Witness the greatest show on Earth!
Did you know that each winter some 5,000 to 10,000 whales migrate from their arctic feeding grounds to breed in the shallow water coves and inlets of beautiful Baja California Sur?
In this regard these leviathans of the deep are very much like the snowbirds who flock to cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo to escape frigid winter temperatures in the U.S. and Canada. The only real difference – aside from the obvious anatomical ones – is one of scale. The longest mammalian migration ever recorded was in 2014, when a gray whale dubbed Vavara traveled over 14,000 miles round-trip from Russia to Cabo San Lucas.
Eight of the 11 known whale species breed in Baja California Sur, the state in which the Capes Region is located. Each has their favored “vacation” spot. Gray whales, for instance, traditionally winter in Magdalena Bay, while blue whales – the largest creature ever to have existed on the planet – prefer the islands off the coast of Loreto.
Los Cabos is luckiest of all, in that the most frequent visitors are humpbacks. Humpbacks are born entertainers, prone to spectacular breaching – in which they elevate their 40 or so tons out of the water for a massive belly flop – and spyhopping, where they casually lift their head out of the water to get a closer look at who is watching them.
When is the best time to witness these breathtaking behemoths?
Many local companies offer dedicated whale watching tours, but the best are those aboard high-speed inflatable Zodiac boats, since the trick is to anticipate where the whales will breach next and get close in a hurry.
Not too close, mind you – the whales, being born in Mexico, are considered Mexican citizens, and thus have their own legal rights – but close enough to witness the majesty of these enormous cetaceans at a remarkably intimate range.
Cabo Adventures offers what is perhaps the ultimate Cabo whale watching tour, a “Whale Watching Photo Safari” aboard a high-speed Zodiac, with naturalists on board to offer interesting information, and professional photographers on hand to capture all the magical moments.
There is no typical itinerary for this tour. The boat goes where the whales go. That said, in addition to the area’s most notable visitors, you will also see some of its most notable natural monuments: including the 30-million-year-old granite monuments that form the half-mile Land’s End headland, the southernmost terminus of the Baja California peninsula. El Arco, or The Arch, is the most famous these, and the captain will ensure photo opportunities there as well.
For more information, call Cabo Adventures at (624) 173-9500, or visit their website at http://www.cabo-adventures.com/en/tours/whale-watching-photo-safari.