Baja whale watching safari in Mexico

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Responsible tourism: Baja whale watching safari in Mexico

Environment

The island we visit remains untouched and undeveloped due to our permit here. In order to protect this area, we completely remove our camp after the whale season. The area remains vacant for 10 months per year. We further this in our commitment to sustainability in our tours by strictly adhering to LEAVE NO TRACE camping policies. We pack in and pack out all of any garbage, carefully separating compostable material from other garbage. Guests are encouraged to limit their own impact in packing for the tours, including taking precautions like using biodegradable soap and covering up with clothing instead of using sunscreen in these water-focused activities. Human waste is also removed from the island with a custom-built porta potty. Toilet paper is carefully burned per the Park Service's policy. Garbage found on shore (ie plastics that end up in the ocean) is always removed.

Fresh water is so very scarce in this desert environment that we use the plentiful sea water for bathing (on shore) and cleaning to preserve this resource. Fresh water is brought with us during transfers for drinking.

Wildlife is such an important part of this tour that we include natural history information and lectures for our guests to better learn about how to preserve and understand this ecoscape. Many of our guides are marine biologists, fully versed in conservation of their chosen species and the Baja peninsula. We also support local environmental groups and wildlife conservation efforts, including sea turtle initiatives.

We are also members of the World Cetacean Alliance, an honor that we take very seriously. Part of our ongoing case study is to hold a gray whale summit and better enforce protections and whale watching practices on a local, grassroots level by establishing a culture of respectful whale watching. Guides accompany all of our guests in the whale watching boats (we use local operators) and we are quite strict about procedures and proper behavior toward the whales.

Community

Our entire guiding and support staff are native Mexicans, many of whom call Baja home. These intrepid people are bilingual and worked their way through the highest international standards of wilderness first aid and sea kayaking certifications. Some are marine biologists, while others come from fishing families with generations of experience on the Sea of Cortez. Their pride in their homeland and enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge adds a priceless element to the tour. We pay living wages well above the standard, and offer educational and training opportunities for higher certifications.

We utilize locally owned hotels and transport services, and patronize local restaurants, to keep operating costs benefiting the economies in which we operate. After 20+ years of operation and living in this area, we value the relationships with our local vendors and look forward to sending our guests to their caring services. We know the best people to recommend for any need, and have enjoyed years of happy guests and happy vendors.

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