We recently did a blog about Whale Watching in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico and suggestions on which boats do Whale Watching tours. I included in that information things about fishing charters and sunset cruises that these 3 companies do. By all means these are not all the boats that do sunset cruises or fishing trips. There is the Big Momma, they also do fishing charters and The About Time.
This past week we had the opportunity to go along the owners of the Pancho Villa as it was the owners birthday. We boarded the boat at 11:30 and took of at noon on a beautiful sunny day (of which we have many) and headed out of the harbor. As soon as we boarded the boat, we got to make new friends. One couple lived not far from where I came from in Wausau, Wisconsin, several others also live here full time, so lot’s of story telling about how we have seen this sleepy little fishing village evolve. We went along at a comfortable pace and the Pancho Villa is a very comfortable vessel. Several years ago it had the back of the boat extended so there is ample room to move around as well as sit in some comfy Adirondack style chairs or go on the deck or sit with the captain.
We were out 5 miles when the cry “there she blows” came and sure enough just ahead was a huge whale. She seemed to almost be circling us as it would dive down and then come up again. It is breath taking to see these giant creatures of the sea and this one seemed to love to play hide and seek. Look closely and you can see the Pinacate Range in the back ground.
Our next venture was on the Sol Chaser with is owned by the same folks that have Eco Tours. The Sol Chaser came from Mazatlán and is a 54′ catamaran which has been retrofitted with a new bathroom that has easy access to it. There is comfortable seating on the side, on the bow and with the captain that is covered. It featured an open bar as well as chips/salsa and a vegetable platter. On this trip we did not see the elusive whale nor did any others that were out. However, at about 9 miles out, we got to be a part of the dolphin show. There were at least 30 or more and they decided to entertain us. Everyone was trying to get photos and videos as they played and jumped in front of us with sometime 5 jumping out of the water together. On this trip we met people from Kansas and Michigan(but now reside in Prescott. You never know where your partners on the boat come from to see Puerto Peñasco community. It is always our pleasure to when asked, be able to give them accurate information on the town and places to go and things to do and see.
I hope you enjoy some of the photos of the people having a great time enjoying the weather and the water as well as watching the whale and dolphins. Hopefully they will hang around longer if the water and temperatures start to warm up. The whales come into the Sea of Cortez because of the warm water so they have not been as plentiful as other years. On February 14, they were again spotted, so we know they are here. Call one of the companies doing the tours and make your reservation as they do fill up fast. Even if you don’t see anything, it is so nice to be out on the water and making new friends.
Whale Watching in Rocky Point vs. San Diego! Rocky Point is a mere 3 1/2 – 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson where as San Diego is a 6 hour drive. Rocky Point has little or no congestion on the roads … you know the freeways in San Diego. But the best part is that you can go out on small intimate boats vs boats carrying 150 people. So it is a win for all, short drive, no heavy traffic and everyone can see the whales up close and personal. So don’t let whale watching pass you by in 2018.
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