Magdalena Bay, located on Baja's Pacific coast, is the world-renowned winter nursery grounds of the California Gray whale. Late January through early March, hundreds of gray whales mate and bear their young in these protected waters after traveling over 5000 miles from the Bering Strait. Experience one of the most incredible close-up wildlife encounters on the planet from our exclusive safari-style base camp situated on a secluded island beach at the very heart of whale activity in Magdalena Bay. We are the only outfitter permitted to camp among the sand dunes at the bay's seaside entrance, where the whales teach their calves about currents. No other company is allowed to camp in full view of the whales!
Our gray whale camp is a fully-guided, fully-supplied, and fully-catered safari-style wildlife experience. Complete with licensed whale watching skiff operators and marine biologist or naturalist guides, tours range from 3-4 days at camp and 5-6 day itineraries. Your marine biologist and naturalist guides will give entertaining, informative presentations on whale natural history. They will also cook delicious, hot meals with a local flair. Camp in spacious full-heigh canvas tents among the sand dunes along the Pacific Ocean, overlooking a bay full of whales.
Each full day at camp includes 2 whale watching sessions on a panga, which takes you even closer to these magnificent animals. Older calves even seek out the pangs to interact!
January • February • March • April
Small boat (0-50 passengers)
Times and prices
GRAY WHALE SAFARI CAMP Whale camps are priced for arrival/departure in Loreto, but transport may be available from La Paz. All tours include hotel before and after time at the whale camp. You just need to get there!
5-day Whale Camp 3 days/2 nights at whale camp. Price: $1025 2014 Dates: Jan 17-21, 24-28, Jan 31-Feb 4, Feb 7-11, 14-18, 21-25, Feb 28-Mar 4, Mar 7-11, 14-18, 21-25, Mar 28-Apr 1, 2014
6-day Whale Camp 4 days/3 nights at whale camp. Price: $1125 2014 Dates: Jan 21-26, Jan 28-Feb 2, Feb 4-9, 11-16, 18-23, Feb 25-Mar 2, Mar 4-9, 11-16, 18-23, 25-30, Apr 1-6, 2014
8-day Blue & Gray Whale Extravaganza 4 days at whale camp, 1 day island tour and snorkeling, 1 day blue & fin whale tour. Price: $1545. 2014 Dates: Jan 19-26, Jan 26-Feb 2, Feb 2-9, 9-16, 16-23, Feb 23-Mar 2, Mar 2-9, 9-16, 16-23, 23-30, Mar 30-Apr 6, 2014.
About our skippers and naturalist guides
We use only licensed Mexican whale watching skippers, who follow a strict code of conduct to protect the whales. We also have bilingual marine biologist and naturalist guides on each trip from the University of La Paz in Baja.
Carbon neutral • Deck with 360?vision • Hands-on materials (bones, shells etc) • Naturalist guide(s) as well as skipper • Posters / displays / maps • Reading material available • Restrooms / toilets on board • Scenic backdrop to encounters • Snacks / drinks • Support conservation • Use a code of conduct
See a whale's tail • See leaping dolphins • See leaping whales • Showered by whale blows • Watch whales and dolphins
Other wildlife and points of interest
We can see whales and dolphins right from our beach basecamp. Enjoy margaritas on the beach with whales frolicking off shore! The mangroves and tidal mudflats and remote sand beaches in this area of the Pacific coast provides habitat for countless migrating shorebirds and seabirds, and we also see California sea lions and bottlenose dolphins. At other times of year (summer/fall) sea turtles lay eggs on these beaches, and we also offer volunteer research tours to help sea turtle conservationists.