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Northern Gulf of California: Whales, Birds & Sealife Adventure

San Jose del Cabo Roundtrip - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Safari Voyager
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Delve into an 11-day cruise in the northern Baja Peninsula aboard Safari Voyager. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sea of Cortes, a marine life-rich natural aquarium. Snorkel alongside sea lion pups and vibrant reef fish, embark on mule rides with local rancheros, and marvel at the seasonal spectacles of gray whales, whale sharks, superpods of dolphins, orcas, and mobula rays. Discover desert landscapes, through a hike and engage in birdwatching
A pair of friendly sea lionsGuests preparing for mule ride Agua VerdeMule ride in Agua VerdeBahia de Aqua VerdeGuest kayaking in Agua Verde
Highlights
  • Visit Sea of Cortes UNESCO World Heritage Site, a marine natural aquarium
  • Spot diverse bird species including hummingbirds, cormorants, and pelicans.
  • Witness gray whales, whale sharks, dolphins, orcas, and mobula rays.
  • Snorkel with sea lion pups and colorful reef fish
Places Visited
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: DAY 1 San Jose del Cabo / La Paz | Embark

Board the Safari Voyager and become immersed in your home for the next 11 days. Arrive and meet in San Jose del Cabo for coach bus transport to La Paz. A place renowned for fantastic sunsets and culture, so plan on being on deck with a glass of champagne while embarking on to the rarely visited islands of the Northern Gulf of California.

Day 2: Isla Carmen or Isla Danzante, Loreto Bay National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning brought forth the waters of Loreto Bay National Park. Cruising through the park waters will be the plan, with a search for whales, sea lions, turtles, and dolphins that claim these rich waters. This presents an opportunity to learn safety practices during kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and skiff riding. Following lunch, a secure cove will be located on either Isla Carmen or Isla Danzante, offering a chance to engage in active adventures on land or in the water. As the sun sets, the cruise continues towards Bahia Concepcion.

Day 3: Bahia Concepcion

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, the hook will be dropped in the waters of Bahia Concepcion, a deep inlet that opens to the North. The entire day will be spent playing in this waterborne desert, soaking up the sun and settling into the vibe. Options include staying aboard to enjoy the scenery, going ashore for varying levels of activities, or simply settling in at the beach camp. Keep an eye out for dolphins and turtles that frequent this area. The anchor will be pulled after dinner, and the journey will proceed northward.

Day 4: Santa Rosalia Town

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Originally a bustling French mining town from the 1880s, Santa Rosalia possesses a flavor of that early charm, even today. This town is like no other in all of Mexico, even boasting a French bakery. The opportunity arises to view many historic structures and take an included walking tour to Gustave Eiffel’s Church of Santa Barbara (of Eiffel Tower fame), the French Bakery, and the mining museum. Guides will have these and other activities available throughout the day.

Day 5: Bahia de los Angeles

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The bay and the little town hold the title of the “Marine Oasis of Baja California” due to the abundant aquatic life. This lovely area is also one of the finest boating spots in the Baja region, perfect for kayaking, small boat excursions, and ventures ashore such as hikes to Punta Gringa, visits to the nature museum, and even potential swims with whale sharks. It's also a great chance for guided walks and hikes or independent exploration. Additionally, this area is known for being one of the few places in Baja where the famed, and huge, Leatherback Turtle is spotted.

Day 6: Isla Salsipuedes

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Several hikes will be available, including one to the prominent peak, offering an incredible view. Along the way, various species of cactus will be visible, with potential sightings of hummingbirds and perhaps a nesting osprey. This island is also renowned for encounters with blue-tailed rock lizards and a variety of sea birds. Beachcombing, snorkeling, kayaking, skiff tours, and hikes will fill the day with joy. In the evening, a campfire awaits after dinner. Naturally, vigilant observation for marine mammals is encouraged.

Day 7: Captain’s Choice & Marine Mammal Search

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
According to UnCruise’s research notes: “The islands of San Lorenzo, las Animas, Salsipuedes, Raza, Roca Raza, and Isla Partida lie parallel to the Baja Peninsula. This area is referred to as the Canal de Salsipuedes, and due to its extreme depths, mariners also call it the Trench. The chart indicates a depth in this area of 4860 feet!"

Day 8: Isla San Esteban

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Field notes from the research trip tell the story best: “Went up the main arroyo that splits the island in half. Found numerous Pinto Chuckwallas, which slapped their tails hard on the ground as they scurried off. Hike was rigorous but enjoyed by all. Found hundreds of sea lions hauled out along the south shore of the island. Pelicans, boobies, terns, cormorants, gulls, and osprey were numerous along this rugged coast. This is the right place to spend a full day.”

Day 9: Mulege Town and Mission

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, the anchor will be dropped off at the Mulege River Estuary. Yes, a river in Baja! If conditions are right, kayaks, skiffs, and paddle boards will be set loose to enjoy this beautiful area. Later, an opportunity arises to go ashore, visit the beaches, and local shops in town, or even take a tour to the historic mission. Guides have several hiking options available for the day.

Day 10: Agua Verde

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After lunch, join an adventure in Agua Verde Cove. Twenty-four years ago, UnCruise pioneered a relationship with local ranchers, the Romero family, who will be met and shared stories with. Then, take an included mule ride into the back country with them, hike the hills around Agua Verde, and snorkel at the famed “Roca Solitaira.” After Captain's dinner, the lounge invites for a remembrance of the time together.

Day 11: San Jose del Cabo / La Paz | Disembark

After breakfast, it’s “adios” La Paz, with a transfer back to San José del Cabo for the flight or UnCruise hotel stay.

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Kayaks return to Safari Voyager
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Safari Voyager Dining

Dates & Prices

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$6,500
Master Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Navigator Cabin
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #103-108
Commander Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #205-206, 209-212, 215-222
Captain Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Pathfinder Cabin
Fixed twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #308, 310, 312
Safari Voyager's Admiral Stateroom.
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Admiral Cabin
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower (youth-sized sofa bed for triple). #307, 309
Jr. Commodor Suite aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Junior Commander Cabin
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, refrigerator, flat screen TV/DVD, view window, private bath with shower (sofa bed for triple). #201-204
Owner's Suite on the Safari Voyager
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Commodore Suite
King or twin beds, sitting area w/wet bar, refrigerator, media center, view windows, private bath w/Jacuzzi & shower (sofa bed for triple).
Single Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Single Cabin
Twin bed, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #207-208

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
Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Wellness amenities 
  • From-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment
     
  • Group transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • Premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines)
  • Exclusive activities and shore visits
  • Onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Port taxes/fees
  • Optional excursions and land tours
  • Onboard wifi

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