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Gray Whales and Espiritu Santo Island

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Discover "the world's aquarium", the Sea of Cortez and Mexico's Baja California, on this 5-day trip. Travel to scenic Magdalena Island, on the Pacific coast of the peninsula. Gray whale mothers and calves travel close to shore on their northbound migration, providing excellent viewing opportunities. Visit Espiritu Santo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to turquoise waters with diverse fish species. Watch as hundreds of resident sea lions bark, play, and sun themselves on the rocks, or you can jump in the water to swim and snorkel alongside them. Learn about the natural history of this region as you explore its dunes and mangroves from the Gulf of California to the Pacific Coast. Enjoy the best that Baja California Sur has to offer!
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  • Take a Baja vacation perfect for families, nature lovers, and adventurers
  • Observe gray whales, known for their curiosity, in Magdalena Bay
  • Snorkel with sea lions on Espiritu Santo Island, a UNESCO Heritage Site
  • Feast on freshly caught seafood and relax on postcard white-sand beaches
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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: Arrive to La Paz

Arrive to La Paz and transfer independently to your hotel. Meet your naturalist guide at your hotel and receive a briefing on the adventure ahead. La Paz is the capital of Mexico's Baja California Sur, on the Sea of Cortez. The region is known for its vast marine biodiversity and terrestrial species endemic to the region. Adventure seekers are drawn to the plentiful opportunities to enjoy sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, scuba diving, snorkeling, and wildlife watching.

Day 2: Magdalena Bay

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart La Paz for Magdalena Bay. Head out on the water at Puerto López Mateos and make your south, exploring mangrove canals, sand dunes, and beaches by skiff. Search for gray whales and observe their complex mating and calving behavior, which occurs primarily in the lagoons of Baja California, Mexico. Gray whales have one of the longest migrations of all mammals, traveling as far north as the Bering and Chukchi Seas to their summer feeding grounds. Seabirds and other marine mammals such as dolphins, sharks, turtles, and manta rays may accompany your travels as you explore the body of water that Costeau called "the world's aquarium". Settle into a waterfront hotel in Magdalena Bay for the evening.

Day 3: Puerto San Carlos | La Paz

Spend the morning searching for gray whales in Magdalena Bay. This afternoon transfer back to Laz Paz and enjoy time at leisure. Stroll along the waterfront malecón, enjoy delicious restaurants, browse historic museums and local shops, or simply relax on the white-sand beaches.

Day 4: Espiritu Santo Island

Early this morning you are transferred to the marina where you board a boat for an 1.5-hour ride to Espiritu Santo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its scenic cliffs, mangroves, sandy beaches, and diverse wildlife, see why this gem is one of Baja's most amazing destinations.Your first stop is at a sea lion colony, where you can join your guide in swimming and snorkeling with playful sea lions. Next board your boat and navigate to a pristine beach where a delicious meal of fresh seafood awaits (special dietary needs are taken into account upon request). Your guides provide a presentation about the natural history and conservation of Espiritu Santo; the island is the only known habitat of the black jackrabbit! Enjoy swimming, hiking, or relaxing on the beach. Arrive back in La Paz in the early evening.

Day 5: Depart La Paz

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a final relaxing morning in La Paz. Transfer to the airport independently for your return flight home.


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Rates based on group of 2 in double occupancy.
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • International Flights
  • Departure Transfer
  • Meals not Included - Depending on restaurant of choice, budget $10-15 per person for breakfast, $10-20 per person for lunch, and $35 per person for dinner.
  • Arrival Transfer - Shared shuttles cost $35 per person each way. Private transfers cost $250 each way in a van with a capacity of up to 10 people.
  • Gratuities - Recommended: 10-15% of total trip cost


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