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Whale Watching in Los Cabos

Each winter, California gray whales make the astonishing 8,000 mile trek from the Bering Sea in Alaska to the warm lagoons of Baja California Sur. From late January through March, these gentle giants occupy the coves and inlets of the region. Also migrating to the Sea of Cortez during this time of year are majestic humpack whales, also coming to the sheltered waters to mate and give birth. The whales journey south to Los Cabos and into the Sea of Cortez, where they will birth their calves and feast on the abundant food sources of the nutrient-rich Sea of Cortez.

To best observe these beautiful marine mammals, we suggest one of the whale-watching tours that depart daily from the Cabo San Lucas Marina.

"Thar She Blows"

Your first indication of a whale's presence may be its spout or "blow" rising into the air above the water. The spout may be visible for miles on calm days, and a loud "whoosh" of exhalation may be heard up to 1/2 mile away. The spout consists mostly of condensation created as the whale's warm humid breath cools in the sea air, along with sea water blown into the air as the whale begins its exhalation just below the surface. Look for 3-5 blows as a rule, 30-50 seconds apart before the whale dives again. As a rule of thumb, a gray whale will blow once for each minute it has spent on its dive. Use your stopwatch to time these blows and predict when the whale is due to blow again.

View photos of humpback whales in Los Cabos

Whale Watching Tours

Rissalena Motorboat Cruises The Rissalena is a custom-designed, 37-foot power catamaran offering sightseeing, snorkeling, and sunset tours. Whatever cruise you choose, your comfort, pleasure and safety are the crew's top priority. Enjoy an unforgettable time on the sparkling waters of Los Cabos as you soak up the sunshine and take in the incredible views aboard this wonderful vessel.
Tropicat Cruises Come and experience Cabo's newest and most luxurious super cat, Tropicat. At 65 feet, this catamaran is truly in a class all its own. Whether you plan on spending the day snorkeling in the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez, looking for whales or sailing into a gorgeous Cabo sunset, Tropicat is sure to deliver the experience of a lifetime. The Jazz & Wine Sunset Cruise is an unforgettable experience at sea.
Buccaneer Queen Tall Ship Cruises The Buccaneer Queen, a famous 96-foot tall ship that has appeared in movies and TV commercials, sails the waters around Cabo San Lucas in epic style. The authentic Buccaneer Queen offers snorkeling tours, sunset cruises, private charters and whale watching trips (Jan-March). You can enjoy the thrill of a pirate show aboard this breathtaking ship as you cruise along the stunning coastline of Los Cabos.
Pez Gato Catamaran Cruises Hop aboard the Pez Gato, Cabo's premier catamaran tour. With over 20 years of fun in Los Cabos, Pez Gato offers a range of tours including snorkeling, sunset sailing, and whale watching excursions. Private charters are available. Enjoy a breathtaking sunset, get up close with Cabo's spectacular sea life, or just sip a cool drink on the deck of a beautiful catamaran as you take in the spectacular sights of the coastline.
Caborey Cruiser It's difficult to express just how delightful it is to motor along the fabulous Baja coastline, cool cocktail in hand, upon the decks of an elegant vessel. But don't take our word for it—take the Caborey dinner cruiser and enjoy an elegant dinner and a cruise around Cabo San Lucas Bay aboard the largest catamaran (144 feet) in the Los Cabos area. This 3-level vessel is an unforgettable way to cruise in comfort, accompanied by friendly and attentive staff for a wonderful sunset dinner tour.
Cabo Mar Catamaran Tour Put on your dancing shoes and head out on this great catamaran tour in Cabo! Cabo Mar was built in 2005 and is a 65 foot, double-decker super power catamaran comfortably holding up to 150 passengers. Cruise to Land's End to see the spectacular soaring stone arch that has made Cabo famous. The "Cabo Mar" and its Latin rhythms will have you swaying to the beat, cool cocktail in hand as the sun goes down and the evening stars begin to twinkle above Cabo San Lucas Bay.
Cabo Expeditions - Sea Tours Exciting tours led by the professional team of Cabo Expeditions offer a perfect mix of fun, learning, challenge and safety on the awe-inspiring waters of Los Cabos. Tours include whale watching, Sea of Cortez island expeditions, swimming with whale sharks, scuba and more. With a focus on fun and education, these are some of the leading and best-loved eco-tours in all of Los Cabos. Cabo Expeditions has been recognized for their commitment to conservation efforts and their excellent customer service.
