The Whale Shark season runs from October through April. Baja Charters and Island Cat, have successfully operated the premier whale shark encounter for seven years with a perfect track record of locating them, subject to weather and governmental regulations. It is important to note that we are operating in the open sea and subject to shifting rules by governmental agencies. Once approved into the whale shark feeding zone, it takes from fifteen minutes to an hour, and sometimes longer, to find these wonderful creatures.
We are a large and spacious sailing catamaran with one or more licensed and certified 22’ and larger, snorkel boats for getting you up close and personal to the whale sharks. We are NOT a cattle-car-style tour operator. We provide ground transportation, and all the snorkel gear needed along with a choice of full-face or standard snorkel masks, towels, private bathrooms, private fresh-water showers, even reef-friendly sunscreen. We typically have a chef on board to prepare meals. We provide, a host of drinks and snacks, an open bar, and a marine biologist as your snorkel leader and hostess. There are excellent lay-out areas, and we generally set sails on the return trip. NO ONE DOES IT LIKE WE DO. Over half our business comes from returning guests.
Semarnat, the environmental agency of Mexico, and Conanp, the National Park system, restrict the number of swimmers in the water with a single whale shark to six. The time limit in the whale shark feeding zone is 2 hours per each group of six swimmers.
The winds and waves of the Cabo area are rarely an indication of winds and waves in La Paz. The sea around the whale shark feeding zone, is usually swimmable. Much more so than the Cabo area. However, that can change without notice. We are careful to exam wind and wave predictions daily, but wave heights and wind forecasts are frequently wrong. Last year we had to cancel the Whale Shark encounter six times over a seven-month period for weather.
Some guests want extra protection in the colder months, where the air temperature gets down into the mid 70’s F. We have wetsuits and shorties available for free, in all adult sizes for both women and men. We also have private hot water showers and fresh clean towels for when you exit the water.
Typically, guests are picked up directly from the lobby entrance of their hotel or resort, but not always. Depending on a number of factors, guests may be requested to meet ground transport in a central location.
We are generally able to provide pick-ups from most locations around Cabo San Lucas, the Corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, and on the way to La Paz through Pescadero and Todos Santos.
We do not provide ground transportation for guests from Los Barriles.
Returning guests receive a 10% discount. If you prefer to drive directly to our sailing catamaran, there is plenty of safe parking in Marina Palmira. Click on: Contact Us. Scroll to: Yacht Location.There is a $40 discount per guest, that drives on their own. If you are booking online, use Promo Code 37483. If you are calling or emailing, be sure to tell us if you are a returning guest.
The normal time to drive from the greater Cabo area to La Paz is about two hours, including a stop on the way over in Pescadero for coffee, restroom break, etc. After your Whale Shark encounter, on the return trip from La Paz, we stop at the Hotel California (of the Eagles Mythology), for restroom access, drinks, and brief shopping.
Pick-up time is approximately 7:00 AM. You will receive an email the day prior to your departure, to confirm a more precise pick-up time for the next day. The whale shark feeding zone has been taken over by CONANP, Mexico’s National Park System. Changes in guest pick-up times, and dock departure times, are subject to change based on directives from CONANP.
Captain, engineer, hostess, and chef
Chef prepared meals
Sodas and beer
Full array of safety equipment
Two paddle boards
Snorkel gear in various sizes
Portable seats, layout cushions, outdoor pillows and beach awnings.
Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and lay-out areas
Inside air conditioning
Sleeps 4 in 2 cabins
2 Queen Cabins
Additional sleeping arrangements available
2 complete bathrooms
Space for up to 30 day-time guests
Swim steps and stainless ladder for easy access to water
Ice and purified water
Adolfo is a Master Captain and yacht mechanic. He was captain of the 96`Pacifica cruising yacht for 13 years. He operates all types of vessels including Sports Fishers. Bi-lingual, he has extensive experience in the yachting industry.
Mariana is a graduate Marine Biologist and Padi Master Scuba Dive Trainer. (PADI MSDT # 312632) Mariana is Baja Charter's primary hostess, teacher, and snorkel instructor.
Jesus is a licensed, certified yacht captain. He has worked as a large yacht engineer for fourteen years. Jesus is in charge of yacht maintenance for Baja Charters. He has a friendly disposition, and is a highly competent seaman.
Maritza is a marine biologist and whale shark expert. For six years she was in charge of whale shark research and conservation in La Paz for an NGO. She has her Mexican Seabook, is a Padi diver, and expert snorkel leader.
Jon is a master chef working aboard yachts for eight years. He is a talented chef, competent deckhand, and all around nice guy. Literally, everyone loves the amazing things he produces from the ship's galley.
Leo is a skilled, licensed, and certified deckhand. He is a capable tour guide, and loves both scuba and free-diving. He is a sea lion whisperer! Leo is multilingual, fun, and friendly.
October though April
Baja Cat 60' x 30' Catamaran
Ground transportation, chef, meals, bottled water, sodas, beer, open bar, marine biologist, snorkel equipment, separate snorkel boat and certified helmsperson, paddle boards, kayaks, and sports fishing.
One full extended day, or two days and one night.
Two cabins: 2 beds and bunks
2 bathrooms with showers
Five crew members minimum, plus additions as guest count requires. Scuba personnel are extra, when this option is selected.
Leave Los Cabos (Bottled Water on Board)
Stop in Pescadero (Coffee-Bathroom Break)
Arrive at Marina Palmira
Return to Dock
Hotel California in Todos Santos (Bathroom Break)
Arrive in Los Cabos
is a non-profit, conservation and educational program focused on the restoration of reefs and mangroves in the Sea of Cortez. This is a volunteer organization with NO PAID personal. Each month, RNAM coordinates, directs, and participates in cleaning beaches, reefs, sea lion colonies, and mangroves. Volunteer marine biologists, divers, surfers, kayakers, paddle board enthusiasts and ocean lovers of every type, participate in these projects. Baja Cat is a RNAM sponsoring partner, providing funding, resources and personal, in support of these worthy projects.
In 1995, an underwater national park was formed by the Mexican government at the request of the fishing families of the tiny village of Cabo Pulmo. Since then, no fishing or anchoring has been allowed. The reef sprung back to life in an amazing way. Fish returned, spawned, and grew to maturity in huge numbers, along with turtles, dolphins, sea lions, and sharks. Coral and sea life have become incredibly abundant. In addition to the fee Baja Charters pays to the National Park for every guest who visits with us, we also make a donation to the Cabo Pulmo Welcome Center for reef preservation for each of our customers.
Baja Charters is a contributing partner to the Leave No Trace association, and actively promotes its outdoor ethics programs.
Environmental education. In addition to “hands-on” clean up, RNAM, provides marine science educational instruction in schools throughout Baja Sur. Recently, over 1,000 students were taught how to preserve habitat and reduce pollution in a single month. Baja Charters provides resources and direct experiential interaction for teachers and professors supporting environmental instruction and hosts an annual all day private charter for the top-performing 25 educators in this area.
Project AWARE is a global movement for ocean protection powered by a community of adventurers. We connect the passion for ocean adventure with the purpose of marine conservation to create lasting change. Baja Charters has adopted a snorkel and dive site for continual clean-up and preservation.
Los Cabos Humane Society rescues and finds homes for dogs and cats. Don't buy, adopt!
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