Whales & Wilderness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez Cruise

Getting close to the whales
Ralph Lee Hopkins
Photographer capturing the waves of the Sea of Cortez.
Sven-Olof Lindblad
Dolphins race through the water in Baja.
Hiking in Baja
Kayaking with sea lions
David Vargas
Guest getting reading for a zodiac trip.
Guests viewing off the bow of the Sea Bird & Sea Lion.
Springtime in the Sea of Cortez is among the best times and places to see a great variety of whales: humpback, sperm, fin, Bryde’s, and blue whales. Plus, you can expect large aggregations of dolphins. On this 8-day voyage, sail the Sea of Cortez and explore its many islands, still free from tourist infrastructure and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. A Mexican expedition of pure discovery, your Captain's flexible itinerary means you are free to follow the seasonal movements of wildlife to optimize sightings.

Day 1

Arrive in La Paz / Embark Ship

Arrive in La Paz, Mexico. Embark your ship and set sail on the Sea of Cortez.

Days 2-7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Exploring the Sea of Cortez

Your route is designed with flexibility in mind in order to maximize opportunities for wildlife sightings. Your cruise includes the islands listed below, although the order may vary:

Islas San Esteban and San Pedro Martir: Walk up a desert wash, to search for desert birds and the endemic pinto chuckwalla — a fat, harmless desert lizard. Later visit Isla San Pedro Martir, a 1,000-foot-high guano-covered island that is home to thousands of seabirds. Blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, pelicans and frigatebirds are all found here.

Isla Rasa: See thousands of nesting Heermann's gulls and terns on this incredibly distinct island.

Isla Santa Catalina: Search for marine life and hike among the giant barrel cactus on one of most dramatic islands in the Sea of Cortez.

Isla San Marcos: Explore via kayak, walks and snorkel.

Isla San Jose: Take Zodiac cruises and kayaks into mangrove channels in search of shorebirds and waders. Nearby are ancient shell mounds, or middens, that reveal traces of former occupation by the Guaicura Indians.

Los Islotes/Espiritu Santo: Swim and snorkel in turquoise waters, perhaps with some curious sea lions. Zodiac rides, rare bird sightings, the possibility of spotting an endemic black rabbit, or simply some relaxing beachcombing are all possibilities today.

Day 8

  • Breakfast

Disembark in La Paz

This morning after breakfast disembark in La Paz and transfer to the airport for your homeward flights.

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

Included Features:
- All onboard meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- Cappuccinos, lattes, and filtered water
- 24-hour coffee, tea, and soda on demand
- Hors d'oeuvres and snacks during Recaps
- Fitness Center or exercise equipment
- Fully-stocked library and other public spaces
- Guidance and company of expedition staff
- All excursions
- Zodiac & kayak explorations
- Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins, and snorkel
- Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

Not Included:
- International and internal airfare
- Expedition extensions
- Gratuities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Laundry
- Internet and phone
- SCUBA Diving
- Spa treatments
- Gift shop and other personal items
- Additional hotel nights
- Private transfers
- Travel Protection Plan
- Passport, visa, and immigration fees