Summary : Each winter, gray whales migrate from Alaska to Baja California, where they breed, give birth and nurture their young. Seeing them close at hand is one of the most thrilling wildlife experiences in the world, and this expedition to Baja California's whale lagoons and Sea of Cortez gives you the chance to be among them. Baja is one of the most exciting, unspoiled and untraveled parts of our world. During your adventure, you will walk on uninhabited islands, seek out rare desert flowers and cacti, snorkel with colorful fish, kayak in pristine waters, and enjoy breathtaking mountain vistas—all in one extraordinary journey.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$6,590 to $8,590
Upon arrival in San Jose del Cabo, transfer to La Paz and check in to the Costa Baja Resort & Spa. (D)
This morning is on your own, to relax and take advantage of the resort and spa amenities. Check-out in the late morning, and depart for lunch at a local restaurant in La Paz. After lunch, transfer to San Carlos and embark the ship. (B,L,D)
Navigate through an immense system of protected coves and channels, surrounded by a fringe of mangrove channels at one edge of a vast, windswept plain. Each winter, during their long migration, gray whales travel south from their Arctic feeding grounds to breed and raise their calves in these sheltered waters.
Observe migrating whales from the ship and up close from the expedition landing craft. Watch for magnificent frigatebirds, pelicans, cormorants, terns, great blue herons, ibis, and willets. (B,L,D daily)
This morning cruise past Friars Rocks at Land’ End. For those who wish, visit the historic town center of San José del Cabo. The afternoon is spent at the Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna, gathering places for whales, especially humpbacks, dolphins and other sea life. (B,L,D)
At Los Islotes, don flippers, a mask and snorkel (gear provided) and swim with curious sea lions. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon to swim, kayak or hike at Isla Espíritu Santo. Brown pelicans, gulls and boobies are all part of the landscape. Finish the day with a relaxing beach barbecue complete with a bonfire and a star-filled sky. (B,L,D)
Search for whales among the islands of the southern Sea of Cortez, an area that has proven to be one of the best for finding blue whales, and often common and bottlenose dolphins. Explore the many uninhabited islands such as Isla San José or Isla Santa Catalina to walk among huge cacti and observe the diverse bird life. Swim or snorkel with king angelfish, butterfly fish, damselfish and the beautiful parrotfish. (B,L,D)
Disembark after breakfast in La Paz and transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary: 2/3/2018, 2/17/2018
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 and 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 (where available); taxes and service charges; services of a ship physician on most voyages; 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, Photographer, Cactus, Zodiac); Michael S. Nolan (Gray Whale and Calf, Whale and Zodiac, Sea Lion): Jack Swenson (Kayaking)