Swim with Gentle Baja Whale Sharks @ Las Animas Ecolodge

Baja Whale Shark Tours

Swimming & Snorkel with Gentle Baja Whale Sharks


Midriff Islands, Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico

“One of the World’s Best Places to See Whale Sharks”

— Only 300 Miles South of San Diego —


2 Last Minute Deals

8/20 – 8/25:  Save $870 Each – Only 2 Spots Open

9/24 – 9/29:  Save $870 Each – Only 1 Spots Open

Call 800-221-9283 Today for an Amazing Bucket list Experience



Baja Whale Shark Tour Season

Mid-Aug. – Mid-Nov.

Whale shark snorkeling @ Las Animas Ecolodge are back and better then ever!  Guests typically see up close and swim with 3 – 8  gentle giant whale sharks every outing.

If you have dreamed of a chance to swim with whale sharks, ever marveled at their overwhelming size and beauty – then Baja Airventures new whale shark tour trip is entirely what you’ve been waiting for!




Swimming with Baja Whale Sharks Video




Whale sharks are rare, elusive and magnificent creatures. There are only four places on the planet whale sharks make predictable appearances at certain times of year. The Midriff Island region of the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico is one of those 4 spots and closest to the US. Your 6-day whale shark tour trip will use our popular Eco-friendly Las Animas Wilderness EcoLodge, as its base. The Tripadvisor award-winning ecolodge is a boat-in only, multi–sport, all-inclusive, soft eco-adventure “Glamping” experience located in the heart of the Midriff Islands, which is near the feeding grounds for the elusive whale shark. We utilize our own private carriage to transport you from San Diego, California to the whale shark tours feeding grounds in just a few hours.

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See some more cool short Baja Whale Sharks Snorkeling Videos here. No other Baja tour operator can offer you as much time spent on the ground and such little time traveling, because no other Baja whale shark tour operator has their own private carriage. We will brief you on your upcoming activities on the first day, including protocol and the safety procedures for swimming with these gentle giants. Baja AirVentures is  fully licensed and permitted by the Mexican government (SEMARNAT) to run the whale shark trips, ecotourism and birdwatching trips in this region of the Sea of Cortez.

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Your days will be filled with snorkeling with Whale Sharks, cruising isolated islands and coves looking for the up to 10 species of whales that frequent these waters – including fin and blue whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and manta rays. The daily whale shark tour schedules are known to vary depending on what it is the whale sharks are doing, and when they wish to swim with us. Average summertime water clarity ranges from 35′ – 60′ or deeper while water temperatures hover between 78F – 80F. The region enjoys a cooler micro-climate with daytime temps up to 95F and evenings a pleasant 76 – 78F.

Whale Shark Tours – Private Experience

  • Stay in our private wilderness Ecolodge all to yourself, not a mega Tourism Destination
  • 5 to 1 guide ration not a huge group of people
  • Very Small whale shark tour groups with whales practically to yourself
  • Pristine wilderness all to yourself compared to developed resorts with 1000’s of people
  • Very small whale shark tour groups.
  • Baja “Glamping” unlike any other.

More Time with the Whale Sharks

  • Less travel time. Closest whale sharks to North America.
  • Have the whales all to yourself
  • 4 hours or more with whale sharks daily compared to 3 hours or less with other whale shark tours.

Value for your Time

  • San Diego gateway city. Get to the whales in less then 3 hours
  • 4 days of snorkeling with whale shark
  • So many things one can do in addition to the whale shark tour and all included in one price
  • Includes access to all the toys: saving you hundreds of dollars
  • No need to go out for every meal. Great meals all included right at Las Animas Lodge
  • No need to travel to each activity, everything at your private beach

Additional Excursions Included – no extra charge Includes:

Snorkeling with sea lions, exploring offshore Islands, whale watching including blue and fin back whales, Bird watching, dolphins and more. No reservations required: choose what you want to do or join or daily adventures.

2018 Baja Whale Shark Tours

Dates with Opening below. Call 800-221-9283 or 1-619-421-2235 or Email 

Availability can change radically daily based on inquiries and bookings that day. Web availability MAY NOT be up to date. Please call to check how many places are still open or if you have questions.


2018 Baja Whale Shark

Dates & Price

6-day All-inclusive:  $2995



Aug. 6 – 11 SOLD OUT
Aug. 13 – Aug. 18 SOLD OUT
Aug. 20 – Aug. 25
2 Open – Save $820 ea.
Aug. 27 – Sept. 1 SOLD OUT


Sept. 3 – Sept. 8  SOLD Out
Sept. 10 – Sept. 15 SOLD OUT
Sept. 17 – Sept. 22 SOLD OUT
Sept. 24 – Sept. 29 5 Open, Save $690 ea.

Oct. – Nov.

Oct. 1 – Oct. 6 SOLD OUT
Oct. 8 – Oct. 13 4 open
Oct. 15 – Oct. 20 2 Open
Oct. 22 – Oct. 27 1 Open
Oct. 29 – Nov. 3 6 Open
Nov. 5 – Nov. 10 4 Open
  • 6-day trips depart Monday 7:00 AM returning Saturday 5:00 PM
  • Custom and longer trips available
  • *Please add 13% Mexican government IVA & 3% National Park Tax*
  • No bookings and departure dates are confirmed without signed advance reservation form and paid deposits.
  • Date change requests are ONLY valid with mutual written agreement.  Date change fee may apply.

Baja Whale Shark Tours based from Award Winning Las Animas Wilderness Ecolodge Baja Whale Shark Tour Swimming All Inclusive Itinerary:

Whale Shark (Rhiniodon Typus)

Whale sharks are the world’s largest fish as well as the world’s largest shark. They are harmless plankton eaters, and tend to feed close to the sea waters surface. They are known to reach lengths of up to18 meters (60ft) however average 12 meters (40ft) in length. This shark is easily identified due to its very distinctive pattern of white colored spots, its wide mouth and enormous size. Aside from their huge size, little is known about these creatures. Rarely seen in coastal shallow waters, these mammals are regular visitors to Midriff Island region near our Las Animas Ecolodge, Baja Mexico in the summer to fall months of July and September. They come to feed on the plankton of the nutrient rich waters surrounding Las Animas Wilderness lodge.

Marine Biological Profile Whale Sharks of Baja, Mexico

Baja animals demonstrate great tolerance and curiosity to our encounters. It is very important to keep in mind that we are seeking out wild animals in their environment. We ask you to bear in mind the need for caution and respect on our whale shark tours. Do not presume that we have any control over their actions or appearances whatsoever.

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Day 1

Awesome aerial views from San Diego to Midriff Island Region in the magical Sea of Cortez where we transfer to our boats. Continue to Las Animas Wilderness Ecolodge where we spend the afternoon exploring the area via boats, snorkeling and swimming with whale sharks. Evenings are filled with fantastic food, a campfire at the beach, star filled skies, fun, tranquility and solitude.

Day 2 - 5
Your mornings will be spent on our whale shark tours, searching for and swimming with Whale Sharks with the help of local fisherman’s radio reports or our boat. After AM whale shark snorkeling we return to Las Animas for a delicious fresh lunch. Your afternoons give you lots of opportunities for more fun and sport at no cost. This includes: snorkel with the nearby sea lions, world-class sea kayaking, incredible hiking, fishing, birding, off-shore islands exploration by boat, sailing, birding, finding your own private cover with no one around, and simply relaxing in your private hammock taking in the peace and serenity of this true untouched wilderness area.
Day 6

Morning breakfast, nature free time, pack lunch, and a possibility of whale shark viewing on the return boat trip. A scenic return to San Diego arriving approximately at 5PM .

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