When my husband and I booked a trip to Cabo, we knew before we got there that it was going to be a week on the move. Never ones to sit still, we immediately sought out the best adventure excursions in Cabo through our Sunwing Experiences rep on the ground.
Flipping through the book, we kept returning over and over again to one tour company, Cabo Adventures. They seemed to have everything we were looking for and when our Sunwing rep mentioned they had a Buy Two Excursions, Get One Free Deal, we were sold.
Before I go on to share what I believe to be the best adventure excursions in Cabo, we need a sidebar on Cabo Adventures.
Over the years, we have done countless tours in various countries throughout the Caribbean and Mexico. Cabo Adventures now sits at the number one spot on a very long list of tour operators we’ve experienced. They were incredibly organized, we experienced no delays, the staff were friendly and professional, safety was their top concern, and all transportation was new and well-maintained. On top of all that, the meals provided to us on every tour were absolutely delicious. We didn’t know any of this prior to booking, so we were beyond delighted with our choice of tour operator.
While Cabo Adventures offers many excursions, I believe the three we chose to be the best adventure excursions in Cabo for three reasons. First, they are all unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Second, each encounter does come with some risk. Although minimal, risks are what adventure junkies are after, right? Third, each of these excursions are run in small groups, meaning you’re not tripping over other people to get the best view.
Fun fact: My husband and I met each other on a scuba diving trip in Cuba. It feels like we’ve been in the water ever since, so it was no surprise that our first two picks were in the water. I longed to see a whale shark and swim alongside them, and my husband couldn’t wait to snorkel with sea lions; neither of us was disappointed with the other’s pick. For our third excursion, we decided to try something on the ground.
Three Best Adventure Excursions in Cabo
Whale Shark Encounter
I have longed for years to swim alongside the gentle giant of the sea. Whale Sharks are incredibly fascinating creatures; mostly because the largest fish in the ocean happens to be a vegan. I suppose we should all be happy for that, since I can tell you that mouth is incredibly intimidating when you come face to gigantic face with it.
The Whale Shark Encounter is a full day excursion, with a two hour drive to La Paz from Cabo Adventures headquarters in Cabo San Lucas. Once in La Paz, guests change and go out in small boats into the harbour.
The Mexican Government is incredibly protective of their whale sharks and there can only be five people in the water at a time with a shark including the guide. There are also a limited amount of small boats allowed in the area where the whale sharks feed. We actually had to move out at one point because there were too many boats. It made my heart happy to see such a massive respect for these incredible fish on both the part of the Mexican Government and Cabo Adventures.
While out in the water we had three opportunities to jump in the water and swim alongside them. You’ll want to be moderately fit to keep up with the whale sharks, but they are fairly slow-moving, so it’s not terribly strenuous. You don’t swim with a life jacket though, since it would slow you down so much, so please be a confident swimmer before jumping in.
I found this experience to be almost spiritual, and my only regret was bringing my camera in the water with me. I honestly wish, I’d just let myself enjoy it. Cabo Adventures takes incredible pictures for you, so I highly recommend just leaving it to them and enjoying this truly special experience.
On the way home, we had a quick stop at the infamous Hotel California in Todos Santos. While the Eagles deny that the song is about this particular hotel, the locals say you need only listen to the words to know you’re in the right spot. Quick tip: Get yourself a Jalapeño Margarita here, you won’t regret it.
Sea of Cortez Adventure
Is there anything cuter than a sea lion pup? Those eyes, those whiskers, that playful personality! As soon as my husband saw this excursion he put dibs on it. Believe me when I say, I needed no convincing.
The Sea of Cortez Adventure was by far the longest day we had out, but also the most rewarding. A two hour bus ride took us to our luxury catamaran just past La Paz. From there we ventured out into the Sea of Cortez headed for Isla Espíritu Santo, a biosphere reserve teeming with marine life. Note: the trip here is another three hours from the harbour, so be sure to slather on your biodegradeable sunscreen. The staff also puts on a lovely breakfast with fresh fruit, yogurt and sweet breads.
Our first stop was the Sea Lion Colony, and it did not disappoint. Hundreds of sea lions live in these waters, and the pups are particularly playful. Be sure to listen carefully to your guides here because the large males (roughly 1000lbs) are quite territorial so you need to make sure you steer clear of them. Believe me when I say this is a fight you’d never win.
We spent about forty minutes in the water swimming with the sea lions before we made our way back to the catamaran. This is when the staff whipped out a fantastic lunch (see image at top) and started serving alcoholic refreshments. Along the way, we stopped at a beach at Isla Espíritu Santo to jump off the boat and go for a leisurely swim. The water here is the clearest I’ve ever seen, so be sure to take advantage and jump in for a dip.
Here are three things to know before you head out on the Off-Road ATV Tour with Cabo Adventures.
First, leave your cameras, phones, video recorders, back in your hotel room. The dust on this trip will destroy everything you own, and Cabo Adventures asks you to lock everything up with them before you go out. So why even bother lugging it along, just leave it behind. Once again, Cabo Adventures will get all the best shots for you, so just enjoy your day.
Second, wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, because believe me, you will be covered in dust from head to toe when you’re done.
Third, don’t forget your driver’s license if you want to take one of these babies for a spin. I forgot mine and it killed me that my husband got to drive the whole day. I was totally bummed I didn’t get to put the Polaris UTVs to the test.
This is the shortest of all the tours we did but still clocked in at around six hours in total. The tour takes you through the Baja Outback before heading to the beach for a drive along the Pacific Coast. It was a breathtaking, exhilarating tour that ended with an authentic Mexican lunch overlooking the Pacific.
We’re already making plans to return to the Baja Peninsula next year, and I know the first place I’ll look for the best adventure excursions in Cabo will be with Cabo Adventures.
Looking for something a slightly more low-key? Be sure to check out the Canexican Tour for a fun day on the water.