Meet Friendly Whales on Mexico Vacations

View friendly gray whales off the coast of Los Cabos, Mexico.
View friendly gray whales off the coast of Los Cabos, Mexico.

On Mexico vacations, you can immerse yourself in culture, history, and nature in ways unlike anywhere else in the world. When planning a Mexico vacation , you can take advantage of excursions that allow you to explore the country's abundant marine wildlife. On an excursion to Los Cabos, you can commune with Mexico's underwater creatures by snorkeling, spotting dolphins, or even going on a whale watching tour. Sure to be an unforgettable experience, you can meet the friendly gray whales that migrate to Mexico from Alaska each year. If having a meaningful wildlife experience sounds like the perfect way to spend a day, then this excursion is for you.

The Annual Gray Whale Migration

Each fall, gray whales travel thousands of miles south from the Bering Strait to the warm waters near Los Cabos, Mexico — the longest migration of any mammal. There, they spend the cooler months, sharing the waters with humpback whales, blue whales, and dolphins, among other creatures.

Gray whales can grow to be around 45 feet long and weigh as much as 40 tons, so it may be hard to believe that they almost became extinct twice over the last two centuries as a result of commercial whaling. Fortunately, their population has recovered over time, allowing these majestic mammals to roam more freely.

The Best Whale Watching Excursions

The best way to experience this amazing wildlife encounter is to book one of two shore excursion options in Los Cabos. Choose between a large, roughly 200-person boat that includes an open bar and onboard restroom facilities, or a 15-passenger, high-powered Zodiac boat for your whale watching adventure.

On your excursion, there's a good chance you'll spot the signature blowhole of a nearby whale. If you're lucky, you might get to see a whale breach the ocean's surface and splash back down. These massive animals are known to be gentle and friendly, so it's not uncommon for these creatures to swim right up to whale watching boats. Don't be surprised if one tries to make friends!

Mexico vacations are a great way to explore marine life and booking a cruise is the perfect way to see the whales of Los Cabos for yourself.