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Spirit of Adventure Charters | Whale & Dolphin Watching

11-day trip from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas with a 2 day stay in San Ignacio Lagoon and island hopping in the Sea of Cortez.

On our way to San Ignacio Lagoon we will stop at San Benito Island. During our hike we can observe the big elephant seals, Guadalupe fur seals and a variety of sea and shore birds. There are numerous osprey nesting sites on the island. In San Ignacio Lagoon we will observe the Grey whales at close range. The whales sometimes approach the skiffs to interact with our passengers. During our southbound journey towards the Cape and the Sea of Cortez we will be looking for the first Blue and Humpback whales and superpods of dolphins. The days in the Sea of Cortez are truly magic: Daily encounters with large schools of dolphins are a special treat. We will be searching for Blue, Fin, Humpback, Sperm, Pilot and Killer whales. A highlight is snorkeling with curious sea lions. We will visit different islands with opportunities for bird watching, beach combing, hiking, swimming or snorkeling and skiff excursions. Our transition from temperate to tropical waters makes this an extraordinarly rich and varied expedition.


January • February • March • April



Vessel types

Live-aboard boat

Times and prices

Upon request

About our skippers and naturalist guides

The crew is led by Mike Keating, the owner and operator with over 25 years of experience in the waters of Baja California or Brian Evans with over 20 years of experience, his first mate, 3 licensed skiff operators, the chef and assistant. Two experienced naturalist guides accompany every trip.


Access to wheelhouse • Hands-on materials (bones, shells etc) • Naturalist guide(s) as well as skipper • On board hydrophone • On board video • Onboard research • PA system • Posters / displays / maps • Reading material available • Restrooms / toilets on board • Scenic backdrop to encounters • Snacks / drinks • Support conservation • Swim / snorkel included • Use a code of conduct

We frequently

See a whale's tail • See leaping dolphins • See leaping whales • Watch whales and dolphins

Baleen Whales

Blue Whale • Gray Whale • Humpback Whale

Toothed Whales

Short-finned Pilot Whale • Sperm Whale

Ocean Dolphins

Bottlenose Dolphin • Long-beaked Common Dolphin

Other wildlife and points of interest

Elephant seals, California sea lions, harbour seals. Albatross, tropic bird, hummingbirds among numerous sea and shore birds. Islands and beaches with their unique bird and plant life.

2803 Emerson St.
Town / City
San Diego
State / County
Zip / Postcode
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