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Tour #2 (Feb 7-18, 2018) – Isla San Francisco

Hello whalewatchers,

Our final day started with a great sunrise, then passengers enjoyed a walk on this great little island with a good view from the ridge. There is also a beautiful sandy beach and clear water, so a final snorkel session was available. We then headed south looking for whales. And then anchored up for […]

February 20th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Our friends in Laguna San Ignacio and February 15 census

Census February 15, 2018 for gray whales in Laguna San Ignacio:
Singles: 161
Mothers & calves: 20
Total gray whales: 201

February 19th, 2018|Trip Reports, Videos|

Tour #2 (Feb 7-18, 2018) – Isla Santa Catalina

Hello whalewatchers,

What a great morning at Isla Santa Catalina! The arroyo is green as the plants have leafed out from fall rains. Read all about the majestic cardón cactus here: Spotlight: Cardón cactus.

Everyone enjoyed the walk with the highlight being two endemic rattleless rattlesnake viewed from the trail.

February 19th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #2 (Feb 7-18, 2018) – Isla San Jose

Good morning, whalewatchers:

There was a a beautiful sunrise on the cliffs at Punta Colorado, Isla San Jose this morning. It’s always a great way to start the day. Our photo is of good friend and naturalist, Paul Jones, enjoying his favorite morning beverage with his favorite place on Earth in the background–Baja California!

February 17th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #2 (Feb 7-18, 2018) – La Paz and Los Islotes

Hello whalewatchers!

We started our day in Bahía La Paz. Jesus from Chicalera Tours, the local business owner with proper permits to offer snorkeling in the Whale Shark observation zone, met us at Searcher. Everyone had a great trip with plenty of opportunities to view a whale shark.

We left there […]

February 16th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #2 (Feb 7-18, 2018) – offshore Cabo San Lucas and Los Frailes

Hello whalewatchers!

We enjoyed spectacular humpback whale watching today around the Gorda Banks area. There were lots of whales and lots of acrobatics that make humpbacks famous–plenty of breaching, flipper flapping and tail lobbing. It was one of those days we hope to have on these trips.

February 15th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #2 (Feb 7-18, 2018) – offshore Bahia Magdalena

Hello whalewatchers:

Humpback whale flukes off Searcher’s bow

What a productive morning so far offshore Bahia Magdalena! We’ve seen 25-30 humpbacks, bottlenose dolphins, masked and brown boobies, sea turtles, shearwaters, frigatebirds and gulls. There has been plenty to keep us busy today.

The weather is awesome with light winds, no […]

February 13th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #2 (Feb 7-18, 2018) – Laguna San Ignacio, day 2

Hello whalewatchers,

It’s another great day in Laguna San Ignacio!! We starting with a gray whale visiting us before we went out in the pangas. It was very interested in the pangas! This panga is tied up to the boarding ladder and we are in the process of loading […]

February 12th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #2 (Feb 7-18, 2018) – Laguna San Ignacio (and census Feb 5)

Hello whalewatchers,

We arrived to Laguna San Ignacio this morning and saw multiple gray whaler after daylight outside the lagoon. There are loads of whales at the entrance and inside as well. The census on 5 February was 149 whales: 111 singles and 19 mother/calf pairs.

The weather is tremendous with no wind and sunny skies. There […]

February 11th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #2 (Feb 7-18, 2018) – Isla San Benito

Hello whalewatchers,

We had a beautiful day at Isla San Benitio! There was a nice cool breeze, sunny skies and a perfect day for a walk.

Small fishing village at the landing cove

As you enter the cove to go ashore there is a osprey on the nest and some […]

February 10th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #2 (Feb 7-18, 2018) – Islas Todos Santos and southbound

Hello whalewatchers:

We had a nice ride down to Ensenada last night, and after clearing customs, we traveled out to Islas Todo Santos to look at pelicans, gulls and cormorants. And we found a pair of peregrine falcons on the highest peak of South Island.

There were 13 female northern elephant […]

February 9th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #2 (Feb 7-18, 2018) – Depart San Diego

A new and wonderful group of whalewatchers departed San Diego for a southbound migration to Baja California!


“San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, and lots of whales and wildlife in between!”

From Tour #2 Baja Whalewatching Tour Feb 7-18, 2018. Posted by Searcher […]

February 8th, 2018|Photos, Trip Reports|

Spotlight Series: Cardón cactus

Spotlight Series contains blog posts written by Searcher naturalists on curious and fascinating topics from our Searcher Natural History Tours to Baja California. Search  for “Spotlight Series” to read them all.

by Searcher naturalist, Paul Jones

Standing sentinel over the mangrove swamps and saltmarsh complex on the NW […]

February 5th, 2018|Spotlight Series|

Latest gray whale census on 31 Jan from Laguna San Ignacio

31 January from Laguna San Ignacio census: 26 mothers and calves, and 41 singles, for a total of 93 whales.

(photo thanks to Grant Serpell)

February 4th, 2018|News|

Tour #1 (Jan 23-Feb 3, 2018) – Sea of Cortez orcas!

Orcas are an uncommon sighting for our tours in the Sea of Cortez and this group got to see them TWICE! A group of 6 animals, including a mother/calf pair, visited the boat on 31 Jan and again on 2 Feb. It looks like our passengers are taking home some wonderful photos!

February 3rd, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #1 (Jan 23-Feb 3, 2018) – Isla Santa Catalina and Sea of Cortez

Howdy whalewatchers:

Northern cardinal in Baja

We had a great morning ashore at Santa Catalina Island with a nice walk up the arroyo for viewing giant cardon cactus, Northern cardinals, Gila woodpeckers, black-throated sparrows, and white winged doves. (Click here for a review of the

February 2nd, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #1 (Jan 23-Feb 3, 2018) – Isla San Francisco and Sea of Cortez

Howdy whalewatchers,

This morning we went ashore Isla San Francisco for an exploration walk and returned to go in the water for a snorkel. The swimmers had really good visibility and saw lots of garden eels, sergeant majors, giant damselfish and cornetfish, just to name a few.

We’re having lunch while on the anchor and moving up […]

February 1st, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #1 (Jan 23-Feb 3, 2018) – offshore Cabo San Lucas, Los Frailes

Howdy whalewatchers,

Even more humpback whales to observe today! We got to see the things that humpbacks do breaching, flipper flapping, and tail lobbing.

Flipper flapping!

The weather was nice this morning, but the wind has come up so we’re headed to Los Frailes to go for a beach walk […]

January 31st, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #1 (Jan 23-Feb 3, 2018) – offshore Bahia Magdalena

Howdy whalewatchers,

It is a great morning here outside Bahia Magdalena, with breaching humpback whales, a few hundred long-beaked common dolphins, magnficent frigatebirds, masked and red-footed boobies, black-vented and pink-footed shearwaters. Oh, and green sea turtles for days! It’s a beautiful day on the ocean with barely any […]

January 30th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #1 (Jan 23-Feb 3, 2018) – Laguna San Ignacio, day 2

Howdy whalewatchers,

We’re enjoying another beautiful morning here in the lagoon. The wind was up, but the spirits of going out to see a gray whale were even higher. It seems like there are more whales in the lagoon today, and we still have a whale rubbing on the anchor line giving a nice show to […]

January 29th, 2018|Trip Reports|