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Whales & Wilderness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez

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Springtime in the Sea of Cortez is among the best times and places to see a great variety of whales: humpback, sperm, fin, Bryde’s, and blue whales. Plus, you can expect large aggregations of dolphins. On this 8-day voyage on the Sea Bird, sail the Sea of Cortez and explore its many islands, still free from tourist infrastructure and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. A Mexican expedition of pure discovery, your Captain's flexible itinerary means you are free to follow the seasonal movements of wildlife to optimize sightings.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in La Paz | Embark Ship
Days 2-7 : Exploring the Sea of Cortez
Day 8 : Disembark in La Paz

Highlights

  • Search for large pods of dolphins and various species of whales
  • Explore water-level caves by kayak and snorkel among fish and sea lions
  • Visit the old mining town of Santa Rosalia - see old homes & a steel church
  • Experience a voyage of pure discovery in a UNESCO World Heritage site

Ship

Sea Lion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Getting close to the whales Photographer capturing the waves of the Sea of Cortez. Dolphins race through the water in Baja. Hiking in Baja Kayaking with sea lions

Day 1 Arrive in La Paz | Embark Ship

Arrive in La Paz, Mexico. Embark your ship and set sail on the Sea of Cortez.

Day 2-7 Exploring the Sea of Cortez

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Your route is designed with flexibility in mind in order to maximize opportunities for wildlife sightings. Your cruise includes the islands listed below, although the order may vary:

Islas San Esteban and San Pedro Martir: Walk up a desert wash to search for desert birds and the endemic pinto chuckwalla — a fat, harmless desert lizard. Later visit Isla San Pedro Martir, a 1,000-foot-high guano-covered island that is home to thousands of seabirds. Blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, pelicans, and frigatebirds are all found here.

Isla Santa Catalina: Search for marine life and hike among the giant barrel cactus on one of most dramatic islands in the Sea of Cortez.

Isla San Marcos: Explore via kayak, walks, swimming, and opportunities to snorkel.

Isla San Jose: One of the larger islands in the Sea of Cortez, San Jose offers several landing possibilities depending on conditions and the whim of the moment. Photograph the ochre cliffs of the island's eastern shore, hike an "enchanted" arroyo, or visit the abandoned salt works to the west.

Los Islotes/Espiritu Santo: Swim and snorkel in turquoise waters, perhaps with some curious sea lions. Zodiac rides, rare bird sightings, the possibility of spotting an endemic black rabbit, or simply some relaxing beachcombing are all possibilities today.

Day 8 Disembark in La Paz

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning after breakfast disembark in La Paz and transfer to the airport for your homeward flights.

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Main Deck Cabins #300-305. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a large window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 1 and Category 1 Single Cabin.
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Cat 1 Single
Main Deck Cabins #300-305. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a large window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 2 and Category 2 Single Cabin.
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Bridge Deck cabins #100-104 and Upper Deck cabins #200-212, 215. These well-located cabins include two lower single beds, outside access and a window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 2 and Category 2 Single Cabins.
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Cat 2 Single
Bridge Deck cabins #100-104 and Upper Deck cabins #200-212, 215. These well-located cabins include two lower single beds, outside access and a window.
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 3 Cabins.
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Cat 3
Bridge Deck cabins #105, 106 and Upper Deck cabins #214, 216, 217, 219. These cabins feature a seating unit with table, outside access and two large windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.
Kids under age 18 save $500 per person

Cost Includes:
  • Accommodations aboard ship
  • Meals as indicated
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Excursions
  • Services of Expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment
  • All port charges and service taxes​

Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Voyage DVD
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.
  • Discretionary tips to ship’s crew

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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