Baja's Whale Bounty Cruise

Explore Baja island-to-island on a 7-night Mexico cruise of the Sea of Cortez. Itinerary highlights include: - Humpback whales, mobula rays, and dolphin search at Gordo Banks sea mount - Included full-day gray whale watching excursion at Bahia Magdalena - Enjoy a desert burro ride and picnic ashore with music and storytelling - Hike along cactus-clad rims and among giant Cardón cactus - Snorkel with playful sea lion pups and amid thousands of colorful reef fish - Kayak, paddle board, and skiff exploration in a UNESCO World Heritage Site - The convenience of flying in and out of Los Cabos International Airport

Day 1

    San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur - Embarkation

    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

    Day 2

      Gordo Banks

      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.

      Day 3

        Isla San Francisco

        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.

        Day 4

          Isla Santa Catalina / Bahia Agua Verde

          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.

          Day 5

            Magdalena Bay / Marine Mammal Viewing

            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.

            Day 6

              Isla Carmen

              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.

              Day 7

                Los Islotes / Ensenada Grande

                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.

                Day 8

                  San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur - Disembark

                  Back in San José del Cabo, it's “adios.” After breakfast, a transfer to the Los Cabos airport is provided.

                  - All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy
                  - Children ages 8-13 are welcome on all sailings and will received a $500 per child savings

                  Due to the nature of the explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

                  Included in Your Fare:
                  Roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat if you are arriving/ departing on scheduled days; Taxes and port fees; All onboard meals; Premium spirits, fine wines and beer throughout your cruise; Yoga classes and a complimentary massage; From-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; Expertise and guidance from onboard Expedition Leader / naturalist guides.
                  Central America & Mexico, Mexico, Isla Santa Catalina, Isla Los Islotes, Bahia Magdalena, Isla San Francisco, Bahia Agua Verde, San Jose del Cabo, Isla Carmen, Gordo Banks
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