Whale Whatching in Bahia Magdalena

We were so excited to have our friend Mr. Matthew Trentacoste visiting us for the week. We had grand plans of adventure and excitement. We had grand plans that is until we both got sick – not at the same time, but even worse, one after the other. Drew spent the first half of the week in bed with a 102F fever and I followed it up nicely with my own version of the same flu. Just as we were getting better and ready to take off sailing, in came the bad weather and the port captain closed the port to small vessels.

With only a couple of days left to spend with our friend, we decided to take a rental car and head to the other side of the peninsula for some whale watching at Bahia Magdalena. We figured it would be nice to get away and hopefully see some whales along the coast. When we got to the hotel we found that it would only be about $30 USD each to go out on an actual tour, so we decided to jump on. We were warned ahead of time that seeing whales is not guaranteed since it is early in the season – if we were to come back in February we would likely get to touch whales since it is a birthing ground and pregnant and new whale moms like to follow the boats and get attention from tourists. Although we did not get to touch any whales, we were able to see several large grey whales fairly close up. The tour also took us to see some sea lions, an old Japanese whale processing plant and some beautiful white sand dunes. All in all, the week could have definitely gone better, but having Matt in town was fantastic and the mini-road trip was a really nice end to the visit.

Proof that we did *actually* see whales:

And Drew flipping gracefully onto the sand dunes:

2 Responses to “Whale Whatching in Bahia Magdalena”

  1. Hi,
    I found your blog while looking for information about Magdalena Bay. What a coincidence that you posted this today ;0). I want to know if you can provide me some information on how to go from La Paz to Puerto San Carlos by public transportation. I have only seen information on renting cars and driving to the place. It seems pretty easy to find whale watching tours once you are there. Your pictures are awesome by the way.

    • admin says:

      Hi! Sorry about the delayed response, I just noticed your comment.

      To answer your question, I do not know of any public transportation options to San Carlos from La Paz. In general the public transit on the Baja has been excellent, but San Carlos is a surprisingly small town so we could not find any buses that stopped there. We rented a car for about $11/day with full coverage for an extra $25. The whale watching tours are very easy to find – we just went with the tour that our hotel offered. However, I have heard from many people that a company called Baja Expedions does a great job, so if you can find them I would give them a try.

      Thanks for reading the blog and I hope this helps!

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