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.

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Trip Details

Start/End Destinations
Start: La Paz
End: La Paz

Expedition Type
Private Day Trip

Age Range
Little Ones — Grandparents

Trip Rating
Easy — All Fitness Levels

October — April

Trip Duration
3-4 hours
Leave at 8:30 a.m. October — March
Leave at 9 a.m. April

Naturalist guide, Boat captain

Support Vessel
Panga Motor Skiff

Itinerary Details

  • 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

Gear Provided

Expedition snorkel gear and wetsuit

Food & Drinks

  • Healthy snacks
  • Local fresh juices and waters

Other Cool Stuff

  • Underwater photo ops
  • Learn about ecology of whale sharks
  • Want to see more?  Visit our Photo Gallery
  • Contributions to preserve Wild Baja are greatly appreciated and tax deductible!

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
  • Camera
  • Energy to explore
  • Gratuities for BE team at your discretion


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