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From Southern California to Baja: Sailing the Pacific Coast

California Channel Islands Cruise Trip Information

Summary : Discover one of the nation’s best-kept secrets, Channel Islands National Park. See why everyone is talking about the vineyards of Valle de Guadalupe. Learn about the region’s culture with exclusive visits to the world’s largest salt mine in Guerrero Negro; and tour the small fish processing plant of Isla Natividad’s fishing coop. Explore the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla. Magdalena and count the 40 species of birds inhabit this area. Watch the sunrise illuminate El Arco de Cabo San Lucas. Snorkel in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, the only hard coral reef in North America; featuring over 220 species of fish.

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


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Prices from
$7,930 to $13,610

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Day 1
Los Angeles / Embark

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

Day 2
Channel Islands National Park

Not far from the city lights, these islands are a world away; home to incredibly diverse and endemic flora and fauna. Spend the day kayaking, hiking one of the many trails, or simply relaxing ashore. Join your naturalists for a more strenuous hike out to the base of the Torrey Pines, considered one of the world’s rarest pines, and one of only two naturally occurring groves in the world.

Day 3
Ensenada and the Valle de Guadalupe

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

Day 4
San Quintin Exploration

Join your naturalists to explore the marshlands surrounding Bahía San Quintín, spotting dozens of birds, including several threatened species. The bay is located along the Pacific Flyway migration route and sees more than 25,000 birds pass through in the winter.

Day 5 – 7
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, visit 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 8
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 9
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 10 – 11
Cabo Pulmo / Los Islotes

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.

Day 12
La Paz / Disembark / San Jose del Cabo

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.

Two-Night Whale Shark Extension
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 a visit to the La Paz Cathedral. 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.
2019 Double Occupancy from $740 per person
2019 Single Occupancy from $1,110

Transfer from Crowne Plaza San Pedro hotel to ship; transfer from ship to SJD (Los Cabos) airport if booked on recommended 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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