Pacific Gray Whales (Self Arrival)

San Ignacio Lagoon is a whale watcher’s paradise, as the Pacific gray whales make their annual migration south from the Arctic to these protected waters to mate and calve. The lagoon forms part of the Vizcaino Reserve, the largest Natural Protected Area in Latin America. Our programming supports local research efforts to learn about and protect gray whales and their habitat. It’s no wonder our trip is touted in “1,000 Places to See before You Die.” The trip rating is easy and is perfect for families.

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Self-arrival or fly-in, you will enjoy the same quality services. You drive in, arriving at 3 p.m. Accommodations and meals are the same as for the guests flying in.  There are two whale-watching excursions every 24 hours, in which you'll go into the lagoon to observe and interact with the gray whales as they spy hop, breach and nurture their young. The stay also includes opportunities for nature walks and kayaking and bird watching in the mangrove estuaries. Our naturalists and guides will help you get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience and learn more about the importance of our planet's large mammals like the gray whales. Flexible itineraries leave you time on either end to explore the town of San Ignacio.

Get ready to Meet The Whales in 2020!
Available only during February 7 - 11  / 11 - 15  / 15 - 19

March 14 - 18 / 18 - 22 / 22 - 26 / 26 - 30

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Trip Details

Start/End Destinations
Start: San Ignacio Lagoon (self arrival)
End: San Ignacio Lagoon (departure)

Activity
Wildlife Viewing

Expedition Type
Eco Camp

Age Range
Little Ones — Grandparents

Trip Rating
Easy — All Fitness Levels

Season 2019
February
3 - 7
7 - 11
11 - 15
15 - 19
March
14 - 18
 15-19 - SOLD OUT
18 - 22
22 - 26
26 - 30
March 31- April 4

Season 2020

February
3 - 7
7 - 11
11 - 15
15 - 19
March
14 - 18
18 - 22
22 - 26
26 - 30

Season
2019
February
3 - 7
7 - 11
11 - 15
15 - 19
March
14 - 18
 15-19 - SOLD OUT
18 - 22
22 - 26
26 - 30
April 2019
March 31-4

Trip Duration
2 — 4 nights

Crew
Naturalist Guide, Boat Captain, Chef, Camp Crew

Support Vessel
Panga Motor Skiff

Camping
Safari-style Walk-In Tent

Itinerary Details

  • First night: USD $336 per person, per night; based on double occupancy tents. USD $170 single supplement
  • Following nights: USD $409 per person, per night; based on double occupancy tents. USD $170 single supplement
  • Minimum stay of 2 nights
  • 2 Whale-watching sessions during full days at camp (weather permitting)
  • No whale-watching on your day of arrival and your day of departure
  • Sessions with expert naturalist guide
  • Eco Camp Capacity: 24 guests
  • Our itineraries are flexible and adjust to weather, tides and animals' habits

Gear Provided

Expedition gear, equipment for kayaking & bird watching

Food & Drinks

  • Local seafood, healthy Mexican & International cuisine
  • Local fresh juices and waters
  • Cerveza, wine, spirits by request — in moderation

Other Cool Stuff

  • Ten-minute skiff rides into the lagoon from base camp and back again
  • Bird watching
  • Kayaking in Mangrove estuary
  • Want to see more?  Visit our Photo Gallery
  • Contributions to preserve Wild Baja are greatly appreciated, tax deductible, and help protect San Ignacio Lagoon!

What Should You Bring?

  • Personal clothes and gear:
    February — mid April: layers for sun, cold, and wind
see detailed packing list in Welcome Aboard
  • Camera
  • Energy to explore
  • Art supplies, if desired
  • Enough to cover personal transportation costs
  • Gratuities for BajaEx team at your discretion
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