In addition to generating important research data that contributes to policy-making decisions regarding sea turtle conservation, this project provides an important source of non-extractive employment for local fishermen and poachers, creating local stewards for Magdalena Bay’s natural resources.
This is a great way to give back while exploring beautiful, off-the-beaten-path areas of the Southern Baja.
Sea Turtle Monitoring – Captured sea turtles will be safely transported to camp where you will help take measurements and gather other important data before releasing them back into the wild.
Gray Whale Observation – search for friendly gray whales who call Magdalena Bay home each winter. Get ready for an incredible interaction with these curious giants of the sea.
Day 1: La Paz to Magdalena Bay
Depart from La Paz early in the morning and head to to Magdalena Bay, the 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 who swim down from the Bering Sea to Baja’s warm waters and protected bays to mate and calve. Enjoy a delicious lunch before boarding a panga boat to go out and meet the gray whales—who are usually just as curious in you as you are in them. Afterward, head to the Gray Whale Camp, nestled into the natural surroundings, and, after happy hour and dinner, learn about the important sea turtle restoration project that will be the focus of the next day’s activities. Get a good night’s rest, tomorrow we search for turtles.
Day 2: Sea Turtle Monitoring
Wake up early, grab a cup of coffee and watch the fishermen-conservationists prepare the nets used in the sea turtle monitoring, or stay in bed and catch a few extra ZZZs. During breakfast, learn about the monitoring protocol and how to 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 safely transported to camp where you will help take measurements and gather other important data before releasing them back into the wild. Throughout the day you’ll have the chance to ask all the questions you may have about sea turtles.
Afterwards, relax and enjoy the stars in a night sky that never disappoints.
Day 3: Gray whale observation and mangrove exploration
Set out after breakfast in search for friendly gray whales who call Magdalena Bay home each winter. Get ready for an incredible interaction with these curious giants of the sea. Enjoy a picnic lunch on a secluded barrier island before heading back to camp. Back at camp, curious chefs can head to the kitchen for a cooking class on regional cuisine. The rest of the group can head to the water to learn artisanal fishing techniques, walk the secluded beach, or relax and get lost in a book.
Day 4: Gray Whales to La Paz
In the morning wake up to take in the spectacular sunrise one more time. After breakfast, bid farewell to your hosts and head out for another gray whale encounter. 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.
This trip can be customized for a private journey in the months of February and March.
Note: Gray Whale season in Magdalena Bay typically is February and March; Whale shark season typically is October to April.
Our custom-tailored journeys start from $800 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.