Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Whale Shark Season in La Paz, Baja California is Quickly Approaching


If diving with Whale Sharks has been on your bucket list, you might want to think about checking out the waters off La Paz, Baja California.

La Paz, the capital city of Baja California Sur and the gateway to the Sea of Cortez, offers a spectacular array of year-round natural beauty. However, come October, the sea begins to team with so much wildlife that it was called the “world’s aquarium” by none other than Jacques Cousteau.

La Paz and the Sea of Cortez offer sea lions, whale sharks, manta and mobula rays, giant squid, dolphins, as well as huge schools of fish and of course the annual grey whale migration.

One of the most memorable of these experiences is also one of the most peaceful: snorkeling with whale sharks. Confirmed whale shark measurements have reached 41.5 feet (12.65m) long and about 47,000 pounds (21,319kg). But they’re gentle giants, slow-moving, filter feeding, toothless carpet sharks.

There are many places to see these magnificent beasts but schools of them can often be found just 10 minutes off the coast of La Paz where a wide variety of qualified outfitters such take you for intimate snorkeling excursions.

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John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.