Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas

During the whale season, which begins in December and ends in March, Cabo San Lucas is one of the most amazing locations on Earth for whale watching. Whales come into the waters around Los Cabos to mate, and are therefore very playful and exciting to watch breaching the water, spouting together, and flapping their giant tail fins. A whale watching trip is 3 hrs long, and the price includes all bottled water, soft drinks (Coke / Diet coke) and beer. We have a professional staff of English-speaking Captains and guides, well acquainted with the local species of whales.

Most whale watching trips in Cabo are organized large boat companies, grouping lots of strangers together on an overcrowded boat, or in a tiny dinghy. On one of our private yachts, the number of people is up to you. Get a group of friends and family together, with complete privacy. If you would like us to cater the boat with special food and drink items, please just include that request with your booking. If you want to go late in the afternoon, you can combine whale watching with a beautiful, romantic Cabo sunset. If you woudl like to book, just email or call.

Species of Whales around Los Cabos

Humpback Whale - Humpback whales can easily be identified by their stocky bodies with obvious humps and black dorsal coloring. The head and lower jaw are covered with knobs called tubercles, which are actually hair follicles and are characteristic of the species. The fluked tails, which it lifts above the surface in some dive sequences, have wavy trailing edges.[8] There are four global populations, all under study. North Pacific, Atlantic, and southern ocean humpbacks have distinct populations which complete a migratory round-trip each year.

Grey Whale - Each October as northern ice pushes southward, in the Eastern Pacific, small groups of gray whales starts a 23 month, 8,00011,000 kilometres trip south. Beginning in the Bering and Chukchi seas and ending in the warm-water lagoons of Mexico's Baja peninsula and the southern Gulf of California, they travel along the west coast of Canada, the United States and Mexico. Traveling night and day, the gray whale averages approximately 120 kilometers (75 mi) per day at an average speed of 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h).

These first whales to arrive are usually pregnant mothers that look for the protection of the lagoons to bear their calves; there are lots of these in Los Cabos, and the wahles are plentiful. The Grey whale can be identified by a slightly smaller tail than the Humpback, wihtout the white marks. These whales breach and surface just as much as the Humpbacks, providing a thrilling experience being close to one.

Pilot Whale - More rare in Los Cabos, the Pilot Whale is often called a "false orca" becasue they look similar ot Killer Whales. It is actually one of two species of cetacean in the genus Globicephala. The two species are the Long-finned Pilot Whale and the Short-finned Pilot Whale, but the two are not readily distinguished at sea. They and other large members of the dolphin family are also known as blackfish. Pilot Whales are jet black or a very dark grey color. The dorsal fin is set forward on the back and sweeps back. The body is elongated but stocky and narrows abruptly toward the tail fin.

Orcas and Blue Whales - Ocasionally in Cabo San Lucas, we do get to a glimpse of Orcas and Blue Whales in the bay. It is rare, but a few lucky whale watchers each year get to say they have seen one of these two more elusive species. A few lucky photographers even catch some great photos!

Orcas are obviously the famous "Killer Whales." and Blue Whales can reach up to 33 metres (108 ft) in length and 180 metric tons (200 short tons) or more in weight. In volume, it is the largest animal existing or known to have existed.

Images and Video of Whales in Los Cabos

Whale's tail flapping at Land's End Whale Breaching Orca   Humpback Whale Breaching Grey Whale Breaching Pilot Whale