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Whale Watching Combo
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SCAMMON'S LAGOON - WHALE WATCHING TOURS
Your hotel In Guerrero Negro
Clean & cozy double room - Guerrero Negro
Whale Watching Safari Camp - Scammon's Lagoon
R&R at the edge of the safari camp in Scammon's Lagoon
Inside the safari tent in Scammon's Lagoon
2015 DATES: Jan. 15th. to Apr. 15th.
Pick a date and e-mail us for availability.
Option 1: Scammon's Lagoon, Fully-Guided (self drive): $950 ea.
(3 days, 2 nights hotel, 2 days whale watching)
INCLUDES: English-speaking guide, motor-boat & operator, transportation from Guerrero Negro to the lagoon, two hotel nights in Baja (dbl. ocp.). One whale watching excursion on day 2, and one whale watching excursion on day 3.
DOES NOT INCLUDE: Transportation from the US to Guerrero Negro (airfare or car rental), meals at restaurants, personal items.
Click here to see the "Option 1" (self drive) itinerary.
Option 2: Scammon's & San Ignacio Combo (self-drive): $1490 ea.
(4 days, 3nights. 3 days whale watching)
The Combo trip offers one day whale watching in Scammon's Lagoon (departing from a hotel in Guerrero Negro); And, two days whale watching in San Ignacio Lagoon (departing from a safari-style base-camp at the edge of the lagoon).
INCLUDES: English-speaking guide, motor-boat & operator,one night hotel in Guerrero Negro, two nights at the Cabanas in San Ignatio, all food at the cabanas (and whenever we are not at a restaurant).
One three hour whale watching tour in Scammon's lagoon and twice-daily whale watching tours in San Igacio (each lasting up to two hours) on full days in camp.
NOTE: The cabanas in San Ignacio include cots & clean bedding, pillow and liner, sleeping bag, table & chairs, lantern, separate structures with clean eco-toilets and solar heated showers.
DOES NOT INCLUDE: Transportation from the US to Guerrero Negro (airfare or car rental), meals at restaurants (in Guerrero Negro), personal items.
Due to extra logistics, this trip has a dedicated web page:
Click here for more info on the Scammon's & San Ignacio Combo trip.
Option 3: Scammon's Lagoon Safari Camp & Air Charter: $2495 ea.
(5 days, 3nights. 3 days whale watching).
INCLUDES: This trip departs from San Diego and includes air charter to Guerrero Negro, and lodging at a fully catered, safari-style camp at the lagoon.
Your guides will meet you and drive with you to the Ensenada Airport for your quick flight south to Guerrero Negro
Also included: English-speaking guide, motor-boat & operator,one night hotel in Guerrero Negro, two nights at the Cabanas in San Ignatio, all food at the cabanas (and whenever we are not at a restaurant).
DOES NOT INCLUDE: Meals at restaurants, personal items, insurance of any kind.
Email us for details if you are interested in this option.
LOCATION: Scammon's Lagoon is a naturally protected inlet on the Pacific side of Baja peninsula, about 440 miles south of San Diego (or, 250 miles north of Loreto, where you can fly commercially from Los Angeles (see info below). Scammon's Lagoon is a unique location, where large numbers of Gray whales congregate during the winter month to give birth and nurse their offspring.
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TRIP DESCRIPTION: The Scammons Lagoon (self-drive) whale watching tour will begin/depart from Guerrero Negro, Baja. A shuttle will take our group from the hotel to the lagoon (half hour ride), where we will board the open deck motorboats.
Your tour will take you to the key areas of the lagoon, where there will be abundant encounters of mother Gray whales (cows) with newborn babies (calves).
During the two days you will whale watch for a total of about five hours (three hours on day one and two hours on day two).
Please note that getting from the U.S. to Guerrero Negro is participantís responsibility, and we are happy to provide suggestions and information about the available options.
THE WHALES, especially the babies (called calves), are curious and very friendly creatures.
On numerous occasions the cows gently push their calves towards our boats, seemingly to introduce them.
Once contact is established, the calves enjoy interacting with people, nudging the boat and popping their head out of the water, allowing the stretched hands to touch and caress.
All this happens while the mother lazily and unconcerned, suns herself around the boat. Sometimes the mother herself comes close to get some attention.
Itís truly amazing. One may be concerned about their shear size (up to 45 feet) but they are incredibly gentle and aware of their surroundings.
THE BOATS: On these whale watching Baja tours we will use 24 ft., well maintained, open-deck motorboats
The size of the boats is ideal for the needed mobility, unobstructed view, and closeness to the water - essential for the quality of this activity.
Each boat has four sitting benches, accommodating three passengers per bench.
You can expect 10-12 people on the boat per trip.
Life Preservers will be supplied and are mandatory while on the water.
Your professional boat operator will be in permanent contact with your accompanying private guide, and with the shore-base via VHF radio.
GETTING THERE: Guerrero Negro is not the most convenient destination to reach. However, taking a 2 hour commercial flight from Los Angeles (LAX ) to Loreto, Baja-Mexico (LTO); Then renting a car from Loreto and driving to Guerrero Negro (5 hours), will make the experience more acceptable.
Alaska and Delta Airlines offers direct flights between Los Angeles and Loreto:
Note: It is also possible to drive from San Diego to Guerrero Negro (about 12 hours). More info about this option, below.
DRIVING FROM SAN DIEGO TO GUERRERO NEGRO: Although a lengthy drive (about 12 hours), splitting it into two days will make the experience more comfortable. A midsize sedan is well suited for the Hwy Mex 1. The road is paved all the way to Cabo San Lucas, and itís virtually impossible to get lost.
Several companies in San Diego rent cars and provide insurance for driving into Baja. Or, if you live in Southern California you can drive your own vehicle. While you are away on the tour the vehicles will be parked at the private hotel where you will stay, and will be absolutely safe.
Car rental companies at the Loreto airport:
FOX: Tel. from the US: 011 52 (613)1350937. Web Site: http://www.foxrentacar.com/location/lto.aspx
EUROPCAR: Tel. from the US: 011 52 613 613 1352260. Web Site: http://www.europcar.com/airport-LORETO.html
ALAMO: Tel. in the US (888)826-6893. Web Site: www.alamo.com/Loreto
Car rental companies in Loreto, the town (2 miles from the airport):
THRIFTY: In the Diamond Loreto hotel lobby: Tel from the US: 011 52 (613) 133-0612 or 0700
BUDGET: Paseo Hidalgo Y Malecon: Tel from the US: 011 52 (613) 135-1090. Tel in the US: (800) 472-3325
www.kayak.com/cars or, www.priceline.com will also give you a way to make car reservations.
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