Gray Whale and Sea Turtle Adventure (4D/3N)

Whale watching Magdalena Bay

Experience together the wonder of two of Earth´s most charismatic marine species, gray whales and endangered sea turtles, all from the majestic setting of in RED’s sea turtle research camp in Magdalena Bay. This jewel of the Pacific, just a few hours between Loreto and La Paz, is home to a staggering number of marine and aviary species, lush mangrove canals and towering sand dunes.

Your local hosts will treat you to the finest in regional cuisine with gourmet flair, and your naturalist guide will ensure you leave expertly informed on all themes of flora, fauna and local conservation efforts. Your feet will get wet on this participatory experience that lets you work alongside fishermen and conservationists in a project recognized as a model for community efforts to protect endangered species and habitat.

Whale watching, Sea turtle monitoring, mangrove exploration, dune hiking, cultural interaction, bird watching, star gazing, gourmet cuisine.

Perfect for:
Nature lovers, families, adventure travelers, academic or corporate retreats.
Ask for our custom and private departures for groups.

Departure City:
La Paz, Baja California Sur
Departure from Los Cabos or Loreto available upon request.

January to March

4 days / 3 nights

Day 1 – La Paz to Magdalena Bay
Depart from La Paz early in the morning en route to Magdalena Bay, jewel of the Pacific and home to a staggering number of migratory and marine birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals including the migratory gray whales. Breakfast will be provided en route at one of our favorite local ranchos. Settle into our secluded island camp and after happy hour, learn about the important sea turtle restoration project which will be the focus of tomorrow’s activities. Get a good night’s rest, tomorrow we search for turtles.

Day 2 – Sea Turtle Monitoring
Wake up early and grab a cup of coffee and watch the fisher-conservationists prepare the nets used in the sea turtle monitoring, or stay in bed and catch a few extra z’s. During breakfast we will learn about the monitoring protocol and how we can participate in the data collection. Every two hours you will have the chance to accompany the monitoring team in pangas to check the nets for turtles. Captured sea turtles will be transported to camp where we will help take measurements and other important data before releasing them back into the wild. Throughout the day you’ll have the chance to get all your questions about sea turtles. After dinner, take in the stars in a night sky that never disappoints.

Day 3 – Gray whale observation and mangrove exploration
Head down to the beach to finish measuring and weighing sea turtles before releasing them back into the wild, concluding the sea turtle monitoring portion of the trip. Today we will learn about the gray whales, their incredible migration, and the importance of Magdalena Bay for breeding and calving to these magnificent creatures. After a brief orientation, we will board the pangas and head out in search of gray whales. Friendly whales often approach the boats, and the mothers are known to push the young calves closer, which can make for an incredible interaction between two species. In the afternoon we explore the magic of the greater Magdalena Bay complex, it’s vast, rolling sand dunes and winding mangrove canals teeming with birdlife. Budding chefs can pop into the kitchen for a class on regional cuisine before dinner. Sit by the fire tonight and swap stories with your fisher guides and learn about the crucial role they play in conserving the natural resources of Magdalena Bay by combining tourism with conservation.

Day 4 – Gray Whales to La Paz
In the morning, walk down to the beach to learn artisanal fishing techniques from local fishermen. We will bid farewell to our hosts and head out in the search for whales. Make sure your camera is handy to capture images of these magnificent giants. After a picnic lunch on a secluded barrier island, we start back for La Paz where the journey concludes.

Date Availability Comments
Jan 27 – 30, 2016 Available Departing from La Paz
Feb 14 – 17, 2016 Available Departing from La Paz
Feb 25 – 28, 2016 Available Departing from La Paz
Mar 8 – 11, 2016 Available Departing from La Paz

Price: 6 or more: $1,550 US per person
4 – 5 people -US $1,830 per person
Kid’s discounts available. Contact us for more information.

A 20% deposit is required to confirm booking. We initially invoice you at the price per person that allows us to accommodate the smallest group we can operate without incurring a loss. If the group size grows during the booking period, we will refund the difference to you prior to your departure, corresponding to the reduction in our operational costs. We will try our best to include other guests on the open departures to let you travel at lower prices, and you can invite your friends and family as well to help bring the price down. Please read our FAQ section for payment and cancellation policy.

Note: trips are priced according to the number of full-price passengers on the trip. Staff and special guests are excluded from the count for this purpose.

2 gray whale watching expeditions, sea turtle monitoring, ground transportation from La Paz to Magdalena Bay and back, regional gourmet cuisine (including wine and beer), upgraded camping accommodations with mattresses and linens.

Breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 5, hotels or transportation prior or after the trip, tips (usually 10-15% of the trip fee)



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Project impact

Apart from generating important data that contributes to policy making decisions regarding sea turtle conservation, this project provides an important source of non-extractive employment for fishermen and poachers. By putting the monitoring in the hands of local fishermen, RED helps create local stewards of Magdalena Bay’s natural resources.

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