2017 Tour #4 Laguna San Ignacio, Day 1

Hello Whalewatchers!

What a wonderful morning here in San Ignacio lagoon!  We’ve had two whale watching trips this morning filled with friendly and active whales. All of our whalewatchers were lucky enough to have touched a gray whale before heading back for a delicious lunch.  These photos are […]

March 28th, 2017|Trip Reports|

2017 Tour 4 Islas San Benito

Hello whalewatchers: Everyone enjoyed a nice day on San Benito Island today. We had some breeze and a cloud cover, so it was perfect conditions for a walk–either a short one or getting around the entire island.  Passengers spotted Guadalupe fur seals, elephant seals and California sea lions, in addition to the nesting osprey and […]

March 27th, 2017|Trip Reports|

2017 Tour 4 Islas Todos Santos

Bow watchers looking for wildlife on day 1!

Hello whalewatchers, We’re on our first day of the trip and at Islas Todos Santos where we saw elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions. There was a peregrine falcon flying around, along with lots of Brandt’s […]

March 26th, 2017|Trip Reports|

Tour #4 is off and running!

Tour #4 to Baja California is off and running! Team Searcher and naturalists Rob Nawojchik and Lee Morgan greeted guests while they got to know their new home and family for the next 12 days. Happy whalewatching!          
From Tour #3 Highlights. Posted by Searcher […]

March 22nd, 2017|Photos|

Video of encounter between Searcher and pilot whales, thanks to Paul Jones!

March 22nd, 2017|Videos|

2017 Tour #3 Isla San Francisco

Hello Whalewatchers!

A great sunrise this morning! The lighting on the peninsula in this area is stunning! We arrived at Isla San Francisco for a walk and a snorkel session. The view from the ridge is certainly a highlight. From here you can see the bay with all the boats from the perfect elevation.

March 20th, 2017|Trip Reports|

2017 Tour #3 Isla Santa Catalina and Sea of Cortez

Hello whalewatchers!
We’ve had a great morning at Isla Santa Catalina. First it was an early walk, then a skiff ride, and then a snorkel session.

Beautiful Isla Santa Catalina with giant cactus, birds, and a lovely cove for snorkeling.

The highlight, hands-down, was seeing bottlenose dolphin during […]

March 19th, 2017|Trip Reports|

2017 Trip #3 Isla San Jose

Hello whalewatchers: We are enjoying a beautiful sunrise at one of our favorite spots–Punta Colorado at Isla San Jose. We took everyone ashore early for some birding and botanizing as it is going to be a hot day.
More later, Team Searcher

Afternoon update:
We had another great day today. A walk, and then a snorkel or a […]

March 18th, 2017|Trip Reports|

2017 Tour #3 La Paz and Los Islotes

Hello whalewatchers,
We started the day in Bahia La Paz with a beautiful sunrise and breakfast. The weather is awesome with light winds and calm seas. We plan to snorkel with whale sharks this morning. Our partner Jesus with Chicalera Tours arrived at 8 am. We loaded all the snorkelers and observers in two of his […]

March 17th, 2017|Trip Reports|

2017 Tour #3 Gorda Bank/Los Frailes

Hello Whalewatchers,

What a great morning we had! We are very blessed to have no wind and calm seas again. We all agreed it was going to be another beautiful day.

The waters were active with sea creatures right from daylight when we spotted a long winded blue […]

March 16th, 2017|Trip Reports|

2017 Tour #3 Offshore Bahia Magdalena

Hello Whalewatchers,

We had a wonderful morning, we saw 4 different species of baleen whales. The group was able to see Fin, Humpback, Brydes and Blue whales all before lunch! We saw plenty of sea birds including shearwaters and phalropes. A few of our dolphin friends made […]

March 15th, 2017|Trip Reports|

2017 Tour #2 Photo Album

Our whalewatchers had a wonderful time during the second tour of the season. With majestic views and plenty of sightings, here were a few of our favorite moments!

March 14th, 2017|Photos|

2017 Tour #3 Laguna San Ignacio, day 2

Hello Whalewatchers,

Spyhopping gray whale in Laguna San Ignacio

A great day here Laguna San Ignacio! We started early with a trip to the mangroves, everyone had a fantastic time. After a brief break, we went off in search of whales. It couldn’t have been a more […]

March 14th, 2017|Trip Reports|

2017 Tour #3 Laguna San Ignacio, day 1 and census

Hello whalewatchers,
We arrived to Laguna San Ignacio this morning after breakfast and were greeted by lots of life outside the lagoon–birds and dolphins feeding on small bait fish, gray whales and calm weather.

After we anchored inside the lagoon, we sent the pangas out right away and everyone had a close encounter with a whale on […]

March 13th, 2017|Trip Reports|

2017 Tour #3 Islas San Benito

Hello whalewatchers,

Today was a great day for everyone ashore at Isla San Benito! There were elephant seal pups and some remaining males, Guadalupe fur seals, and nesting ospreys. The photography options were great! In addition, the island looks a lot greener this trip, so I am sure the photographers were busy with blooms and plants […]

March 12th, 2017|Trip Reports|

2017 Tour #3 Islas Todos Santos and census

Hello whalewatchers,

We entered Mexico in Ensenada this morning at daylight and then traveled out to Islas Todos Santos for a look at some pinnipeds (seals and sea lions). Three different species were there: Northern elephant seals, harbor seals and California sea lions. We also saw a variety of birds, some on […]

March 11th, 2017|Trip Reports|


Passengers on Tour #1 were lucky to encounter these wonderful rays one night while they were feeding under the lights of the boat!

“Mobula rays’ elusive nature and skittish behaviour in front of divers has made them difficult to observe in the wild, except when they breach the water.”

Read the full article here,

March 7th, 2017|Videos|

2017 Tour #2 Los Islotes and La Paz

Hello whale watchers,

What a day we had today! It started with an early morning wake-up wat Los Islotes where we would fit in an early snorkel session. All the snorkelers returned with big smiled from swimming with sea lions and all the colorful reef fishes. Many thanks to Naturalist Rob N. for the […]

March 6th, 2017|Trip Reports|

2017 Tour #2 Isla Santa Catalina

Hello whalewatchers!
After a great breakfast and beautiful sunrise ,we went offshore to find blue whales. It didn’t take very long to find a blue whale. It was the same whale in the same area as the day before, so it felt like an old friend!

Then the “boyz on the roof” spotted multiple spouts further away, […]

March 4th, 2017|Trip Reports|