Summary : Baja California: A Remarkable Journey offers one of the most comprehensive Baja California and the Sea of Cortez experience available. A photo expedition that begins in the gray whale birthing lagoons on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula and then ventures into the Sea of Cortez for over a week of exploration. Get up close with California gray whales, and search for sperm, blue and fin whales. Hike the islands of the Sea of Cortez, searching for a variety of plant and bird species. Learn photo techniques from National Geographic photographers and photo instructors that will last a lifetime and create stunning images. Snorkel among playful sea lions and explore several idyllic sea gardens.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$11,990 to $20,490
Upon arrival in San Jose del Cabo, transfer to La Paz and and check in to the CostaBaja Resort & Spa.
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 National Geographic Venture.
Explore the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena, on a cross-island walk to one of the most pristine beaches in the Pacific. Bird watching here can be excellent—magnificent frigatebirds, pelicans, cormorants, terns and great blue herons, ibis, whimbrels and willets are among the species you might see. It’s not unusual to see forty species of birds in just one day along these fertile shorelines where they refuel for their destinations ahead.
Laguna San Ignacio is a large bay and favored haunt of the gray whales in Baja. The ship will linger in this remote and important locale to observe the mother and calf pairs—from the ship, and from water level in expedition landing craft and local pangas. For some reason, the whales here seem to be friendlier than they are elsewhere. It’s not unusual for mothers and calves to approach the boats, the calves often playing hide and seek—sometimes even welcoming a touch or a friendly chin scratch.
As you travel south along the Pacific coast of the peninsula, there is a chance of seeing a wide variety of marine life, including the largest animal on Earth, the blue whale.
Cruise past the spectacular Friars Rocks at Land’s End. For those who wish, there will be a visit to the historic town center of San Jose del Cabo. Espiritu Santo, Los Islotes, Santa Catalina—these are some of the melodious names of these islands scattered throughout this beautiful sea.
Keep and eye out for bowriding bottlenose dolphins, or sperm whales near the ship, or even pod of fin whales feeding around a convergence zone. The best areas for whale watching remain consistent—the waters south of Isla Carmen, Canal de Ballenas up north, and near the mouth of Bahía Concepción. Whether on the bridge of the ship, on expedition landing craft or kayaks, you will be in prime position to observe them all.
Disembark in La Paz after breakfast and transfer to Los Cabos airport.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (La Paz/San Carlos): 3/17/2019, 3/15/2020
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.
Optional Trip Extension: La Paz Culture and Whale Sharks
Extend your stay in La Paz, Mexico to further explore the rich culture of the area. Learn more about the history of the region with visits to the La Paz Cathedral and the whale museum. Indulge in the local cuisine with inspiring local lunches and top it all off with an awe-inspiring opportunity to snorkel with the largest fish on the planet; gentle giant Whale Sharks. 3 days from $690 per person.
Transfers between airport and ship if booked on group flights; one hotel night in La Paz (pre- or post- depending on departure date); shipboard accommodations; kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding; video chronicle of your trip; gear on loan (snorkeling gear and wetsuit); all meals onboard ship; soft drinks onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, Internet, spa, etc.; gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos ©: Jay Dickman (Whale Eye); Ralph Lee Hopkins (Sunset, Photographer, Cactus, Zodiac); Sven-Olaf Lindblad (Dolphin and Zodiac); Michael S. Nolan (Gray Whale and Calf, Whale and Zodiac, Sea Lion); Jack Swenson (Kayaking)