Explore the protected waters of Magdalena Bay, on this 4-day turtle conservation and whale watching tour. Participate in a world-renowned sea turtle research and conservation program, and observe the spectacular migration of the gray whales with your naturalist guide. In the afternoons, kayak, climb sand dunes, explore mangrove forests, and more. Relax each night in a comfortable, eco-camp on the waterfront. This outstanding tour offers a spectacular look at nature’s magnificence and magnitude.
On this 4-day Baja California turtle conservation and whale watching tour, explore the protected waters of Magdalena Bay, just off the coast of the Baja California Peninsula. Home to a staggering number of marine life, Magdalena Bay provides important sanctuary to sea turtles, as well as to hundreds of gray whales that mate and give birth here each year. On this 4-day excursion, set out each day to observe the migration of the gray whale, and participate in a world-renowned sea turtle research and conservation program.
On the coast of Magdalena Bay, you’ll also have the opportunity to kayak, climb massive sand dunes, explore mangrove forests, and look up each night at star-filled skies. Relax each evening at a comfortable eco-camp, nestled between the dunes, right on the shore. This outstanding Baja California turtle conservation and whale watching tour offers a thrilling look at nature’s magnificence and magnitude.
Duration: 4 Days, 3 Nights
Start/End Location: Hotel pick-up/drop-off in La Paz (transportation from Todos Santos and Loreto is available upon request at an additional cost)
Availability: Late January – March (whale breeding/calving season)
Physical Activity Level: Low difficulty. Hiking, walking, and boat riding
DAY 1 – Discover Magdalena Bay
Your Baja California turtle conservation and whale watching tour begins with early morning pick-up in La Paz and 3.5-hour transfer to Magdalena Bay. Stop en route for breakfast and coffee at a rustic ranch. Upon arrival to the eco-camp, enjoy lunch then head out onto the bay with your guide and boat captain to meet the gray whales!
In the afternoon, return to the eco-camp for a happy hour and informal presentation on tomorrow’s activities with the sea turtle restoration project. Get a good night’s sleep under star-filled skies.
DAY 2 – Monitor, Measure, and Release Sea Turtles
Sleep in or wake up early and grab a fresh cup of coffee, as you watch watch fisher/conservationists prepare their nets for sea turtle monitoring. At breakfast, learn more about the monitoring process and protocol for your expedition today.
After breakfast, you’ll set out with the monitoring team to check the turtle-friendly nets for turtles. Captured turtles will be taken to camp, where researchers will take measurements and collect data before releasing the turtle back into the wild. Every 2 hours, you’ll have the chance to join the researchers out on the water in search of turtles.
In the afternoon, you’ll have time to explore the mangrove forests and dunes between outings. The monitoring process will continue into the night.
DAY 3 – Observe Gray Whales and Explore the Bay
After breakfast, take a boat trip to observe the whales. Out on the water, your naturalist guide will brief you on the yearly migration of the gray whales, from the Bering Sea to Mexico’s Pacific coast. Out on the water, you may have the opportunity to get close to the whales, and encounter these gentle giants up close.
In the afternoon, relax at camp or explore the protected coast line. After dinner, enjoy free time to check out the stars
In the morning wake up and watch Magdalena Bay’s spectacular sunrise one more time. Grab breakfast, then say goodbye to your eco-camp hosts before setting out for one last day on the water. Admire the Pacific’s magnificent giants and take a few final photos. Dock at a scenic, secluded barrier island for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, make your return trip to La Paz where your Baja California turtle conservation and whale watching tour comes to an end.
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