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Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales

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Escape to a world teeming with wildlife, where the cactuses are the tallest on earth, the island beaches show no footprints except your own, and the setting sun seems to glow orange for hours. Led by an Expedition Team including Naturalists and an Undersea Specialist, this voyage in the Sea of Cortez offers opportunities for kayaking, searching for whales and dolphins, hiking, Zodiac cruises, snorkeling with reef fish and sea lions, and a special beach barbecue under the desert skies.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Jose del Cabo | La Paz
Day 2 : La Paz | San Carlos | Embark
Days 3-5 : Bahia Magdalena
Day 6 : Los Cabos and Gorda Banks
Day 7 : Los Islotes and Isla Espiritu Santo
Day 8 : Exploring the Sea of Cortez
Day 9 : Disembark | San Jose del Cabo

Highlights

  • See California gray whales up close and snorkel with sea lions
  • Spend three days at Bahia Magdalena, a whale breeding ground
  • Hike desert islands, sculpted sand dunes, and see Sea of Cortez wildlife
  • Experience Baja California undersea

Ship

Sea Bird & Sea Lion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 San Jose del Cabo | La Paz

To provide you with more flexibility, more comfortable transfer arrangements, and a better overall experience, enjoy a complimentary full day and night stay at the lovely CostaBaja Resort & Spa, located on the shore of the Sea of Cortez, just south of Espiritu Island, CostaBaja. Upon arrival in San Jose del Cabo, transfer to La Paz and check in to the CostaBaja Resort & Spa.

Note that flights are not included.

Day 2 La Paz | San Carlos | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning is on your own to relax and take advantage of the resort and spa amenities. Check-out in the late morning and depart for lunch at a local restaurant in La Paz. After lunch, transfer to San Carlos and embark the National Geographic Sea Bird

Day 3-5 Bahia Magdalena

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Navigate through an immense system of protected coves and channels, surrounded by a fringe of mangrove channels at one edge of a vast, windswept plain. Each winter, during their long migration, gray whales travel south from their Arctic feeding grounds to breed and raise their calves in these sheltered waters. Observe migrating whales from the ship and up close from your expedition landing craft. Watch for magnificent frigatebirds, pelicans, cormorants, terns, great blue herons, ibis and willets. 

Day 6 Los Cabos and Gorda Banks

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning cruise past Friars Rocks at Land’s End. For those who wish, visit the historic town center of San José del Cabo. The afternoon is spent at the Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna, gathering places for whales, especially humpbacks, dolphins, and other sea life. 

Day 7 Los Islotes and Isla Espiritu Santo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At Los Islotes, don flippers, a mask and snorkel (provided) and swim with curious sea lions. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon to swim, kayak or hike at Isla Espíritu Santo. Brown pelicans, gulls, and boobies are all part of the landscape. Finish the day with a relaxing beach barbecue complete with a bonfire and a star-filled sky. 

Day 8 Exploring the Sea of Cortez

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Search for whales among the islands of the southern Sea of Cortez, an area that has proven to be one of the best for finding blue whales, and often common and bottlenose dolphins. Explore the many uninhabited islands such as Isla San José or Isla Santa Catalina to walk among huge cacti and observe the diverse bird life. Swim or snorkel with king angelfish, butterfly fish, damselfish, and the beautiful parrotfish. 

Day 9 Disembark | San Jose del Cabo

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in La Paz after breakfast and transfer to Los Cabos airport for flights home.

Sea Bird & Sea Lion

La Paz - Hotels

Per person starting at
$6,590
Sea Bird & Sea Lion's Category 1 and Category 1 Single Cabin.
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Cat 1
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 Cabins.
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Cat 2
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 Cabin.
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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

Costs Include:
  • Accommodations
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions; services of Lindblad expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • Snorkel gear
  • 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

  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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