San Ignacio Lagoon – Gray Whales

Whale Baleen

San Ignacio Lagoon
Most Extraordinary Whale Interaction on the Planet


Mid-January – Mid-April
4 Days, 3 Nights


Glamping & Luxury Camp

PRICING (Pp. dbl occ.)

Glamping Tent: US$2495
Luxury Tent: US$3045

Destination Overview

San Ignacio Lagoon - Intro Map

San Ignacio Lagoon

This is the most amazing and spectacular whale interaction with humans on the planet.

Whales are sentient and very intelligent animals and much like your puppy looking you in the eye and communicating that they want you to scratch behind their ears, the whales in this breeding and birthing lagoon will look you right in the eye and choose to swim over to your panga to be caressed, stroked, rubbed (and yes, kissed) and even roll onto their backs so that you can scratch their bellies.

San Ignacio: Whale SpyHop

Wild Experience

The interaction is entirely on their terms. Mamas will even push their babies up against our pangas to be stroked. The first whale interaction happened in 1972 and just gets more incredible every year.

This is the last significant remaining gray whale population in the world with a second very small population near Japan.

Be ready to create a deeply personal connection that will stay with you for a lifetime.

San Ignacio - Whale Mouth



Camping in the desert at the edge of the ocean doesn’t mean roughing it! Choose from either our glamping or luxury camps with all the amenities you might expect from hot and cold running water and showers and bathrooms in each tent to fine dining to attentive service.

Glamping Tents


Glamping Tents

We say “NO” to tiny tents with cots, sleeping bags and a couple of shared toilets and showers for the whole camp! Our tents are windproof, insulated and heated for maximum comfort, with ensuite bathrooms and showers, hot and cold running water with good pressure, and 24-hour power. Not to mention “real beds” with fine linen.

Enormous thought has gone into every detail, from a fire pit to a fine selection of wine, craft beer, single malt scotches and fine dining. We even have a bar and lounge tent and Wi-Fi-access throughout the camp.

*Inclusions: accommodation, meals, average of three whale panga sessions per day, non-alcoholic beverages, complimentary internet access.

*Exclusions: 5% tax, park fee $35, bar, gift shop, crew gratuities.

Luxury Tents


San Ignacio - Luxury Camp

Our luxury camp features all the amenities of the glamping camp, but with 12 large and luxurious tents, ensuring the utmost privacy. Each tent features an ensuite bathroom, a dresser in the bedroom as well as a separate sitting area with a couch and easy chairs – perfect for relaxing after a day of adventure.

Think of our luxury camp as one of the world’s best pop-up hotel.

*Inclusions: accommodation, meals, average of three whale panga sessions per day, non-alcoholic beverages, complimentary internet access.

Exclusions: 5% tax, park fee $35, bar, gift shop, crew gratuities.

San Ignacio Lagoon - Whale Watching


Sample Itinerary

Fly into SJD. Cabo.

Day before boarding. Complimentary Backscatter photo and video workshop at SeeCreatures San Jose. Afternoon ocean safari searching out humpback whales.

Day 1: Meet the Gray Whales!

07:00 – 07:15 pickup transfer to FBO executive airport terminal. 1 Hour 50 minute flight to the airstrip at camp. Greeted by camp manager and hosties with champagne on silver trays. Brunch at camp and then out for your first whale encounters on the lagoon.

Days 2 – 3: San Ignacio Lagoon

Your choice of an early breakfast and 07:30 panga ride to get an early start on 2 whale watching encounters. Or sleep in for late breakfast and one leisurely encounter. Lunch. Relax. One more afternoon whale watching encounter. Go for a kayak or paddle board or walk in the desert. Cocktail hour around the fire pit as the sun goes down. Dinner (fine dining of course) and an evening presentation by one of our naturalists.

Day 4: Return to Cabo

Early breakfast and one more whale watching encounter before your 1 hour 40 minute flight back to Cabo (we should have a tailwind). 12:30 arrival at the SJD FBO.

San Ignacio Whale watching

Salt Flat at High Tide

Bonus!! Salt Flat at High Tide!

Discover the salt flats of San Ignacio, one of the coolest places to visit in the Americas. Brilliant white salt flats as far as the eye can see are located south of the lagoon and we love to arrange afternoon visits there.

Our glamping and luxury camps are located in splendid isolation on the beautiful north side of the lagoon on a salt flat that is more of a unique light brown colour, but even more spectacular because it floods for an hour or two several times a month. It can be breathtakingly beautiful and a photographer’s dream on a sunny calm day when the salt flat floods to a depth of 30 cm.

Our camp is designed and built on pilings for this unique event, ensuring that our operations are not affected in any way. This experience is truly extraordinary and not to be missed!

See What Guests Have Said

What Guests Have to Say About San Ignacio

Life Changing Experience

This has been a most incredible life changing experience. We will cherish these memories. Read full review

Charles & Deb W – Tucson USA

Everything was Perfect!

Everything has been perfect!! the staff knowledge, kind, patient and helpful. Read full review

Jane B – USA

Picture Prefect Dream

The entire experience lived up to the dream of being here. Read full review

Anthony M – Atlanta USA

Awe-inspiring Creatures

Words cannot adequately describe how awe-inspiring these magnificent and playful creatures are. Read full review

Randy S – USA

Experience That Changed My Life

Today was our second date. What an amazing experience!! I am so grateful to be here. Read full review

Anahi – Cabo San Lucas

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