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Baja Whales and Turtle

Baja Marine Wildlife Adventure

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Participate in sea turtle monitoring and learn about the conservation efforts in the area. Explore the bay and mangrove canals by panga, learn about local fishing techniques, walk along the sand dunes, and take a boat excursion to encounter friendly gray whales. Deluxe camping accommodations on the coast provide a perfect setting for activity and relaxation on this leisurely-paced Baja trip.
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  • Head out into Magdalena Bay by Panga to watch for Gray Whales
  • Join the monitor team as they collect data about the sea turtle population
  • Camp on an island in Magdalena Bay
  • Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters of the Baja Peninsula
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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: Arrival to Cabo & Onward to La Paz

Your driver will be waiting for you at the Los Cabos airport to take you on the 2.5 hour scenic drive to La Paz, where you will be able to explore in the afternoon before the welcome dinner, where your guides will brief you on the week ahead. Take a good night's rest, tomorrow the adventure begins!

Day 2: EspĂ­ritu Santo Island

Visit Espíritu Santo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to turquoise water, multitudes of fish species, and resident sea lions. Less than one hour from La Paz, this natural paradise will amaze you with breathtaking island scenery and rich marine life. Jump in the water to snorkel with the sea lions and observe tropical fish.
After a tasty lunch, our world-class nature guides will interpret the natural and cultural history of this unique place. Explore some of the astounding nature trails that take you into the heart of the island before returning to La Paz for dinner. 

Day 3: La Paz to Magdalena Bay

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart from La Paz early in the morning en route to Magdalena Bay, Jewel of the Pacific. This bay is home to a staggering number of migratory and marine birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals including the migratory gray whales. Breakfast will be provided en route at one of our favorite local ranchos.
Continue on to your secluded island camp, searching for whales along the way. After happy hour, learn about the important sea turtle restoration project which will be the focus of tomorrow’s activities. Get a good night’s rest, tomorrow the search for turtles begins!

Day 4: Sea Turtle Monitoring | Gray Whale Observation Gray Whale Observation | Sea Turtle Monitoring

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up early and grab a cup of coffee on your way to watch the fisher-conservationists prepare the nets used in the sea turtle monitoring. Return to camp for breakfast and to learn more about the gray whales, their incredible migration, and the importance of Magdalena Bay for breeding and calving to these magnificent creatures. After breakfast, head out in pangas to look for gray whales. Friendly whales often approach the boats, and the mothers are known to push the young calves closer, which can make for an incredible interaction between two species. After lunch, you will have the chance to accompany the monitoring team to check the nets for turtles. Captured sea turtles will be brought back to camp where you will help take measurements and other important data before releasing them back into the wild. The monitoring continues through the night under the brilliant starry sky.

Day 5: Sea Turtle Monitoring | Gray Whale Observation Gray

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head down to the beach to finish measuring and weighing sea turtles before releasing them back into the wild. After breakfast, bid farewell to your hosts and head out in search for whales. Today, you'll explore the magic of the greater Magdalena Bay complex: its vast, rolling sand dunes and winding mangrove canals teeming with birdlife. You'll have another chance to look for whales, too--make sure your camera is handy to capture images of these magnificent giants. After a picnic lunch on a secluded barrier island, head back to the mainland where your driver will be waiting for you to return to La Paz.  


Day 6: Continue Gray Whale Observation | Back to La Paz

After a relaxed morning, head to the town of Todos Santos located on the Pacific coast. Your naturalist guide will take you through the estuary to spot birds, and with luck you’ll be able to see humpback whales from the beach. Continue with a guided walk around the quaint town, and then you are on your own to enjoy its architecture, shops and fantastic restaurants before heading back to La Paz.

Day 7: Whale shark research | Balandra beach

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your driver will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning to transport you to the marina to try on your snorkeling gear and wetsuit. Head out on the water for the short trip to the whale shark observation zone. On the way out of the bay, your guide will brief you on whale shark ecology and regulations for snorkeling. You’ll have the chance to get in the water accompanied by your guide to snorkel alongside one of these marvelous creatures. 
Back on land in time for lunch, explore La Paz: tranquil, scenic, and a great town to get to know on foot. During the walking tour you will visit cultural and architectural sites of interest, learn about the history of La Paz, meet some of its people, and along the way stop to try many of the local delicacies. Take in the Mi Ciudad mural project, a treat for the eyes with murals from local and regional artists on display around the city.

Day 8: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast head to the airport for departure back home.


Magdalena Bay Camping

Tents are equipped with orthopedic mattresses and warm bedding
secluded area of mangroves a distance Bathing facilities are set up in a secluded area of mangroves a distance from camp, for privacy
Toilet and shower facilities are environmentally friendly

La Paz - Hotels

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 8 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Gear Rental
  • International Flights
  • Meals not Included


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