Join Susan Duval and Gayle Lawrence for the Adventure of a Lifetime!
Magical Encounters with Gray Whales that Open Your Heart and Touch Your Soul!
Touching a 45 ft long whale is like an other-worldly experience. San Ignacio Lagoon, an oasis in the rugged desert landscape of Baja California Sur is the only place in the world where gray whales willingly approach you for human-whale connections.
Each winter gray whales migrate to the warm, shallow waters of the Lagoon to mate and calve; bringing the world’s most extraordinary encounters to only a handful of select people who are called to share this one-of-a-kind wildlife experience. Explore San Ignacio Lagoon and discover the wild, rugged desert coastline; spending evenings marveling at the uninterrupted, ebony starlit sky. This is where dreamlike, magical encounters with whales become a reality.
There is nothing quite like the feeling of having your own slice of paradise. Our superior tented accommodations are naturally distanced allowing for privacy with the added bonus that you’ll feel like you’ve got this remote, corner of the planet all to yourself.
You are going to see a LOT of Gray Whales! Be prepared for some Magical encounters with these Ancient and Wise Beings
Wonderfully remote but just 1 hr - 55 minute flight from Cabo to San Ignacio Lagoon
Yes you are glamping but the food is 1st class! Enjoy fresh, delicious, healthy
Chef Prepared dishes.
Glamping tents with real beds, fine linens, ensuite bathroom & shower. Our whale wilderness expedition allows you to experience some of the most remote, wild corners of Baja Mexico, in comfort and luxury
From salt flats to mangroves, discover
the unique landscapes and local wildlife
with our expert guides. Kayak paddles, beach walks, time for rest and relaxation
Our camps support conservation
and mangrove restoration projects
and return a share of your trip cost
to the local community.
Due to our charter flight on March 17, you should arrive in Cabo San Lucas and overnight the day before. Why not arrive a couple of days early and explore all that Cabo has to offer! Those that have a full day in Cabo, we will schedule a "whale watching cruise - included in the trip cost" looking for Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, pods of dolphins and more.
Day 1 - Depart by Private Charter for San Ignacio Lagoon.
There will be an early morning flight and a lunch time flight March 17 to San Ignacio Lagoon, you will be picked up from your hotel for transfer to the Cabo San Lucas airport. Our private Cessna charter aircraft, seating 13 guests, complete with leather seats and air conditioning makes the two hour flight up to remote San Ignacio a breeze! Upon arrival to Camp Tio Timo, you will be welcomed by our expert naturalist guides and attentive hostesses with champagne mimosas before whisking you away to get straight out onto the water with the gray whales!
Get ready to watch out for spouts! Following your first whale encounters, you will return to camp for fully catered meals and to enjoy all our camp has on offer. Take out a kayak or paddleboard, or grab an ice cream or cold drink from the bar to enjoy the spectacular sunsets over the lagoon from our prime beachfront location.
Days 2-3 - Whales, Whales, Whales! Whale watching to your heart’s content!
We will start our whale watching sessions at 8:00am and continue through sunset. You can expect 2 - 3, 90-minute encounters each day, returning to camp between our whale excursion. Our goal is to ensure you get the most out of this once in a lifetime experience with these incredible cetaceans. Accompanied by our knowledgeable guides, watch them roll, breach, spyhop, and tend to their young. You may even have the incredible opportunity to stroke, pet and hug these Ancient Beings of the Sea as they seek out human interaction.
In your downtime, you can take out one of our kayaks for a paddle on the calm lagoon waters or explore the shoreline tide pools, watching out for the diverse bird life in the surrounding mangroves. Our attentive staff will assure you are served delicious, fresh meals and have everything you need to enjoy your time at our Eco-Camp.
Day 4 - Departure: Today we must leave these majestic, new Gray Whale friends.
Ideally we will have our final whale excursion to bid Farewell and thank the whales for spending time with us humans. There will be a mid-morning flight and a mid-afternoon flight back to Cabo San Lucas. To allow for any possible flight delays due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, we suggest you plan to overnight on March 20 and schedule your flight home on March 21.
