If you love whales, this is the activity of a life time. Absolutely breathtaking and beyond words.
The only thing not 5 stars is the very long drive make sure you understand the schedule!
But getting up close and personal with Gray Whales is something I don't know if you can do anyplace else through a tour company. It was an unreal experience that is incredibly rare, and probably won't be available forever.
Our trip was on Feb. 23, 2016. The weather was perfect, and after several tries we were treated to a mother and baby both nuzzling up to our boat and clearly wanting to be touched. All of the 6 passengers on our boat go to do so. I put my hands on the baby and the mother, got my hat blown back by her exhale, and we even got our boat shoved a bit by the mom. Fantastic! We also saw several other pairs up close, as well as others in the distance.
Our time on the boat also included a dolphin sighting, views of the sand dunes on the far side of the bay, and lots of seabirds, including close up views of frigate birds in trees along the shore.
The town, briefly as we got to experience it, seemed like a quaint, very friendly, authentic Mexican fishing village. Lunch was simple and excellent. Would like to have had a bit more time there, but with the long drive, it was also important to get back on the road.
Our driver Carlos G. was excellent keeping things remarkably smooth considering the roads and speed bumps. Because we were picked up first, from Puerto Los Cabos, our total trip time was about 17 hours. The closer to Cabo San Lucas you are staying, the shorter that will be as you will be picked up after people farther out. Even with the very long drive, my wife and I will undoubtedly do this again someday!
An absolutely wonderful experience! It was so exciting to see the many grey whales in Magdalena Bay. Our guide, Lenin, and driver,Fernando,did an outstanding job. The captain of our whale watching boat was skilled in getting us up close to the whales. The highlight of my day was rubbing the nose of the mother whale who came up and nudged our boat--three times in a row. We had a great late lunch of lobster, shrimp and fish at a local restaurant. It was a wonderful day and I would recommend it without reservation!!
Mountaintop experience! What a great group with whom to travel and what an EXCELLENT guide! No doubt about it...., this is one for the record books! Our captain was skilled. When the whale nudged out boat into a nearby boat, no one was hurt. Scared the mama whale a bit, but she came right back! Delicious seafood lunch of flounder, lobster, and shrimp and a nice croissant bag breakfast, too. Such a perfect day and a bonus stop at Hotel California on the way home made for a nice surprise ending! I would have thought the van ride would have seemed long, but it wasn't at all most likely due to the compatible guide (Luis) and the good driving skills of Juan. Just can't say enough. I will bring friends and do this again. Everyone needs to do it at least ONCE!
Our guide was fantastic and we saw many whales and their babies. I was even able to pet one of them! Due to the early pick up, they provided us with a box breakfast. We also had a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.
Luis and Elisa were fabulous. Both were highly knowledgeable and personal. They made the gray whale tour outstanding. I would definitely recommend taking this trip.
Wonderful. We saw many whales with their babies. Our guide, Lennin, was very knowledgeable and personable. Our driver, Salvatore, was excellent and we felt very safe on the long drive. The captain of our boat, Francisco, was very skilled at getting up close to the whales without scaring them. We would do this again and would highly recommend the tour to any whale loving soul.
Don H USA
The driver was great. Authentic Mexican food was tasty and fun experience. Whales were FANTASTIC!!!
Trip was well organised. Juan, our driver was very capable and friendly. Our tour guide , Lennie, was knowledgeable and pleasant. He spoke good English and did his best to ensure everyone had a good time. It's a very long day, but we felt we received good value for money.
The trip was great. However, next time I would book it directly with the company. We had scheduled to depart on Jan 23, 2014, however, when we called the tour company(Not Viator) 2 1/2 days in advance, we were told that there were not enough people to go on this day and if we wanted to go, we would have to go on Jan. 21, 2014 (the very next day after we had arrived in Los Cabos). We did agree, so we did get to go and it was a wonderful trip, but if we had not called well in advance, we would have missed the tour. Viator is just a broker for these tours, they do not follow-up with you. It is up to you to reconfirm the tour. Many of these tours you could just book on your own.
MARIO M Australia
Excellent activity. Only comment is that the bus trip there is long and the roads are poor, so comfort is not high. Otherwise, see whales this close up is extraordinary.
Harold T USA
Seeing the whales is spectacular. Going on the sand dunes afterwards was a lot of fun. The guides were very nice and the restaurant at which we ate lunch was good. Just make sure you are prepared for a long day, since the ride is 5.5 hours each way. Also make sure you bring a sweatshirt and windbreaker, because it is windy and noticeably cooler than Cabos.
Seeing the whales up this close was truly the highlight of our trip to beautiful Cabo San Lucas. the fact that we started our trip from Pueblo Bonito at Sunset Beach, at 5:15am- and did not arrive back until 12:00am was HORRIBLE! The bus ride was most uncomfortable.