San Ignacio Photo Album
Photos from our last trip to San Ignacio


Dear Whale Lovers,


For a number of years we have had many requests from passengers and friends who wanted to know how they could go to the mating and calving lagoons of San Ignacio in Baja, Mexico.  


Last year, we joined our good friend Jeff Pantukhoff (aka The WhaleMan - one of the people who worked so hard to save San Ignacio Lagoon) on a very special trip to the lagoons. It had been ten years since we had visited and it was truly the most amazing experience we have ever had with gray whales. This year, Jeff is running several special trips down to the lagoon for the friends and passengers of Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari. (Please note this trip is not being done by Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari, and we are not in any way responsible for your trip).  That being said Jeff and the experienced staff he works with at Kuyima have an excellent reputation for providing an incredible and safe, up-close encounter with wild gray whales so we are letting folks know about it, and enthusiastically recommend it. We are hoping to go again this year as well if our business commitments, etc. allow us to.


The dates for next year's trips are March 6 - 9 (Only 2 spaces left), March 9 - 12 (Only 2 spaces left), March 12 - 15 (Only 3 spaces left), March 15 - 18 (6 Spaces available), March 18 - 21 (Full), and March 21 - 24, 2013 (6 spaces available).


This a truly unique and personal experience and all the profits from the trip go to The Whaleman Foundation and its "Save the Whales Again!" Campaign.  Cost is $2,500 per person, including air fare, transportation to our lodging at the lagoon and food and most beverages. Jeff also threw in a couple of wonderful surprise adventures last year, and knowing Jeff he will do more of the same this year.


We are attaching a PDF document that has much more detailed information on this once in a lifetime encounter.   If have any questions or you would like to make a reservation, please email Jeff at or call him on at 808-283-4465. 


Jeff is the founder and president of The Whaleman Foundation whose mission is to forever preserve and protect dolphins, whales, and our oceans.

Jeff actually quit his "real" job as a telecommunications National Account Manager and started his non-profit in 1995 immediately after his first trip to the lagoon as he was so moved by the whales and the beauty of the lagoon itself that after finding out about the proposed salt plant, something inside him literally snapped and he said to himself, "Over my dead body!".

Jeff made his first film titled "Gray Magic, The Plight of San Ignacio Lagoon" for the United Nations featuring Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely, who along with actresses Hayden Panettiere and Isabel Lucas, are spokespersons for his foundation and his "Save the Whales Again!"Campaign. It took five years but due to the collective efforts of all involved, San Ignacio Lagoon was saved and Jeff has been going to the lagoon every year since 1995 leading small groups to experience this magical place and its wondrous whales up-close and personal.  

Mother and calf mug the boat

Last year's trip was one we will never forget. Not only were we surprised to discover we were actually sleeping in palapas (not tents - which is a huge bonus if the crazy winds kick in at night), the food and staff were just amazing and the whale watching superb. Each day brought us more calves and mothers for touching, and on our last trip we had an encounter with a baby whale names 'Kisses' and her mom who stayed with us for over an hour while we rubbed  their heads, tongues and bellies.  And 'Kisses' loved to be kissed!  You've heard 'leave no footprint'? This is 'leave no lipstick'! So, the one word of caution I have for the ladies...don't wear colored lip gloss...the naturalists don't like it when we leave kiss marks on the whales!  


We hope you can experience this phenomenon for yourself. 

Our warmest regards,



949 488 2828 

Gisele and Captain Dave


phone: (949) 488-2828


24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive

Dana Point, CA 92629

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