Space is Very Limited - Book Now to Guarantee your Spot!
Trip Cost: $2,525.00 per person shared glamping tent
$500 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space
Comfortable glamping tents with real beds, linens, en-suite bathroom, shower, toiletries
Healthy, delicious and fresh chef prepared meals
Chartered, private flight from Cabo San Lucas to San Ignacio and return
Non-alcoholic beverages and guide service
All tents are double occupancy / there are no single tents
Two to four whale watching excursions per day
battery charging station / complimentary Wifi
Flight to Cabo San Lucas and additional nights at hotel
Charter flight airport landing fee of $35 USD per person, paid at camp
Suggested crew gratuities - typically between $250-300 USD per person.
Travel Insurance is mandatory and proof of current policy is required
Where do I fly into?
SJD - Los Cabos International Airport
Why does our trip leave out of Cabo San Lucas?
Because the shortest charter flight to the Lagoon is from Cabo which is super easy to get to with service from 15 different US cities, most of Mexico and even direct flights from overseas. Cabo San Lucas in the spring is a really fun place to visit!! There are all sorts of other activities you can enjoy from Cabo including swimming with whale sharks, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking and other adventures into the Sea of Cortez. Great shopping, restaurants or just relaxing at the lovely beaches.
What can I do in my free time between gray whale encounters?
Kayak on the calm lagoon waters with a guide. Take a walk and explore the pristine shoreline and tidal pools. Birders Delight with the local avian population. Relax at camp with a good book, naps are optional, shoot pool or have a cold drink at the bar
Can you accommodate special dietary requests?
With 30 days notice, we can provide delicious vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.
How many people in the boat for whale watching?
Only six guests per panga to provide the highest quality, most personalized experience for each visitor.
How much time will I get with the whales?
We reckon that if you have travelled all the way to San Ignacio Lagoon for gray whale encounters, we will facilitate as much time with the whales as possible. We are currently averaging nine whale watching sessions each trip, with two trips on your day of arrival, three sessions on days two and three and a final session to say goodbye before you depart the camp.
Is touching the whales bad for them?
Gray whales are normally shy and reclusive but their behaviour changes when they are in the lagoon. These whales were thought of as dangerous because they fought back hard against the whalers who nearly exterminated them when they discovered the breeding and birthing lagoons in the 19th century.
It was only 30 years ago that a local fisherman bravely put his hand out to touch a whale who approached his panga. Much like the misunderstood orca - or “killer whale” - it became apparent that these highly intelligent animals in the lagoon were actively seeking out physical interaction with humans. It’s entirely their choice to approach our pangas and rub up alongside to be touched and stroked. Amazingly enough, the whales will grow bored with humans after several minutes if we don’t physically interact with them. It’s clear to us that the whales are actually reaching out to us to connect; not the other way around. It touches your heart, it’s amazing and emotional. We will never betray their trust nor allow any whale to be harassed.
Do I need a passport or visa?
All USA guests must have a passport valid for six months from trip date. Visas are required from certain countries, please check your specific country requirements
Do I need travel insurance? Yes
Due to San Ignacio Lagoon's remote location, it is mandatory that you purchase trip insurance covering medical and emergency evacuation coverage. Proof of insurance will be required.
COVID Protocol 2021 season:
Gray Whale trips to San Ignacio Lagoon had to be cancelled in 2020 due to COVID 19. Clients were credited payments for trip dates in 2021. All trips ran in the 2021 season with strict COVID protocol, negative COVID tests required, masks in camp when in the dining and lounge tents and thorough sanitation and disinfection guidelines in all camp areas. We are expecting the 2022 gray whale season and trips to run smoothly and that COVID will not be a concern. But should it be, rest assured that Baja Expeditions will take all precautions necessary to keep our guests safe and healthy during their time at camp enjoying the whales.