Summary : The Sea of Cortez isn’t just a getaway, it’s an alternate universe: A place of pristine beauty, with a shimmering sea, bays and beaches, wide open space to explore. Luxuriate in the nature-made wildness and sense of freedom during this intimate expedition. Customize your days exactly as you wish. Swim and snorkel when you choose and as much as you want. Breathe in the fresh morning air during a yoga or qi gong class at the water’s edge. Hike through forests of towering cacti and high up a rocky arroyo for stellar views of the island. Or return to your mobile basecamp, the National Geographic Sea Bird to read, journal, organize your photos or just relax and take in the views. And if you want to really unwind, massage treatments are available in the ship’s spa.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$1,990 to $2,990
Fly to Los Cabos airport and transfer to La Paz, where you’ll embark National Geographic Sea Bird this afternoon. Set sail on arrival, for a sunset cruise of Bahía La Paz en route to Isla Espiritu Santo.
Wake up anchored in one of Isla Espiritu Santo’s beautiful bays and watch the cliffs light up as your Wellness Specialist leads a morning yoga or qi gong class, on deck, or on shore.
For two full days, you’ll have the luxury to explore as much or as little as you like, with the ship as your mobile base-camp. Explore the dramatically eroded shoreline of Isla Partida on a one-way kayak journey, or join a challenging hike up a rocky arroyo to the crest of the island. Meander a different arroyo with your Naturalists to learn details of the region’s geology and natural history, then learn to stand-up paddleboard, or hone skills you already possess. Spend a morning snorkeling with playful and curious sea lions, or photograph their antics from expedition landing craft. Relax with an afternoon massage, then go ashore for a beach barbecue dinner followed by a bonfire under the stars. However you choose to spend these days, you’ll be rewarded with a sense of well-being that comes only from spending quality time in nature.
Meals: B, L, D
Disembark in downtown La Paz this morning and transfer to Los Cabos airport for flights home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Accommodations aboard ship; meals as per itinerary; nonalcoholic beverages onboard the ship; shore excursions; sightseeing and entrance fees; special access permits; transfers to and from group flights; use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuits; use of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards; service taxes and port charges; services of your expedition staff. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; extensions; passport, visa, immigration fees; meals not indicated; baggage/accident/travel protection plan; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, laundry; gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Sven-Olaf Lindblad (Dolphin and Zodiac); Ralph Lee Hopkins (Sunset Cactus); Jack Swenson (Kayaking)