You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport and transferred our San José del Cabo hospitality area prior to boarding the Safari Voyager. The Captain and crew welcome you aboard just in time for a cocktail and dinner with your new m
Kick off your week’s adventure at Gordo Banks—an underwater mountain, aka Sea Mount, located five miles off Baja’s southern tip. Perfect for all kinds of sea life, humpback whales, mobula and Manta rays, tuna, dolphins, and hammerhead sharks are all known to frequent this important marine habitat.
Sailing through islands once pillaged by conquistadors for its black pearls, you’ll nestle into a white sand beach at Isla San Francisco’s aptly named Half Moon Bay. Then it’s time to play, following a snorkel and kayak orientation from your expedition team. Snorkel along barnacled rocks, kayak amidst hues of blue, and take an interpretive walk to the salt chuck or a more strenuous guided hike along a desert rim for spectacular panoramic view. Then there’s the magical possibility of a post-dinner swim in a bay filled with stunning luminescence, and if not in the bay, you’ll likely see it in your toilet when you flush with the lights off.
Ideal for bird watching and seeking endemic wildlife, at Isla Santa Catalina, a guided hike takes you among a forest of the world’s tallest cactus—the giant Cardón. At Bahía Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. Explore the coast by small skiff, visit with a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a burro ride and experience the “real Baja.” Scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding, and unmatched camaraderie—the day is done.
When the gray whales have arrived near Bahía Magdalena—where they’re known to migrate and calf—we’ll dock in Puerto Escondido then head across the peninsula to ride in a panga and observe them in the lagoon. With binoculars in hand, keep your eyes peeled this afternoon for pods of dolphins, blue, fin, sei, orca and sperm whales as they spout and dive in the surrounding waters. Blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, cormorants, and gulls also make this area their home. And weather permitting; a sunset bonfire this evening makes time for music and sharing stories ashore.
Enjoy a lingering brunch then it’s off to enjoy the desert sea. Drop anchor in a hidden cove straight out of a movie set and paddle for shore. There are plenty of options today—kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and beachcombing, or a guided hike into an inland sandy valley, perfect for identifying animal tracks. Explore nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed the islands.
At Los Islotes—a steep rocky outcropping leaping straight from the sea—you can observe a sea lion colony from the boat and skiff, or slip into a wetsuit for a pre-breakfast snorkel with agile young sea lions. Swim through a rock arch where orange fan and white fire coral sway in the current, while high overhead, sea birds perch on the cliffs. Then heave anchor and set sail for Ensenada Grande for your last day of water play. After tonight’s special Farewell Dinner, your Expedition Leader recaps the journey with a slideshow.
Back in San José del Cabo, it's “adios.” After breakfast, a transfer to the Los Cabos airport is provided.