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Baja Cruise with Whales, Wildlife & Wonder

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Perhaps nowhere else on earth can you observe gray whales and dolphins as closely as in Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. But this Baja California expedition cruise is far from your ordinary whale watching Baja cruise. From our comfortable and intimate 62-guest expedition Baja cruise ship, you’ll explore further in Zodiacs and by kayaking the azure waters.

Join an expert Expedition Team of Naturalists and an Undersea Specialist; their leadership will ensure you have the best possible adventure travel experience in Baja California and beyond.

 

Join us where the desert meets the sea. And where every winter we help turn curious vacation-goers into lifelong explorers.

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Rates & Dates:

Cruise Length: 15 Days/ 14 Nights

Prices from: $8,540 pp/do*

Single Price: $12,800 pp

Ships: MV Sea Bird & Sea Lion

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This special Baja photo expedition is one of our most exciting and comprehensive cruise to Baja and offers the unique opportunity to explore — and photograph — the gray whale lagoons along Baja’s Pacific Coast and the richness of the vast Sea of Cortez. Linger with the grays up close at water level from our Zodiacs, then with the luxury of a flexible itinerary we’ll island hop across the Sea of Cortez.

During your Baja Mexico cruise you will discover Baja’s wild shores and desert islands are a photographer’s paradise — a place where awesome wildlife and scenic landscapes meet. Our Photo Leaders take an almost personal pride in introducing guests to its uninhabited islands, cactus forests, whales and dolphins, astonishing seabird colonies, expansive sand dunes and some of the world’s most memorable sunsets. Benefit from coaching in the field; back onboard, enjoy an array of presentations on the natural history of Baja and on the creative and technical aspects of capturing its beauty with your camera.

DAY 1 — Los Angeles/La Paz/San Carlos, MexicoFly to La Paz and transfer to San Carlos to embark. (D) 
 
DAY 2 — Bahia MagdalenaIn kayaks and Zodiacs we’ll explore the winding canals of the dense mangrove swamps of Bahia Magdalena. Bird watching here can be excellent — magnificent frigate birds, pelicans, cormorants, terns and great blue herons, ibis, whimbrels and willets are among the species we might see. It’s not unusual to see forty species of birds in just one day along these fertile shorelines where they refuel for their destinations ahead. (B,L,D)

 

 
DAY 3-4 — Laguna San IgnacioLaguna San Ignacio is a large bay and favored haunt of the gray whales in Baja. The ship will linger in this remote and important locale, while we observe the mother and calf pairs — from the ship, and from water level in our Zodiacs. For some reason, the whales here seem to be friendlier than they are elsewhere. It’s not unusual for mothers and calves to approach our boats, the calves often playing hide and seek — even wanting to be petted and scratched. (B,L,D) 
 
DAY 5 — At SeaAs we travel south along the Pacific coast of the peninsula, there is a chance of seeing a wide variety of marine life, including the largest animal on earth, the blue whale. (B,L,D)

 

 
DAY 6-14 — Islands of the Sea of CortezCruise past the spectacular Friars Rocks at Land’s End. For those who wish, we will arrange a visit to the historic town center of San Jose del Cabo.Espiritu Santo. Los Islotes. Santa Catalina. Rasa. These are some of the melodious names of these islands scattered throughout this beautiful sea. After over 20 years of exploration here, we are still discovering new places and experiencing exciting events: one hundred bottlenose dolphins leaping over sperm whales near our ship; a pod of fin whales feeding around a convergence zone; thousands of Heermann’s gulls and royal terns arriving on the shores of Isla Rasa to begin incubating their eggs; the vision of hundreds of Humboldt squid illuminated in the ship’s bow lights. The best areas for whale watching remain consistent — the waters south of Isla Carmen, Canal de Ballenas up north, and near the mouth of Bahia Concepcion. Whether on the bridge of the ship, on Zodiacs or kayaks, we will be in prime position to observe them all. (B,L,D)
Rates & Dates:

Cruise Length: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Prices from: $5,550 pp/do*

Single Price: $8,330 pp

Ships: MV Sea Bird & Sea Lion

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Each winter gray whales migrate south from their arctic feeding grounds to breed and rear their young in Baja California’s and Mexico’s sheltered lagoons, making it one of North America’s premier whale watching sites.

