Arrive at the Los Cabos International Airport and be transferred to the San José del Cabo hospitality area prior to boarding the Safari Endeavour. The Captain and crew welcome you aboard just in time for a cocktail and dinner with your new ship mates.
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 their black pearls, nestle into a white sand beach at Isla San Francisco's aptly named Half Moon Bay. Attend a snorkel and kayak orientation given by your expedition team, then take to the water. 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 views. 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 are likely to see it in your toilet when you flush with the lights off.
Isla Santa Catalina is ideal for bird watching and seeking endemic wildlife. While you're here take a guided hike 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), the ship docks in Puerto Escondido then heads across the peninsula to ride in a panga and observe whales in the lagoon. With binoculars in hand, keep your eyes peeled this afternoon for pods of dolphins and 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. Weather permitting - a sunset bonfire this evening provides time for playing 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, 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, its "adios." After breakfast, a transfer to the Los Cabos airport is provided.
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