When is the best time to go whale watching in Cabo San Lucas?

Most important to begin with is to know that the Humpback and Gray Whales that visit Los Cabos are migratory species. They spend their summers up north (Alaska, British Columbia, Washington State) and their winters down south, which includes Cabo San Lucas. Our season runs from December until April each year, and from December 15th until April 15th.

In Baja California Sur there are many great places to see this great whale migration and one of the best spots Bahía Magdalena in Baja California. This beautiful, 30-mile-long lagoon in the Pacific Ocean is protected by two unpopulated, sandy barrier islands called Isla Magdalena and Isla Santa Margarita. It is about 175 miles north of Cabo San Lucas.

The whales can get as close as 200-500 meters from the beach, making it possible to see them from the shore. But whale-watching season usually means getting on a boat for an even closer look. During the season, many fishermen take a break from fishing and become tour operators. Since the 1980s, this has become an important economic activity for a number of coastal communities, especially those whose fish stocks have been depleted.

When is the best time to go whale watching in Cabo San Lucas?

The answer depends on what you hope to see! To decide when is the best time for you to join us on a whale watching adventure, keep reading. Our guidelines for whale watching tours in Los Cabos have been taken from years of observations and thousands of tours led by our team of Marine Biologists.

  •     During early morning tours the seas are typically the calmest of the day with the lowest wind and waves. This makes it easier to find the whales and the most comfortable boat ride. This is the best time for guests that suffer from motion sickness and for families with smaller children.
  •     Mid day tours there may be an increase in wind, waves and there are more boats on the seas. By this time we usually have a very good idea of where to find whales. So we often see the greatest number of Whales on the mid day tours.
  •     Afternoon tours can be the most dramatic of the day. There is a correlation between high tide, greater wind, waves and heightened levels of Whale activity. The boat ride itself can be more of an adventure if the wind and waves have picked up – usually most in March/April. This is the best time for Whale watching aficionados as the pay off can be the greatest whale activity level of the day.
  •     Over the past 8 years we have not seen any specific time during that day where whales are more active than other times. They can be active during the morning, midday or afternoon, be active all day long or have a quieter day. Our guides and captains always try to find the most active and receptive whales in the area with the least number of boats around to provide you with the best encounters. To give yourself the best chance of seeing more active whales we recommend scheduling multiple tours several days apart and bring some great energy!

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