Welcome Back to Las Olas

by Mike McDaniel on January 20, 2012

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) spends the summer in the very cold but nutrient-rich waters of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. There, they stock up on food for the long journey south that begins in the fall. By the time they reach Mexico in winter, they are ready to give birth or find mates.

Whales in the Bay of Banderas have entertained Las Olas’ guests for years. While on safari, we’ll take a brief ‘whale break’ from surfing, and get up close and personal with these gentle, giant mammals. We work with a cadre of local panga boat captains, and they are experts at quickly finding a pod of whales to observe, usually within minutes of shore. It is not uncommon for us to see mothers with their newborn calves, teaching them to surface and breach; sometimes we’ll even see them “spy hopping.”

On a typical whale watching adventure, we will see several pods of whales, as well as dolphins, flying fish and the occasional leaping manta ray. Some of the photos our guests have taken over the years rival those you’d see in National Geographic. Seriously.

This February, we have a few spots available in all four of our week-long surf safaris, but they are going fast. Call to book your February surf safari and your bonus will be a Valentine’s date with a Humpback whale.

Mike McDaniel is the Las Olas Surf Safaris Operations Manager and fifteen year veteran of surf travel. With surf missions to Baja, Costa Rica, Japan, Hawaii, Fiji and over 70 safaris in mainland Mexico, Mike’s insights on air travel, surf culture and coastal geography have kept Las Olas’ surf safaris on course for a decade. Whale tail photo courtesy of Mike.

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