Whale watching is an unforgettable experience — with opportunities to see one of the earth’s largest mammals in its natural habitat. The Cabo San Lucas coastline is part of the whale migration pathway, making it one of the best locations for whale watching worldwide. But before you go, be sure to read through this Whale Watching 101 to ensure you are well-prepared for the best “sight-seaing” adventure of your life!

Things to Know About Whale Watching

Packing for a yacht trip can be similar to packing a bag for a day at the beach (a very extravagant, unforgettable beach). Be sure to pack a smaller beach bag to hold sunscreen for your face and body, sunglasses, lip balm with SPF, and insect repellant if you plan to be on board at sunset or evening. Take several swimsuits, coverups, large-brimmed hats, and sandals for the many photos you’ll want to take on board, and a beach towel to lounge on during the day as you soak in the sunshine and take in the beauty of the sea. Waterproof baggies are perfect for holding your phone or other electronics you won’t want to get wet, and anti-seasickness medicine is always good to have along, just in case.

How to Prepare for a Whale Watching Trip

When going whale watching, wear layers of clothing with a waterproof jacket and shoes you won’t mind getting wet. Pack an extra bag with a hat, gloves, sunglasses, and sunscreen — anything you might need to be comfortable on a boat in the sun with the possibility of wind and cooler temps in the mornings and evenings. You’ll also want to bring a waterproof camera and a pair of binoculars to get a close look at whales or other ocean creatures! When considering what to wear, assume it will be about 10 degrees colder than the temp shown on the weather forecast for the day and windier on the open water.

When is the Best Time to Go Whale Watching?

The best whale watching is based on location and migration. Every year, Humpback Whales and Gray Whales appear on the Cabo San Lucas seas between November and March — with the best-recorded whale watching during the official whale watching season, from December 15th-April 15th, according to the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). You may also see Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Bryde’s Whales, Sperm Whales, and even Orcas (or Killer Whales) in the Cabo waters.

When you’re considering the time of day to go whale watching, there really isn’t a time that is better than the other to spot a whale. Though the waters will be calmer in the mornings and the high tides in the evenings seem to bring in more activity, whales are wild creatures and will breach at the time of their choice! No matter what time you go, hope for the best — and keep your eyes open and your binoculars ready!

Whale Watching from a Boat vs. the Shore

Whales can certainly be spotted from the shore, but you’ll want to bring your binoculars with you (plus some patience and a prayer!). Choose a high vantage point that offers a broad view of the ocean at a time of day when the sea waters are calm. Early mornings and evenings at dusk are generally the best times. Get comfortable and scan the horizon for sprays of water (from a blow or spout). You won’t miss it, as whale blows rise between six to thirty feet above water!

If you want to get up close and personal, whale watching is best on a boat, and even better on a yacht (specifically one of ours!). This is where you can see some of the water acrobatics whales are famous for — with breaching leaps reaching 8-10 ft. out of the water, offering a full-body view of one of the largest mammals on the planet. If you’re lucky enough to spot something this spectacular with your own eyes, I hope you have your camera ready!

Want to go whale watching in style? Book your exclusive whale-watching excursion with Cabo Yacht Charters today. You’ll experience all the whale watching Cabo San Lucas has to offer with the unmatched luxury and relaxation only found on our yachts. Enjoy a complete culinary presentation prepared by a personal chef and lounge on the deck with a craft cocktail as you scan the seas for rare marine wildlife. From intimate charters to large parties, Cabo Yacht Charters is here to provide you with the ultimate luxurious experience at sea. Book now, between November-April, during peak whale-watching season for the best chances to spot a whale on your charter!