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by Connie Ellig of the Ensenada Gazette

From Los Angeles to points south, the California gray whales are making news as they migrate from the Bering Sea to the warm breeding grounds of central Baja lagoons.  Although some folks are content to sit on their oceanview patios and count the “spouts,” a closer encounter with these spectacular mammals is an experience that will never be forgotten!  The following is a handy guide for many of the whale watching excursions in Ensenada and Baja’s lagoons.


Migrating whales near Todos Santos Island can often be viewed within 50-250 feet of the boat.  For those who lack the time to travel further south, Ensenada is an ideal alternative.  Four-hour whale watching tours with bilingual guides are offered daily at 10AM by Gordo’s Sportfishing, and on weekends by the Ensenada Science Museum and Ensenada Sportfishing Charters.  Until March 15, Hotel La Pinta features an Ensenada Whale Watching package which includes 2 nights’ accommodations, 2 whale watching tours with box lunches, and hotel food/beverage coupons.


Except for a few spaces in March, Malarrimo Eco-Tours is fully booked.  However, the other two government-licensed operators, Mario’s Tours and Laguna Tours, still have openings available.  Tours include roundtrip transportation from town to the mouth of the lagoon, guided panga cruise and usually a box lunch.  There are still a few weekend bookings available for Tillie Foster’s Adventure Trips.  Cost includes round trip transportation from Ensenada to Guerrero Negro, lunch in El Rosario, 2 nights in Guerrero Negro, guided whale watching excursion and lunch.  Weekend trips are scheduled until March 31; small groups are welcome.


Since few whale watching guides have phones, the best bet is to arrange an excursion through El Padrino RV Park or Kuyima EcoTours.  The panga can seat six people.  Transportation from town to the lagoon can also be arranged.  (It is a 2-hour drive along a bumpy dirt road recommended for high clearance vehicles.  Overnight camping is allowed but there are no facilities.  The Ensenada Science Museum offers a 4-day package which includes transportation from town to the lagoon, camping accommodations, meals and whale watching excursions.


Although many hotels in Ciudad Constitucion and Peurto San Carlos can put visitors in touch with whale watching guides, Crispin Mendoza & Sons have many years of experience in the sportfishing, kayaking, and whale watching business.  Although some tour operators have space available for “walk-ins,” whale watching reservations are recommended.  After all, you’d hate to explain to friends how that “really big one” got away!


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