Photos of the Day: Whale Watching in Los Cabos

whale skimming the surface while spouting

If you plan to visit Los Cabos, from January to the end of March, there is a good chance you will see humpback, sperm, blue or gray whales during your stay. During our visit we saw whales daily from the balcony of our hotel suite, sitting at the pool and on the beach. I would recommend bringing your bincoulars and a camera with a good zoom lens, sometimes the whales are close to the shore and other times, not so much.

Breaching whale in Los Cabos

You have to be pretty patient and lucky to get photos of them– and lucky we were! Sometimes they skim the surface and blow and other times you can see them breaching. For nature lovers like us, it was a bucket list event fulfilled.

Whale skimming the surface

Pretty close to shore.

I think she is winking at me

I think this one was winking at me!



The next to last evening we were not so lucky or were we? We went down to the beach bar, aptly named, Las Ballenas (The Whales) at Zoetry Casa del Mar just about sunset. Mr.TD had gone to the bar to get us some drinks as I watched the sun drop behind the cactus lined hills in the distance.

cactus lined sunset in Los Cabos


Suddenly, I heard an odd thunder type noise. I said, “What was that”?  A man sitting near me facing the beach pointed towards the water. I turned around and couldn’t believe my eyes! There were 2 whales quite close to shore slapping their tails. I grabbed my camera but it was getting fairly dark by this time. I just couldn’t get a decent photo between the low light and my sheer excitement.

whale tail

I called to Mr. TD and gave him the camera. We ran towards the shore but he couldn’t capture the spectacular show either! We gave up as the mama and her baby continued to spout, jump and slap their tails before our eyes for several minutes.

There were about a half a dozen of us who witnessed this incredible display. We all shook our heads in amazement and commented how we couldn’t believe our eyes! I don’t think I will ever forget how incredibly lucky we were to witness this, even if we didn’t get a single decent shot. I guess it will just have to be a “Kodak mindshot”.


whale watching in a zodiac

The next time we visit Cabo, I think we will plan to take the whale watching photo safari with Cabo Adventures and hopefully, we will be lucky enough to get a National Geographic shot!

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3 Responses to “Photos of the Day: Whale Watching in Los Cabos”

  1. John
    March 23, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Looks amazing…i’d love to go whale watching sometime. I always seem to have the worst luck whenever I try.

  2. March 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    We went whale watching for the first time last month and loved it. So cool that you saw the head of one, not just all tails =)


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