below for major whale watching locations and the differences between
I'm asked over and over what differences
are between one whale watch tour and another. There is much confusion
about exactly what is included in a trip,
tour will actually go to, how many whales you can expect to see,
and just how many times you will get to go out on the water each
day to view the whales.
Costs are extremely confusing because
trips (such as ours) are truly all inclusive. (click
here for easy to understand comparison chart) While others
include transportation or transfers or they tell you in very
fine print that they expect you to drive across the border and
trip leader in Tijuana! Don't drive in Baja if you have
never traveled past Ensenada with an experienced Baja traveler.
Another tricky advertising ploy that I've noticed is the reference
to Kayaking on many of the tour operators web sites. Don't
be fooled. Ask them specifically if you will be allowed
to Kayak anywhere near to the whales. Mexican regulations
specifically prohibit kayaking near the whales. Also don't
be fooled into thinking that kayaks are environmentally better
for the whales.
Whales know and identify boat motors. The noise allows the
whale to locate the boat well before the whale can see it.
With kayaks, the whales are frequently startled or frightened because
suddenly the kayaks appear next to them.
Several tours now price their
trips beginning in Loreto. We too have offered a Loreto
access trip for more than 10 years. You must purchase your air transport and
then meet up with the tour in Baja at the Loreto
Airport. This places you in the position of dealing with flights and possible delays that don't
for an easy "all inclusive" trip. On the other
hand this allows you to spend time on the warmer East side of Baja
before or after your whale watching adventure. The
hidden costs such as the air fare to Loreto that will make your
trip at least a five hundred dollars more expensive than what
the "tour" cost is must be factored in when comparing
trip costs. If considering a Loreto access with whale watching
at Magdalena Bay keep in mind that each day you will leave your
Loreto motel/hotel and travel 2 to 3 hours each way to get to and
from Mag Bay. Our Loreto access trips still take you to
Laguna Ojo de Liebre and with far less total drive time than
grind over to Magdalena Bay from Loreto. The Mag Bay
5 hours each day, compares with one trip of 4 1/2 hours
for our trips to get to our final destination at Guerrero Negro.
From our motel whale watching is about 30 minutes away.
Baja Jones Adventure Travel
now offers Loreto access for whale watching for Blue whale
in the sea of cortez, for gray whales at Laguna ojo de Liebre
and at San Ignacio Lagoon. We also now offer whale watching
trips beginning in La Paz or Cabo San Lucas. So we can accommodate
you from any of the major airports in Baja or from the USA,
San Diego. We offer overnight accommodations at Magdalena Bay.
Let me say that most tour operators
believe they are giving you a good trip. But almost no other company
has our years of experience in Baja Whale Watching. Twenty years
of business operation.
We have two generations working
in the business now with a third generation of Baja Jones' about
to join the operation. Come travel with the man who wrote the BOOK
on Gray Whales.
Because Baja Jones is an integral
and active part of our operation, we are able to keep our overhead
costs bare bone. Keith is on almost all of our trips at least part of the time and is the best
gray whale naturalist available. We spend the money on your
trip, not on our office furniture. You will find out quickly
that when you deal with us, most communication is directly with
one of our owners. You get the facts and you get them directly
from us. There are many more expensive trips you can purchase.
There are none that treat you better or offer better whale watching
opportunities. There are many trips that either act as brokers,
actually placing you in someone else's San Ignacio camp. Some
of these have their own "trip" guide and some don't.
Other budget whale watching trips are offered by individuals or
groups who bring one or two groups each year. These are not
local "experts", but usually operators who have many other
trip interests each year. Your guides may or may not be highly
experienced with Baja gray whales.
We are now operating a seaside tented lodge at Laguna Ojo de Liebre.
With more than 20 years experience we know what people want in
accommodations. First on the list is reliable hot water and real flush
toilets. So our camp has 24 hour gas fired water heaters and real
toilets. We also have comfortable beds with Ikea mattresses,
fluffy comforters and warm fleece blankets. Robes, slippers and
rugs on the floor of your tent.
Note from Keith: When I began our gray whale
campaign almost 20 seasons ago, I had free choice to
set up our home
base anywhere I wanted. It was a toss up between San Ignacio and
Guerrero Negro (the town adjacent to Laguna Ojo de Liebre).
leaning toward San Ignacio Lagoon because the media publicizes
this location and almost never mentions Laguna Ojo de Liebre. I
heard all the talk about "friendly" whales and like
most people at first I really thought that those whales are
than the whales at Laguna Ojo de Liebre. Since then I have
learned that some of the same whales may be found in more than
lagoon during the course of the whale watching season. Not
only that, but we have many really nice whales here in Laguna
de Liebre too.
Our company now leads whale watching tours to all 3 of the gray
whale nursery lagoons. My personal favorite location will always
be Laguna Ojo de Liebre, with Magdalena Bay second and San Ignacio
in third position. But clients who have taken our World's Greatest
Whale Watching Event tour that visits all 3 lagoons have varying
opinions about which location is "best". Many choose Mag Bay as
#1, the majority agree with me that Laguna Ojo de Liebre is the
number one experience and a small but vocal minority choose San
Ignacio Lagoon as their favorite of the three.
It was this feedback that caused us to begin doing more tours
to Magdalena Bay. Many people want the ease of flying into Cabo
or La Paz and then a shorter drive to the whale watch locations.
This kind of trip allows them to stay in Cabo for some resort vacation
time after their adventure whale watching.
If you want to know more about the gray whales send us an email.
Or look for Keith's book on Amazon.com.
My Twenty Years Of Discovery