San Ignacio Gray Whale Watching and Glamping Adventure
During the last week of March, we headed to San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Sur for a gray whale encounter and glamping adventure.
We first flew to San Jose del Cabo. After a briefing at the dive center, we had time to go out for tacos before heading out on a complimentary humpback whale watching boat tour arranged by Nautilus. Then we checked into the hotel and relaxed. Some of us went on a leisurely walk to the nearby San Jose estuary before dinner. We could have gone to the trendy looking restaurants near the hotel, but we opted for a more authentic experience at a taco place about 15 minutes away.
Next morning, we flew to San Ignacio Lagoon, where we stayed in insulated and windproof tents that had heaters, ensuite bathrooms and showers, hot and cold running water, power, and real beds. We enjoyed encounters with gray whales in the lagoon, kayaking, walking on the beach and the sand dunes, stargazing, and hanging out around the camp.
The gray whales in this breeding and birthing lagoon choose to swim over to the pangas to be caressed, stroked, and rubbed. Most of the whales we encountered were mothers with their calves. It was amazing to see the mother whales approach with their calves and allow us to touch them. Some of us got to hug and even kiss the whales! It was such a fun trip.
Trip report by Megumi
Diving Triton Bay - by Judy Ho Orange
Ocean Safari 30th Anniversary Party
2023 is a special year for Ocean Safari. It's our 30th year in business and we are going to have a party!
Saturday, February 26, 2023, 6pm - 9pm
Republik Coffee Lounge
Space is limited. Please reserve your spot by February 20, 2023
Dress Code: semi-formal (shirt & pants, dress)
Cost: $88 per person
(includes live music, gourmet meal wine, beer, and soft drinks)
Raffle Prizes ($600 value):
Three $100 Ocean Safari Gift Certificates
Two $100 Marina Restaurant Gift Certificates
One fine wine specially selected by Sommelier, Nader Kaiser
30th Annual OSDT New Year Party
Dear OSDT Divers, Family, and Friends,
You are cordially invited to our New Year Party on Saturday, January 7, 2023.
2023 is a very special year for Ocean Safari. This is our 30th year in business! We have been serving the Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley community since 1993. We have had our ups and downs over the years, but through it all we trained a lot of divers. Many of these divers stayed with us and brought their children to us to get trained. We are looking forward to seeing these second generation divers tot bring their children to us for training!
Let's welcome in the new year together!! Bring your family, and friends. We will have food & drinks, slide/video shows, and prize drawing. There is no charge for our party. Rain or shine, let's welcome in the new year together!
Time: Saturday, January 7, 2022 from 11am - 3pm
Location: Ocean Safari Parking Lot
This event is a pot luck, so please bring one dish or BBQ meat and/or vegetable of your choice sufficient for 4 people (max 4 servings, otherwise we'll have too much food).
BYOB - bring your own beverage/booz.
We will provide BBQ grill and ice chest.
Hang out with fellow divers and exchange diving stories.
We will have filtered water, so we encourage you to bring your reusable canteens. Please do not bring bottled water as a potluck item.
Prize Drawing - we will be giving away prizes totaling over $1000 in value (donated by Ocean Safari and various manufacturers).