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Whale Shark and Balandra Bay Exploration

Price: From 15,102 MXN 

Price per group, up to 4 passengers

2,173 MXN additional passenger

Maximum: 10 passengers

Trip type: Private

Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Available:October to April*

Exit: 10:00 a.m., Fiscal Dock

(Departures available from Todos Santos and Los Cabos, ask for details)

*The season depends on the conservation regulations of the species.

Trip overview

Head out into the Bay of La Paz in an outboard skiff with your naturalist guide, enroute to the whale shark observation zone where you will get a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the seas. Discover why La Paz is as unique as these majestic creatures as you jump into the water with your snorkeling gear. Before calling it a day, take a detour and stop off at San Rafaelito, a small outcropping of rock teeming with marine life including sea lions*. Here we will jump in the water to snorkel with our naturalist guide before making our way to Balandra Bay, a natural protected area and home to pristine beaches, mangroves, and stunning scenery. Enjoy a tasty lunch (dietary restrictions taken into account), explore the nature trails, and snorkel in the crystal water before returning to La Paz just in time for dinner.


*Access to the whale shark observation zone is strictly regulated by the Natural Protected Areas National Commission, which only allows a certain number of boats with previous reservation  (of two weeks minimum) at specific times. In certain instances authorities may restrict access to the observation zone in order to manage the impact on this endangered species; in those rare instances RED Travel will provide alternatives to ensure a pleasant marine experience.


  • Marine transportation

  • Bilingual naturalist guide

  • Lunch and drinks (including 2 beers per person)

  • Towels

  • Snorkeling gear (including wetsuit) 

  • Park entrance fee

  • Taxes and insurance

Not included

  • Gratuities

  • Services not described

Available at additional cost

  • Ground transportation

  • Private photographer

  • GoPro underwater camera

  • Whale shark researcher on board

What to bring?

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Waterproof and biodegradable sunscreen

  • Swimwear

  • Long-sleeved shirt for sun protection

  • Water bottle

  • Pants and shorts

  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking and water friendly sandals

  • A windbreaker or warm layer

Trip details

  • Marine transportation: Outboard watercraft with full shade, cushions, dry storage, marine toilet and swim ladder.

  • Physical level: Medium including boat travel, hiking and snorkeling (both optional).

  • Minimum age: 5

  • Whale sharks are an endangered species and guests will be briefed on regulations for snorkeling in the observation zone. Guests not complying with regulations (e.g. touching or grabbing whale sharks) will be returned to shore and referred to proper authorities.

  • Beginner/first time snorkelers are welcome, but must be able to swim to participate in the snorkeling portion of the trip. 

  • All trips are staffed by bilingual naturalist guides with certifications and a licensed captain.

  • Upon payment, RED Travel México will request specific guests information and will provide departure specific information.


  • On itinerary: We will make all efforts to adhere to the itinerary described above, but we may modify the itinerary due to wind, weather, and other factors. The safety and enjoyment of our travelers are our top priorities. Please see our terms and conditions for more information. We do not guarantee wildlife sightings, interaction or behavior. All travelers must comply with communicated protocols and regulations regarding activities within natural protected areas and interactions with wildlife.

  • On trip insurance: All of our experiences are covered by  an Emergency Medical Expenses insurance. In order to obtain coverage, each guest MUST SIGN A LIABILITY WAIVER BEFORE DEPARTURE. 

  • Climate and weather: La Paz is situated on the Gulf of California on the southern part of the Baja California peninsula. It is separated from the Pacific by a desert environment with low mountains in between. We get large temperature swings, typically in the late fall and spring, up to 104 degrees fahrenheit (40 degrees celsius). This can be true even during winter. Outside of summer, we recommend packing for HOT and COLD weather. Most importantly, be prepared for a sun that’s stronger than you may be used to due to our latitude. Remember, a sunburn takes just a couple hours to develop, but it can ruin the rest of your trip. Stay shaded and stay hydrated. 

  • Luggage: For day trips, you’ll want to bring a small bag or backpack for your water bottle and personal items. Our boats have a dry storage space.

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