Baja whale watching holiday in Mexico

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26 Feb 2017
€ 2999
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Responsible tourism: Baja whale watching holiday in Mexico

Environment

Environment
Adhering strictly to the Mexican or National park regulations, we only do respectful Whale Watching with small groups and have set our own standards for ecological whale watching even higher than legally obliged to. The skippers are specialized and educated in whale watching and to avoid stress for the mammals, we behave like guests on the ocean. The animals decide if they want close contact to the boat. We only choose small boat, carrying a maximum of 10 passengers and always are a guide, naturalist or we ourselves on board.

All tours (boat and island) are guided personally by our team providing our guests with interesting and useful information.

We provide plenty of information about cetaceans. Our guide is giving talks on lectures on the different whale species we meet and cetaceans in general.

We only book guests for at least 14 nights on destinations with more than 3500 km distance so that the long flight is related to the duration of the different journeys we offer.

The amount for the Gray whale camp serves completely the local community – as we anyway when possible support only companies of the local communities - part of it is used for the protection of the whales in San Ignacio Lagoon.
The area is part of the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Vizca%C3%ADno_Biosphere_Reserve) which is very well managed. Also the whale watching which takes place is regulated and managed in a sustainable way and serves as a Best-Practice example how whale watching can serve and support the local community.
We also give a donation for the local Mangrove project. Our guests are also welcome to donate any amount of their choice.
Our local partner is certified with the Green Globe (since 2007) and is part of the federation for sustainable: Alianza para el turismo sostenible en sitios de Patrimonio Mundial.
The Eco-Lodge and camping facilities in San Ignacio Lagoon have been certified as low environmental impact accommodation. From 2009, our partner is part of the World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism of the UN Foundation and Expedia Inc. They work as members of the community teaching kids, participating in local cooperatives, and organizing educational events.

At our headquarter in Europe we offer weekly information meetings and varying lectures as well as a permanent exhibition in our information center to share our knowledge on cetaceans and their habitat, answer questions and show that encounters of humans and cetaceans can happen with consideration and respect. We support as well the nonprofit association M.E.E.R. e.V. With these measures we enhance the knowledge and awareness of our guests towards the enchanting cetaceans and their endangered habitat and give useful tips on how to contribute to preserve these treasures!

We encourage our guests to book an additional OCEANIC Fair module which they can choose:

Since 1995 the German NGO M.E.E.R.e.V. in co-operation with us is researching the marine mammals off La Gomera/Canary Islands. With your taken adoption you can make sure that this research will continue. This NGO - of which everyone at our tour company is a member – is also investigating the complex problems revolving around fast ferries on the Canary Islands and worldwide. With the adoption you will receive a welcome letter with a photo of your favorite dolphin or whale species.

The NGO Pro Wildlife based in Munich provides valuable project work for the marine mammals and the sea and is consequently lobbying their conservation. The department for whales and dolphins works on topics such as whaling, the toxic loads of heavy metals in marine mammals and bycatch. Their studies contribute inter alia at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to keep the ban against international whaling.

Climate protection contribution: For people who would like regarding the environmental impacts of their air travel, a new service has been established: atmosfair. Utilizing an emissions calculator, atmosfair customers can figure out how much greenhouse gas emissions are caused by their individual flights. With your donation you enable atmosfair to run projects in developing countries where these emissions will be saved.
Community
We were awarded the official renowned CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) sustainability certification by TourCert as the first whale watching tour operator. This means that we as a company have:

- Audited our company according to sustainability standards
- Quantified and qualified our ecological and social criteria
- Issued a sustainability report and respective enhancement programs according to TourCert standards
- Committed ourselves to continuously enhance our sustainability efforts

- We regard the CSR report as a continuous process to enhance the integration of even more environmental and sustainability aspects, way beyond any legal obligations, into the everyday life of the company.
We work together with local companies, like small locally owned apartment complexes or car rental companies and encourage our guests to buy and eat out in the local shops and restaurants. The apartments employ locals. The produces they use are local as well. Our tour guide will show you the local restaurants and introduce you to the typically local food – delicious Mexican cuisine – so you will contribute to the survival of local restaurants.



For people who are concerned regarding the environmental impacts of their air travel, a new service has been established: atmosfair. Utilizing an emissions calculator, atmosfair customers can figure out how much greenhouse gas emissions are caused by their individual flights. With your donation you enable atmosfair to run projects in developing countries where these emissions will be saved.

Community

We were awarded the official renowned CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) sustainability certification by TourCert as the first whale watching tour operator. This means that we as a company have:

- Audited our company according to sustainability standards
- Quantified and qualified our ecological and social criteria
- Issued a sustainability report and respective enhancement programmes according to TourCert standards
- Committed ourselves to continuously enhance our sustainability efforts#+
- We regard the CSR report as a continuous process to enhance the integration of even more environmental and sustainability aspects, way beyond any legal obligations, into the everyday life of the company. We work together with local companies, like small locally owned apartment complexes or car rental companies and encourage our guests to buy and eat out in the local shops and restaurants. The apartments employ locals. The produces they use are local as well. Our tour guide will show you the local restaurants and introduce you to the typically local food – delicious local cuisine – so you will contribute to the survival of local restaurants and get to know the local way of life at the same time.

Reviews of Baja whale watching holiday in Mexico

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Stroking the Grey Whales

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Try limiting luggage and take an assortment of clothes for hot/cold /wet weather

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, very much so

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was an interesting holiday and the people on the trip were very amenable. However, I didn't know that by booking a trip on your website I would only be accompanied by German speaking people. I should have been informed of this by the Organiser that I was the only English person booking. I speak very little German and if my roommate hadn't spoke some English I would have
been isolated. The Organiser did try and translate but I could not join in with any of the laughter, discussions or general chitchat.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Margret for your feedback. We are happy to read from you.

I just would like to mention that I send you an email before the trip started with the general information that this time you would be the only English speaking person on this tour.
You never know how it goes with the bookings. On other tours we had more English native speakers than German once.
I think everybody did their best to include you in the group – and true not everybody spoke fluently English – and the whales do not care about language we just were blessed with wonderful sightings and weather. It was great to have to with us. All the best

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Spending time with the grey whales in San Ignacia - staying eco-lodges by the edge of the water with lovely group meals and days spent watching and luckily, able to touch the nose of a grey whale calf when 'he' and his mother came to see us in our boat!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Nothing major to advise but be prepared for some long journeys on rough roads and tracks, Baja looks deceptively small!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I was pleased that as much as possible we were careful about the trips we were on in terms of environmental responsibility. We had good safe local drivers,both of boats and vans and they seemed to have established relationships with the group leaders. Accomodation was of a good standard without being grand and the food well prepared.I felt we were well supported by local people and I hope they feel our visit benefits them!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good overall, wonderful experiences with the highlights of the grey whales and whale sharks.

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