Whale Shark Research In La Paz Bay
Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean and can be found in the temperate waters of the Bay of La Paz; El Mogote's sand spit is like a nursery for young sharks. You can enjoy the giant whale sharks from the boat or jump right in — as long as you don't make a splash because we don't want to startle the sharks! As you snorkel, you will be mesmerized by the way they enjoy a good cleaning by fish and remora that can be seen along their ventral sides as they hover and filter the plankton from the rich water for hours.
Join us on a 3-hour journey to experience these gentle giants as they feed, while you support the work of the local scientists gathering important data for the sharks' protection; we partner with Whale Shark México and Pelagios Kakunjá for research. You might be asked to record data like GPS location or water temperature, or maybe help with measurements and photo identification. Your work helps local sharks and their long-term care! An additional portion of the proceeds from your expedition goes to support local environmental education and conservation research programming.
Ready to start your Private Baja Expedition?
Start: La Paz
End: La Paz
Private Day Trip
Little Ones — Grandparents
Easy — All Fitness Levels
October — April
Leave at 8:30 a.m. October — March
Leave at 9 a.m. April
Naturalist guide, Boat captain
USD $625 per boat / private trip
Minimum Group Size: 1-5; Maximum Group Size: 8 (Questions? Contact us!)
Panga boat ride to & from El Mogote whale shark nursery
Snorkel with whale sharks or view from boats
Support local research projects and help with photo identification, measurements
Session with naturalist and researchers
Expedition snorkel gear and wetsuit
What Should You Bring?
Personal clothes and gear:
~ November — March: layers for sun, cold and wind
~ April — October: layers for sun, heat and wind
detailed packing list in Welcome Aboard
Energy to explore
Gratuities for BE team at your discretion