Baja – Holiday Journeys in the Sea of Cortez

Baja California Cruise

  • National Geographic
    Sea Lion/Sea Bird
  • Expedition Ship
  • 62 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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  • Price from
  • $999,999,999

Summary : Discover pure wildness on an island-hopping, holiday expedition in the Sea of Cortez. Your experience will be illuminated by Baja’s most knowledgeable expedition team with a diverse range of expertise, including a National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist. Explore an azure sea with dolphins, sea lions, seabirds, and colorful reef fish. Sail among these uninhabited islands, and enjoy opportunities to kayak along dramatic landscapes and sandy beaches. Hike through forests of giant cacti and see a range of birds. Plus, visit the historic town of Loreto and the beautifully preserved 300-year-old San Javier Mission, and travel to the Sierra de la Giganta mountains. Families of all ages are welcome, and Zodiac driving lessons, scavenger hunts and hands-on science lessons are among the activities offered to kids, in addition to shared family adventures and wildlife sightings throughout the expedition. All departures will have a certified photo instructor onboard.

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

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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.

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. With extensive experience in the Sea of Cortez work and many options in place, your expedition leaders 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.

Day 8
La Paz / Disembark / Home

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

Notes

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!

1/4/2014: Flip Nicklin, Renowned marine mammal photographer

Included:
Accommodations aboard ship; all 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; tips (except to ship's crew); taxes and service charges; services of a ship physician; 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