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Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales

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Escape to a world teeming with wildlife, where the cactuses are the tallest on earth, the island beaches show no footprints except your own, and the setting sun seems to glow orange for hours. Led by an Expedition Team including Naturalists and an Undersea Specialist, this voyage in the Sea of Cortez offers opportunities for kayaking, searching for whales and dolphins, hiking, Zodiac cruises, snorkeling with reef fish and sea lions, and a special beach barbecue under the desert skies.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : La Paz | Embark
Days 2-4 : Bahia Magdalena
Day 5 : Los Cabos and Gorda Banks
Day 6 : Los Islotes and Isla Espiritu Santo
Day 7 : Exploring the Sea of Cortez
Day 8 : La Paz | Disembark

Highlights

  • See California gray whales up close and snorkel with sea lions
  • Spend three days at Bahia Magdalena, a whale breeding ground
  • Hike desert islands, sculpted sand dunes, and see Sea of Cortez wildlife
  • Experience Baja California undersea

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Sea Bird & Sea Lion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Gray Whale tail splashing Walking the beach in Baja Baja Sunset Gray Whale up close Jumping down a sand dune in Mexico

Day 1 La Paz | Embark

Arrive in La Paz and drive across the Baja Peninsula to San Carlos to board the ship. 

Day 2-4 Bahia Magdalena

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Bahia Magdalena is one of the main breeding and calving areas for the California gray whale. Each winter, the whales make the longest migration of any mammal — south from their Arctic feeding grounds to breed and raise their calves in these sheltered waters. During your days in this otherworldly place, you have the opportunity to not only observe these enormous yet gentle animals from the ship, but also at water level from your Zodiacs. Because of the crew's experience and knowledge of Baja's waters, you should have consistent success in achieving "friendly encounters" with gray mother and calf pairs. While one should never presume to predict Nature's behavior, it is highly likely that you may have the privilege of an up-close and personal sighting.

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 frigate birds, pelicans, cormorants, terns, and blue herons are among the species you might see.

Day 5 Los Cabos and Gorda Banks

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, cruise 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. The afternoon is spent at the Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna, a gathering place for whales, dolphins, and other sea life. Humpback whales are often sighted here at this time of the year. See tail lobbing, flipper slapping, and breaching. Marine biologists and Naturalists are always available to inform and enlighten you with their knowledge and their experience. Not only do they know where best to look for wildlife, their passion and respect for the area is infectious — whether you ask a question or two or spend entire afternoons or evenings in their company. 

Day 6 Los Islotes and Isla Espiritu Santo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With deeply indented shorelines and dramatically eroded cliff faces, Los Islotes and Isla Espiritu Santo are two of the most beautiful islands in the Sea of Cortez. Swim and snorkel here. Don mask, flippers and snorkel and experience the thrill of swimming with the curious sea lions. Observe the impressive geological past of these islands from a kayak: see tons of compacted volcanic ash covered with solidified lava floods just yards from the shore. Brown pelicans, gulls, and boobies are all part of the landscape. There are possibilities for long walks or lazy beachcombing. Finish the day with a beach barbecue complete with campfire and a star-filled sky. 

Day 7 Exploring the Sea of Cortez

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today is a day with the luxury of no specific plan. You may spend the morning whale watching in the waters around Isla Danzante, an area that has proven to be one of the best for finding blue whales, bottlenose dolphins, and common dolphins. Rich in nutrients, the Sea of Cortez is home to a huge variety of fish: king angelfish, surgeonfish, butterfly fish, damselfish, and the beautifully colored parrotfish. Explore one of the many lovely, uninhabited islands such as Isla San Francisco or Isla San Jose, known for its sweeping beaches and arroyos. 

Day 8 La Paz | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast in La Paz and drive to the airport for flights home.

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Main Deck Cabins #300-305. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a large window.
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Main Deck Cabins #300-305. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a large window.
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Bridge Deck cabins #100-104 and Upper Deck cabins #200-212, 215. These well-located cabins include two lower single beds, outside access and a window.
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Bridge Deck cabins #100-104 and Upper Deck cabins #200-212, 215. These well-located cabins include two lower single beds, outside access and a window.
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Bridge Deck cabins #105, 106 and Upper Deck cabins #214, 216, 217, 219. These cabins feature a seating unit with table, outside access and two large windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.
Kids under age 18 save $500 per person

Costs Include:
  • Accommodations
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions; services of Lindblad expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • Snorkel gear
  • All port charges and service taxes

Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Voyage DVD
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.
  • Discretionary tips to ship’s crew

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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