Baja – Mexico's Sea of Cortez

Baja California Cruise

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  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 84 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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Summary : Explore this World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve aboard a yacht-style vessel with kayaks, skiffs and paddle boards. Encounter flora and fauna that are found nowhere else in the world. In this incredible reserve, experience pods of dolphins and view whale species up-close including the magnificent humpback whale. Enjoy a full-day whale watching excursion at Bahia Magdalena. Visit with a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a burro ride to experience the “real Baja.” Along the way, snorkel with juvenile sea lions and a myriad of sea life, including thousands of colorful reef fish.

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

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Itinerary
Day 1
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur

You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport. The Captain and crew welcome you aboard just in time for a cocktail and dinner

Day 2
Island Exploration

Sailing through islands once pillaged by conquistadors for its black pearls. It’s Captain’s choice today. Nestle into a white sand beach at Isla San Francisco’s aptly named Half Moon Bay, or perhaps you’ll scramble the red cliffs of Isla San José and paddle in a mangrove sanctuary. Either way, it’s time to play. Snorkel along barnacled rocks, kayak amidst hues of blue, and take an interpretive walk to the salt chuck or a more strenuous guided hike along a desert rim for a spectacular panoramic view.

Day 3
Bahía de La Paz or Magdalena Bay

Mother Nature determines today’s big adventure! Whale sharks, the largest known species of fish in the ocean, are known to frequent the Bahía de La Paz. Keep watch for the ‘footprint’ of these gentle giants along the water’s tranquil surface, and conditions permitting, you may luck out with a chance to don your snorkel and swim alongside this colossal and mysterious creature. Or if the gray whales have arrived to migrate and calve in Bahía Magdalena (typically January to March)—you’ll dock in Puerto Escondido then head across the peninsula to ride in a zodiac and observe them in the lagoon.

Day 4
Bahía Agua Verde

At Bahía Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. Explore the coast by small skiff, visit with a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a burro ride to experience the “real Baja" – Scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding, and unmatched camaraderie.

Day 5
Loreto / Isla Coronado

Situated on the edge of the Loreto National Marine Park—created to protect the rich biodiversity of the area—sits Loreto, founded in 1697 as the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula. A bounty of arts and crafts shops line the streets and plazas of this leisurely seaside village and a guided walking tour reveals its history. Within the park, discover the ancient volcano of Isla Coronado. Plenty of options are on tap—kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and beachcombing, or a guided hike into an inland sandy valley, perfect for identifying animal tracks. Explore nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed the islands.

Day 6
Los Islotes / Ensenada Grande

At Los Islotes—a steep craggy seamount leaping straight from the sea—observe a sea lion colony from the boat and skiff, or slip into a wetsuit for an early morning snorkel with curious, agile young sea lion pups. Swim through a rock arch where orange fan and white fire coral sway in the current, while high overhead, sea birds perch on the cliffs. Then heave anchor and set sail for Ensenada Grande for an afternoon of water play.

Day 7
Isla Cerralvo

Wrap up your week on Isla Cerralvo—where French Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau led numerous expeditions. Abundant marine life surrounds the island—large groupers and snappers, marlin, tuna, manta rays, sharks, coral, and sea turtles—making it an ideal spot for escapades. In a playground of steep bluffs, small streams, and desert beaches, go for water play with a paddle or some flippers, and put on your walking shoes for an exploratory hike on a desert mountain. After tonight’s special Farewell Dinner, your expedition team recaps the journey with an entertaining slideshow.

Day 8
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport.

Notes

Family Departures: 3/7/2015, 3/21/2015, 3/5/2016, 3/19/2016
Designed specifically for families, these departures focus on activities tailored for all ages, such as different levels of kayaking and hiking. Families with children under the age of 12 generally take these cruises, or book a private boat charter for the whole family. It is the parents' or guardians' responsibility to supervise their children at all times.

Photography Departures: Join an adventure with an onboard photography expert.
1/24/2015: Stephen Matera
2/14/2015: Wolfgang Kaehler
1/23/2016: TBA
2/13/2016: TBA

Marine Biology Departures: A specialist in marine biology will be on board to discuss topics of interest.
2/21/2015: Gary Freitag
3/14/2015: Jackie Hedgpeth
2/20/2016: TBA
3/12/2016: TBA

Birding Departures: Join an adventure with an onboard bird naturalist.
3/28/2015: Dave Verner
3/26/2016: TBA

Included:
All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer, non-alcohol beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; port fees and taxes; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; yoga classes and one complimentary massage.

Not Included:
Airfare to and from your home city; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew, typically 5-10% of fare; travel insurance; fuel surcharge may apply.