way. There was a professional photographer onboard to take pictures so that you can relax and enjoy the experience. We rode out for about an hour before we had our first wildlife encounter (which happened to be a very large sea turtle!). A short while later we saw our first water spout and the hunt was on!
We saw two very inactive whales just swimming along, who got a bit frightened after about 20 minutes later and we were able to spot tails as they headed deeper. Then as we headed out a bit farther, we were surprised with two whales who came alongside the boat. And off in the distance at 12:00 (this is how we informed others to location) we saw a whale breaching. And we went out and watched that whale rolling and tail slapping for at least 20 to 25 minutes. It was amazing. Then we had dinner on the ship and headed back to the marina. On our way in, we ended up spotting about eight more whales!
Our guide told us about how we could take our whale tail photos and find our whales, see where they travel to and from (they usually travel from Alaska down to Cabo for the breeding and birthing season). Each whale tail is as unique as a fingerprint, so you can use that tail to identify the whale. A website has the whale tails, you find yours, and officially meet the whales you got to see!
It was an absolutely amazing experience that every wildlife lover should have! When you're ready to head to Cabo and watch the whales as they migrate back to breed and birth babies, I'd love to help you plan your trip!