Los Cabos is one of the most exciting places to go whale watching because thousands of whales arrive in the destination every year to mate and give birth in the warm waters.
The season is already underway, so you have from now until about April to experience this fascinating natural phenomenon in the popular vacation destination.
This complete guide to Los Cabos whale watching in 2024 will help you make the most out of this one-of-a-kind adventure.
Types Of Whale Watching Tours
Just like the whales that arrive in Los Cabos come in all shapes and sizes, so do the tours that you can take.
One tour company might offer small group tours aboard a small Zodiac boat, while the next will offer large whale-watching tours aboard a luxury catamaran with an open bar.
There are luxury yacht tours, glass bottom boat tours, sailing whale-watching excursions, and more.
You can even book a private whale-watching tour if you’re looking for a more intimate experience.
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Whale Species You Might See
The whales that you’ll see on your whale-watching tour in Los Cabos will vary from day to day.
That being said, humpback whales are typically more present than other whale species.
This is because around 10,000 of these majestic creatures migrate to the region every year.
Other whales you might see on your whale-watching tour are:
- Blue Whales
- Gray Whales
- Bryde’s Whales
- Fin Whales
- Sperm Whales
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Best Time Of Day To Go Whale Watching
The strong presence of whales in Los Cabos during whale watching season means that you’re pretty likely to see whales any time of the day.
There is a pretty good consensus, though, that whales are more active in the afternoon to early evening.
There are other things to consider too, though, like the fact that the water is calmer in the morning, which makes for a smoother boat ride, or that during the early evening tours, you’ll get to see the sunset.
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Peak Whale Watching Season
Whale watching season in Los Cabos begins in mid-December, and peak season starts early, in late December.
It’s between this time and late January that the peak season runs, so if you can visit during this time, you’re likely to see a lot of whales.
There is still a strong presence of whales through March, though, so you still have plenty of time to see them.
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What To Expect On A Whale Watching Tour
On a whale-watching tour in Los Cabos, you can expect to get pretty close to the whales, as little as a few hundred feet even.
Tour providers typically follow the whales once they’re spotted, so it’s very likely that when you see them you’ll be on the move.
Whales are found in both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific, so expect to travel between these two bodies of water.
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Chances Of Seeing Whales On A Tour
While most tour providers don’t guarantee that you’ll see whales, it’s a pretty safe bet that you will if you take a tour during whale-watching season.
Some tour providers are so confident that you’ll see them that they do offer a guarantee and will provide you with a second trip if you don’t see any whales on the first.
Overall, though, you have about a 9 out of 10 chance of seeing whales on a whale-watching tour in Los Cabos during whale-watching season.
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Where To Book Your Whale-Watching Tour
There are several whale-watching tour companies that offer tours online, and you can book directly through their websites.
You can also book tours through the Viator website.
If you would rather book your whale-watching adventure in person, you can visit tour provider kiosks in the marina area of Cabo San Lucas as well.
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