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fter an early meeting at our office, we head off to Balandra, one of the natural beauty highlights of the La Paz area. We are fortunate to arrive by skiff and do so exploring the fascinating coastline of the bay. At Balandra we will enjoy the beach, swim, explore and have lunch. It is a great spot to experience the unique desert marine environment of the Baja peninsula.
After lunch, we board the skiff again to swim with Whale Sharks. From Fall to Spring, juvenile whale sharks gather in the shallow coastal waters of the La Paz Bay. The northerly winds push nutrient-rich waters from the Gulf of California into the shallow bay of La Paz where plankton blooms, creating an irresistible feeding site for these enigmatic, filter-feeding sharks. Whale sharks are fascinating animals, and we are excited to share everything we know about them with you. It is a memorable experience to see the size and grace of these animals moving through the water as you swim alongside them. If possible, we take identification pictures of each shark to help with the population monitoring that goes on in the Bay.
“Jose and his team were amazing! He was so knowledgeable and friendly. You can tell he truly has a passion for the ocean and the life it supports. This experience was unforgettable and will definitely be booking another excursion with him when we visit again.”
“This was an excellent tour (we did the Balandra & whale shark combo)! Huge thanks to Jose for a very memorable day! After a morning at Balandra, we went in search of whale sharks. Jose was an expert at spotting them, and when I had difficulty keeping up with the fast-moving critters, he held my hand and gave me my own private tour of one–making sure I got my money’s worth. The ceviche lunch was delicious too. Thank you Jose, Julio, and everyone at Eco Migrations!”
“Coming from the pacific NW swimming with sharks is something you do your best to avoid. Here is La Paz with qualified and insightful guides through Eco Migrations it’s an experience you shouldn’t pass up!
Be ready to swim! Our group was only 4 people which was great! All the equipment was new and clean. Bring your own booties or liners as a couple people had blisters from their new fins. And a jacket for the way out to the island is essential.
The captain’s homemade ceviche lunch on the beach was an amazing reward.
After lunch we randomly spotted a school of dolphins and were able to follow them a while for great photo ops!
In the afternoon we spotted the ginormous whale sharks feeding on plankton and jumped in! We were able to swim along with them for several minutes close enough to touch, but don’t! Beautiful creatures and what a treat for them to lets us into their space.”