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Cabo Trek - whale watching with a difference...

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Whales, whales and more whales...


It is no secret that Cabo and the waters of Baja California Sur are home to hundreds of humpback whales every year.


These huge cetaceans swim more than 10 thousand miles from the cold waters of the North Pole to the warmer waters of Baja California Sur, where they stay for about five months feeding, mating and giving birth.


And it’s not just humpback whales that make the trip. Gray, blue, fin, bryde's, sperm, pilot and killer whales all visit the shimmering blue waters of the Baja. Providing a phenomenal natural spectacle, and attracting thousands of visitors every year. But it wasn’t that long ago that many of these whales were in danger of extinction.


Everyone knows the famous El Vizcaino Whale sanctuary has been fundamental in the remarkable recovery of gray whales. And the area is now recognized as the world’s most important place for the reproduction of this species.  But the vast majority of whales that come to Cabo – about 95% -  are humpbacks. Not grays. And they don’t benefit from the protected waters of San Ignacio and Laguna Ojo de Liebre.


So, we asked Philipp Moser, passionate naturalist and founder/director of local whale watching company Cabo Trek, if the future looks good for humpbacks in Cabo.


One of his main concerns is the long-term protection of the humpbacks - “The amount of boats offering tours is getting out of control.  Laws and regulations do exist, but a lack of enforcement means the whales are not always properly protected. And things can go wrong.”


“Cabo has a symbiotic relationship with the whales, we need to take care of them, or they may not return. For this exact reason Cabo Trek are reaching out to local authorities and schools to raise awareness.”


Philipp firmly believes that conservation and education need to be lifelong, For everyone – tourists, locals, children, and governments. “People need to see close up, and understand - so they can fully appreciate the phenomenal nature that fills the oceans around us”.

As a professional scuba diver Philipp - from Austria -  is passionate about the sea, and everything that lives in it. Originally arriving for a diving holiday, he was blown away by the maritime magic he found in the seas around Cabo. And as many others before him, he decided to stay. And he set up a whale watching company. There were already lots in town. But not like the one he wanted to establish.


Cabo Trek - who they are, and what they do...

Philipp searched for a bunch of like-minded individuals who were all passionate about marine life, loved what they did, and would help him build the right kind of company. Only 3 years down the line and he has achieved this.


The small but select Cabo Trek Team, are all local and include 2 marine biologists – who both also work on important local marine conservation projects. (Like their groundbreaking Humpback Whale Photo ID Research Project – spanning this whole season until April 2017).


This is what makes Cabo Trek unique. Each boat trip has a passionate, qualified, marine biologist on board. And a professional wildlife photographer. With a hydrophone and underwater camera. Boats are deliberately small – better for the whales - and allows a more intimate experience for the guests. Tours are truly educational. Taking a trip with them this season means you will see first-hand how they locate, photo-identify and record songs of humpback whales for their current research project. 

Why Cabo Trek are different...

Clearly, Cabo trek offers more than a quick trip around the bay. If you are keen to see more than the humpbacks around Cabo, they organize 2-day trips for close encounters with gray whales, blue whales and whale sharks to Magdalena Bay, Loreto and La Paz.


As well as the whale watching tours, they do sea lion trips, turtle hatchings, swimming with whale sharks, plus snorkeling and scuba diving.


The company has grown organically as each year they have tried to add a related trip or activity. Decisions are made together, as a team. And everyone is involved in making things happen.


And true to the educational ethos of Cabo Trek, an important part of their work is the not-for-profit educational programs for school kids. Involving an awareness raising lesson in the class room.  Then a boat trip to see the whales.


 “The kids absolutely love it - they have never had the opportunity to see these creatures right up, at close quarters. They are totally blown away by it. And they begin to understand why we need to protect the whales. That’s what makes it great.


Book your trip now...

So, if you haven’t already done it, book your trip with Cabo Trek  Now. 

For information and details on all their trips., plus some fabulous photos  -  go to  Cabotrek, Cabo Whale Trek, and Cabo Dive Trek

All photos cuortesy of Cabo Trek

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