Whale Watching Los Cabos, Mexico: Best Tours 2023

Hello to our Baja travelers! Welcome to our Whale Watching Los Cabos post.

To begin with, one of the main attractions in Cabo is The Pacific Ocean’s most beautiful gift: the majestic whale migration route.

Therefore, thanks to idyllic beaches and turquoise waters, is not a surprise that whale-watching tours in Los Cabos have become a great activity for travelers worldwide.

Humpback whale peering over the ocean in front of The Arc in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Humpback whale in Cabo San Lucas

These friendly giants love to come to specific areas in Baja Sur to mate and give birth as part of their yearly crossing up to the northern cold waters in Alaska. 

As a matter of fact, we consider ourselves lucky to have the chance to witness this spectacular event on one of Mexico’s most stunning coastlines.

In this article, we are doing a little research about the best tours you can book online or on-site, hoping you find it easy and convenient when you visit this beautiful travel spot. 

Whale Watching Season

In general terms, the season begins from late October to April the following year, with dozens of tours for whale-watching in all Baja Sur area.

While the specific timing may fluctuate annually, it’s a known fact that whales make their way through Cabo San Lucas (CSL) and San José del Cabo (SJD) from mid-December to April each year. These two vibrant cities together make up the Los Cabos municipality.

During the season, Humpback whales take center stage as the main whale species in this region. However, during your stay in Cabo, you are bound to see other species such as whale sharks and grey whales, and sometimes, we also can be delighted by the presence of orcas.

To find out how to enjoy the best rates when traveling to Cabo, you can check out our travel guide here.

The best time of the season

You can expect to see less whale activity during the tours between late December and early January. 

Therefore, between January and March, females start calving, which also offers an opportunity to see baby whales. This is undoubtedly the best time for whale watching in Los Cabos. 

For those on a budget, children typically cost less money than adults!

How much does it cost?

This will depend on how you hire the service and your provider, but this is generally a pocket-friendly activity. 

For online bookings

If you book online, you can expect to spend from 70 USD up to 250 USD as a typical price range, and this will depend on the tour’s specificities, like if it’s a big group trip or a more personalized adventure. 

Here you can check these alternatives from great providers online with excellent ratings:

Cabo AdventuresLuxury Catamaran Whale-Watching Experience
Cabo Nature 2-Hour Whale-Watching Boat Ride with Free Pictures
Cabo ExpeditionsUp Close Whale-Watching Small Group Tour 
 Pez Gato Amazing AdventuresWhale-Watching Catamaran Experience
Wild CaboWhale-Watching Breakfast Cruise

As you can expect, most tours are for Cabo San Lucas as this is a more suitable city for this activity than San José del Cabo.

For on-site bookings

Perhaps the most common way of getting all kinds of deals is by approaching tour representatives working on your resort. Be sure you make an informed decision before paying for your trip (discuss taxes and tips to avoid any unexpected surprises!).

Humpback whale peering over the ocean in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Humpback whale swimming in the Sea of Cortez

In my experience as a local, it’s probable that tour providers will approach you as you stroll through either the city downtown or the marina dock.

Sometimes, these guys tend to be more competitive in terms of pricing, and probably you can get fantastic rates if you are lucky enough. But again, be wary of possible scams— Better choose trusted tours from well-known providers.

However you decide to book your whale-watching tour in Cabo, we can assure you you’ll have a remarkable experience with these beautiful marine mammals hundreds of great reviews cannot be wrong!

Enjoy Los Cabos

Besides visiting these friendly giants, there are plenty of activities to do in Los Cabos. As you can guess, this is undoubtedly a prime travel destination in Mexico, and you can be sure you’ll have a great time whenever you come.

Here there are some other excellent adventures you can try when visiting Cabo:

Scuba diver swimming around a big shoal of fish in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Scuba dive tour in Los Cabos

Our Advice to Baja Travelers

  • To guarantee you’ll witness whale activity, visit Cabo San Lucas during the first three months of the year (January – March). 
  • The morning tour sessions are ideal for families with children as the water is calmer and whales often congregate to feed. At this time of the day, it can get chilly for some people so it is a good idea to bring some pants and a light jacket. 
  • If you prefer to see the whole shebang it is better to take afternoon tour sessions as these are peak whale activity hours. Bear in mind the ocean will get a bit bumpier! 
  • Protect your phone from water splashes while you take pictures on your trip.
  • Bring reef-safe sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. 

Things to Avoid 

  • Bring any kind of pets
  • Throw any kind of garbage into the ocean
  • Pregnant women should avoid this trip