Summary : The Sea of Cortez harbors a large variety of whales, seabirds, desert vegetation and some of the world’s most memorable sunsets. Your expedition team will bring you up close to the gray whales and marine life that makes this unspoiled region so special. Explore the azure waters and pristine islands of the Sea of Cortez on a flexible itinerary designed to maximize the moments that make for great photographs. Delight in the searching for wildlife, hiking and kayaking on this comprehensive exploration of Baja California.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
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To provide you with more flexibility, more comfortable transfer arrangements and a better overall experience, enjoy this day and night at the lovely CostaBaja Resort & Spa. Located on the shore of the Sea of Cortez, just south of Espiritu Island.
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 the ship.
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 the 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.
As we 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, visit the historic town center of San José del Cabo. Espíritu Santo, Los Islotes, Santa Catalina—these are some of the melodious names of these islands scattered throughout this beautiful sea. After over 20 years of exploration here, there are still new places to discover to experience exciting events: bowriding bottlenose dolphins, or sperm whales near the ship; a 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 Bahia Concepción. Whether on the bridge of the ship, on expedition landing craft or kayaks, you'll be in prime position to observe them all.
Disembark in La Paz after breakfast and transfer to Los Cabos airport for flights home or on to your next adventure.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (La Paz to San Carlos): 3/17/2019
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.
Transfers between airport and ship if booked on group flights; one hotel night in La Paz (pre- or post- depending on when voyage departs); accommodations and meals as indicated per the itinerary; excursions; kayaking, use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuits; entrance fees; port charges and service taxes. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, Internet, etc.; 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)