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Whale Watch Cabo - Zodiac Tour

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I arrived in Cabo on the Carnival Splendor and had booked the zodiac trip in advance.  Cabo is a tender port, and I chose to not get a tender ticket but wait until open tendering was available.  I got off the ship around 12:30 for my 2:30 zodiac adventure tour.  Upon exiting the tender, I asked around and nobody knew where Whale Watch Cabo was located. They say in their literature that their shop is a 15 minute walk from the tenders, but I walked for 45 - 50 minutes before finding them.  People kept referring me into different nooks and crannies, and I just felt lost.  I just looked at their website and the walking map has been updated, but still states a 20 minute walk.  I think that is ambitious, and even if I had the current map it would have taken at least 30 minutes to walk directly there.  Once I located the Whale Watch Cabo office, I checked in and found out there were only 3 people on our excursion!  I walked around a bit then waited near the fountain outside the shop.  Oscar came to get us right on time and walked us to the zodiac where Beto was waiting to take us out to see the whales.  We were given mandatory life vests, and an introduction to whale watching in Cabo, including legal restrictions on where the boats were allowed to be in relation to the whales.

 

We were able to see many whales, at first we saw them come up for air and go back down with a view of the whales backs, pectoral fins, and tails. Toward the middle of our trip, we saw a whale breaching and showing its pectoral fins. It was so magical!  We kept going to different places in an attempt to see more whales, and saw quite a few throughout the day. The best part of the trip was at the end when we found a mother, baby, and escort who repeatedly breached the water, slammed onto the surface, and demonstrated many surface behaviors like showing pectoral fins and tails. We stayed for about 15 minutes until the whales settled down and it was time for the tour to end.  Afterwards, I asked Oscar to help me find a water taxi as the last tender was scheduled in less than one hour from then, and I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to spare.  Oscar and Beto motored me over to the tender area in the zodiac so I could make the tenders on time.  The cost for the trip also included photos taken by Oscar during the trip so you didn't have to worry about taking photos and could stay in the moment and enjoy what was going on.  I received a dropbox link within the week with 185 shots that were taking during our tour.  A few are below.  This was a great experience, and I would not hesitate to book with Whale Watch Cabo again!

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Wow!  I'll be in Mexico in July.  I have to see if there are still whales around.  That looks like a wonderful excursion!  Thanks for sharing.

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18 hours ago, myra711 said:

Wow!  I'll be in Mexico in July.  I have to see if there are still whales around.  That looks like a wonderful excursion!  Thanks for sharing.

 

No humpback or gray whales in July.

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Thanks for the review.  Some posters here had complained of some unidentified whale watching outfits that were harassing the whales, so a positive review of a good company is appreciated!

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