Join us on an experience like no other – to watch the Grey whales as they bask in the shallow waters of southern shore of Laguna San Ignacio in Baja California sur on an historic piece of land called La Freidera. In Spanish it means The fryer or Place where something is fried referring to the time in the late 1800s and early 1900s when the grey whale was harvested in Laguna San Ignacio by American whalers.
The Gray whale was hunted to extinction in The Atlantic Ocean and nearly to extinction in the Baja California lagoons. The Gray whale has been protected since 1947 and was taken off of the endangered species list in 1994. Today there are over 20,000 gray whales in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
This is not a freediving trip, although we will have a day out on the water freediving with whale sharks and seals and another day looking for Blue whales. Instead, we will spend the days on small, local Panga fishing boats watching the whales. The Grey whale literally seek human contact and it is the only place where touching a whale is acceptable. Spending time with these majestic whales is profound.
We will also visit cueva del Raton, where prehistoric cave drawings can be seen.
Magdalena Bay, Baja California sur – Mexico
The trip is structured to include land and ocean activities.
Our days are packed full of experiences such as:
We will pick you up at the international airport or – at your hotel if you arrived a day early.
First day will be spent traveling to Magdalena bay and checking into our hotel. Evening briefing and welcome dinner.
After breakfast we will head to the boat ramp and embark on a short boat ride to the Island. After check-in, we will head out for our first whale trip.
Lunch on an island and dinner at the island camp.
After breakfast we will head out to look for whales…
Stop at a local fishing village, watch birds, catch dinner…
Dinner in camp and some extra workshops.
After breakfast, we will have our last whale trip. After the trip we will head to Magdalena town and head to La Paz.
Check into our hotel.
In the morning we will head to the boat ramp and go on a day trip to Isla Espiritu Santo, where we will encounter the local wildlife – Birds, turtles, seals and the occasional whale shark.
This will be our opportunity to freedive with these playful animals before heading back to port.
We will drop you off at the airport for your flight home.