Summary : Explore Mexico's Sea of Cortés aboard a yacht-style vessel with kayaks, skiffs, and stand up paddleboards. Encounter amazing flora and fauna such as pods of dolphins, magnificent humpback whales, mobula rays, and gigantic cacti. Perhaps watch Gray whales at Bahía Magdalena or snorkel among gentle whale sharks in Bahía de La Paz. Hike along red-rock cliffs and among a myriad of cactus for a bird’s-eye view of the bay. Explore the mission-town of Loreto on a walking tour. Enjoy a desert burro ride with local rancheros into the arroyos of Baja. Along the way, snorkel with playful sea lions and a myriad of sea life, including thousands of colorful reef fish.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
$3,595 to $7,245
You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport and transferred to the San José del Cabo hospitality area. Joined by your expedition team, take an overland orientation transfer to La Paz to acquaint you with the dramatic Baja landscape on your way to the ship. The captain and crew welcome you aboard just in time for a cocktail and dinner.
In a playground of steep bluffs and desert beaches—kick off your week-long adventure with a day of play. Grab a paddle, don some flippers, put on your walking shoes for an exploratory hike, or relax on the beach with the sand between your toes. Enjoy the rugged beauty of the island.
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.
Sail amongst islands once explored by early conquistadors. Your expedition team will be at-the-ready with adventurous options to choose from such as kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding or beach combing. Discover nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed these islands.
Magdalena Bay (mid-January – early-March)
Mother Nature is your guide today. The gray whales arrive each year on Baja’s west coast—migrating more than 12,000 miles—to calve in Bahía Magdalena. Dock in Puerto Escondido, then drive across the peninsula to ride in a panga and observe these mammals and their babies in the lagoon.
Bahía de la Paz (November – mid-January; March; order of days changes)
Whale sharks—the largest known species of fish—are known to frequent the bay. Keep watch for the watery “footprints” of these gentle giants, and conditions permitting, gear up for an unforgettable swim alongside this colossal creature or observe from above in the skiff.
At Los Islotes—a steep craggy mount 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. Afterwards, heave anchor and set sail for Isla Partida, for an afternoon of water play or island hikes along desert beaches or into rocky arroyos.
Tuck into a secluded cove surrounded by long fingers of red rock and a golden beach. Spend your last full day enjoying the feel of warm sand under your feet on a beach walk, investigate nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, or explore a little further afield on a guided hike. Celebrate your week at tonight’s special Farewell Dinner with an entertaining slideshow by your expedition team.
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport.
Due to the nature of explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Join renowned bird experts on a discovery of the unique habits and characteristics of the winged creatures you encounter.
Biology: 1/5/2019, 1/12/2019
Learn about the amazing aquatic world all around and beneath you with your onboard expert during excursions and in-depth presentations.
Fitness and Yoga: 12/2/2017, 1/13/2018, 6/13/2018
In the world's greatest spa—courtesy of Mother Nature—travel with purpose and well-being. With your wellness host, take a journey of serenity and renewal in a stunning landscape. 12/2/2017 with Lindsay Ogden and Makenzie Fly; 1/13/2018 with Josh Gibbons; 6/13/2018 with Amy Armbrust
A professional photographer guest host guides you on capturing the perfect shots—onboard, in-the-field, and one-on-one.
Take a deeper dive into history and people learning about John Steinbeck.
Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; entry fees to national parks/preserves; shipboard accommodations; from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and one complimentary massage; all meals onboard the ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; port fees and taxes; super-premium wine, beer and spirits; discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew; travel insurance; fuel surcharge may apply.