You’ll be met at the Hermosillo Airport and transferred to Guaymas for an afternoon boarding of the Safari Voyager. Get acquainted with the Captain, crew, and new shipmates as you sail into sunset over cocktails and dinner.
Today holds excellent opportunities for bird watching and history. One of the most isolated islands in the gulf—San Pedro Martir—boasts several endemic species and has an interesting story. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, guano from the island was mined for use as fertilizer and shipped as far away as Europe. The island is now a heavily protected Biosphere Reserve. Isla Tiburón is the largest island in the Gulf of California and sits along the gulf’s eastern shore. Homeland to bands of the Seri people for many centuries, here you’ll learn about their history and intimate relationship with both the sea and the land.
With the Captain in charge, anything is up for grabs, but your day could include “The Hunting of the Snark,” or rather, a search for boojums while hiking in a natural desert laboratory. If you find one, whatever you do, don’t touch it—in ancient Seri belief, touching this plant will cause strong winds to blow. Your day of exploration has many adventurous treats in store, including several opportunities for water play—kayaking, exploring by skiff, and a chance to snorkel in this rich marine environment.
Having journeyed slightly north today, Archangel Island—separated from the Baja California Peninsula by the Canal de Ballenas (Whales Channel)—is the second largest of the Midriff Islands. This biological reserve—called Isla Angel de la Guarda National Park—is an uninhabited island and offers first-rate snorkeling and hiking.
High desert mountains meet the sea at Bahía de los Ángeles—a Biosphere Reserve established to protect the region’s unique ecology and diverse marine population. The bay is famous for whale sharks during the summer months and as an important feeding and nesting ground for many species of sea turtles. Fin whales and California sea lion colonies are common to the area, and the swift currents are known the draw diving pelicans and boobies. You may get lucky today and snorkel alongside a sea turtle or gentle whale shark.
Discover John Steinbeck’s “Galápagos of Mexico.” Lined with rocky reefs, the ecosystem of the Midriff Islands is rich in biological diversity and endemism—perfect for exploration. With its high abundance of pelagic fish, marine mammals, and over 50 species of birds, you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled both above and below the surface. Sailing past Isla Rasa, where ornithologist Lewis Wayne succeeded in establishing a Migratory Waterfowl Sanctuary, keep watch for Blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, cormorants, gulls, or try and catch a glimpse of a Costa’s hummingbird or ash-throated flycatchers. Whether snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, or hiking, surprises are surely in store.
Your last day in paradise takes you to Isla San Esteban, home to many odd species found only in these islands. Keep your eyes peeled on and between the rocks for the endemic spiny-tailed iguana and Pinto chuckwalla lizards basking in the sun, they’re the largest and most endangered of the chuckwalla species. Desert hikes, kayaking, and snorkeling round out the day’s activities. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner this evening and afterwards, a special presentation by your Expedition Leader recaps your week’s adventures.
After breakfast, your weeklong adventure ends back in Guaymas. A transfer to the Hermosillo Airport is provided.