La Paz, MexicoFly to La Paz and transfer to San Carlos to embark your ship. Settle in and prepare for the upcoming adventures in store while cruising the Sea of Cortez. (D)
Bahia MagdalenaIn kayaks and Zodiacs explore the winding canals of the dense mangrove swamps of Bahia Magdalena. Bird watching here can be excellent — magnificent frigate birds, pelicans, cormorants, terns and great blue herons, ibis, whimbrels and willets are among the species we 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. This is Mexico exploration at its finest. (B,L,D)
Laguna San IgnacioLaguna San Ignacio is a large bay and favored haunt of the gray whales in Baja. The ship lingers in this remote and important locale, while you observe the mother and calf pairs — from the ship, and from water level in your Zodiacs. For some reason, the whales here seem to be friendlier than they are elsewhere. It’s not unusual for mothers and calves to approach your boats, the calves often playing hide and seek — even wanting to be petted and scratched. (B,L,D)
At SeaAs you cruise south along the Pacific coast of the Baja California peninsula, there is a chance of seeing a wide variety of marine life, including the largest animal on earth: the blue whale. (B,L,D)
Islands of the Sea of Cortez
Spend a week in exploration of the Sea of Cortez. Your Mexico cruise takes you past the spectacular Friars Rocks at Land's End. For those who wish, a visit to the historic town center of San Jose del Cabo can be arranged.
Espiritu Santo. Los Islotes. Santa Catalina. Rasa. These are some of the melodious names of these islands scattered throughout this beautiful sea. After over 20 years of exploration here, new places and exciting events are still to be discovered: one hundred bottlenose dolphins leaping over sperm whales near your ship; a pod of fin whales feeding around a convergence zone; thousands of Heermann’s gulls and royal terns arriving on the shores of Isla Rasa to begin incubating their eggs; the vision of hundreds of Humboldt squid illuminated in the ship’s bow lights.
Regardless of where you cruise these Mexican shores, 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 Concepcion. Whether on the bridge of the ship, on Zodiacs or kayaks, you are in prime position to observe them all. (B,L,D)
La Paz / DisembarkAfter a visit to La Paz enjoy lunch and then transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)