The trip to La Paz is one of the unique adventures that the Sea of Cortez has to offer. On this special trip, we have the opportunity to swim with whale sharks in la Paz, the largest fish in the ocean, and also pay a visit to the largest Sea Lion colony in the Sea of Cortez. The Sea Lions in this colony are especially friendly and playful, interacting with divers.
The Whale Sharks part of the tour is snorkeling only, the visit in the Sea Lions colony is for diving and snorkeling.
La Paz is the largest city in the area and used to be the only international airport in Baja, California. We will drive to La Paz, located 2 hours’ drive from Cabo San Lucas, on the Sea of Cortez side of the Baja peninsula.
The Whale Sharks are very slow and docile creatures, feeding on Plankton; they are not dangerous to swimmers. From October to April, many Whale Sharks congregate at the shallows of the protected bay of La Paz, as the warm water gets rich with Plankton.
For the protection of the Sharks, the local regulations allow only snorkeling.
The trip does not end with the La Paz Whale Sharks; we will continue to the Sea Lion colony, to watch the Brown California Sea Lions. The Sea Lions love to play and explore, their curious character burst once they see divers blowing bubbles or bright fins and snorkels. You can often find the pups pulling at your fins, eager to play, showing off, and turning circles around our comparatively clumsy underwater movements.
What To Bring: Swimming suit, certification card (for divers), towel, warm, dry clothes for the way back (sweatshirt or a coat), a form of payment for the activity
“La Paz Whale Shark Snorkel Tour – AMAZING!!!!!”
The whale shark snorkel tour was so INCREDIBLE!!!!!!! An experience of a lifetime, and something I will never forget. It is something that I definitely want to do and plan on doing again!!! During out tour we saw many different juvenile whale shark, mini manta rays, and other types of fish. The day before our tour they even saw dolphins. We saw dolphins and humpbacks on the car ride to La Paz which was also very cool! My husband and I got married a month before our trip, we had decided on coming to Cabo specifically to go snorkel with La Paz whale sharks, we had missed whale shark season by a month the last year when we were in Cabo. After checking out some different tour companies I decided to go with Manta because they had such great reviews, I was very impressed by their website and the quickness in which they responded to my questions and helped me with the reservations. I had been in touch with them prior to Hurricane Odile, and even afterwards they were still fast to communicate with me and even let me know the dates my hotel was opening! Such great customer service. The tour itself was so much fun, my husband and I both loved our guides. They were super friendly, knowledgeable, fun to be around and they always made sure we were safe as well as the animals. At one point my husband was not able to see the whale sharks because they kept swimming away or there were other people from our group in the way, so the guides pulled him in the water separate from the group to make sure he was able to get a good look. That was so awesome because I have been on other wildlife tours where it is a free for all, so having the guides to make sure everyone gets a good look was so awesome. The tour consisted of us meeting at the dive shop early in the morning, driving to La Paz, taking a boat to the shark feeding area followed by lunch and transport home. The lunch and transportation was all included with the tour, and we went to a local restaurant in La Paz that was very delicious. On the way home, the driver and one of our guides even let us stop in Todos Santos to check out the Hotel California, I was so happy they did that for us. Some things to consider if you are interested in this tour are: 1. Bring extra cash to tip the boat drivers and the shuttle driver, these are the guys who get you to where you need to be, and the boat drivers are the ones who help spot the sharks and guide you while you are in the water. 2. Bring comfortable clothes to change into and things to swim in, also bring any kind of underwater camera and a waterproof bag. The boats are small and everything on board gets wet! 3. You will be in the water with very large animals, if being around fish or in water makes you uncomfortable this might not be the best option for you. 4. The whale sharks come to this area to feed on small krill and fish, which you will be swimming in (the whale sharks won’t eat or bite you, they are baleen sharks) but if you are bothered by being surrounded by tiny critters take this into consideration. When we were in the water we could feel all the krill and some tiny jellyfish on our skin, they don’t hurt or cause any kind of discomfort, but you can certainly tell they are there. Some might even end up in your swimsuit or rash guard. 5. If you are going to wear sunscreen I highly suggest getting some reef friendly, biodegradable or ocean friendly sunscreen since you will be in the water with animals and some of the chemicals in most sunscreens can be harmful to marine life.