whale watching in cabo san lucas

Get Up Close and Personal With Marine Life in Los Cabos

Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, together known as Los Cabos, boast a magnificent range of marine life for travelers to explore.

Each year more than 25,000 gray whales migrate over 5,000 miles from the frigid waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea to the balmy peninsula of Baja California in Mexico.

Additionally, the famous natural arch at Land’s End boasts a large population of sea lions. Families love sea kayaking alongside these friendly marine mammals as well as getting even closer by snorkeling alongside them.

Finally, for famlies looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy an underwater experience, the Cabo Pulmo Marine Sanctuary is an ideal excursion. This national park is home to North America’s only living hard coral reef.

Book one of these full day excursions with a reputable local guide. Most guides and tour companies will provide transport from your hotel in Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo.

Whale Watching in Los Cabos

January, February and March are the best months to catch a glimpse of the friendly grey whales when they arrive in the Sea of Cortez near the shores of Los Cabos.

Begin your whale watching adventure by boarding a small, inflatable speedboat and head out into the ocean. Here you will observe and take photographs of these fascinating creatures.  Your professional guide will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation for these animals throughout the tour and kids of all ages will love using the hydrophone to listen to how these grey whales communicate while swimming in the ocean.

Swim With Sea Lions at Land’s End 

Book a tour to explore three beautiful bays near the famous Land’s End rock formation, including Las Viudas Bay, Santa Maria Bay and Chileno Bay. Begin your tour by boarding a speed boat, then continue on via kayak as well as on foot.  Here in Chileno Bay you will find a large colony of Sea Lions.

Sea lions live in loose family groups of one large bull, with a harem of females and their offspring. These friendly mammals have become accustomed to human visitors and are very social beings. Don’t be surprised if they seem to be posing for photographs! View the sea lions from kayak or grab a snorkel and swim along side them.

Get away from the crowds at the Cabo Pulmo Marine Sanctuary

The Cabo Pulmo Marine Sanctuary, a protected national Mexican park, is located just 60 miles north of Los Cabos and home to the only living hard coral reef on the western side of North America.

Stretching five miles from the northernmost tip, Pulmo Point to the southernmost tip, Los Frailes, the beaches at Cabo Pulmo Marine Sanctuary are surrounded by undeveloped desert and a stunning mountain range. This pristine region is a significant contrast to the development of the bustling Los Cabos area.

The coral reefs here provide a safe haven for many of the 800 species of marine animals found throughout the Sea of Cortez. Local guides offer guided snorkel tours.

Have you been on a marine tour in Los Cabos? I’d love to hear about it! 


This article is part of the #HipmunkCityLove Series. Check out this other article I wrote about finding great hotels in Cabo San Lucas.