Baja whale watching holiday in Mexico

“An incredible 13 day small group whale watching trip to the marine rich waters off the coast of Baja California, with expert guides and beachside lodgings included.”


Track grey whales, humpback whales, finback whales and blue whales | Stay in small waterside ecolodges and camps | Optional yoga, kayaking and mountain biking

Description of Baja whale watching holiday in Mexico

This Baja whale watching holiday in Mexico takes you to the lively waters of the Sea of Cortez off Mexico's Baja Peninsula, an area which has close to legendary status amongst divers and marine biologists. During your time here you’ll be helping to track the ocean’s Big Four, travelling overland to various bays where the biggest whales on earth - grey whales, humpback whales, finback whales and blue whales – congregate after a more than 3000 mile journey from Arctic waters. While out on the ocean, in small Mexican boats called pangas, you’re also bound to come across plenty of other marine mammals, including orcas, sperm whales, pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins and sea lions. Particularly special are the encounters with grey whales in San Ignacio bay - these 15m long animals frequently come very close to the boats.

The bay of Baja California, where the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Cortez and the Mexican desert meet is an incredibly beautiful and relaxed place where the land meets the sea. Head inland and you’ll find twisted volcanic and desert landscapes, with unique flora and fauna including the famous Cardon cacti, which can grow up to 20 meters high, as well as different birds of prey such as vultures, hawks and eagles that are unique to Baja.

You’ll also have the opportunity to relax on pristine white beaches, swim in clear turquoise waters, kayak along local mangroves and explore your surroundings by mountain bike, as well as enjoy yoga sessions from the terrace of your accommodation.

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Baja whale watching holiday in Mexico

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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 ( 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, for example:

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.


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.

2 Reviews of Baja whale watching holiday in Mexico

4 out of 5 stars

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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