Baja California: A Remarkable Journey
- Special Baja photo expedition
- Linger with Gray Whales up close at water level from Zodiacs
- Photo Leaders onboard to guide you in taking the best photos possible
At a glance
Duration: 15 Days, 14 Nights
Coverage: Roundtrip La Paz
Activities: Culture, Wildlife
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This special Baja photo expedition is one of our most exciting and comprehensive cruise to Baja and offers the unique opportunity to explore — and photograph — the gray whale lagoons along Baja’s Pacific Coast and the richness of the vast Sea of Cortez.
Linger with the grays up close at water level from our Zodiacs, then with the luxury of a flexible itinerary we’ll island hop across the Sea of Cortez. During your Baja Mexico cruise you will discover Baja’s wild shores and desert islands are a photographer’s paradise — a place where awesome wildlife and scenic landscapes meet.
Our Photo Leaders take an almost personal pride in introducing guests to its uninhabited islands, cactus forests, whales and dolphins, astonishing seabird colonies, expansive sand dunes and some of the world’s most memorable sunsets. Benefit from coaching in the field; back onboard, enjoy an array of presentations on the natural history of Baja and on the creative and technical aspects of capturing its beauty with your camera.
- Day 1 — Los Angeles/La Paz/San Carlos, Mexico
Fly to La Paz and transfer to San Carlos to embark. (D)
- Day 2 — Bahia Magdalena
In kayaks and Zodiacs we’ll explore the winding canals of the dense mangrove swamps of Bahia Magdalena. Bird watching here can be excellent — magnificent frigate birds, pelicans, cormorants, terns and great blue herons, ibis, whimbrels and willets are among the species we might see. It's not unusual to see forty species of birds in just one day along these fertile shorelines where they refuel for their destinations ahead. (B,L,D)
- Day 3-4 — Laguna San Ignacio
Laguna San Ignacio is a large bay and favored haunt of the gray whales in Baja. The ship will linger in this remote and important locale, while we observe the mother and calf pairs — from the ship, and from water level in our Zodiacs. For some reason, the whales here seem to be friendlier than they are elsewhere. It’s not unusual for mothers and calves to approach our boats, the calves often playing hide and seek — even wanting to be petted and scratched. (B,L,D)
- Day 5 — At Sea
As we travel south along the Pacific 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. (B,L,D)
- Day 6-14 — Islands of the Sea of Cortez
Cruise past the spectacular Friars Rocks at Land's End. For those who wish, we will arrange a visit to the historic town center of San Jose del Cabo. Espiritu Santo. Los Islotes. Santa Catalina. Rasa. These are some of the melodious names of these islands scattered throughout this beautiful sea. After over 20 years of exploration here, we are still discovering new places and experiencing exciting events: one hundred bottlenose dolphins leaping over sperm whales near our ship; a pod of fin whales feeding around a convergence zone; thousands of Heermann’s gulls and royal terns arriving on the shores of Isla Rasa to begin incubating their eggs; the vision of hundreds of Humboldt squid illuminated in the ship’s bow lights. The best areas for whale watching remain consistent — the waters south of Isla Carmen, Canal de Ballenas up north, and near the mouth of Bahia Concepcion. Whether on the bridge of the ship, on Zodiacs or kayaks, we will be in prime position to observe them all. (B,L,D)
- Day 15 — La Paz/Disembark/Return U.S.*
After a visit of Loreto, we'll have lunch. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the U.S.(B)
Dates & Rates
|Dates||Ships||1||2||3||Single 1||Single 2|
|Mar 4, 2018||National Geographic Sea Lion||$11,290||$12,890||$14,990||$16,940||$19,340|
|Mar 17, 2018||National Geographic Sea Bird||$11,290||$12,890||$14,990||$16,940||$19,340|
|Mar 19, 2018||National Geographic Sea Lion||$11,290||$12,890||$14,990||$16,940||$19,340|
National Geographic Sea Bird / Sea Lion
Our twin expedition ships, National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to their small size, yet each comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Our captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions we explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. View ship details...