Whale Watching & Sea Turtles in Magdalena Bay

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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.


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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.





Take advantage of our friends and family discount of 30% (per person, double occupancy). Meals, marine and ground transportation, naturalist guide and activities, whale watching, dune and mangrove exploration and sea turtles included.


Whale watching

Sea turtle monitoring

Mangrove exploration

Dune hiking

Bird watching

Star gazing

Gourmet cuisine

Dates & Prices


Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.


Our custom-tailored journeys start from $600 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.


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.

Accommodation: RED’s Research camp
Meals: B, L, D

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. Hike up one of the towering sand dunes to watch the sunset. After dinner, take in the stars in a night sky that never disappoints.

Accommodation: RED’s Research camp
Meals: B, L, D

Day 3

Gray whale observation
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. During breakfast, we will learn about the gray whales, their incredible migration, and the importance of Magdalena Bay for breeding and calving to these magnificent creatures. 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. We will enjoy a picnic lunch on a secluded barrier island before heading back out to see whales. Back at camp, budding chefs can head to the kitchen for regional cuisine cooking class. The rest of the group can head to the beach to learn artisanal fishing techniques, or relax and get lost in a book.

Accommodation: RED’s Research camp
Meals: B, L, D

Day 4

Back to La Paz
Today we will bid farewell to our hosts before heading out again to search for gray whales. On the way we’llhave the chance to explore the mangroves. After a picnic lunch we will depart by van La Paz.

Overnight: Costa Baja Resort or Similar
Not Included


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