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i was just wondering if there are vendors off the ship that can sell the tours. i dont really want to pre purchase. if they do sell the tours on shore is it a big price difference? could i just go on a glass bottom boat to see some?
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Originally posted by surfer_00
i was just wondering if there are vendors off the ship that can sell the tours. i dont really want to pre purchase. if they do sell the tours on shore is it a big price difference? could i just go on a glass bottom boat to see some?
Yes to all your questions.

The glass bottom boat thing will depend on how close the whales are to Cabo. We saw some about a hundred feet from the arch and followed them for about three miles in a glass bottom boat a couple of years ago. If the whales are not close, you may need to book another type of boat, but there are many vendors on the dock selling tours of all kinds.

Example --A glass bottom boat to the arch will cost between 7 and 12 dollars per person, depending on your bargaining skills.

Wave at us if you see the Splendor out there. We leave Long Beach 2/26.
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Thanks for your help! I'll Def give a big wave to you guys on the splendor lol
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Originally posted by swedish weave
Wave at us if you see the Splendor out there. We leave Long Beach 2/26.
We'll wave to you guys from the Spirit. We'll be in Cabo the same two days.....
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hire a vendor for sure
we did this a few years back, i think it was like 30PP
and he took us CLOSE to the whales , it was just me and hubby in his boat, alot of fun!! we saw more whales than the ship tour since we were in a small boat and we were fast.... and the ship tour to do this is like 100/PP


have fun fun fun and take lots of pics
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Awesome thanks for your reply! I'll take tons of pics
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There will be whale watching vendors all along the marina. Don't take the first price they offer. Bargain a little. I would suggest that you not rely on the glass bottom boat tour to see whales. You may or may not see them no matter what you do but I think you have a better chance going out on a whale watching excursion.

Enjoy your time in Cabo.
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ok great thanks for the info!
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We'll be in Cabo on April 8 and 9 on the Star Princess. Are there tours available that late in the season? Princess doesn't have any on its list.
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Originally posted by kevloe
We'll be in Cabo on April 8 and 9 on the Star Princess. Are there tours available that late in the season? Princess doesn't have any on its list.
Whale watching season ends mid March and then they start the snorkle tours again even though the water is freezing then! You may get lucky and see a late whale or 2 though. We have seen some toward the end of April several years.
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We were planning on doing a beach day as well....how cold is it there in early march?
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Originally posted by kevloe
We'll be in Cabo on April 8 and 9 on the Star Princess. Are there tours available that late in the season? Princess doesn't have any on its list.
We are doing a whale watch on the Sunderland in Cabo on April 4. It is late in the season but we have seen whales many times in April on our MR cruises.
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Originally posted by surfer_00
We were planning on doing a beach day as well....how cold is it there in early march?
The air temps will be in the 80's but it is the water that will be cold~ in the low 70's.
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I pre-booked with Pez Gato ($35/pp) and there were many empty seats so I'm sure you can get on the catamaran if you don't pre-reserve. Vendors are all along the shore. We got good views of the whales but pictures didn't turn out that great with my Nikon. Need a good camera. The tour photographer took tons of pictures and made a cd for me of over 50 pictures he took & I paid an extra $38 after seeing them. Here is one of his shots:


and here is my shot:


not quite the same. It was worth the extra $38. Click on a picture to take you to my webshots album.
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we used cabo sails for snorkeling and whale watching. we had our own captain and sailboat. wonderful time and they are very respectful of the whales.