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Laguna San Ignacio Whale Tour

5-Day Tour Package with Charter Air travel from San Diego 
Includes 5-Days, 4 nights at Whale Camp; Whale Tours every day; guided kayaking and birding tours in the mangroves; comfortable camp accommodations with showers and great meals!

Tour Baja with us to experience the best of Baja in comfort and indulge your spirit for adventure! Enjoy our fabulous Whale Watching Base Camp at Laguna San Ignacio, the world’s premier Gray Whale Watching destination, known for it’s high percentage of “friendly” whales. Last season 100% of our guests had friendly whale encounters, usually on every trip!

This is a vacation you will remember and treasure for a lifetime. Many of our guests return year after year, bringing friends and family…even their grandkids! Children as young as seven are welcome. Come and join us for this season of whale watching, as we honor the life-cycle of the largest mammals on Earth!

Your 2019 Whale Trip Includes:
* 2spyhopUp close whale watching unique only to San Ignacio Lagoon
* Kayaking, hiking, birding and beach combing at base camp
* Solar powered beach bungalows with views of the lagoon
* Charter aircraft flight direct to San Ignacio Lagoon
* 4 nights and 4 days at base camp (all inclusive)
* Experienced local resident staff guides
* On staff marine biologist zoologist naturalists
* Tide pool exploration wildlife identification
* All inclusive beer, margaritas happy hour
* Scientific work shop research station
* Two whale watches daily, 6 total
* Hot showers flushing toilets
* Send-off fiesta

* Not included in price: Viizcaino Biosphere Park Fee, $35; Mexico Tourist Visa, $35; Laguna San Ignacio Airport Taxes, $35 (only for air trips). *16% Mexico use fees/taxes included in price. *Prices subject to change depending upon fuel increases, BUT guaranteed when booked.


Solar powered eco-lodge and cabins. Below are pictures of Camp Cortez at San Ignacio Lagoon:

Seemingly perched on the edge of civilization “Campo Cortez” offers many modern amenities while maintaining a clean, comfortable and eco-friendly environment. The base camp provides a modern solar and wind generation system in our dining palapa and library that provides 110 ac or 12 volt dc power for all of your charging needs. You can connect charge up your video and camera batteries anytime in the dining palapa day or night. Constructed from local materials and by traditional building methods, our palapa is the gathering point for all of our daily activities.

Each of our fourteen solar powered cabins offers a warm and extremely comfortable safari style ambience. Each cabin offers its own spectacular view of the lagoon and is situated close to the waters edge. Eleven of our cabins are double occupancy with two single beds and all are supplied with fresh linens, pillows and new sleeping bags for each new guest . The remaining three cabins are triple occupancy with a double bed on one side and a single bed on the opposite side.


Authentic Mexican coastal cuisine: Our meals are a constant source of positive compliments. Delicious meals are prepared daily using only fresh ingredients and the tortillas are hand made daily. We offer a variety of dishes ranging from locally caught seafood to vegetarian dishes. Meals are well balanced and you can eat as much as you like. Our central dining palapa hosts a sit down dining area, stocked bar and lanterns to round out the atmosphere. If you are on a diet…good luck! With the close of each week we host a send off fiesta with local live music.

The camp also maintains:

  • Two private hot water showers (solar & propane)
  • Marine mammal & Baja library (in the palapa)
  • Science & research station (in the palapa)
  • Satellite telephone for emergencies
  • Composting & recycling containers
  • Kayaks for use in the estuary;


Blue Waters provides roomy double-occupancy CABINS with twin beds which can be moved together to make a king, with bedding. If you wish to have a CABIN to yourself, you must let us know in advance.


Most importantly, bring your ability to work and play with others and a desire to make this trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone. We have enclosed a packing and equipment list to assist you in your preparations. For your comfort and enjoyment, please be sure to bring everything on the list. You may want to bring a small dry bag for personal belongings (such as binoculars, camera or sunscreen) that you may want easy access to while kayaking or whale watching. We also have dry bags available at camp.


It is not necessary to exchange currency. We recommend that you bring some US dollars in small denominations to pay for tips, and for our Loreto based trips, dining out and smaller purchases in town. If you are driving, also bring enough dollars or pesos for gas, meals, showers and shopping. MasterCard and Visa are accepted at some hotels, shops and restaurants. The local banks will not advance you American dollars from your credit card. The ATMs in Mexico will dispense Mexican currency. Come prepared with the cash you’ll need for your return trip home.


Fees are based on double occupancy. If you are traveling alone and would like to share accommodations, please let us know and we will make every effort to match you with another tour participant. If you prefer your own accommodations, or if we are unable to match you with roommates, a single supplement fee may apply.


