Where the waters of the Sea of Cortez meet the Pacific Ocean sits Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, home to perfect conditions for the Cabo whale watching season of 2019.
It is not uncommon for travelers to book a trip to Mexico around the whale watching in Cabo San Lucas. The Baja California Peninsula separates the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific, and this junction has the perfect conditions for whale breeding. Beautifully located at this junction, Cabo is at the southern tip of the peninsula. Vacation during the Cabo whale watching season is one that will never be forgotten.
Best Time Of Year To Visit
SEMARNAT, the Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources for Mexico, has established the Cabo whale watching season 2019 as December 15 - April 15. This is when varying species of whales will migrate from the cold waters of the north around Alaska, down to the warmer waters of Cabo.
The best time to enjoy whale watching in Cabo San Lucas is January - March. This is when there are the most whales and the greatest activity. You will be 90-95% guaranteed to see whale activity at this time.
In late December into early January, the primary activity will be whales migrating back to the area and males who are going from pod to pod to find females with which they can mate. Their activity may increase as other males migrate into the area. More competition for female attention means more active male whales.
In late January, through February, and into March is when females start calving, so you will have a greater chance of seeing baby whales. The later in the season you go whale watching in Cabo San Lucas, the more active the babies will be as they grow stronger and become more active.
Best Time Of Day To Go Whale Watching
Whale watching during the whale watching season of December 2018 - April 2019 will almost always result in sightings, but the time of day can make a difference. Morning cruises are good for those who have motion sickness issues, as the waters are usually calmer and it is less windy. This may be a good time to go if you have young children, as the ride will be smoother. There is morning activity as the whales congregate and feed.
There is more activity during mid-day whale watching tours, as the waters begin to get rougher.
The afternoon and early evening have the most activity thanks to the high tides and increased winds. It may be a more bumpy ride, but the sights and activities of the whales will be worth riding the waves.
Some marine biologists have also observed that whales tend to have about 2-3 days of activity, then there is a bit of a lull for a couple of days.
Types of Whales At Cabo
The largest population you will probably see during the Cabo whale watching season, 2019, is the Humpback Whale. These grumpy-faced dark-colored whales are actually quite jovial, almost creating a “family reunion” atmosphere as they roll and play with each other.
Gray Whales are another often-sighted species in Magdalena Bay, near Los Cabos. The Grays tend to nest near shore, so there’s a chance you can see them without hitting the waters, but the Cabo whale watching season is always enjoyed most from a boat.
Other whales that have been seen in the Cabo area, but are much rarer, are Killers, Blues, and Fin Whales. These marine mammals do not stay in the area, so if they are seen they are usually just migrating through and looking for food. Sperm whales can also be seen offshore at times in Cabo waters, most often females and their calves.
Undoubtedly, January through March is the best time to check out the Cabo whale watching season of 2019. You can set up a tour through a tour booking company like Cabo Adventures. Cabo Adventures also ensures that the guides and vessels meet current SEMARNAT and other safety standards. Contact them today to experience the wonders of whale watching in Cabo San Lucas.