Baja California: A Remarkable Journey Cruise

Sand dune jumping
Getting close to the whales
Sven-Olof Lindblad
Following dolphins across the ocean in a zodiac.
Sven-Olof Lindblad
Dolphins race through the water in Baja.
David Vargas
Guest getting reading for a zodiac trip.
Guests viewing off the bow of the Sea Bird & Sea Lion.


  • Get up close with California gray whales, sperm, blue and fin whales
  • Hike the islands of the Sea of Cortez
  • Snorkel among playful sea lions and explore several idyllic sea gardens
  • Search for a variety of plant and bird species

Your 15-day Remarkable Journey offers the most comprehensive Baja California and the Sea of Cortez experience available. This is a true expedition, which means that your captain plans day-by-day movements and itinerary according to the conditions that best offer sightings and up-close encounters with wildness. Enjoy a flexible tour through the Sea of Cortez, but be certain that extraordinary adventure is a sure bet!

Day 1

La Paz / Embark in San Carlos, Mexico

Fly 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.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bahia Magdalena

In 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.

Days 3-4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Laguna San Ignacio

Laguna 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.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

As 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.

Days 6-14

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Day 15

  • Breakfast

Disembark in La Paz

After a visit to La Paz enjoy lunch and then transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.

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:
Aboard ship
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
- 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
- Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
- Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
- Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
- The guidance and company of your expedition staff

- Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
- Sightseeing & entrance fees
- Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
- The expertise of your expedition staff

- All excursions
- Zodiac & kayak explorations
- Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel
- Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
Central America & Mexico, Mexico, La Paz, Puerto San Carlos, Los Cabos, Isla Santa Catalina, Isla Los Islotes, Bahia Magdalena, Isla Espiritu Santo, Laguna San Ignacio
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