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Cousteau's Aquarium of the World

8 Day Sample Cruise aboard Safari Endeavour
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Join this 8-day expedition voyage to cruise and play in the marine life-rich waters once explored by legendary Jacques Cousteau. Snorkel in the coral reef at Cabo Pulmo National Park, find yourself among gentle whale sharks and playful sea lion pups, enjoy a desert burro ride, and even a beach-side bonfire.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur - Embark
Day 2 : Isla Cerralvo
Day 3 : La Paz
Day 4 : Marine Mammal Search / Bahia Agua Verde
Day 5 : Loreto / Isla Carmen
Day 6 : Lost Mission of Dolores / Isla San Jose
Day 7 : Isla Los Islotes / Isla Espiritu Santo
Day 8 : San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur - Disembark

Ship

Safari Endeavour

Places Visited

  • Central America & Mexico
  • Mexico
  • Bahia Agua Verde
  • Baja
  • Isla Carmen
  • Isla Cerralvo
  • Isla Espiritu Santo
  • Isla Los Islotes
  • Isla San Jose
  • La Paz
  • Loreto
  • San Jose del Cabo

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Take in the views of the Sea of Cortez A skiff provides excellent marine life viewing! A church steeple in Loreto Practice your Stand-up Paddle Board skills in the Sea of Cortez Mountains meet the ocean in the Sea of Cortez

Day 1 San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur - Embark

Arrive at the Los Cabos International Airport and be transferred to the San José del Cabo hospitality area. This afternoon, the Captain and crew welcome you aboard the Safari Endeavour before setting sail for a sunset cruise, cocktails, and dinner.

Day 2 Isla Cerralvo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kick off your week at Cabo Pulmo National Park — a snorkeler’s jewel and home to a multitude of marine life, large groupers and snappers, sharks, manta rays, marlin, tuna, and sea turtles — for a chance to snorkel, kayak, and explore by skiff in this living coral reef. French Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau led numerous expeditions in the area of Isla Cerralvo. An exploratory hike on a desert mountain and water sports in a setting of steep bluffs and sandy beaches make it an exciting first day.

Day 3 La Paz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Whale sharks, the largest known species of fish in the ocean, are known to frequent the Bahía de La Paz. Keep watch for the ‘footprint’ of these gentle giants along the water’s tranquil surface. Conditions permitting, you may luck out with a chance to don your snorkel gear and swim alongside this colossal and mysterious creature. An afternoon in centuries-old La Paz offers free time for shopping, a museum visit, and a stroll along the miles-long malecón.

Day 4 Marine Mammal Search / Bahia Agua Verde

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The gulf’s rich ecosystem is the perfect environment for a marine life search. With binoculars in hand, keep your eyes peeled 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, and on shore you may catch a glimpse of a Costa’s hummingbird or ash-throated flycatchers. At Bahía Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. Experience the “real Baja” on a skiff excursion, visiting a local ranchero family, bird watching, and exploring the arroyo on a burro ride. Scenic vistas, crystalline waters, and unmatched camaraderie fill your day.

Day 5 Loreto / Isla Carmen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Situated on the edge of the Loreto National Marine Park — created to protect the rich biodiversity of the area — sits Loreto, founded in 1697 as the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula. A bounty of arts and crafts shops line the streets and plazas of this leisurely seaside village and a guided walking tour reveals its history. Shop for local art and visit its historical buildings and mission. Enjoy an afternoon identifying animal tracks, seeking endemic wildlife, or snorkeling in the desert landscape of Isla Carmen.

Day 6 Lost Mission of Dolores / Isla San Jose

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Put your walking shoes on this morning for an extended hike to the lost Dolores Mission, abandoned since 1768 when the Franciscan’s took control of the Baja missions from the Jesuits. Hiking five miles roundtrip, cacti, lizards, birds, and desert are common sights along the way. At Isla San José, explore the channels of a large red and white mangrove estuary by kayak and skiff, stroll remote beaches, and scramble up the striking red cliffs. After the sun sets, tuck into an isolated bay for a spectacular evening of stargazing.

Day 7 Isla Los Islotes / Isla Espiritu Santo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise up for an early morning snorkel at Los Islotes — a protrusion of rock rising sharply from the sea. Bravely slip into a wetsuit to snorkel with the curious and playful sea lion pups, or tamely observe the colony from the boat and skiff. Formed by a volcanic crater — and one of the most beautiful islands in Baja — the Island of the Holy Spirit offers some of the best kayaking in the world. There is ample time ashore today for beachcombing along the shell-strewn shore, hiking inland among exotic desert cacti, or kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and skiffing in one of the island’s idyllic wild bays. After tonight’s special Farewell Dinner, your Expedition Leader recaps the week’s adventure with a slideshow.

Day 8 San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur - Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, your weeklong adventure ends back in San José del Cabo. A transfer to the Los Cabos airports is provided.

Safari Endeavour

Per person starting at
$3,395
Master Stateroom aboard the Safari Endeavour.
Master Staterooms
$3,395
Feature twin beds, view window or porthole, private bath with shower, desk & chair.
Safari Endeavour's Commander Stateroom.
Commander Staterooms
$3,795
Feature twin beds, view window, private bath with shower, desk & chair.
Safari Endeavour's Captain Stateroom
Captain Staterooms
$4,095
Feature king or twin beds, view windows, private bath with shower, desk & chair.
Safari Endeavour's Admiral's Suite
Admiral Staterooms
$4,695
Feature king or twin beds, view windows, private bath with shower, refrigerator, desk & chair.
Safari Endeavour's Commodore Suite.
Commodore Suites
$6,495
Separate sitting area, king or twin beds, private bath with jacuzzi tub & shower, view window and french doors to a small balcony.

Notes

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

Included Features: 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.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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