During our Baja Mexico cruise in the breeding lagoons of Bahia Magdalena, we venture among them in Zodiac landing craft. This gives us a water-level perspective for whale watching that is a rare privilege in the natural world. And it positions us perfectly for the increasingly common friendly encounters with these mammals that we’ve shared with our guests.

Our Baja Mexico cruise expedition also offers Naturalist-guided walks on uninhabited desert islands, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking in the Sea of Cortez. The itinerary remains flexible to make the most of whale watching and wildlife sightings.

Whales, dolphins, sea lions, birds such as blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds, huge cardon cacti, mangroves and sand dunes are among the wonders you’ll experience.

DAY 1 — La Paz/San Carlos/Embark ShipArrive in La Paz and drive across the Baja Peninsula to San Carlos to board the ship. (D)

 

 
DAY 2-4 — Bahia MagdalenaBahia Magdalena is one of the main breeding and calving areas for the California gray whale. Each winter, the whales make the longest migration of any mammal — south from their Arctic feeding grounds to breed and raise their calves in these sheltered waters. During our days in this otherworldly place, we’ll have the opportunity to not only observe these enormous yet gentle animals from the ship, but also at water level from our Zodiacs. Because of our experience and knowledge of Baja’s waters, we have enjoyed consistent success in achieving “friendly encounters” with gray mother and calf pairs. While we would never presume to predict Nature’s behavior, it is highly likely that you will have the privilege of an up-close and personal sighting.In kayaks and Zodiacs we’ll explore the canals of the mangrove swamps. Bird watching here can be excellent — magnificent frigate birds, pelicans, cormorants, terns and great blue herons, are among the species we might see. (B,L,D)

 

 
DAY 5 — Los Cabos and Gorda BanksToday, we cruise past the spectacular Friars Rocks at Land’s End. For those who wish, we will arrange a visit to the historic town center of San Jose del Cabo.The afternoon is spent at the Gorda Banks sea mount, a gathering place for whales and dolphins. Humpback whales are often sighted here at this time of the year. See tail lobbing, flipper slapping and breaching. Marine biologists and Naturalists are always available to inform and enlighten you with their knowledge and their experience. Not only do they know where best to look for wildlife, their passion and respect for the area is infectious — whether you ask a question or two or spend entire afternoons or evenings in their company. (B,L,D)

 

 
DAY 6 — Los Islotes and Isla Espiritu SantoWith deeply indented shorelines and dramatically eroded cliff faces, Los Islotes and Isla Espiritu Santo are two of the most beautiful islands in the Sea of Cortez. Swim and snorkel here. Don mask, flippers and snorkel (which we’ll provide with as much guidance as you need) and experience the thrill of swimming with the curious sea lions. Observe the impressive geological past of these islands from a kayak: see tons of compacted volcanic ash covered with solidified lava floods just yards from the shore. Brown pelicans, gulls, wandering tattlers, great blue herons and boobies are all part of the landscape. It is also home to the endemic black jack rabbit — with any luck, we may spot one. There are possibilities for long walks or lazy beachcombing. Finish the day with a beach barbecue complete with campfire and a star-filled sky. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 — Exploring the Sea of CortezToday is a day with the luxury of no specific plan. We may spend the morning whale watching in the waters around Isla Danzante, an area that has proven to be one of the best for finding blue whales, bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins. Rich in nutrients, the Sea of Cortez is home to a huge variety of fish: king angelfish, surgeonfish, butterfly fish, damselfish and the beautifully colored parrotfish. Explore one of the many lovely, uninhabited islands such as Isla San Jose or Isla Santa Catalina, famous for the 12-foot wavy barrel cactus. Whether walking, kayaking or watching from the Bridge, you’ll observe the great diversity of bird life — ladder-backed woodpeckers, Costa’s hummingbirds, Gila woodpeckers and verdin. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 — La Paz/Disembark/Los Angeles

