Baja's Whale Bounty

Baja California Cruise

  • Safari Endeavour
  • 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 / Embark

Embark the vessel and meet the Captain and crew. Enjoy a cocktail and dinner with fellow adventurers.

Day 2
Gordo Banks

Kick off the week’s adventure at Gordo Banks—an underwater mountain located five miles off Baja’s southern tip. Explore this important marine habitat perfect for viewing all kinds of sea life: humpback whales, mobula and manta rays, tuna, dolphins, and hammerhead sharks.

Day 3
Isla San Francisco

Sailing through islands once pillaged by conquistadors for black pearls, discover Isla San Francisco’s white sand beach, aptly named Half Moon Bay. Snorkel along barnacled rocks, kayak amidst hues of blue, and take an interpretive walk or a more strenuous guided hike along a desert rim for spectacular panoramic views.

Day 4
Isla Santa Catalina / Bahía Agua Verde

Ideal for bird watching and seeking endemic wildlife, take a guided hike among a forest of the world’s tallest cactus—the giant Cardón. 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.”

Day 5
Magdalena Bay

Dock in Puerto Escondido and head across the peninsula to take a panga ride and observe gray whales in the lagoon. With binoculars in hand, watch for pods of dolphins, orcas, blue, fin, sei, and sperm whales as they spout and dive in the surrounding waters. Blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, cormorants, and gulls also make this area their home. Weather permitting; a sunset bonfire this evening makes time for music and sharing stories ashore.

Day 6
Isla Carmen

Drop anchor in a lovely secluded cove and paddle for shore. Choose to kayak, paddle board, snorkel, or beachcomb. Alternatively, enjoy 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 7
Los Islotes / Ensenada Grande

At Los Islotes—a steep rocky outcropping leaping straight from the sea—observe a sea lion colony from the boat and skiff, or slip into a wetsuit for a pre-breakfast snorkel with agile young sea lions. 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 the last day of water play. Enjoy a special Farewell Dinner followed by the Expedition Leader’s slideshow recap of the journey.

Day 8
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur / Disembark

After breakfast, bid farewell to the journey, 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:
1/24/2015: Stephen Matera
2/14/2015: Wolfgang Kaehler
1/23/2016: TBA
2/13/2016: TBA

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

Included:
All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, and beer; exclusive roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport and boat; taxes and port fees; 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.