For a truly unique experience this winter, consider a whale-watching excursion in Baja California. From mid-January all the way through mid-March, the greatest population of grey whales gather at Laguna Ojo de Liebre inside the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, near the town of Guerrero Negro. On average there are 1,200 to 1,500 grey whales in February, the end of the winter season.
January is the start of the mating season and by mid-month there are usually between 400 to 600 whales thrashing and splashing throughout the day. By the start of February, the grey whale population grows to approximately 1,200. It’s at this time that wildlife enthusiasts will begin to have the greatest chance to have an up close encounter with these 36 ton magnificent mammals, which can grow up to 52 feet in length. Laying hands on a wild and free 50 foot adult whale is an experience of a lifetime.
By February 15th, the mating season has ended but the whales will stay in the at Laguna Ojo de Liebre area well into March. Close encounters will still be common, but mostly with the young juveniles born the previous years.
Be sure to acquaint yourself with reputable whale watching tour operators, such as Baja Jones Adventure. Their daily itineraries are based upon each day’s unique mix of weather conditions and animal activities. Any tour operator’s primary mission should be to help you to have the best whale watching experience in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
A great side trip is to the remote village of Catavina. There you will have the opportunity to view an ancient cave painting site. If time permits, head out to El Faro (the lighthouse) for some bird watching and general sight seeing. Ospreys are quite common here.
For more information on all-inclusive whale watching trips contact Keith at Baja Jones Adventures: firstname.lastname@example.org.