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Benefiting The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum: San Ignacio Lagoon Grey Whale Charters

February 25 - March 1

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February 25-28, 2023 Glamping Tent Camp 

February 26-March 1, 2023 Premium Tent Camp

ORGANIZER: Ed Stetson Ed@StetsonDiving.com For reservations & additional information: Stetson Diving and Charters, LLCNAUI Scuba Instructor Course Director / UCSB Scuba Instructor & Charter Organizer Since 1980

PRICE: $1,000 Deposit to confirm reservation


  • $2,700 Double Occupancy
  • $3,700 Single Occupancy


  • $3,200 Double Occupancy
  • $4,200 Single Occupancy

Rates are per person and include 4 days / 3 nights in the camp; round trip charter flight from Cabo San Lucas Airport to San Ignacio Lagoon; up to 3 whale watch charters per day; all meals; the full 16% Mexico Tax, Mexican Visa and Naturalists. *Additional $35 Marine Biosphere Tax & Lagoon Landing Strip Tax, payable in cash upon arrival at the camp.

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This is truly one of those “once in a lifetime” trips for all ages. Family and friends are welcome. This may be the only place on earth where you can not only pet a whale, but where the mothers literally push their calves up to the surface to the skiffs. It is truly amazing. It’s a 2-year-cycle for the female whales. The whales begin arriving in January. They mate the first year, then the pregnant females return the following year to give birth in the calm lagoon. The nursing calves grow and get stronger for the long swim northward to the Bering Sea. Late February is when the calves are strong and very curious. That’s why we have selected these dates. But as soon as the whales leave the lagoon, this behavior ends.

San Ignacio Lagoon is midway down the Baja Mexico coast on the Pacific coast side. It’s very remote and undeveloped. We’ll meet in Cabo San Lucas, then fly from the Los Cabo Airport (2 hour flight) and land on the lagoon’s dirt runway. We will be staying at the Baja Expeditions camp. { www.Bajaex.com / www.Nautilusliveaboards.com } There are 2 camps, side by side: Glamping and Premium. Each group will fly out on a different day. These are very comfortable tents with 1 or 2 beds (not cots). Each tent has its own bathroom (flush toilet, sink, hot water shower), carpeting, heating & electricity. The Premium tents are about double the size with a couch, chairs, coffee table and more. All meals are prepared and served in a dining room with a cocktail lounge tent next door. We will watch and interact with the whales from pangas, owned and operated by the local fisherman. There are usually 6 passengers per panga, a guide and the local boat captain on each boat.

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Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
113 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109 United States
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805 962 8404
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February 25
March 1
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Martha Donelan
(805) 456 – 8744
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