Ocean research vacation in Baja, Mexico

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This trip involves observing and recording data on sea turtles and whale sharks in partnership with local conservation organizations. Sea turtles are the only animals that are handled and this is done by trained staff using best practices for wildlife handling. Researchers and conservationists lead the activities to make sure the animals are respected and not stressed during observation and that appropriate distances are kept.

The data collected is part of long-term research programs which help researchers to understand behavior and health of wildlife populations. The trip also generates funds for sea turtle research, conservation, and educational programs. The hatchery that we visit follows Responsible Travel's guidelines for hatcheries by avoiding the use of tanks, not allowing touching of hatchlings without gloves, and getting hatchlings into the water as quickly as possible.

We reduce plastic use by offering filtered water for reusable bottles (no plastic bottles or straws are sold). Water is a precious resource on the island and travelers are encouraged to conserve while showering.

Energy is produced from solar panels and limited use of generators.

The Impacts of this Trip

This trip is managed locally by a Mexican ecotourism company. They hire local staff for all jobs related to the trip and care is taken to support the local community wherever possible. Our partners work on ecotourism development and education, in addition to conservation and research.

This trip contributes to the local economy by using locally-owned resources (food, lodging, guides, etc) and many of the organization staff are former turtle fishers who now work to protect these animals.

Our partners contribute greatly to their local community. They have implemented a vision to use tourism as platform for conserving species, from the bats of Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve to sea turtles and whale sharks. Along the way, we have trained individuals and microenterprises in Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinoloa, Nayarit and Oaxaca. As part of this vision, they launched a non-profit organization, which helps rural communities and works with government agencies to create tools to sustainably manage tourism in natural protected areas.


1 Reviews of Ocean research vacation in Baja, Mexico

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020 by

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

Swimming with the whale sharks and seeing the grey whales and babies up close!

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

Just enjoy it - only a weeks break but loads packed into the week.

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

The trip was run locally by the operator- they really did take care not to impact the environment detrimentally, our vacation fee supported turtle monitoring and also work done by people on the rancheros. The vacation definitely did support local people - fishermen on the turtle monitoring and the rancheros family.

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

Fantastic! Everything worked well and we had done amazing wild life encounters - whale sharks, grey whales and green turtles.

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