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Tour #5 Laguna San Ignacio, day 2

Hello whalewatchers: We enjoyed another great day in the lagoon! The weather was great and the whales were friendly. We are on our way south to look for wildlife all day tomorrow.  Wish us luck. Here is a photo of the cow and calf gray whale hanging out around the boat today. Team Searcher

Tour #5 Laguna San Ignacio, day 2

Hello whalewatchers: We had a beautiful day in the lagoon with calm conditions– a sunny morning and then a little breeze in the afternoon. Everyone aboard got to be touched by a whale! We’re gonna try for another great day here in the lagoon tomorrow. This is peetie — he hung out all day long […]

Tour #5 Islas San Benito

Hello whalewatchers: Wildlife viewing started at daylight when we had three black footed albatrosses and a laysan albatross follow us all the way to San Benito Island.  The group had a great day on the island and saw four different pinnipeds (harbor, Guadalupe fur, and elelephant seals, and California sea lions), peregrine falcons and ospreys […]

Tour #5 Islas Todos Santos and offshore

Hello whalewatchers: Today was a great day for viewing wildlife aboard Searcher. We started out with some nice looks at elephant seals, harbor seals and young sea lions at Islas Todos Santos. Shortly after leaving we saw some northbound gray whales, then a pair of humpback whales, and then some short-beaked common dolphins. We then […]

Tour #5 is off and running!

Our tour chartered by Naturetrek has departed and entered into Mexican waters this morning. All is well and we are standing by for the wildlife reports!

Tour #4’s musical interlude with wildlife

20 March census in Laguna San Ignacio

78 cow/calf pairs  and one lonely single = 157 gray whales

Tour 4 Bahia Agua Verde

Hello whalewatchers: We had another great day with calm seas and no wind. After overnight in Agua Verde the group went ashore for a walk and a good snorkel seesion with great visibility and lots of fish. We went by Roca Solitaire for a look at some boobies and then offshore for more whales and […]

Tour 4 Isla Santa Catalina

Hello whalewatchers: The weather  is a highlight this trip with calm seas and light winds. We had a great morning aat Isla Santa Catalina with a good walk and a snorkel session along with a Crazy Coastal Cruise for those who wanted to go. In the afternoon it was the dolphin show. A group of […]

Tour 4 Isla San Jose

Hello whalewatchers: A wonderful sunrise at Punta Colorado this morning! Passengers enjoyed great hike and a snorkel session in 74- degree water. Beautiful conditions with light winds and calm seas again. It is remarkable the luck we are having with the weather and the forecast looks good for the rest of the trip. We travelled […]

Tour 4 Gorda Banks and Los Frailes

Hello whalewatchers: Another great day of whale watching with humpbacks and more humpbacks. Gorda banks was the hot spot again with great conditions for most of the morning with an hour interruption of wind, lightning, thunder and rain. All  four trips we have had rain on this day, highly unusual. Lots of humpbacks displaying all […]

Tour 4 Offshore Bahia Magdalena, part 2

Hello whalewatchers: We found an area with humpbacks, blues, Bryde’s whales and common dolphin, all within a square mile of us. One blue whale is fluking so we are enjoying that. We have also seen Sabine’s gulls in breeding plumage, royal terns and frigatebirds Photo of blue whale fluke. Team Searcher

Tour #4 offshore Bahia Magdalena

Hello whalewatchers: We have another wonderful day with great conditions. Clear skies, calm seas and light winds. A good day for spotting wildlife offshore of Bahia Magdalena. So far we have seen long beaked and bottlenose dolphin, humpback whales and lots of royal terns. The conditions are perfect for seeing sea turtles as shown in […]

Tour #4 Laguna San Ignacio, day 2

Hello whalewatchers: Another spectacular day in Laguna San Ignacio with plenty of close encounters with gray whales, mostly cows and calves. The weather is great with clear skies and calm winds. Some folks went to the beach this morning for a walk and some quiet time. This afternoon was all about the whales. The people […]

Tour #4 Laguna San Ignacio

Hello whalewatchers: What an awesome day in Laguna San Ignacio! Great conditions with light winds and sunny skies. As we entered the lagoon we had to travel slow and carefully avoid all the cows and calves. There were a lot of whales in the entrance. On the first panga trip it didn’t take long for […]

Tour #4 Islas San Benito

Hello whalewatchers: Today was a great day at Isla San Benito. We enjoyed a light breeze and the marine layer burned off in the late morning–perfect day for a hike. The group had a good time and saw all the usual suspects on the island. There were less elephant seals as most of the females […]

Tour #4 Ensenada and Islas Todos Santos

Hello whalewatchers: We had great conditions today with light winds and calm seas. Lots of whales and dolphins to look at today: courting gray whales, humpbacks, lots of short-beaked common dolphin in different areas, and plenty of sea birds. There were thousands of red phalropes, murrelets, auklets and shearwaters. We can’t forget Islas Todos Santos […]


Spending time with mobulas is always a treat in Sea of Cortez!

Tour #4 Begins

Ecotourists will gather tomorrow  and depart for Baja in the evening!