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From Southern California to Baja: Sailing the Pacific Coast

California Channel Islands Cruise Trip Information

Summary : Experience the splendid and surprising diversity of the Pacific coast as you explore from Los Angeles to La Paz, Mexico. Discover the region’s world-renowned food and wine, including a private lunch at a boutique vineyard in the world-renowned Valle de Guadalupe. Meet the residents of Isla Natividad, an incredibly successful co-op within the Vizcaino Biosphere, and learn the inspiring story of their sustainable fishing practices. Hang out with expedition naturalist as they search the horizon for migrating whales and birds to share with you. Enjoy daily morning stretch classes on deck and wellness treatments in Venture’s sublime spa. And count on an extraordinary experience—your entire expedition team is committed to you having a trip of a lifetime!

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins


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Day 1
Los Angeles

Arrive in Los Angeles, where you’ll embark the ship.

Day 2 – 3
Channel Islands

Not far from the city lights, these islands are a world away; home to incredibly diverse and endemic flora and fauna.

Day 4
Ensenada and the Valle de Guadalupe

Vineyards and culinary marvels await as we explore one of the world’s emerging wine regions, the Valle de Guadalupe.

Day 5
San Quintin Exploration

Explore Bahía de San Quintín and the surrounding wetlands in search of its interesting bird life.

Day 6 – 8
Guerrero Negro / Islas San Benito / Isla Natividad / At Sea

Tour the world’s largest salt works in Guerrero Negro and learn about the communities’ efforts to balance booming industry with fragile environments. Explore Ojo de Liebre lagoon and its plentiful wildlife before sailing to Islas San Benito, home to thousands of breeding elephant seals. Next, join us on Isla Natividad to learn of this community’s exemplary protection of the Vizcaino Biosphere. You’ll be at sea the following day searching for a wide variety of marine life, including the largest animal on Earth, the blue whale, listening to naturalist talks, and learning photography tips and tricks.

Day 9
Bahia Magdalena

Explore the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena, on a walk to one of the most pristine beaches in the Pacific.

Day 10
Los Cabos / Gorda Banks

Cruise past Friars Rocks and visit the historic town center of San Jóse del Cabo before cruising Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna, renowned gathering places for whales, dolphins and other marine life.

Day 11 – 12
abo Pulmo / Los Islotes / Espíritu Santo

Snorkel the pristine reefs of Cabo Pulmo National Park and chat with locals about their advocacy to protect this unique place. With luck, swim with sea lions before relaxing ashore—swim, kayak or hike at Isla Espíritu Santo, a gorgeous, uninhabited island, complete with a beach barbeque, bonfire and star-filled sky.

Day 13
La Paz / Disembark / San Jose del Cabo / Los Angeles

Disembark in La Paz 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.

Transfer from ship to Baja airport if booked on group flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; snorkeling; gear on loan (snorkeling gear and wetsuit); video chronicle of your trip; certified photo instructor; all meals onboard ship; soft drinks onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; individual transfers not mentioned as included; extension; 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 ©: Lindblad Expeditions, Jack Swenson (Kayaking), Sven-Olaf Lindblad (Dolphin and Zodiac), Ralph Lee Hopkins (Sunset Cactus)

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