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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 06:14 PM
NEW REMOTE WHALE CAMP in Laguna Ojo de Liebre!!!


I was going to wait a bit longer to announce our new whale camp project, but since people are asking about it, I am excited to present this magical new place to hang out with whales.

It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce my involvement in a brand new ecotourism project in Laguna Ojo de Liebre called La Mar Ecotours…short for Laguna Marina Ecotours. I have been invited to work with this vibrant group of young second generation fishermen as they embark on an exciting venture to provide them with sustainable jobs for their future and protect their valuable ecosystem.

Their fishing cooperative has been operating in the Guerrero Negro area and the lagoon since 1969 but when the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve was formed and commercial whale watching began, the fishermen agreed to stop fishing in the lagoon in order to protect the Gray Whale nursery. In order to compensate for the loss of income, the cooperative has received government assistance and been granted permits to carry out whale watching and other tourist activities which gave rise to the formation of this ecotourism sector within the coop.

The group’s enthusiasm is refreshing and they have many excellent ideas for building a healthy ecotourism camp including not only whale watching but birding, kayaking, sport fishing, remote camping, hiking, workshops & courses. They hope to attract educational groups as well as tourists to their unique wilderness camp.



The year round camp is located in a pristine area of the lagoon where giant white sand dunes meet the sea. The camp has a deep water canal close in to the beach where whales pass by within 30 meters of the shore offering incredible land based whale watching from January to April.





Plans are underway for a unique facility with an educational center/conference room, guest rooms & dining room as well as private cabins and camping area. Here you can swim, kayak, paddle board, fish for your dinner, hike, bird watch, beach comb or just relax and watch whales in front of your tent.





The fishing cooperative will provide fresh seafood caught locally and collected from their aquaculture projects including fresh lobster you choose from a trap, oysters and scallops as well as offer meat and vegetarian dishes to guests.





They have spacious new super pangas, top of the line safety equipment and infrastructure already established. The area where they whale watch is private so only their pangas will be operating there.



We offer a variety of packages from half day whale watches, full day trips with 2 whale watches and a seafood lunch at their camp by the dunes, 3-day glamping packages and week long retreats. The food is fresh, the staff is well trained and has a paramedic onsite as well. You leave your car in a locked & guarded compound at their office while at the whale camp. We pick you up at your hotel if you prefer to stay in town.

I am taking an active role in training these wonderful young men how to successfully & safely approach and develop relationships with whales and tourists too! I am delighted to be a part of this new team and will assist them with promoting their ecologically and socially responsible project. Their enthusiasm is infectious and I feel rejuvenated as I head into my 60th year on this beautiful planet.



So Whale Magic will be offering more in depth naturalist guided whale trips with this new company providing unique, intimate, educational tours. Reserve well in advance to get the dates you want as there will be limited space on the full day trips.





More info on packages at www.whalemagictours.com

Here is a video showing what our new tours have to offer!





[Edited on 8-10-2016 by shari]




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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 06:20 PM


Will you also still be taking tours from the whale center we have used in the past??
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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 06:28 PM


coooool.



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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 06:31 PM


I dont think I will have time to get out there next season as I will be out at our new whale camp and doing full day trips....something new! Whale Magic camp will not be at the Ejido campground but at the new camp called Carros Viejos which is located out close to the mouth of the lagoon.

The story is that the fisherman at Malarrimo fish camp wanted a vehicle out there to cruise the beach to their camp and so they brought beat up old vehicles across on pangas lashed together. Over the years these vehicles died and were left on the beach where the new camp is being established and where the vigilancia cabin is. I suggested they leave one there as a reminder of why the area is called that....it is really a spectacularly beautiful place with insane beach combing! You can even go catch the fish you want for lunch!

It will be fun to discover a new area and the exclusivity is a real bonus...none of that jockeying for position for friendly whales. There are really cool whirlpools there too where whales love to play and dance.




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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 06:40 PM


Looks excellent Shari!
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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 06:45 PM


Looking forward to the new adventure!!
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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 06:56 PM


I am so excited about this new camp...there is nothing like it anywhere...the night sky is incredible and watching whales pass by only a few meters from the beach is amazing...they will do very well there. They have grande plans for it and will be open to tourist year round with other activities like fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding the estuaries, hiking etc. Malarrimo beach is just the other side of those dunes. I wonder if you could surf the bar at the mouth of the lagoon?

The new full day tour is also something no other company offers and is a much richer experience. I'm so stoked!




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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 07:48 PM


Good for you Shari! count us in. can't wait to see the new camp!
Will start working on a date.
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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 07:51 PM


Love the sand dunes!!!

Best wishes on the new service!!!




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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 08:37 PM


very eco to collect rusting cars at the beach - a very inspiring camp!



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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 09:18 PM


How cool is this!!!!




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[*] posted on 8-10-2016 at 08:20 AM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
very eco to collect rusting cars at the beach - a very inspiring camp!


the few vehicles that were there had been there for a long long time...before ECO was a concept. The cooperativa has removed them and the rubble and cleaned up the area beautifully...leaving one vehicle as sort of a historical monument. I think it's kind of cool the name remains the same and they dont make up some bullchit name like Dream Beach....keeping the original name acknowledges the history of the place which will be a part of the educational program provided too.

Part of evolving into a sustainable business comes from historical "errors" made that they have learned from. They are learning and advancing and I applaud their efforts...they can no longer just toss their cigarette butts on the beach! hahaha




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[*] posted on 8-10-2016 at 08:25 AM


Felicidades! This looks like a great location. I am making plans to bring a group down either late January or mid February. Looks like we'll have a new place to explore.

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If they're interested in buying a shuttle bus we should talk.




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[*] posted on 8-10-2016 at 08:32 AM


Great news Lori...you never know...they may be interested! They have excellent equipment and a couple of vans already and are looking into transport from the north.

As the camp is going to be small this season, it is important to book early to get the dates you want as it is already filling up. You are going to LOVE it!!! I found whale barnacles on the beach!




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[*] posted on 8-10-2016 at 09:04 AM


Congratulations, Shari...great new gig!


BTW...is the Malarrimo beach you are talking about the same one that is out on the Peninsula?




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[*] posted on 8-10-2016 at 09:16 AM


Are there any areas where one could drive their rv to the site and camp.
Looks outstanding. Thanks
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[*] posted on 8-10-2016 at 09:28 AM


Udo...Malarrimo is behind those huge dunes.

winnebago...this remote camp has no road to it and is accessible only by boat which will be so nice not to hear any traffic noise at all and the night sky is amazing with no lights anywhere near it.

You can drive out to the Ejido campground...the entrance is a few miles south of Guerrero Negro




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[*] posted on 8-10-2016 at 10:43 AM
This is our style!!


Can't wait tot experience this camp. Sounds like a great adventure.
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[*] posted on 8-10-2016 at 11:26 AM


Malarrimo itself is accessible from the main road to Bahia Tortugas, but only by high ground clearance 4X4. The path is approximately 26 KM. long, and many strewn boulders along the way.


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Udo...Malarrimo is behind those huge dunes.




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[*] posted on 8-10-2016 at 11:50 AM


FANTASTIC !!! sounds like a great project that nomads and others need to support.

when it's all ready to go, perhaps posting on other baja websites will help make it work.

bajaponyexpress, discover baja, bloodydecks, bajabound, etc.

congratulations !

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