Whale Shark Safari

La Paz is a hot-spot for whale shark sightings, starting in the fall and continuing until spring sightings are guaranteed and just a short boat ride from the harbor. The whale sharks return to La Paz every year to feed on plankton blooms that occur in the shallow waters of the bay. These blooms attract a large number of whale sharks and it is very common for us to swim with multiple individuals. Swimming with whale sharks in La Paz is not your typical open ocean whale shark encounter. The bay of La Paz is very shallow and calm and the whale sharks tend to gather along the coastline in depths of 10m/33ft or less. The whale sharks are usually swimming at a slow pace, often so slow that we need to limit our time with each individual as not to disturb them. La Paz has to be one of the easiest places in the world to swim with these gentle giants.  

The whale shark tour is an expedition to "El Mogote", a peninsula that separates the lagoon from the Bay of La Paz. This peninsula is approximately 11km/7miles long and each day the whale sharks return to a portion of this coastline to feed. Every tour is a little different in terms of whale shark interaction and travel time but we do our best to get you up close and personal, while still following the whale shark watching guidelines. This includes entering the water in small groups, ensuring the boat stays a minimum distance from the whale shark and a strict "no touching" policy. The tour includes education about the whale shark and local conservation efforts, your guide will also accompany you into the water and show you the best way to approach and view these magnificent animals. Most of the whale sharks that visit La Paz are young adults and juveniles, reaching lengths of 10m/33ft. Large but completely harmless the whale sharks are an amazing experience for all ages.

  • The tour departs at 9am and includes wet-suits, snorkeling equipment and refreshments
  • $49 per person + 16% tax. Tour duration is three hours
  • Free photo/video services

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Whale Shark research

The photos we take during our tour will be submitted to Wildbook for whale sharks, a photo-identification library of whale shark (Rhincodon typus) encounters and of individually cataloged whale sharks. The library is maintained and used by marine biologists to collect and analyze whale shark sighting data. Every whale shark can be identified by the pattern of the spots above the left pectoral fin. This pattern is unique to each individual and is used to identify and track whale sharks. This database allows researchers to track individuals and learn more about their migrations and behavior. You can also aid in the research and conservation efforts by submitting your photos and/or videos.

Giving back to the community

Baja Connections works with a few community groups here in La Paz and has begun a program to train low-income persons to become a PADI Divemaster and/or Instructor. The program aims to increase the awareness of environmental issues through education and experiences with one of the most amazing animals of La Paz, the whale shark. Candidates to the program will work with the community and local schools to conduct beach and mangrove clean-ups, educate and in turn learn the skills necessary to succeed in tourism. Monthly whale shark trips will be organized for the students involved in these programs where they will learn about and swim with our local whale sharks. In turn, Baja Connections has pledged $5 from every whale shark tour and the services of its employees to aid in this program.