Baja – Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez

Baja California Cruise

  • National Geographic
    Sea Lion/Sea Bird
  • Expedition Ship
  • 62 Capacity
  • 8 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • Apr 11 Sat
  • Price from
  • $5,690

Summary : Embark on an expedition bound for discovery. Sail the Sea of Cortez, exploring its many islands—designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. See an extraordinary amount and variety of marine mammals as you spot whales and dolphins from the deck of an intimate 62-guest expedition ship and at water level from Zodiacs, including fin, sperm and possibly 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.

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

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$5,690 to $7,490

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Itinerary
Day 1
US / La Paz, Mexico / Embark Ship

Depart U.S. and fly to La Paz, Baja California, Mexico. Drive directly to your ship and set sail on the Sea of Cortez.

Day 2 – 7
Exploring the Sea of Cortez

Your route is designed with flexibility in mind, to maximize opportunities for wildlife sightings. It will include the islands listed below, although the order may vary.

Islas San Esteban and San Pedro Martir - Walk up a desert wash, to search for desert birds and the endemic pinto chuckwalla — a fat, harmless desert lizard. Later visit Isla San Pedro Martir, a 1,000-foot-high guano-covered island that is home to thousands of seabirds. Blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropic birds, pelicans and frigate birds are all found here.

Isla Rasa - See thousands of nesting Heermann's gulls and terns on this incredibly distinct island.

Isla Santa Catalina - Search for marine life and hike among the giant barrel cactus on one of most dramatic islands in the Sea of Cortez.

Isla San Marcos - Explore via kayak, walks and snorkel.

Isla San Jose - Take Zodiac cruises and kayaks into mangrove channels in search of shorebirds and waders. Nearby are ancient shell mounds, or middens, that reveal traces of former occupation by the Guaicura Indians.

Los Islotes / Espiritu Santo - Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters, perhaps with some curious sea lions. Zodiac rides, rare bird sightings, the possibility of spotting an endemic black rabbit, or simply some relaxing beachcombing are all possibilities today.

Day 8
La Paz / Disembark Ship / Return U.S.

This morning after breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for the flight back to Los Angeles.

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! 

Included: 
Accommodations aboard ship and hotel as noted in itinerary; meals and non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions; sightseeing and entrance fees; special access permits; transfers to and from group flights; use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits; 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; 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.