Whale Watching Los Cabos, Mexico: Best Tours for Season 2022

Thanks to idyllic beaches and turquoise waters, the whale watching Los Cabos tours has become a great activity for travelers worldwide.

Prepare for the perfect getaway at the amazing Sea of Cortez! 

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

One of the main attractions around the area is The Pacific Ocean’s most beautiful gift: the majestic whale migration route.

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 are fortunate to have the opportunity to witness this magnificent event on one of the most beautiful coasts in Mexico.

Whale Watching Season

The season begins from late October to April the following year, with dozens of tours for whale watching in all Los Cabos area. This is when these beautiful marine mammals arrive at the Mexican coast to start their mating season and give birth to their calves; that’s right, no one wants to miss it!

Humpback whales constitute the majority of the whale population. 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.

In 2022, December 15th – April 15th was announced as the official whale watching calendar by the Mexican authorities. But bear in mind that this also turns out to be the peak season in Los Cabos.

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

Three humpback whales peering out the ocean near a boat with 5 tourist in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Whale watching experience

Whale watching season varies from year to year, but whales are known to pass through Cabo San Lucas (CSL) and San José del Cabo (SJD) from mid-December to April every year. 

These are the two main cities that comprise Los Cabos municipality.

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. 

How much does whale watching Los Cabos cost?

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

The most common way of getting all kinds of deals is by approaching tour representatives working on your resort. Just make sure you’ll make an informed decision before paying for your trip.  

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, you’ll likely get approached by tour providers anywhere you walk in either city downtown or marina dock. These guys tend to be more competitive in terms of pricing, and probably you can get a decent rate if you are lucky enough. 

If you book online, you can expect to spend from 60 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 personal adventure. 

Here you can check these Tripadvisor alternatives with excellent ratings online:

 CompanyTourPrice USD
OceanusWhale Watching Cruise$ 59.99 
La Princesa Catamaran Whale Watching Tour$ 60.00 
Pez Gato Cabo Sailing Catamarans Whale Watching Tour $ 66.00 
Cabo Nature Whale Watching with Phots Included$ 69.42 
Albatros Los Cabos Sailaway Luxury Sailing Whale Watch and The Arc$ 89.00 
Buccaneer Queen Whale-Watching Pirate Ship Cruise$ 89.00 
Cabo ExpeditionsWhale Watching Tour$ 90.67 
Rancho Tours Whale Watching Luxury Trimaran$ 95.00 
Cabo Trek Humpback Whale Watching$ 96.00 
Sunrider Adventure Tours Whale-Watching Lunch Cruise $ 98.00
Sunrider Adventure Tours Whale-Watching Dinner Cruise $ 98.00
Wisest TravelZodiac Whale-Watching Adventure$ 109.00
La Isla TourSmall-Group Whale Watching Cruise$ 250.00
Whale watching tours listing with company names and prices

Bear in mind these prices may vary according to season and demand. As you can expect, most tours are for Cabo San Lucas as this is a more developed and bigger city than San José del Cabo.

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

However you decide to book your whale watching tour in Cabo, we can assure you’ll have a remarkable experience with these beautiful marine mammals.  

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 afternoons 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. 

The Don’t Do’s 

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