The Trip to San Ignacio
I promised that I would tell you a little more about the trip to San Ignacio. I was originally looking for a local one-day San Diego whale watching trip when I ran across an advertisement for this 5 day trip run by Baja Expeditions. What was attractive was that: 1) it left from San Diego, 2) they made crossing the border as painless as possible, 3) once in Mexico they used their own private air transportation, 4) it was rustic (tent camping) but not too rustic (all meals included), and, most importantly, 5) LOTS of Friendly Grey Whales. The trip actually began from a local hotel, the group went by bus across the border into Tijuana, Mexico, we then transferred to a private 12 person aircraft at the private terminal of the Tijuana airport, and it was about a 2 1/2 flight to a dirt strip right at San Ignacio Lagoon. A short bus ride to the camp and we were there. We checked into our roomy canvas tents and then met for happy hour and our first dinner at the dining hall. The whale watching, which consisted of 2 daily visits to the Lagoon whale watching area began the next day. All that being said, the real attraction was that there are many whales in this remote Lagoon – our guide told us that the current count was 347 whales in the Lagoon! The next morning we took our boat to the viewing area and were treated to the sights, sounds, and experiences of being surrounded by whales pretty much everywhere you looked. Here is a typical sight looking out from our boat – a whale fairly close to our boat coming up to “blow”, another farther out showing its flukes as it dove, and another watching boat (limited to 16 in the whale watching area at any given time) in the distance.
I think I mentioned before that the whales in the Lagoon are known for their friendly behavior – but I think I’ll save that for tomorrow….