Baja California & Sea of Cortez Among the Great Whales

Baja California & Sea of Cortez Among the Great Whales



Each year California gray whales pause during their migrations to birth and nurse their calves in the lagoons of Baja California. Join us as we head out in local pangas with naturalists and local guides for rare opportunities to observe these gentle giants at water level. Travel aboard the 100-guest, National Geographic Venture, and get up close with whales, snorkel among sea lions, stand-up paddleboard, and hike the pristine desert islands dotting the Sea of Cortez. And all the while, learn from the top expedition team in the region: expert naturalists, an undersea specialist, and a certified photo instructor will help you take some of your best photos ever!

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Trip Type
Closer to Home, Group Travel Tour
Departure Dates
Jan 20, 2024 - Jan 27, 2024


RESPONSIBILITY AND OTHER TERMS & CONDITIONS: Certain other provisions concerning, among other things, limitations of Lindblad Expeditions’ liability for loss of property, injury, illness, or death during the voyage will be provided to all guests on the ship’s ticket sent prior to departure or upon request. By registering for trip, the guest agrees to all such terms and conditions.


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  • day 1


    Upon arrival in Loreto and embark National Geographic Venture. Savor the sunset as we set sail. (D)

  • day 2


    Our plan is flexible as we explore some of the Sea’s many uninhabited islands. Our Captain and Expedition Leader will choose the perfect combination of activities for the day. We may go ashore at Isla San Francisco, where a sweeping arc of white sand beach beckons you to kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Or, hike to the nearby ridge for unparalleled views over Isla Danzante with your naturalist. You may also visit the abandoned salt works on Isla Carmen. You’ll get a chance to see the great diversity offered in the Sea of Cortez, and with some luck, spot the amazing wildlife. (B,L,D)

  • day 3


    Awake this morning off the rocky island of Los Islotes, where we’ll don flippers, a mask, and snorkel (which we provide) and swim with curious sea lions. Then we’ll reposition to the colorful city of La Paz to garner insight into the culture of Mexico, soak in the vibrant street art, and stroll the lively Malecon on a guided walking tour. Dinner will be an unforgettable cultural experience, complete with local cuisine, dancing, and folklore. (B,L,D)

  • day 4


    Kickstart your day snorkeling the pristine reefs of Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, one of the most successful national marine parks in the world, and chat with locals about their advocacy to protect this unique place. We’ll spend the afternoon searching the seas of Gorda Banks seamount, a renowned gathering place for whales, especially humpbacks, dolphins, and other sea life, capping off our day with a majestic sunset over the iconic Friars Rocks at Land’s End. (B,L,D)

  • day 5


    Ease into your day with morning stretch hosted by the onboard wellness specialist on the sundeck, enjoy a lecture, or join your naturalists onboard as we travel north along the coast of the peninsula. There is a chance of seeing a wide variety of marine life, including the largest animal on Earth, the blue whale. Midday, we’ll arrive into Magdalena and anchor in the the northern reaches of Magdalena Bay where we’ll explore the vast mangrove system via kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and Zodiac, and learn how these massive ecosystems support their surroundings. (B,L,D)

  • day 6


    Each winter, during their long migration, gray whales travel south from their Arctic feeding grounds to breed and give birth and raise their calves in these sheltered waters. We’ll transfer by motorcoach to López Mateos and spend the full day observing, and with luck, interacting with these majestic creatures. Together with savvy local Mexican fishermen we’ve known for years, we’ll venture out in local pangas to view the numerous mother-calf pairs that thrive in this sheltering region. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to the ship in late afternoon. (B,L,D)

  • day 7


    Awake anchored in BAHÍA Almejas, the southernmost part of the Bay. We’ll stop at a large frigatebird colony enroute to the spectacular whale grounds of Bahía Almejas. Whales in this part of the bay tend to be very active, seemingly oblivious to our presence so settle in for some great experiences. During lunch, the ship will reposition to Isla Magdalena where we’ll head to shore to explore the ever-shifting sand dunes, on a cross-island walk to one of the most pristine beaches in the Pacific. Bird watching here can be excellent here with abundant seabirds in action and shorebirds patrolling the beaches as they fatten up and prepare for long journeys to Arctic breeding grounds. (B,L,D)

  • day 8


    Disembark in San Carlos after breakfast and transfer to Loreto. Here you can choose to visit the first mission in Baja California, as well as the nearby museum to learn more about what makes this town so special. Enjoy free time to explore the quaint shops and vibrant side streets. After lunch, transfer to Loreto Airport for flights home. (B,L)

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