Our first full day exploring the magnificent Baja California started with a bus ride toward the small town of Adolfo López Mateos, located in the northern portion of Magdalena Bay. There we boarded whale-watching boats, locally known as pangas, and headed toward Boca de Soledad, one of the northernmost entrances to Magdalena Bay. Beautiful sand dunes mesmerized us, but pretty soon our attention was directed toward short bushy blows and dark backs breaking the surface: gray whales.

We spent a wonderful morning watching numerous whales all over the place, sometimes surrounding our boats and making it hard to decide where to look!

After a great lunch at a local restaurant, most of us boarded the pangas again for another round of whale-watching. We observed some more gray whales, plus many birds like great egrets, crested caracaras, and royal terns. We also encountered several bottlenose dolphins, rounding up an exciting first day in Mexico’s magical peninsula.