Are you headed to a vacation in Cabo soon? Located on the Baja California Sur peninsula, Cabo is a popular tourist destination. The area has lovely desert landscapes, beautiful Sea of Cortez views, and tons of outdoor activities to enjoy. If you want to try something fun and exciting during your getaway, why not plan a tour to swim with whale sharks? The largest population of whale sharks migrates through Baja from November through March. So if you are on vacation in Cabo during that time, you should take the opportunity to swim with the majestic creatures. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget.
Vacation to Cabo: Whale Shark Tours
In fact, whale sharks are found in Baja throughout the entire year, but the highest concentration occurs between November and April. During that time, nearly 100 whale sharks are found swimming and feeding in the Sea of Cortez on any single day. Swimming with whale sharks is an exciting encounter that is truly unique. In general, tours are available starting in October through April. Tour companies generally charge around $100 to $200 dollars for the excursion and the tour often includes breakfast and/or lunch. No visit to Baja is complete without taking the chance to swim with whale sharks which are the world’s largest fish. While they can grow to the size of a school bus, they are gentle creatures and harmless to humans. Baja California Sur is one of the very few places in this world where a whale shark encounter is practically guaranteed.
All About Whale Sharks
Whale sharks are giant fish that can grow as big as a standard yellow school bus. In fact, adult whale sharks average around 40 feet long, which is around 12 meters in length. The gentle giants are quite graceful and allow divers and snorkelers to get close to them without harm. If you attend a whale shark tour, make sure to follow the instructions of your guide at all times. Whale sharks love the warm water of the Sea of Cortez. As far as their diet, whale sharks eat tiny plankton and fish eggs. They filter feed as they swim slowly along with their giant mouths wide open. In fact, whale sharks are one of only three species of filter-feeding sharks. Diving gear including full wetsuits will be provided for tour attendees. After you swim with the whale sharks, keep your eyes peeled as the Sea of Cortez is also home to dolphins, humpback whales, and manta rays, too.
Cabo Day Trips
Another great reason to visit Cabo is that there are charming small towns nearby that are fun places to visit for a day trip. For example, Todos Santos is home to the world-famous Hotel California which was made famous by the Eagles rock band. The cute beachfront town has great restaurants, bars, shopping, and a Malecon boardwalk. El Triunfo is another town near La Paz that is located at an elevation of 483 meters above sea level. The former mining town only has about 350 residents. Visitors must make sure to visit the El Triunfo Cafe during their visit. Located where an old mine was once located, the wonderful café/bakery is so popular with visitors that it typically sells out of its bread by 9 am in morning. The bread is prepared using age-old techniques that take a day to create. Wondering what to try? Word has it that the pecan rolls are so delicious that they practically melt in your mouth.
Are you ready to plan a vacation to Cabo? If so, make sure to book your stay at the Villa del Palmar Cabo San Lucas. Located on one of the area’s most popular beaches, Médano Beach, Villa del Palmar Cabo San Lucas has comfortable accommodations, premier amenities, family-friendly activities, and world-class services. They also have COVID safety and sanitation protocols in place so that visitors can safely vacation without worry. During your stay, make sure to book a tour to try swimming with the whale sharks. It’s sure to be a magical experience the whole family will enjoy. Also, take the time to day trip to Todos Santos and El Triunfo. The charming small towns are a great way to see authentic Mexico at its best.