Gray Whales


GRAY WHALES

MEXICO

FEBRUARY TO APRIL

For the observation of this magnificent giants, we offer 2 amazing destinations: Magdalena Bay, located just a short trip from La Paz and San Ignacio Lagoon

We establish seasonal camps for the observation of whales combined with other activities such as Kayak, bird watching, hiking, and amazing opportunity to be close to nature and see up close one of the world’s most amazing mammals.

Our catered camp is situated at water’s edge with safari-style tents, cots, and solar-heated showers to make your days and nights comfortable and carefree. With delicious Mexican food and happy hour each evening, capture a lifetime of memories as you grow to love and respect the gray whales as much as we do. This trip begins with a rendezvous at the Hacienda Hotel in San Diego.

From $2,975 USD per person
  • This trip begins and ends in San Diego, California. We recommend you stay the night before and after your trip to ensure adequate time for flights from San Diego.
  • 5 days/4 nights comfortable, catered camping each night.
  • Base camp is ideally situated at water’s edge with double- occupancy, walk-in tents, cots, bedding and warm water showers.
  •  Three full days of whale watching excursions twice each day from motorized skiffs, accompanied by experienced skiff drivers and guides.
  • Optional hiking, bird watching, kayaking, beachcombing, and star gazing.
  •  Level of difficulty: Easy
  • Maximum no. of participants: 24

Every year Gray Whales arrive in Baja California Sur, after traveling for 6250 miles from the Arctic to mate in the lagoons of the Pacific Ocean.

A flight delivers you to the lagoon of San Ignacio, a remote and pristine desert world—the perfect place from which to observe the gray whales in their winter breeding grounds. In between whale watching excursions, you can kayak through the labyrinth mangrove estuaries to bird watch in this natural aviary, or comb the peaceful shoreline to discover remnants of the sea.

Our catered camp is situated at water’s edge with safari-style tents, cots, and solar-heated showers to make your days and nights comfortable and carefree. With delicious Mexican food and happy hour each evening, capture a lifetime of memories as you grow to love and respect the gray whales as much as we do.

DAY 1: SAN DIEGO TO SAN IGNACIO LAGOON

Transfer from hotel Hacienda in San Diego, by comfortable motor coach, to one of the air fields near San Diego, having a light snack en route.

  • Our airplane will already be waiting for you, and after a quick baggage inspection, take you to the Lagoon’s landing strip. Flight time is approximately two hours, depending on weather conditions and type of aircraft used. Our guides will greet you and serve you lunch (sandwiches, fruits, beverages) on your way to the base camp. Upon arrival, an orientation to camp procedures and assignment of tents will leave you fully prepared to begin your adventure. Time to relax and explore the surroundings or comb the beach before Happy Hour beginning at 5:30 PM, followed by a delicious welcome dinner. (snack, L, D).

 

DAY 2 to 4: SAN IGNACIO LAGOON BASE CAMP             

On your first full day in camp, you will be fitted with a PFD (life jacket) and water- proof wading boots that you’ll use while in camp. After a short safety briefing, it’s finally time for your first exciting excursion to see the gray whales! Each excursion starts with a short, 10-minute skiff ride into the whale-viewing area of the Lagoon, where we can observe the gray whales spy hopping, breaching, and nurturing their young. Each skiff is accompanied by an experienced guide and skiff driver, who can point out the many whale behaviors. After approximately two hours of whale watching, we return to our camp where you have the opportunity to take a warm, solar-heated shower.

  • Enjoy lunch; then it’s time for a short walk along the beach or a kayaking excursion, or just some relaxing with a book from our camp library. We’ll try to spot more gray whales and their calves in the Lagoon during our early afternoon excursion. After our return, there will be another opportunity to take a warm water shower or relax before our daily happy hour, which begins at 5:30 PM each day. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served, along with tantalizing appetizers, as you watch a breathtaking sunset over the Lagoon.
  • Dinner is buffet-style, and often includes fresh fish and home-made tortillas. After dinner, one of our experienced guides will present a natural history talk to help you learn more about the Baja peninsula, it’s local people, and the marine wildlife of the Lagoon. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to star-gaze while you are here. On your last evening, join our Mexican Fiesta farewell dinner, where you can dance to Baja folk songs played by local musicians as you create another fond memory. (B/L/D daily)

DAY 5: SAN IGNACIO LAGOON TO SAN DIEGO

After breakfast, we pack and say our last goodbyes to San Ignacio Lagoon. In mid- morning, our Baja Expeditions bus will transfer you to the landing strip where you will board the airplane to return to the U.S. Once we land, our chartered bus will be waiting to deliver us back to the hotel. The arrival at your Hotel in San Diego is planned for the early evening. We recommend that you schedule your return flight for the following morning in the case of any delay. (B/L)

This is a general itinerary and is subject to change. Hotel nights in San Diego before the trip and on the evening of Day 5 are not included in the trip fee. 

SCHEDULE 2017 

  • Feb. 3-7/17,  Feb. 7-11/7,  Feb. 11-15/17,  Feb. 15-19/17,  Feb. 19-23/17,  Feb. 23-27/17,  Feb. 27-Mar. 03/17
  • Mar. 3-7/17,  Mar. 7-11/17,  Mar. 11-15/17,  Mar. 15-19/17,  Mar. 19-23/17,  Mar. 23-27/17,  Mar. 27-31/17

RATES 2017 

  • Double walk-in tent $2,975 USD per person
  • Single supplement is $300 USD per person (net rate).

* Max. 7 Divers per in-water group with 1 Divemaster

What is Included:

  • Ground transfer from your hotel in San Diego to airfield on day 1 and return on day 5
  • Air transportation to San Ignacio camp on day 1 and return on day 5.
  • Comfortable, catered camping on nights 1 to 5; Walk-in tent and cot; sleep kit (sleeping pad, sleeping bag, liner, and pillow).
  • Snack/L/D on day 1, B/L/D on Days 2 to 4 and B/L on Day 5.
  • 2 whale watching expeditions on days 2 to 4; kayaks available in camp.
  • Services of knowledgeable guides and caring crew members.
  • Detailed pre-departure information to help you plan your trip.

What is not Included: 

  • Price does not include the conservation fee @ $25pp. (Laguna San Ignacio is part of the Biosphere Reserve Vizcaino Desert, NPA, which require a passport for stay more than 3 days in the NPA.)

A non-refundable 20% deposit is required to reserve space in the camp. Final balance is due at 60 days prior to departure date.

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