La Isla Enjoy an unforgettable private sunset cruise or snorkeling trip aboard one of these unique custom vessels that will take you to some of Cabo's most popular spots on the water. La Isla is a custom 40-ft custom catamaran that feels like a stylish beach club at sea! This vessel includes stylish lounge furniture, a full kitchen, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen, ice coolers, TV, water sports gear and more! The smaller 30-foot La Islita is also excellently equipped.
Cabo Adventures - Sea Tours Offering exciting power snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving and whale watching tours in Los Cabos, Cabo Adventures is one of the area's most popular activity providers. Hop aboard for an unforgettable day experiencing the amazing sea life and scenery of the Sea of Cortez accompanied by friendly and informative guides. Cabo Adventures also offers classic sailing experiences for day or sunset cruises. To really get the adrenaline going, try the one-of-a-kind flyboard.
Cabo Sails With over 14 years of experience, the team of Cabo Sails will provide you an experience to remember aboard their classic sailing vessels. Cruise to Land's End, to see the iconic rock formations and arch of Cabo San Lucas. Head on a snorkel cruise or hop aboard for a wonderful sunset sail. You'll enjoy beverages and food to complement the stunning views of the Cabo shoreline and seas.
Cabo Adventures Tours Cabo Adventures is Cabo’s premier tour and activity operator. They offer a wide selection of adventure-based tours and excursions with things to do for people of all ages – from swimming with dolphins to zip lines, snorkeling to whale watching, riding camels to scuba diving and more. Their friendly and professional team will ensure a fun-filled experience and an unforgettable way to experience the magic of Los Cabos.
Cabo Escape Tours A 70-foot power catamaran, the Cabo Escape is the perfect vessel to experience all the best of Los Cabos, including unforgettable whale watching, snorkeling trips, sunset dancing and dinner cruises - and even a "floating disco" cruise. Spacious and comfortable, this well-equipped ship offers great service, delicious food and plenty of fun. The upper deck is equipped with an open-air bar/lounge area with plenty of dance space.
Cabo Legend A 100’ twin masted brig wooden sailing ship, the spectacular Cabo Legend sails the high seas around Los Cabos in unforgettable style with pirate-themed cruises! A mighty ship with plenty of deck space to eat, drink and be merry. Gather on the deck with friends and family, with lots of space to keep watch for pirates and enjoy the fresh salt air and warm sunshine.
The Love Shack Cruises "The Love Shack" is a 72-foot Bluewater multifunctional yacht. Love Shack Cruises is proud to take you on a journey to the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, taking private charter cruises to a whole new level. With a comprehensive list of activities, an upscale venue, and a professional and experienced staff, we will make your next cruise the highlight of your visit, on the most affordable, family oriented, luxury yacht in Cabo San Lucas.
Wild Canyon Adventures - Sea Tours The Pursuit of Cortez is a new unique sailing trip in Cabo. With the exclusivity of Puerto Los Cabos, it is the only sailing tour departing from this marina in San José del Cabo. This sailing trip takes you on an entirely new and different voyage to the lovely and pristine Palmilla Cove. Along the way, there are magnificent opportunities to enjoy snorkeling, stand up paddle boards and many other fun things. During the right time of the year, the conditions are perfect for those who want to experience whale watching.
Cabo Expeditions Tours Cabo Expeditions is one of the leading eco-tour companies in Los Cabos, Mexico, offering exciting adventures on land and sea.
Sun Cat Catamaran Available for whale watching, snorkel tours and sunset cruises, the beautiful 40-foot Sun Cat is a spectacular catamaran that’s the perfect vessel for enjoying the magnificent sights of the the Los Cabos coastline.
Wild Canyon Adventures - Sea & Land Tours Wild Canyon Adventures offers a range of fun-filled tours and activities to make your time in Los Cabos unforgettable! Enjoy sailing, zip-lining, bungee jumps, camel rides and more with the expert team of Wild Canyon dedicated to providing a safe and fun experience.

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