Baja Mexico Sea Kayaking



Best location for spotting gray whales in Baja, Mexico

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magdalena bay is the best mexico whale watching location

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Gray whale watching guaranteed! Of the whale watching tours we offer in Baja Mexico, this one is best for seeing whales at very close range, and plenty of them! Enormous Magdalena Bay is home to thousands of breeding gray whales. Dolphins and more than 100 species of marine birds spend the winter in the sheltered lagoons, including huge white pelicans, brant geese, and many waders. Emerald mangrove forests line the lagoons and shelter many birds and smaller marine life. On the other side of the dunes and barrier islands that separate Magdalena Bay from the Pacific Ocean is a surf-pounded beach studded with countless shipwrecks and tragic history.

Petting Friendly Whales on Gray Whale Watching Tours in Magdalena Bay, Baja, Mexico

This Baja whale watching tour uses a comfortable basecamp and so it is extremely well-suited for families and those who want a less challenging camping experience. The basecamp has large wall tents, cots for sleeping, solar showers, nightly slide shows, and even ice for your desert drinks! The basecamp is located on a remote shore where gray whale activity is excellent. We should see them breaching and spyhopping from our camp.

We can approach the whales with a motorized boat operated by a certified whale watching guide. Most days we are able to move within the herd and possibly get close enough to pet some of the friendly whales who seek our company. A motor boat will also be used for transport to the basecamp.

Sea kayaking can be done in the maze of mangroves that form an estuary along parts of the bay shore. The mangrove forest is a unique and productive marine habitat and is a great place to observe the birds and other marine mammals of Magdalena Bay. We do not approach the whales with the sea kayaks on this tour.

Beachcombing for whale bones, dune hiking, and bird watching is excellent. Although you may swim in Magdalena Bay, the water is silty and snorkeling is usually poor. This region is substantially windier and colder than our Sea of Cortez kayaking locations on the other side of the Baja Peninsula. But the gray whale watching is the best in the world and the importance of this area as a major winter habitat for huge bird concentrations can make up for those shortcomings. Besides, where else can you pet a whale?!

Whale Watching Baja – Gray Whale Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Arrive in La Paz, Mexico Enjoy the small seaside city of La Paz with its wonderful waterfront malecon walkway and local markets. You are responsible for your own accommodations and meals in La Paz.
  • Day 2 – First day of whale watching in Baja California Tour leaders meet you very early after breakfast at your hotel. We board a van for a four hour drive across the Baja Peninsula. After reaching Magdalena Bay we board a motorized boat for a ride to basecamp on a remote beach in time for a late lunch. Depending on weather, we may use the boat for whale watching or go on a dune and beach hike. Basecamp is located in a high whale activity zone so expect to see and hear the whales right from your tent! Great hiking is found in the dunes and beaches. Your guides will be available at all times to identify flora and fauna, and discuss the natural history of the Baja California region.
  • Days 3 & 4 – Enjoying Gray Whale Basecamp Mornings are spent gray whale watching from a motor boat or kayaking as it is usually calmest early in the day. The boat will take us out for close up looks of the gray whales where we will hopefully encounter some “friendlies” who enjoy human contact. Afternoons are free to explore the remote and wild setting.
  • Day 5 – Last day of whale watching in Mexico After morning whale watching or kayaking, and a final lunch at basecamp, the boat will return us to civilization and the van ride back to La Paz by 600pm.
  • Day 6 – Departure from La Paz, Mexico or continue your Baja vacation Unless you have arranged to spend extra time vacationing in Mexico after your Baja whale watching adventure ends, you should get to airport at least 2 hours in advance of your flight.

Quick Tour Facts

Available from late January through mid March. Fees range from $199 to $1899 depending on trip length. Some trips blend kayaking and motor boats while some are exclusively motor boat trips. There is no age limit on motor boats and children aged 2 years or less go free! Only tandem kayaks are available. All meals are included at the gray whale watching basecamp; meals, hotels and airport transfers in La Paz are not included. Sleeping bags, pads, snorkel gear and wet suits are available for rent in La Paz if you choose not to bring your own.

Join us Gray Whale Watching in Baja Mexico’s Magdalena Bay this Winter!


7 Days

Group Size

All Group Sizes

Age Range

All Ages

Activity Level

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Frequently Asked Questions​


Magdalena Bay is famous for being one of the most prosperous reproduction locations for gray whales. The shelter bay offers wonderful opportunities to view gray whales up close and in person.
The best season for viewing gray whales in Mexico is during the winter months between January and April.
The only place where you can legally and safely touch gray whales in the world is in Baja, Mexico. Gray whales will actually approach boats in Magdalena bay and a extremely friendly and social. Because of low predation risk and seasonal breeding behavior, they have less caution than other locations or times of the year.
The best place to kayak with gray whales is the lagoons on the west side of the west side of the Baja peninsula in Mexico. By far the most popular lagoon is Magdalena bay. This offers the best opportunities for kayaking with gray whales from a kayak.



We provide the following:

Sea kayaks, all related sea kayaking trip gear, safety equipment, transportation to and from La Paz and the launch beach, instruction and expert guides. While camping, all meals are provided. Our all inclusive listing price includes spacious tents to ensure you will be well rested for adventure. Sleeping bags and pads can be rented for an additional nominal fee – but feel free to bring your own!

What you need to bring:

Beach clothing, beach foot wear, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and other miscellaneous camping gear.

detailed packing list of camping related household items will be provided after you book your tour!



Visit our Baja Mexico kayak map page to view or print a larger version of this Baja whale-watching tour map.


We partner with a sister company in Baja. Based off our availability we may refer you to them. Our prices and itineraries are similar but not identical.

The Magdalena Gray Whale Watching Tour is available versions ranging from 1 to 7 days. The longer version of the tour is shown below and includes multiple nights at the whale watching basecamp. The shorter versions are the same except that the number of nights at the basecamp for enjoying the whales and Baja environment are reduced.