Van transfers from Handlery Hotel, San Diego, to charter aircraft at Military Airport, Ensenada. Charter flights to and from Laguna San Ignacio. All airport transfers and ground transportation within Mexico. All Meals & Snacks while at Camp. Kayaks to explore Mangrove Estuary. Comfortable Cabins with Beds and Bedding. Two Whale Tours Per Day (Total 6, weather permitting). Daily 5 pm Margarita Happy Hour


* Hotel in San Diego

* Mexican Tourist Visa, $35

* Biosphere Reserve Park Fees, $35

* Mexican Airport Taxes, $35

* Single Supplement Fees

* Gratuities for camp staff and panga drivers

Dates of Whale Watching at San Ignacio Lagoon

2019 Trip Calendar and Availability
5 Day Private Air Charter Trips

Guided round trip expeditions departing San Diego for our remotely located eco-lodge and base camp (Campo Cortez) on the shores of San Ignacio Lagoon. Each eco-cabin is self sufficient with solar and wind generated electricity, comfortable beds and small desks; All-Inclusive: two whale watches daily with our local staff and camp naturalists; all meals, soda/beer/wine and happy hours.

A Feb 03-08 (Bus/Fly) Sun-Fri OPEN (7 Whale Watches) $2,450
1 Feb 08-12 Fri-Tue OPEN (6 Whale Watches) $3,350
2 Feb 12-16 Tue-Sat OPEN (6 Whale Watches) $3,350
3 Feb 16-20 Sat-Wed OPEN (6 Whale Watches) $3,350
4 Feb 20-24 Wed-Sun BOOKED (6 Whale Watches) $3,350
5 Feb 24-28 Sun-Thu BOOKED (6 Whale Watches) $3,350
6 Feb 28-Mar 04 Thu-Mon OPEN (6 Whale Watches) $3,350
7 Mar 04-08 Mon-Fri BOOKED (6 Whale Watches) $3,350
8 Mar 08-12 Fri-Tue OPEN (6 Whale Watches) $3,350


9 Mar 12-16 Tue-Sat OPEN (6 Whale Watches) $3,350
10 Mar 16-20 Sat-Wed OPEN (6 Whale Watches) $3,350
11 Mar 20-24 Wed-Sun OPEN (6 Whale Watches) $3,350
12 Mar 24-28 Sun-Thu OPEN (6 Whale Watches) $3,350
B Mar 28-Apr 02 (Fly/ Bus) Thu-Tue OPEN (7 Whale Watches) $2,450


Self Arrival Dates – Trips Available in Two Day Blocks or more

Come to our base camp on your own: Either drive from San Diego down or drive up from Loreto, La Paz or Cabo San Lucas. Enjoy our all inclusive services along with two whale watches daily including kayaking, birding and guided nature walks with our experienced local staff.

Opening Day for Self Arrivals:           January 15th through February 8th (can stay any number of days at camp – two day minimum)
February 8th through March 28th Self Arrivals: Arrive via your own transportation and join any number of our 5 day air trips.  Space is limited for this option and restricitions apply.  Permitted when staying same dates as one of our five day air trips (4 day/ night stay.  Trip fee: $1,575 per guest)
March & April Self Arrivals: March 29th through April 15th (can stay any number of days at camp – two day minimum)
Self Arrival All Inclusive Daily Rates: *$350 daily per person – during self arrival dates.
*Prices are per person and include the Mexican use fees of 16%
*There is an additional $7 per person per day Biosphere entry fee per each whale watching day.
*Minimum stay of two days/ nights required for any self arrivals – except when staying during/ with an air trip.
*Email us before sending your reservation forms in order to check our current availability.  Our availability can & does change daily.

6 Day Guided Bus Trip Dates & Availability

Round trip from San Diego to San Ignacio Lagoon.  Includes three and a half days and three nights at “Campo Cortez” all inclusive eco-lodge base camp.  You’ll enjoy six whale watches with our experienced guides and camp naturalist along at your sea-side cabin at San Ignacio Lagoon.

Date Days Availability Guide Comments Trip Fee
Jan 28-Feb 02 Mon-Sat Open Norma Lira 3.5 days at camp (6 whale trips) $1,975
Mar 31 – Apr 05 Sun-Fri Open Norma Lira 3.5 days at camp (6 whale trips) $1,975

Additional Fees for all tours:

*Vizcaino Biosphere Fee: $35 USD (Conservation Passport or daily pass)
*Mexican Tourist Card: $35 USD
*Airport Taxes: $30 USD per guest (only for air trips)
*16% Mexico use fees/ taxes included in one price
*Prices subject to change depending upon fuel increases, BUT guaranteed when booked