Summary : Bahía Magdalena are where the gray whale mothers and calves bond after the longest mammal migration on earth. On this compact trip, the focus is on this splendid bay and its environs—living among the whales on a floating base camp, and venturing out in Zodiacs for exhilarating up-close encounters with curious calves and gentle mothers. And there is more to encounter in this beautiful part of the world as well. Explore the mangroves by kayak. Mountain bike over Sahara-like stretches of dunes (there's a fleet of bikes aboard). Beachcomb for sand dollars and sea glass. And revel in the vastness and serenity as you view the many species of birds in this world-renowned region.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins
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Upon arrival in Loreto, transfer to San Carlos where to embark the National Geographic Sea Bird. Tonight the ship will anchor off the coast of Isla Magdalena.
Soak up the sunrise during a morning stretch class. After breakfast, head to shore to explore the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena, on a cross-island walk to one of the most pristine beaches in the Pacific. The beaches here go on for miles and there’s no shortage of areas to explore. Take a dip or admire the thousands of sand dollars found on what the crew affectionately refer to as Sand Dollar Beach. After lunch onboard, spend the afternoon transiting the scenic winding Hull Canal. With its narrow channels, bordered by mangroves and sand dunes, and its abundant wildlife, you’ll want to be on deck with your team of naturalists for this transit!
Each winter, during their long migration, gray whales travel south from their Arctic feeding grounds to breed and give birth to their calves in these sheltered waters. Spend the full day observing, and with a little luck, interacting with these majestic creatures. Board Zodiacs to view the numerous mother/calf pairs that can be found in this gem.
This morning you’ll have another opportunity to interact with gray whales in Boca de Soledad before transiting south along the Hull Canal. Make a stop along the way and, weather permitting, explore the vast mangrove system via kayak and Zodiac. Birdwatching here can be excellent —magnificent frigatebirds, pelicans, cormorants, terns, 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.
Awake anchored in Bahia Almejas, the southernmost part of the Bay. Make a special stop to view a large frigatebird colony on Isla Santa Margarita before heading out on another whale watching adventure. The whales in Bahia Almejas tend to be very active, seemingly oblivious to the presence of humans, so settle in for some great experiences. Explore this bay and the Rehusa Channel via Zodiac for a day that is sure to be remembered.
After breakfast, disembark the vessel where coaches will be ready to transfer you to Loreto for your flight 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.
Transfers between airport and ship if booked on group flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking, stand up paddleboarding; certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; all meals onboard ship; non-alcoholic beverages onboard ship. 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, Internet, laundry, 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)