Wild Islands & Treasures of Baja California

Baja California Cruise

  • National Geographic
    Sea Lion/Sea Bird
  • Expedition Ship
  • 62 Capacity
  • 8 Days
  • 2014, 2015 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Dec 20 Sat
    • Dec 27 Sat
    • 2015
    • Jan 3 Sat
    • Jan 10 Sat
    • Dec 19 Sat Offer
    • Dec 26 Sat Offer
  • Price from
  • $4,440

Summary : Discover the pure wildness of Baja’s desert islands and the living sea, and then go further and delve into the Peninsula’s unique culture and art from ancient times to modern. You’ll find the dolphins, seabirds, and extraordinary marine life enchanting and the region’s history and culture rich and intriguing. And when you see Baja’s islands with rugged cliffs and white sand beaches reflected in an azure sea, you’ll understand immediately why UNESCO designated them a World Heritage Site. Search for migrating humpback whales on their way to the Sea of Cortez. Hike a desert arroyo to see ancient art, handprints hidden in a cave for millennia, and feel a connection to the ancients in this high, remote desert. Visit Todos Santos, a Pueblos Magico—a small Baja town with outsize charm. All departures will have a certified photo instructor onboard.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling

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Itinerary
Day 1
La Paz / Embark

Embark National Geographic Sea Bird from downtown La Paz.

Day 2
Isla San Jose / Isla San Francisco

Explore two gems of the Sea of Cortez, the UNESCO World Heritage site islands Islas San Jose and San Francisco, with abundant opportunities to snorkel, kayak, beachcomb, or hike.

Day 3
Bahia Agua Verde

The small bay and white sand beach of Agua Verde is set among the dramatic mountains of the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range. Hike up volcanic cliffs to a series of caves painted with ancient red handprints or kayak the dramatic shoreline. Search for whales and dolphins, known to inhabit the region.

Day 4
Los Islotes / Isla Partida

Snorkeling with playful and curious sea lions—a highlight. Tuck into a shallow, emerald green anchorage at Ensenada Grande, where you can snorkel once more or hike the island’s beautiful arroyo.

Day 5
Todos Santos / La Paz

Transit the narrow peninsula to Todos Santos, a charming town filled with art galleries. Stroll the town, meet the artisans, and dine locally. Take an evening stroll along the malecon and enjoy evening drinks while taking in a ballet folklorico.

Day 6
Isla Espiritu Santo

Explore the island’s beautifully indented bays by expedition landing craft, kayaks, or snorkeling. Go beachcombing or opt for a hike along the rocky coast, keeping your eye out for brown pelicans, gulls, wandering tattlers, great blue herons, and blue-footed boobies.

Day 7
Cabo Pulmo / Gorda Banks / Lands End

Learn the inspring story of Cabo Pulmo National Park conservation, and snorkel the reef among red fan corals and large schools of fish. Meet some of the people responsible for protecting Cabo Pulmo and learn how it has become a model for reefs around the world. Search of humpback whales before taking in sunset at Lands End.

Day 8
San Jose Del Cabo / Disembark

Disembark this morning in San Jose del Cabo and transfer to the airport for flights home.

Notes

Reverse Itinerary (San Jose to La Paz): 12/27/2014, 1/10/2015

Certified Photo Instructor:

Every expedition aboard the Sea Lion/Sea Bird will offer a certified photo instructor. Guests of any interest or skill level can rely on assistance with their camera model, instruction on elements of composition and more, plus useful shooting tips—in the field, where it counts!

Included:
Accommodations; meals and non-alcoholic beverages aboard ship; shore excursions; sightseeing and entrance fees; special access permits; transfers to and from group flights; use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment; taxes and service charges; services of your expedition staff.

Not Included:
Air transportation; passport, visa, and immigration fees; baggage/accident/travel protection plan; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, email, laundry; gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.

PHOTO (Common Dolphin): © Michael S. Nolan