From December to April, humpback whales and grey whales migrate from Alaska down to the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific, both to give birth to calves, and to mate.
You can see the whales literally ALL THE TIME if you just look out at the horizon. In the morning we saw them out in the distance, splashing around and breaching to breathe, while eating breakfast at the hotel. We saw them while on the shuttle bus to the marina to go on the actual whale watching trip. And in the evenings as we strolled the beach, there they were again, frolicking and making a big splash as the sun went down.
We went again with the awesome and well organized Cabo Expeditions who take small groups of passengers out on a Zodiac boat to see the whales. There are other tour operators who can take you, but the boats are generally bigger, meaning lots more people and slower speeds, so it was worth it to go on the Zodiac and be able to zoom around with ease.
It was incredibly hard to get good photos of these huge animals – I am in no way a professional or even halfway decent photographer, far less while on a Zodiac. But, I tried my best to get a few good shots, and at least one good video.
The star of the show, however, was this big boy, a presumptuous sea lion nicknamed ‘Pancho’, who apparently every day follows a few favourite fishing boats that are returning to the harbour. Pancho jumps on the back of the boat, waits patiently for a treat, and then slides back into the water. They all seem to know Pancho, and Pancho certainly seems to know where to go for an easy snack.