Baja whale watching safari in Mexico

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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.
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The Impacts of this Trip

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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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Viewing the grey whales. Hoping my tent would stay up in the fierce wind &
being relieved when it did. Lovely coastal scenery on drive south to departure port

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I was disappointed not to have the close personal encounter with the gray whales as per do much video footage. This happens mainly with mothers & older babies. None of these. Whales are arriving later on the year possibly due to global warming. This allows the whales to stay north longer (same for the blue whales near Loreto). Optimum season may now be March. I have suggested to the operator that they offer the option to book own hotel on Loreto on first &
last day of tour. Hotel la Mision is a characterless tourist class hotel, albeit
facing the water, & noisy round the pool/bar area. There are some lovely
nearby options eg Posada de la Flo pores (gorgeous) or Posada del Cortes.
Don't expect glamping. It isn't. Toilet arrangements aren't lovely. Food excellent. Guides excellent, informed & interesting.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes very much so. Guides very aware of this

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Memorable but sadly not for the reasons of close whale encounters.
Don't go thinking gray whale close encounters will necessarily happen.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your trip in Baja and provide us with your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not have the whale encounters that you were hoping for on your Baja adventure. We take your feedback very seriously and we will review your suggestions with our team as we plan for upcoming seasons. Thank you for sharing with us about your trip and for choosing to travel with us to Baja this season

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