Disembark after breakfast in La Paz and drive to the airport for flights home. (B)

Rates & Dates:

Cruise Length: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Prices from: $4,250 pp/do*

Single Price: $6,370 pp

Ships: MV Sea Bird & Sea Lion

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We invite you to celebrate the holiday season in an extraordinary way when you sail on our Sea of Cortez cruise. There will be a host of activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, hiking, Zodiac cruises, or just relaxing on deck. If there are reports of whales nearby, we will cruise out for a search. During the night, our “floating lodge” will be under way and the next morning you will awake in another unique and beautiful part of the Sea of Cortez.

In December, temperatures are typically in the 70s, the sky is clear blue from sunrise to sunset and while on our Sea of Cortez cruise, you will experience an ocean that is teeming with life, with platoons of pelicans, dolphins surfacing and the antics of rays and boobies! This is an extraordinary place — it’s dramatic, full of life with endless possibilities to walk, swim, snorkel and kayak.

 

EXPLORE WITH EXPERTS
Joining our 6-person expedition team will be National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin(Dec. 15).

 

Day to Day Itinerary

 

DAY 1 — U.S./Los Cabos or La Paz, Mexico/Embark La Paz

Transfer from Los Cabos Airport or La Paz Airport to the ship at La Paz and embark. (D)

 

DAY 2-7 — Exploring the Sea of Cortez

Along with their designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the islands of the Sea of Cortez are a playground of exploration. Throughout your voyage you will have a tremendous selection of activities — from Zodiac cruising and snorkeling to kayaking and hiking. Or take part in yoga and stretching classes on deck. We’ll put our 30 years of experience in the Sea of Cortez to work and, with many options in place, find the best possible opportunities each day.

Track whales and bottlenose dolphins near Isla Danzante. Explore islands such as Isla San Jose or Isla Santa Catalina, with its giant cacti and extraordinary bird and marine life. Take in a beach barbecue beneath a starry sky. Spend time searching for whales, dolphins, sea lions and other wildlife amid the rich waters.

Explore the seaside town of Loreto and journey into the Sierra de la Giganta mountains to visit San Javier Mission, the second oldest mission in the peninsula. Kayak along the cliff-lined coast of Isla Espiritu Santo and swim and snorkel with sea lions at Los Islotes. (B,L,D)

 

DAY 8 — La Paz/Disembark/Home

After breakfast, disembark in La Paz and tansfer to the airport for your flights back home. (B)

Rates & Dates:

Cruise Length: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Prices from: $3,890 pp/do*

Single Price: $6,090 pp

Ships: MV Sea Bird & Sea Lion

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Come explore Baja California with us this spring. We’ll show you the best that Baja has to offer and take advantage of the consistently calm waters — ideal for swimming and snorkeling. In April, air temperatures are warm but not too hot and the occasional spring rains bring forth colorful cactus blossoms.

Whale and dolphin watch from the deck of the intimate, 62-guest expedition ship National Geographic Sea Lion and at water level from nimble Zodiacs. Best bets are fin, sperm and Bryde’s, but other possibilities include the great blue whale. Hike miles of uninhabited beaches and desert. Observe myriad seabirds. Kayak in pristine waters, snorkel among reef fish and enjoy the serenity of a sunset beach barbecue. This unique journey is designed with no set itinerary, adding a stimulating sense of adventure to each day.

Day 1 US / La Paz / Embark Ship
Day 2-7 Exploring the Sea of Cortez
Day 8 La Paz / Disembark Ship / Return U.S.
Photo Credit: Lindblad Expeditions