A number of different types of whales feed and breach in the Sea of Cortez near Loreto, but the real up-close action takes place on the other side of the peninsula, at Magdalena Bay. This is one of only three birthing lagoons for the gray whale. Fortunately, the distance from coast to coast in this part of the peninsula is relatively short, and you can reach the Pacific coast in about 2 hours of driving time. The typical whale-observation tour takes about two hours in a panga boat with a licensed guide. You’ll see the whales spout close to your panga and you might even get a chance to touch a mother or juvenile whale. The Gray whale-watching season is generally considered to be late December through April. In Loreto, many different species of whales can be seen year round including the playful Humpbacks and the majestic Blues. Feb and March are peak months. Finback and Orcas are seen sporadically all year along with regular sightings of many other marine mammal species.