There are now several tours operating from Guerrero Negro. The
original, and best organized, is Malarrimo Eco-Tours. It is
also possible to head out to the lagoon and pick up a trip on an
informal basis (not an "authorized" trip, but you won't find
much checking going on).
Arrangements for a trip can be made through Malarrimo Eco-Tours
at the Malarrimo Restaurant in Guerrero Negro. The owner
Enrique Achoy speaks excellent English. One 22-foot
panga1 carries up to 10 people, depending on the
weather. There are vans capable of carrying 10-20 people the 9
miles to the departure area. (The pangas are launched from a
beach inside the boundary of the salt company's holdings, and
thus an area which is off-limits to normal tourists.)
There are two trips per day. The first leaves the restaurant at
8:00 AM, returning at 12:00 PM; and the second leaves at 11:00
AM, returning at 3:00 PM. The season runs from December 15 to
April 15. The cost, in 1996-97, was $35 plus 10% tax per person,
which included a small box lunch and beverage.
Here is the statement regarding reservations taken from
Malarrimo Eco-Tours brochure:
The official whale watching season is December 15 to April 15;
tour reservations will be accepted beginning in May of the
previous year. Advance reservations are recommended on
weekends, especially for large groups. A non-refundable 50%
deposit is required. Walk-in reservations are welcome but
subject to availability and must be made at least one day in
advance. Malarrimo Eco-Tours also accepts reservations for
Cabañas Don Miguelito and Malarrimo RV Park.
Malarrimo Eco-Tours guarantees whale sightings. In the event of
inclement weather, excursions will be rescheduled.
What to wear and bring:
A heavy jacket, tennis shoes or boots, warm clothing, cameras,
video recorders and lots of film.
Phone numbers are:
011-52-115-70-1-00 Voice and FAX
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1999: Malarrimo Eco-Tours now has a webpage at
and email at
(note the single "r" in the email address).
I took this trip in January of 1995, and can highly recommend
it. It is the only way to legally get onto the waters of
Scammon's Lagoon during the whaling season. There were at least
50 whales active in the area near the entrance to the lagoon.
The bird life was also dramatic - loons were in residence by the
tens of thousands and offered an amazing display of synchronized
It was reported that during the 1996-1997 season there were over
1000 adult whales in residence, and nearly 400 babies.
(January, 2000) A reader reported some difficulties in
contacting Malarrimo. The report mentioned an inability to
access the website or to reach them at their email address. A
phone call worked but suffered from language problems. Finally,
the matter was settled using a FAX.
Here is a link to a report some friends posted about their trip
Baja Whales, 1996 -- Clark and Linda Pate.
(1) A panga is a sturdy open boat in common
use by fishermen - they are excellent for whale watching, and
are usually powered by a 35 HP outboard motor.