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Magdalena Bay Whales

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Puerto San Carlos, Mexico
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About Magdalena Bay Whales
Magdalena Bay Whales - Your Adventure Our Passion . . .Is family owned & Operated "Proudly Creating Life-Long Memories" for morethan 23,000 people in the past 32 plus years .You will have the privilege to embark on a interactive adventure through the majestic ever glade waters of " Magdalena Bay" with father Crispin (Whale King) or one of his 3 sons that with " Grand Passion" follow in his foot steps.Having fish & sailed these waters for more than 30 some years , we are intimately familiar and have learn to care & respect our waters, from San Carlos to Puerto Lopez Mateo , South to Isla Magdalena , Alcatraz & Beyond the Pacific . . . Magdalena Bay Our aquarium . Three Reasons Why1. Will personally make contact through Email or a phone call & give you all the info ,facts & tips that you must know about your whale & Eco tour adventure . . .2. It will be a privilege for my dad ( Whale King) , My self (Whale Whisper)one of our licensed & certified guides. To share our passion and knowledge about the majestic grey whales & world class Magdalena Bay. You will have a great experience allowing us to be your personal guides.3. And last but not least , we will not charge you a dime until you 'SEE" a whale at a minimum of 30-35 meters from our boat ... Thanks Capt Marco
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Garyt123 wrote a review Mar 2022
Crans Montana108 contributions55 helpful votes
I want to start my review by saying we enjoyed our visit. The information here is really for you to decide if it is the right trip for you: The whale camp is approx 45 min to 1 hour boat ride from Pto San Carlos / B&B. It can be a fast. windy and bumpy ride. We were just put on the boat and taken to the whale camp. Nobody on the Island spoke English. Nobody explained anything. We did not know about dinner, breakfast or when our boat was leaving the next morning. Very strange as most of the guests are English speaking. I dont think the tents should be called luxury. It is a tent with 2 beds in. Hot in the daytime and cold and damp at night. Your private bathroom is a wooden shack several meters from your tent. It has a bag with shower water and a compost toilet. It is not next to your tent. The beds were comfy. On the boat for whale watching the next morning. The captain spoke no English. We had to travel 1 1/2 hours to where the whales are this year. It was cold, misty and wet. The boat went fast and was very bumpy. BUT we found the whales. The sun came out and we saw lots of whales. Conditions for the 2 hour boat ride back were slightly better but very cold and bumpy. The next day our second tour was cancelled as it was too windy. We did get a refund. The company cannot control nature. The weather is not their fault and the whales being so far away is not their fault. Last year they were closer. Be prepared for your trip to be cancelled. If you have travelled a long way for a once in a lifetime experience you must be prepared for the disappointment. The food was ok but nothing special. The laddies did a good job in limited conditions. Not all drinks on the menu are available and not all food choices on the menu are available. So to sum up we enjoyed a trip. It was a once in a lifetime experience. You can make your mind up if you feel this is for you.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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wandering-until- wrote a review Mar 2022
Elmhurst, Illinois52 contributions39 helpful votes
We stayed at the whale camp - which was wonderful. Beautiful views of the bay, great location to hike through the hills to the Pacific side, walk on the beach, etc. The weather was windy and a bit chilly on the first day. The wind died down the second day - so much more comfortable. We were prepared for the chilly evenings because of the helpful, thorough pre-visit email communications provided by Captain Marco. The beds in the tent were very comfortable! We had a deck with comfortable chairs for lounging - I spent a lot of time sitting on those at night gazing at the stars - each night was clear and beautiful for stargazing. The food at the camp was delicious! Some of the best of our entire trip. The camp staff were friendly and attentive. We had a wonderful time on the water with captain Christian (highly recommend) - although we didn't see whales on day 1 because of the wind - we did see whales on day 2. We had a couple of whales all to our self for an hour or so as we were the only boat in the area for a time. What I would do differently next time: I would recommend going earlier in the year for the whales in this location - from what I understand now, there were more whales in the northern bays. Also, I will learn more Spanish before booking with Magdalena Bay Whales again - as no one on staff could speak English at the whale camp nor the office staff at the Hotel Isabela when we were checking in and out. This surprised me because all communication with Captain Marco/Magdalena Bay Whales up to that point was conducted in English. There was no indication that this would not be an option once on the island. While it presented some challenges, it did not stop us from having a great time - we all worked together and figured it out - great staff at the whale camp! I wish I could have communicated with them more so I could have learned more about the island, the area, etc. and just had some friendly conversation as we were one of 2 groups at the whale camp at the time. We arrived at the whale camp after dark - and were shown to our tent - which had only 2 beds. I had written to Captain Marco prior to arriving to ask about having 3 beds in our tent since we are 3 grown adults who did not want to share a bed. Captain Marco confirmed this was possible. Upon arrival - it was clear this was not possible. We couldn't resolve the issue that evening. The next day Captain Marco offered us 2 tents to accommodate the 3 of us. The accommodation was appreciated - but made for a bit of a challenging beginning to our trip as no one in camp spoke English and we didn't speak Spanish - so sorting it all out was a bit of a challenge after a long day of travel.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Jacqueline V wrote a review Mar 2022
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Captain was very communicative and attentive. Weather did not cooperate but I look forward to next year.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Hugo G wrote a review Feb 2022
Kearney, Nebraska12 contributions1 helpful vote
It was absolutely awesome! We saw whales, dolphins, sea lions, pelicans, seagulls, eagles and ducks. All the people involved with us and our plans were so friendly and helpful. We stayed both at the camp site and at the Hotel Isabela, and both places were clean, comfortable and quaint. Food was outstanding and fresh. We visited in February and should have better prepared for the cold. I just researched the temperatures, but the RealFeel was much lower probably for the closeness to water and the wind. But that won't deter us from coming back in the future. We touched whales!
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Beachwatcher14 wrote a review Feb 2022
Polson, Montana194 contributions67 helpful votes
Was amazed at how close the gray whales would get - actually come to the boats. Many do that to rub against the boats and get scratches. Definitely very exciting to experience. There was an abundance of whales everywhere. The boat captain and guide did an excellent job. Tried to get close, but also mindful of not harming the whales.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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