Orgy at San Ignacio Lagoon

Whale encounters with Más are much more than whale watching which I’ve done previously.  This experience was very much like a safari with knowledgable guides and the opportunity to learn about these magnificent creatures.  The pangas are close to the water; the guides and captains are locals and ex-fishermen who know the lagoon waters and migratory whales like the backs of their hands. 

If you’ve never witnessed mating whales, it’s quite the experience!  My safari guide, Peto, spotted them frolicking in the distance and our panga captain sped in that direction.  We were close enough for me to take photos with my iPhone but we had to be careful as the 3 males and 1 female were quite active rolling over each other, diving below, resurfacing, more rolling, etc., for approximately 45 minutes.  Whale appendages are called “Pink Floyds” by the locals and I’ll never be able to listen to ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ without these images.  (Admit it, you’re curious so photos below) Of course they’re large, befitting a typical gray whale, the 7th largest whale that can weigh up to 60,000 pounds. Because I’m curious, I Googled it, and the largest mammal, the blue whale, has bragging rights over an elephant.

Unlike land mammals who fight it out for dominance before mating, multiple whales will each penetrate the female and the “little swimmers” that impregnate her are the winner.  As males don’t know who the father is, they don’t form a family unit.  You will find female whales with their calves but no males hanging around.  If the females have identifying features, the locals name them.  Peto pointed out Lola and Tiny Dancer – I guess music is the international language!

The whales who want to “play” will swim under the panga and might gently bump it.  I asked of course: no whale has ever turned over a panga.  Or they may swim right next to you and splash water through their blowhole – I was splashed twice.  If they’re being especially playful, they will swim along side the panga and you can touch them.  I GOT TO PET A GRAY WHALE!  It was thrilling.  Although my whale didn’t want to be hugged, there are numerous photos of whales letting people hug them.  My next trip!

As on any safari, it’s all about the wildlife.  Guides make or break the trip and Más only works with the best local experts.  After your morning and afternoon whale safaris, what awaits you on land?

Light-filled, beautiful spacious tents, en-suite of course with hot and cold running water along with an eco toilet.  You’ll find a warm, inviting bar tent with billiards table and a separate dining tent.  The food is delicious with local favorites like guacamole, nopales, tacos,  enchiladas along with western dishes.  Mexican wine is quite good and of course the bar will have tequila and other spirits.  I ate very well as a vegetarian and had the strangest sounding dessert – lemon and basil pie with mango ice cream that was sublime!

Más is a sister company to Nautilus Dive, one of the most respected dive operators in North America.  The Más team is trained with the same hospitality standards – you’ll find the staff gracious, friendly, fun and attentive to your needs whether it be an extra jacket, escorting you to your tent at night or shielding you from splashing waves.  They are passionate and knowledgeable about all aquatic creatures whether you’re diving, snorkeling or viewing from a boat.  The company has a long ethos for conservation and sustainability.

Más also offers private charters aboard the Nautilus Gallant Lady, a 116’ luxury expedition yacht with 5 suites and 1 premium suite, all en-suite, and Mango Wind, a 45′ sailboat with 3-ensuite double staterooms.  Every charter comes with a captain, chef and naturalist for some of the world’s most amazing aquatic wildlife in the Sea of Cortez. With both charters, you’ll find zodiacs, kayaks, paddle boards for your non-snorkeling play time. There is so much to learn about these incredible sea creatures that I now get to experience as a non-diver. I can’t wait to go to Loreto for blue whales and the Sea of Cortez for mobula rays and much more, maybe one day to Socorro, or shark dive in a cage in Guadalupe. Más is awesome!

kiki paris / march, 2021 / All the photos except for the boats are mine. Más has many more beautiful photos of aquatic wildlife, interior boat photos and great video so please visit their website for a visual delight! https://masluxuryescapes.com/

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