What is the best time for whale watching in Cabo San Lucas? The answer depends on what you hope to see! To decide what is the best time for whale watching for yourself, please keep reading. Our guidelines for whale watching tours in Los Cabos have been taken from years of observations and thousands of tours led by our team of Marine Biologists.
The Humpback and Gray whales return from their summer feeding grounds along the north Pacific coast of Alaska to the Sea of Cortez beginning in November of every year. By the start of the official Cabo San Lucas whale watching season, December 15th, the population of Humpback whales around Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo all but guarantees multiple whale encounters on every tour. In fact, over the past years we have an over 99% success rate, encountering whales on our tours!
Time of day does not affect the whales activity level:
From years of experience and thousands of trips to encounter the whales of Los Cabos we can assure you that there is no correlation between time of day and a greater level of whale activity (like breaching, mating groups, mating displays, etc). The only correlation we have found is that the day following a full moon the seas and the whales display lowered activity levels. The whales are known to sing their hearts out on full moon evenings, maybe this tires them out?!
Whales do not have normal day/night bio-rythms like people. Whales and dolphins sleep (by alternately turning off half of their brain) when they need ‘sleep’ – not necessarily during the night time. Likewise, their activity level does not follow the standard day/night schedule either.
Time of the day does make a difference in the tour conditions:
- 8:15am ~ Typically the calmest seas of the day, few other boats around, dress in layers, it can be cool
- 11:30am ~ We may get late morning wind/waves, most other boats around, warmest temperatures
- 2:45pm ~ Typically seas calming down, few other boats around, it will start to cool off
Every few days the Marine Mammal Dynamic Changes:
What we have also found is that heightened levels of whale activity tends to grow and wane in small packets of days. In other words, we have noticed there will be 2 or 3 days of intense whale activity followed by a couple of days of relaxed whales. This has been observed to coincide with the arrival (more activity) and departure (less activity) of small groups of male Whales looking for female whales that are receptive to mating.
So what we suggest is, that if you hope to see a wondrous level of whale activity, make at least 2 whale watching tours, several days apart, perhaps at different times. Several reservations a couple of days apart, ensure you of the best opportunity to see whales leaping from the ocean, frolicking baby whales or witness the intensity of whale mating groups.
We have several whale encounter ‘Hot Spots’ but cannot visit all of them on each tour. For guests making multiple outings with us we endeavor to show our guests something new on each tour. Book online and save 20% on small group Cabo San Lucas whale watching trips or San Jose del Cabo whale watching tours (20% savings reflects cash discount for tours).
We hope that these recommendations for what is the best time for whale watching Cabo San Lucas helps give you a better understanding of what to expect when joining Whale Watch Cabo’s guides for some whale watching tours. No matter when you decide to join us, we are sure that the passion our staff of marine biologists has for the whales of Los Cabos you will find infectious. We absolutely love encountering whales and always aim to show our guests the best time whale watching in Los Cabos.Share