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Dive Review of Baja Expeditiions in
Mexico (Western)/San Ignacio Lagoon

Baja Expeditiions: "San Ignacio Whale Watching – Non-diving adventure for divers!", Mar, 2023,

by NEAL LANGERMAN, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 17 Helpful votes). Report 12384.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments San Ignacio Whale Watching – Non-diving adventure for divers!

Divers have a strong attachment to the oceans and their inhabitants. Interacting with gray whales, within touching distance ranks high on many bucket lists. The annual gathering of gray whales in San Ignacio lagoon is a safe and very controlled way to learn about these magnificent critters. This report is based on a visit to the Baja Expeditions campsite under the auspices of the Oceanic Society in March 2023. I will explain what you can expect if you choose to do this adventure and share my experiences and thoughts.

San Ignacio Lagoon is in the Mexican State of Baja California Sur (B.C.S.). The lagoon contains the Vizcanio Biosphere Reserve, established by the Mexican government to protect the whales as they breed and calve. The reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site officially named the “Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcanio.” This reserve status tightly controls the number of visitors annually, daily, and hourly. The camp operators work to follow and support these protective rules.

The gray whale population is stable with both solo whales and mother-calf pairs. According to the “Annual Gray Whale Research Report for Laguna San Ignacio and Bahía Magdalena, B.C.S., México During Winter 2022 ”, there were as many as 172 single adult whales and 18 mother-calf pairs in the lagoon in 2022. During the three days in March 2 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Baja Expeditiions   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All of continental USA; Caribbean, Gulf, Sea of Cortez, Eastern & Western Pacific & more
Closest Airport Cabo San Lucas Getting There See report. Private charter flight from Cabo San Lucas to air strip on the lagoon

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments See review comments. If you plan to download, the bar tent is set-up to accommodate laptops. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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