San Ignacio Lagoon
WHY WE LOVE THIS ADVENTURE
Spend 4 nights camping in comfort at San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja where daily expeditions offer encounters with grey whales and expert naturalists share their knowledge.
PERFECT FOR FAMILIES
San Ignacio whale watching is a mild adventure that generally anyone of any age and ability level can participate in.
San Ignacio Lagoon is the only place in the world where you can have an intimate encounter with these friendly, curious grey whales.
TIME TO EXPLORE
Kayak into labyrinth mangrove estuaries to bird watch, beach-comb along the shorelines of camp, or kick back and enjoy the ocean breeze.
Our outfitter has been leading expeditions for over 40 years and has a history of environmentally responsible expeditions in Baja.
SAN IGNACIO LAGOON WHALE WATCHING
San Ignacio Lagoon Whale Watching Inquiry Request
Your adventure begins in San Diego, California. It is best to arrive the evening before your trip. A shuttle will pick you up at your hotel and transport you to a nearby airfield where you will board a small chartered plane arranged by the outfitter to transport you to the San Ignacio Lagoon airstrip. The flight is approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival, you will take a short shuttle ride to the base camp, your home for the next 4 days. Over the next several day, you will enjoy twice daily expeditions into the lagoon on your search for the Pacific gray whales. On Day 5, you will have breakfast and travel by small chartered plane back to San Diego. A shuttle arranged by the outfitter will transport you to your hotel. It is recommended to schedule your return flight the following morning in case of any delays.
Your trip will begin in San Diego, California where you will take a motor coach from your preferred hotel to a nearby airfield for your short 2-hour flight to San Ignacio Lagoon. Upon landing, you will be met by your guides and shuttled to the base camp for trip orientation.
Following breakfast on your final morning, you will be transferred by bus to the San Ignacio Lagoon landing strip for your flight back to San Diego, California. Once you arrive back in the U.S., you will take another chartered bus back to your preferred hotel.
Airfare to and from San Diego, California to San Ignacio Lagoon, Mexico. All ground transportation, including transfers from your preferred hotel in San Diego to the airfield before and after your expedition. Camping and sleeping kits, including, a safari style canvas sided walk-in tent, cot, Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and pillow. Most meals, six whale expeditions, and kayaks for use while in camp are also included.
February and March temperatures will be cool but pleasant with slight winds and daytime temperatures in the mid to upper-60sºF. Expect some wind and rain during this time of year.
The San Ignacio Lagoon
The sleepy little fishing town of San Ignacio on the Baja California Peninsula will be the home for Camp Ramón, your basecamp and whale watching adventures. The lagoon stretches sixteen miles into the desert from the Pacific Ocean and is used by the whales for calving their young, travel, and group social behavior.
Group sizes will be 8 to a maximum of 24 people and there is one guide for every 8 guests. Your group for whale viewing will take pangas that hold between 8-12 people allowing everyone to have an up-close experience.
Pangas are nimble yet tough boats often used in Baja for fishing and are perfect for safely approaching wintering whales. They are stable, sea-kind, and very safe. They are also ideal for loading and unloading expedition gear as they are light enough to enter shallow bays.
Meals are prepared daily by the camp chef and includes a tantalizing mix of local ingredients and Mexican flair. These combine to make delicious meals, such as freshly caught fish prepared Veracruz style and the traditional Mexican dinner of Carne Asada. Plenty of cold refreshments and snacks are offered throughout the day, as well as alcoholic beverages with happy hour appetizers. Our outfitter can accommodate most special dietary requirements.
This is not a tour; it’s an expedition!
A flexible, open attitude is a necessity. While camp conditions are comfortable, you will be immersed in the varying elements of nature. There is no running water, but a warm solar heated shower is provided and a full camp kitchen.
At the San Ignacio Whale Watching Camp, skiff excursions will take place twice a day; once in the morning and once in the early afternoon. Each skiff excursion will last approximately 2 hours. This provides ample time for whale watching, while still allowing for time to explore camp by kayak and hiking in between.
We’ve been connecting our clients to water adventures around the world since 1987. We partner with select outfitters who share our values and are pros at creating exceptional experiences. There is no fee for our service; we earn our commission from the outfitters we represent, and the cost of your expedition is the same as booking direct.
Length: 5 days
Price: $3,125 per person
Season: February – March
Min. Age: 12 years (May be negotiable based on expedition option & discretion of the outfitter)
Activity: Whale Watching
Adventure Level: Mild
Overview of Baja California, Mexico