The Friendliest Whale - San Ignacio Lagoon
San Ignacio Whale Watching Base-Camp
Inside safari-tent, Base-Camp San Ignacio
Kitchen, Base-Camp San Ignacio
R&R at the safari camp in San Ignacio
San Ignacio camp, Solar Shower & Bathroom
(5 Days and 4 Nights)
Single Suplement (single tent) $750
Trip Dates 2019
(Feb. 3 -
7) (Feb. 7 - 11) (Feb.
11 - 15)
(Feb. 15 -
19) (Feb. 19 - 23) (Feb.
23 - 27)
Mar. 3) (Mar. 3 - 7)
(Mar. 7 - 11)
- 15) (Mar. 15 - 19)
(Mar. 19 - 23)
- 31) (Mar. 31- Apr. 4)
transfer from hotel in San Diego to air field on day 1 and return
on day 5.
Roundtrip charter flight from nearby San Diego to
San Ignacio lagoon
Catered camping on nights 1-4; snack/L/D
on day 1, B/L/D on days 2-4 and B/L on day 5.
Mexican food, happy hour every day (with soft & alcoholic
Comfortable safari-style walk-in tent with cots,
sleeping pad, sleeping bag with clean liner and pillow.
bathroom facilities & solar heated showers available.
English-speaking knowledgeable & caring guides.
Open-deck motor-boat & boat operator. 2 whale watching
excursions per day.
Meals in San Diego. Hotel nights in San Diego before the trip and
on the evening of Day 5. $30 Conservation Fee (this covers the use
of Mexico's Protected Marine Parks in Baja).
LOCATION: The spectacular
annual migration of Gray whales, destined for the three shallow
lagoons on the Pacific coast of Baja, arrives in January each
San Ignacio Lagoon, the most remote
of the three, lies midway between Magdalena Bay to the south, and
Scammon's Lagoon to the north. Click
here to see a map of Baja
by low dunes and mangrove lined estuaries, San Ignacio Lagoon
provides a perfect winter home for hundreds of Gray whales, to
give birth and nurse their offspring.
Ignacio lagoon is also a rich, natural aviary. In between whale
watching excursions you can bird watch the mangrove estuaries, or
comb the peaceful shoreline to discover remnants of the sea.
lagoon is a "marine protected area" and, was recently
designated a World Heritage Site.
base-camp is located at water's edge, at the historic "La
Frederia" site, where presumably Scammons whalers made
their seasonal camps in the 1850s.
skiff rides deliver you to the whale viewing area, where you'll
observe these gentle giants rolling, breaching, and tending their
The base-campp is fully catered and
features safari-style tents with cots, and solar-heated showers,
You can enjoy happy hour each evening, while delicious food with a
Mexican flare is freshly prepared, and served in the spacious
plenty of down time to use our mountain bikes, walk the salt flats
or, bird watch with a friendly guide.
WHALES, especially the babies (called calves), are
curious and very friendly creatures.
numerous occasions the cows gently push their calves towards our
boats, seemingly to introduce them.
contact is established, the calves enjoy interacting with people,
nudging the boat and popping their head out of the water, allowing
the stretched hands to touch and caress.
this happens while the mother lazily and unconcerned, suns herself
around the boat. Sometimes the mother herself comes close to get
It’s truly amazing.
One may be concerned about their shear size (up to 45 feet) but
they are incredibly gentle and aware of their surroundings.
BOATS: On these whale watching tours we use 24 ft.,
well maintained, open-deck motorboats. The size of the boats is
ideal for the needed mobility, unobstructed view, and closeness to
the water - essential for the quality of this activity.
boat has four sitting benches, accommodating three passengers per
bench. You can expect 10-12 people on the boat per trip. Life
Preservers will be supplied and are mandatory while on the water.
Your professional boat operator will be in
permanent contact with your accompanying private guide, and with
the shore-base via VHF radio.
Upon reserving your whale watching Baja tour, we will send you a
“Clothing and What-to-Bring” list. You will
also receive an Invoice/Confirmation, a Medical form,
a Liability Release form and detailed pre-departure
information to help you plan your trip.
ITINERARY: This is a general itinerary and it is
subject to change
DAY 1: SAN DIEGO TO SAN IGNACIO
Today we will transfer by
comfortable motor coach from the Hacienda Hotel in San Diego to a
nearby air field. After a quick baggage inspection our airplane
will take us to the Lagoons landing strip. Flight time is
approximately two hours.
Upon arrival, an
orientation to camp procedures and assignment of tents will leave
you fully prepared to begin your adventure. Time to relax and
explore the surroundings or comb the beach before Happy Hour
beginning at 5:30 PM, followed by a delicious welcome dinner.
(snack, L, D)
DAY 2 to 4: SAN IGNACIO LAGOON BASE
On your first full day in camp,
you will be fitted with a PFD (life jacket) and waterproof wading
boots that you'll use while in camp. After a hearty breakfast
(provided in the dining area each morning) and a short safety
briefing, it's finally time for your first exciting excursion to
see the gray whales!
starts with a short, 10-minute skiff ride into the whale-viewing
area of the Lagoon, where, for approximately 90 minutes, we can
observe the gray whales spy hopping, breaching, and nurturing
their young. Each skiff is accompanied by an experienced guide and
skiff driver, who can point out the many whale behaviors.
morning excursion will be followed by lunch, and time to enjoy a
walk along the beach, kayaking excursion or just some relaxing
time with a book from our camp library.
return to the whale viewing area in the early afternoon will give
you another opportunity to spot more gray whales and their calves.
Following the two whale watching
excursions it will be time to relax before our daily happy hour
and a buffet-style dinner. After dinner, one of our experienced
guides will present a natural history talk about the Baja
Peninsula, its local people and the marine wildlife in the Lagoon.
On your last evening,
join our Mexican fiesta farewell dinner, where you can dance to
Baja folk songs played by local musicians as you create another
Day 5: SAN IGNACIO LAGOON TO SAN
After breakfast, we pack and
say our good-byes to San Ignacio Lagoon. Mid-morning, we will
transfer to the landing strip where you will board the airplane
for the return flight to san Diego. Once we land, our chartered
bus will be waiting to deliver us back to the hotel. Our arrival
at the Hacienda Hotel in San Diego is planned for early evening.
We recommend that you schedule your return flight for the
following morning in case of any delay. (B/L)