Gray whale in Magdalena bay

Gray Whale Sighting tour in Magdalena Bay

Experience a unique encounter with the gray whale in magdalena bay

Gray whales in magdalena bay are known world-wide as one of those ocean giants that are sociable and friendly. During the months of January-April they travel from the north to the protected bays and lagoons of the mexican Baja coasts. Here, they give birth and breed, giving us the amazing opportunity to encounter them from really close.  

Magdalena Bay is one of the few places in the world where these gray whales come close to scratch themselved with the boats, making it possible to touch them and even hug them. Getting to know these ocean giants in the company of a marine biologist is  with no doubt, a bucket list experience.


This adventure takes place in the coastal lagoons of Baja California Sur, where we will navigate for around three hours looking for that magical encounter that will live in our memories forever. With a bit of luck, we will enjoy tens of gray whales, and marvel at the playful behaviour displayed by the young ones.

We recommend booking this gray whale sighting tour in Magdalena Bay during february, because eventhough it can be done during january and march, the highest abundance occurs during februrary.

To top it all off, we will also see sand dunes, desertic islands, and mangroves that make this adventure even more unique and special.

Aventura - Gray whale in Magdalena bay
Aventura - Gray whale in Magdalena bay


We will rise early in the morning to board the panga boat for our gray whale watching adventure in Magdalena Bay. We usually begin at 9 am. For 3 hours, we will navigate the waters of the bay, where we will have the chance to witness the incredible sight of these majestic animals in their natural habitat. As we cruise through the bay, we may be lucky enough to see the whales breach, tail-slap and spy hop, making for an unforgettable experience.

In addition to the whales, we can also make a stop at the breathtaking dunes, where we can take in the stunning landscape and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. This is in the car the group prefers it over continuing to look for whales. 

Duration: 3 hours

Requirements: Respect the rules of the protected natural area.

Difficulty: Easy.

Minimum number of participants: 1 people.


  • Permits for the protected natural area.
  • Marine biologist guide

Not Included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Transportation
  • Lucnh

You must bring

  • Environmentally friendly sunscreen.
  • Clothing according to the weather. It is usually cold in the lagoon.
  • Cap and sunglasses.


Price per person: MXN 3000





Incredible moments

Having the whales so close is an incredible experience! I highly recommend it!! Fantastic memories that I will never forguet!

Jimena Parra

An incredible day trip with the Grey Whales

I went on this tour with my 5-year-old daughter. Everything was excellent!! It lasted the whole day but went smoothly, comfortably, and was super safe. On the day of the tour, they were very punctual and we felt comfortable at all times. Seeing the whales was the best experience of my life!!! We saw many whales. Everyone on the boat had the chance to touch a whale. It was just so exciting!!!

jane nathan

Kiss a whale

Absolutely stunning... I will do this tour as many times as I can in the coming years!! Simply wonderful in every way.

Alfonso Nuñez


A spectacular day sharing the sea with these incredible creatures, we were fortunate to have close contact for almost half an hour. The information provided by the guide was very good, as well as the communication and organization of the company. I highly recommend it, it's an experience you can't miss!

Grey Whale Sighting Locations

Along the coast of Baja California Sur, there are numerous sighting points where visitors can observe the majestic grey whale. These sites offer a unique experience to admire these ocean giants up close in their natural habitat, providing unforgettable moments and the opportunity to learn about their behavior and migration. Among these places, Magdalena Bay stands out, a natural heritage that serves as a sanctuary for these impressive creatures that come between January and March to mate and give birth. It is along the various fishing ports and islands that make up this bay where you can experience interaction with the grey whale in a way you could have never dreamed of. As a general rule, we conduct our gray whale tours in Puerto Chale, and they last for 2 hours. However, if you're looking for an extended experience or a multi-day adventure in other parts of Bahía Magdalena, please contact us, and we will organize a customized itinerary for you.

Gray Whale in Puerto Chale

Puerto Chale, a peaceful fishing community in Baja California Sur, has become a prominent spot for grey whale watching during the winter season. Just two hours from La Paz, it provides the perfect opportunity for a day trip where visitors can sail in pangas to closely observe these majestic creatures, enjoy fresh dishes based on local fishing, and then return to La Paz, thus combining a unique natural experience with the charm of Mexican coastal life.

Gray Whale in Puerto San Carlos

Puerto San Carlos, located on the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur, is a key destination for grey whale watching in winter. Just 265 km from La Paz, and with more infrastructure than Puerto Chale, this quiet fishing port transforms into a lively meeting point to observe these majestic creatures up close. It is undoubtedly the ideal place for those looking to spend a few days near the serene beauty of marine life and enjoy a multi-day experience with grey whales. 

Gray Whale Camp

Experiencing glamping or camping in a remote location is undoubtedly one of the most immersive and authentic ways to observe the grey whale. Imagine spending three days in a campsite designed to blend with nature, where you can enjoy incredible views of the bay, relax under the sun, and observe the majesty of grey whales in their natural habitat. The accommodations at our campsites include private bathrooms and hot showers, ensuring modern comforts in a unique and spectacular environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the grey whale and why is it special?

The grey whale is known as one of the friendliest and most social marine giants. They are notable for their migration from the northern seas to the warm, protected bays of Baja California Sur between January and April for birthing and mating, offering visitors unique and close encounters with these majestic creatures.