The 2014 Los Cabos Whale Watching Season officially begins December 15, 2013 and runs until April 15, 2014. During the official whale watching season the chances of seeing Humpback whales and/or Gray Whales on one of our Cabo San Lucas tours is somewhere over 99%.
Although the Whale watching season begins mid December, no one tells the whales that. Typically we start seeing the first Humpback Whales of the season arriving in Cabo San Lucas around mid November. Many of these whales will continue on to their traditional mating grounds which can be as far away as Panama or the northern Sea of Cortez. Cabo San Lucas is like the offramp to the whale Super Highway.
During these weeks leading up to the start of the whale watching season Whale Watch Cabo is busy getting staff, boats, cameras, all the parts of the experienced team together and prepared for some wonderful encounters with Humpbacks, Gray Whales and for our guests too!
During this time we are available for private boat Marine Wildlife Tours, similar to the private boat Whale Watching tours that we offer during the official 2014 Los Cabos Whale watching season, but more focused on the many marine animals that make their home around the reefs, shoreline and seas surrounding Los Cabos.
Pre-season Marine Wildlife Tours are also led by one of our Marine Biologist Guides. We depart from our Dock LMN in the Cabo San Lucas Marina and spend some time exploring the reefs, watching the tropical reef fish in the Cabo San Lucas Marine Park, which is part of the Bay of Cabo San Lucas.
Our Cabo Whale watching boats have glass bottom ports, so this allows us to hover over some of the reefs that have benefitted from over 40 years of wildlife protection. There are almost 850 species of marine fish in the Sea of Cortez, many of which are found around the rocky reefs of the Cabo San Lucas Bay. Fish like; Angels, Butterfly, Moorish Idols, Parrotfish, Surgeonfish, and larger schools of jacks and grunts are often seen.
During the tour we pass by Lovers Beach, Lands End, The Arch and visit the Sea Lion Colony as well. The Sea Lions are often active, hunting around the reefs of Lands End where we also encounter numerous species of marine birds like; Brown Boobies, Brown Pelican, Frigates and Cormorants.
Then, depending on the sea conditions and relying on our network of fellow Captains, we either head off along the Pacific coastline or up the Los Cabos coastline looking for; Marine Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Manta Rays, Sharks and possibly Whales as well.
I am attaching the first photo of a breaching Humpback Whale seen here on November 21st in Los Cabos. We encountered this lovely whale during one of our preseason Marine Wildlife Tours in preparation for the 2014 Los Cabos Whale Watching Season. Our guests and guides we delighted to encounter a group of 4 Humpback Whales making their way past Cabo San Lucas. This energetic group was mostly young Humpbacks who were actively breaching, head lunging, pec slapping, tail slapping, you name it – we saw it!
For guests interested in a whale watching tour from San Jose del Cabo, we are waiting to hear from the Biologists running the Los Cabos Humpback Whale ID Project and what success they are having in encountering whales off the San Jose del Cabo coast. Typically, the San Jose del Cabo Whale Watching season does not get going until late January. As well, there are typically fewer Gray Whales in the area, predominantly Humpbacks are spotted.
So that is the preseason report for the 2014 Los Cabos Whale Watching Season. We are looking forward to welcoming many more whales to the Los Cabos area during the season. We hope that you will join us for some wonderful adventures with the amazing whales.