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Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas
Tuesday, April 22, 2014  
Cabo San Lucas is famous for whale watching, among other things. And, one of our favorite activities is watching whales. So, when we learned that we would be spending an entire day in Cabo on our cruise, we knew we had to seek out some humpbacks. We could have booked a whale watching tour through the cruise line but decided to venture out on our own since we needed an afternoon departure and Azamara's excursion was a morning departure.



After doing some research online, I came across Whale Watch Cabo (www.WhaleWatchCabo.com), a local tour operator. The entire scheduling was done online and we were instructed to meet our guide at the L-M-N gate at the marina in Cabo. It was perhaps a five-minute walk from where the tender drops off cruise passengers and very easy to find (in front of the Kon Tiki bar/restaurant).


LMN Gate

Our tour was scheduled to start at 2:45pm and end at 5:15 giving us plenty of time to catch the tender back to our ship (last tender is not until 9:30pm). Whale Watch Cabo operates up to three tours per day, so you can go in the morning, early afternoon or late afternoon. The 2:45 tour fit our schedule perfectly, as we did another driving/walking tour in the morning, and had plenty of time for a leisurely lunch before meeting up with Whale Watch Cabo.


Abbie, a marine biologist, was our whale watching guide for the day

At 2:30, guests started to gather at the gate and the Whale Watch Cabo representative showed up to guide us to our boats. When we stepped aboard our boat, "The Blessing", we were greeted by Abbie who was our guide for the day. Alex was our boat driver. There were eight people on the boat, so not too crowded. The boat has a canopy to keep the harsh sun off guests, which is nice. However, today it is rather overcast and perfect temperature.


The Blessing

We quickly headed out of the marina and our first stop was near the arch of Cabo, a famous rock formation. We also had the opportunity to view some colorful tropical fish using the boat's glass bottom.


The Arch


Rickee looks at tropical fish through the glass bottom

Before long, we were speeding toward the part of the Pacific where humpback whales are routinely sighted. It did not take long before we came across two humpacks coming up for air. The blow from a humpback can reach 20 feet high, so they can be spotted from quite a distance on a calm sea day. Alex brought our boat within 100 yards of the whales and, with a good zoom lens, I was able to get some decent photos.


The blow from a humpback whale can reach 20 feet high

During our 2 & 1/2 tour, we spotted no less than eight different humpacks in the area. Abbie, a marine biologist, did a great job of educating us on humpback behavior and spotting the whales for us. And Alex did an excellent job of getting the boat in position for photos.


A humpback showing its fluke as it prepares to dive

We had a great time on our Whale Watch Cabo tour and can highly recommend their service to anyone visiting Cabo on a cruise ship (or anyone else visiting Cabo). The cost (2014) for the tour was only $71 per person (cash discount price) or $89 if you pay by credit card. By the way, our guide, Abbie, said she had never NOT seen whales on this excursion!


The boat is great for photo taking


You can visit Whale Watch Cabo's website at www.WhaleWatchCabo.com.




     
     
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