Best Time to Go Whale Watching in Mexico

Best Time to Go Whale Watching in Mexico

Posted by Erin Wachtel on 8/30/13 10:00 AM

Cabo is home to some of the best whale watching in the world. If you're looking for spectacular views of these amazing marine mammals, Cabo will not disappoint. But it wouldn't be ideal to travel all the way to Cabo and not see any whales. That's why you need to be aware of the best time to go whale watching in Mexico before your trip is set in stone.

Why Cabo?


The warmth of the seas makes Cabo one of the world's most ideal places to observe the seasonal migration of several types of whales, including the gray, killer, humpback, sperm, and world's largest mammal, the blue whale. The naturally wealthy eco-system of these waters makes it an ideal breeding and birthing ground for these beautiful creatures.

Whales in Cabo are often accompanied by pods of dolphins, providing additional viewing pleasure.

Planning your trip

In general, the whale season in Cabo runs from late November to April, but the best time to go whale watching in Mexico is anytime between December and March. There are many different types of organized tours that you may entertain for whale watching. Providing a full range of types of tours, charter operators in the Cabo area generally have several departures daily, and the emphasis of a cruise may be simply on sighting, or for the more curious, can include scientific and educational lectures while on board. Some cruises offer meals while on board, with many chefs featuring the local cuisine.  Some cruises are small and intimate in nature; some are aboard larger ships.

While preparing for your whale watching expedition, be sure to take binoculars, a camera (and extra film, if you don't shoot digitally). While normal daily temperature ranges in Cabo usually range from the high 70s to mid 80s, a  light winter jacket will keep you comfortable, if it gets chilly on board.

If you want to learn more about whales before your trip, here are some tips on where you'll often spot them and what you can look for when you see them:

Gray Whales

The West Coast population of gray whales, estimated to range between 20 and 30 thousand, migrates between the waters of Alaska and the Baja.  Grays arrive in the fall and birth in the early winter months. The shallow lagoons of the waters surrounding the Baja are thought to be ideal for the protection of the calves from predators, as well for providing a teeming supply of nourishment, so stay on the look out in these shallow waters.

Seeking protection in the coves and inlets, the entire gray population is in place by mid-February to early March.


Blue Whales

Due to their massive size, blue whales have no natural predators, but ambitious Orca (killer whale) whales attempt to attack blues from time to time. As you're doing your whale watching, you might catch a glimpse at some scars and blemishes from Orca attacks on blues.

With so many opportunities to see whales during this time of year, whale watching should definitely be on your vacation agenda for Cabo. By planning your trip during the best time to go whale watching in Mexico, you’re sure to see some amazing sights. The opportunity to see these magnificent creatures close up is a once in a lifetime experience.

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Topics: Sightseeing & Tours, Fishing & Sailing