Mexico - West Coast
The Maldivian waters are among the top five places in the world for spotting whales and dolphins, with over 20 different species, ranging from the mighty blue whale to the diminutive Spinner Dolphin. Watch on deck as they go about their regular routine, feeding offshore at night and coming into the atolls in the early morning before leaving late afternoon for the open ocean.
A favourite for hikers and surfers, the long peninsula of Baja California holds some of Mexico’s most dramatic and beautiful coastline and landscapes and in February and March gray whales can be spotted congregating off the coast. Locally referred to as ‘The Cinderella of the Pacific’, Ensenada is situated in the heart of one of best wine regions in the Americas and its bustling, historic port, backed by mountain ranges is one of the busiest in Mexico. Further down in the Sea of Cortez you will find elephant seals, fin whales, dolphins and sea lions thriving in the rich and biologically diverse marine areas.
Although famous for its idyllic beaches, the west coast of Mexico is a must-visit destination for archaeology, architecture and historical civilisations. Head inland for a few days and experience immense Pyramids, remnants of Zapotec and Mayan civilisations and countless Temple sites spanning more than a thousand years. From the glamorous Acapulco, famed for attracting the 1950’s Hollywood elite, to the cobbled streets of Puerto Vallarta’s Malécon and the deep lagoons, coconut groves and Old Mexico charm of Zihuatanejo, Mexico is a country that embraces its diversity.
- Soak up the sun on one of Mazatlán's long powdery beaches.
- Swim by Tulum, the only archaeological site located by the sea.
- Snorkel in the largest natural aquarium in the world Xel-Ha.
- Stroll along ‘La Quinta Avenida’ of Playa del Carmen and enjoy the wide variety of bars, restaurants and shops.
- Watch a multi-coloured sunset from Playa el Palmar in Ixtapa.
- Whale and dolphin watching from February to March.