Best time to travel to Cabo San Lucas

Whale Sharks in Cabo San Lucas

Despite their large dimensions, these creatures are harmless to people

Best time: October–February

Whale Sharks

A whale shark weighs about 20 tons, which is 40,000 pounds (18,000 kg). The biggest fish on the planet is also 30 feet (9 m) long. But its diet consists mainly of plankton or small seafood like shrimp. As the name implies, whale sharks have characteristics of both animals. In size, they resemble whales, but unlike whales, they do not need to emerge to the surface to breathe. Their tails, however, are shark-like. Whale sharks also boast unique colors and the ability to filter food through a wide mouth.

Most of the giant fish arrive in La Paz Bay in October and stay there until March or April. But October to February is the season when spotting them is guaranteed. About a hundred whale sharks swim and feed near Cabo San Lucas at that this of the year.

Many companies, such as Cabo Adventures, Cabo Shark Dive, or CaboTrek, organize snorkeling tours where you can get acquainted with these extraordinary sea residents. Such trips are available for everyone who can swim, and is aged ten or above. The excursions are safe for humans and whale sharks alike. The tour usually includes transportation, lunch, and photography.

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When is the best time to go on a trip to Cabo San Lucas to see whale sharks?

The whale shark season in Cabo San Lucas runs from October to February, with guaranteed sightings available from October to February. Over 100 whale sharks are known to come and feed in the area during this time, with most arriving from October and staying until March or April. This is therefore the best period for anyone wanting to see this wonderful phenomenon. Show more

Which companies offer the opportunity to swim with whale sharks when visiting Cabo San Lucas?

Many Cabo San Lucas operators offer the chance to go snorkelling with whale sharks, with some of the most popular including Cabo Adventures, Cabo Shark Dive, and CaboTrek. Trips typically commence in Cabo San Lucas and offer guests the opportunity to take a trip around La Paz Bay to witness these magnificent fish up close. Safety gear including snorkels and wetsuits is provided, and everyone aged ten and over is welcome to join. Show more

How big are whale sharks and what do they eat?

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world and can weigh up to 20 tons, equal to 18,000 kg or 40,000 lbs. These creatures are typically around 9 metres (30 feet) long and have features that are characteristic of both sharks and whales. They tend to feed on small seafood, such as shrimp and plankton, which they filter through the wide mouth they possess. Show more

Do whale sharks pose a risk to people and is it safe to swim with them?

Whale sharks are not considered dangerous to humans and are seen as gentle creatures. These fish have no motivation to attack people as they feed exclusively on plankton and small seafood. Swimming with them is therefore perfectly safe and a surefire way of experiencing an exhilarating encounter. Tour operators follow strict safety procedures to ensure the well-being of both guests and the magnificent whale sharks they come to see. Show more

Which tour operators offer a chance to witness whale sharks in Cabo San Lucas, and what do these trips typically include?

A variety of Cabo San Lucas operators specialize in whale shark snorkelling experiences, such as Cabo Adventures, Cabo Shark Dive, and CaboTrek. Typically, tours include lunch, transportation, photography, and all necessary protective gear, such as wetsuits, snorkels, and flippers. Experienced guides are also on hand to offer help as necessary, ensuring that this thrilling activity is trouble-free and enjoyable for all. Show more

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