After a pre-dawn wakeup call in Santa Rosalia, we boarded buses and transected the Baja peninsula to San Ignacio lagoon. After making a short stop in the town of San Ignacio, we continued to the lagoon, where we embarked in pangas to see the gray whales. With about 100 gray whales, mostly cows and calves, everyone had wonderful views and some even had close encounters. We headed back to Santa Rosalia and boarded National Geographic Venture to prepare for our next day of adventure.