Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – offshore Cabo San Lucas

Howdy whalewatchers:

We started out on Gorda Banks this morning and found a pair of humpbacks at daylight. Shortly after we saw a group of six humpbacks who were very physical with each other. We thought it was possible that they were battling young males. We had some really good views. […]

April 16th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – offshore Bahia Magdalena

Howdy whalerwatchers,

We have have been traveling south all day with good sightings of shearwaters: black-vented, pink-footed, and sooty. We saw a group of long-beaked common dolphins feeding on some small fish along with pelicans, magnificent frigates, and red-footed boobies. And passengers had a chance to chill on the back deck as well!

April 15th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – Laguna San Ignacio, day 2

Howdy whalewatchers,

We had another great day in Laguna San Ignacio with gray whales! One panga  went for a birding trip into the mangroves and they had a magnificent look at a male mangrove warbler only feet away.

The other two pangas went out for whalewatching in the calm lagoon and […]

April 14th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – Laguna San Ignacio, day 1

Howdy whalewatchers,

We’ve had a great morning here in Laguna San Ignacio! The weather is great and the sun is out. The group had a fantastic encounter with mother/calf gray whales on our morning trips, so there’s lots of smiles today at lunchtime.

Capt Aaron and Team Searcher

Howdy whalewatchers,

It was just a great afternoon here! The weather […]

April 11th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – Islas San Benito

Howdy whalewatchers,

What a great day on the island! Passengers walked the trails and saw California sea lions, northern elephant seals, Guadalupe fur seals and even a harbor seal. There were several ospreys on the nest and flying around.(Thank you to Joanne Lasnier for use of her osprey photo from her 2017 trip to Isla San […]

April 11th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – Islas Todos Santos

Howdy whalewatchers,

Despite some foggy conditions this morning, we have had views of common dolphin throughout the morning and good birding, including black-vented and pink-footed shearwaters, Northern fulmars, Sabines gulls, Cassin’s auklets, and laysan albatross.

Black-footed albatross @ McGrath

The ocean is calm with no wind and the visibility […]

April 10th, 2018|Trip Reports|

A very special sighting in Sea of Cortez (April 1, 2018)

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April 8th, 2018|Trip Reports, Videos|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – Isla Santa Catalina and Sea of Cortez

Hello whalewatchers:

(Thank you to Nigel Carter for use of his emerald-tailed lizard photo.) We had a great day at Isla Santa Catalina with a walk up the arroyo ashore with the cardón cactus starting to bloom and some of the barrel cactus in bloom.

Click the link for Naturalist Paul Jones’ article about […]

April 4th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – Isla Santa Catalina and Sea of Cortez

Hello whalewatchers:

(Many thanks to Rob Nawojchik for use of the above photo.) We started our day with sunrise at Punta Colorado on Isla San Jose. It was a wonderful way to start our day, but we decided to move to another place for a shore walk and snorkel session. We didn’t want to share this […]

April 3rd, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – La Paz and Islas Los Islotes

Hello whalewatchers,

We had an action-packed day! A Whale Shark Encounter in the morning for everyone interested, then “cheeseburgers in paradise” for lunch, and with a humpback mother and calf visiting the boat. Then we observed three fin whales after lunch, including good looks at the white […]

April 2nd, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – offshore Cabo San Lucas

Hello whalewatchers,

Today was “humpback day” and we had good luck! We saw multiple humpback whales, and a highlight was a mother and calf pair breaching repeatedly. The weather was great with calm seas, light winds with sunny skies. The lighting was perfect for photos of the pair.

We also saw […]

April 1st, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – offshore Bahia Magdalena

Hello whalewatchers,

We had a great morning with good weather conditions, light winds, calm seas and sunny skies. In fact, extra sunscreen was needed today! We first saw lots of common dolphin starting at daylight, with black-footed albatross, Sabines’ gull, brown booby, storm petrels, phalaropes, shearwaters and frigatebirds for the […]

March 30th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – Laguna San Ignacio

Hello whalewatchers,

We started the day with a trip to the mangroves for everyone where we found loads of male mangrove warblers and all the other usual birds. The trip was enjoyed by everyone. We had a quick break and then headed back out on the lagoon to visit gray whales. the conditions […]

March 29th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – Laguna San Ignacio

Hello whalewatchers:

We arrived early to Laguna San Ignacio and were able to cross the bar at daylight! The pangas were ready to take us whalewatching when we got to the anchorage.

Everyone had a close encounter with a gray whale cow and calf on their first trip. Passengers were all smiles upon returning […]

March 28th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – Islas San Benito

(Many thanks to February, 2018 passenger Colin Barber for the use of his beautiful osprey photo!)

Hello whalewatchers,
We arrived to Islas San Benito before daylight today. We turned off most of our lights so the night-flying auklets and murrelets weren’t disoriented. A few that came aboard so we […]

March 27th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – Off and birding!

Hello whalewatchers,

We had a great day today with lots of wildlife sightings. We started off with about 1000 long=beaked common dolphin close to Islas Todos Santos.  We also saw multiple gray whales, most of them headed north, but one juvenile was headed south and we followed it for awhile and had a […]

March 25th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #4 (Mar 9-20, 2018) – Snapshots!

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March 21st, 2018|Photos|

Tour #4 (Mar 9-20, 2018) – Isla Santa Catalina

Hello whalewatchers:

We all had a great day today starting with a good walk on Isla Santa Catalina–including finding the endemic rattleless rattlesnake! We offered a  “Crazy Coastal Cruise” and a snorkel session at this beautiful island as well.

We left the island and travelled west towards the peninsula hoping for some whales and dolphin. We were […]

March 20th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #4 (Mar 9-20, 2018) – Isla San Jose

Hello whalewatchers,

Last night we had a trememdous journey north as we encountered with miles and miles of bioluminescence! There were schools of fish that appeared as a big balls of light and other fish that made for a great show for those that stayed up late to enjoy it.
We enjoyed a spectacular sunrise at Punta […]

March 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Tour #4 (Mar 9-20, 2018) – La Paz

Hello whalewatchers,

We had a very successful day starting with a great Baja California Sea of Cortez sunrise. Then everyone went in pangas to snorkel or observe whale sharks it was a great trip with lots of happy passengers. The weather was awesome and the visibility was clearer than normal so even the […]

March 17th, 2018|Trip Reports|