Cabo San Lucas is located on the Baja Peninsula and has gained a reputation for its stunning scenery, near perfect weather, underwater nature reserve and whale watching.
Cabo was the first tender port on the cruise and the first ever for me. In our horizon the night before was information about the tender and, if you wanted to get off in the morning, it was a ticketing process until announced otherwise. I had an excursion booked in the afternoon, so decided to take it easy in the morning and get off around 12pm which (I hoped) would be after the ticketing was finished and you could just proceed to the A deck where you would catch the tender.
In case anyone is reading and doesn’t know what the tender is, it is where you anchor off shore and have to catch a boat (usually one of the life boats with a capacity of around 100) to the shore.
I was waiting for around 10 minutes while the offloaded the passengers on the tender that had just arrived. To get on the tender, there is a requirement to be able to step (unassisted) 18″ (45cm) and to also go down around 8 steps to reach the tender platform. On the tender there was only a few passengers and mostly crew heading to the shore.
As we were cruising to the shore on the tender, we passed a fishing boat and as we went past, a sea lion jumped on the back. Apparently this is quite common in Cabo! Unfortunately, I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to get a photo.
After I got off the tender, I had a wander around the marina and popped into a shop to buy a t-shirt for my son, a fridge magnet (the collection is building!) and some local treats which I have been giving to my cabin steward and some other staff around the ship. I then went back to the docking area to register and wait to go on my excursion. As I was waiting, I saw a couple of friends waiting to catch the tender back, so asked them to take my shopping back with them to save me lugging it on my excursion and worrying about the chocolate melting. The obliged (thankfully) so I arranged to collect it from their cabin on my return.
So, the tour I had booked at Cabo was originally Snorkel and Sail Santa Maria, but changed it due to the eye infection (I probably would have been OK but didn’t want to risk it). I was now going on a Whale watching tour. Very excited to see some wildlife as I always seem to miss the sightings that others had seen from the ship!
Our cruise was taking place on a three deck cruiser and had open deck areas. I opted to sit on the side deck as I could keep myself from the sun when necessary and move from one side of the deck to the other to take photos. Cruising out, I managed to get some lovely photos of Arcadia anchored off port.
We passed the seal and seal lion colony’s basking on rocks by the famous Cabo arch and headed out to find whales. The first sign of a whale is it spouting water which can be spotted from quite a distance, so when spotted the cruiser would head to the area.
I saw a lot of whales! I didn’t get many brilliant photos of them, but will post them below so you can see them. I also managed to get a video which is posted on my Facebook page and can be seen here.
As we started heading back, in the distance we saw a whale splashing around so headed over towards it and managed to see it bridge and a couple of tails of whales – So lovely to see!
Here is a selection of photos, mostly of the scenery.
We then headed back to the port to do the return trip on the tender. When at the ship, it was very rocky trying to get out of the tender which I think was due to the incoming tide.
As we were leaving the port, I was on the deck in front of the gym (brilliant place for photographing the sunset) to see and photograph the sunset. As the sun set, the half a dozen or so other passengers went back inside as it was getting a bit windy.
I stayed up for a further 20 minutes and got to see a couple more whales – that was lovely as it was just me up there!
Next stop on the cruise is San Francisco.