Baja California: Whale Watching Cruise on the Searcher

12 Days from £4165 per adult. Some departure dates travel in reverse, making all the same stops
12 Days
Wildlife Cruise
Whale Watching
Snorkelling and Diving

The small size of the Searcher enables access to parts of Baja California and the Sea of Cortez that the larger cruise ships are unable to reach, including permits to enter and anchor in the grey whale calving grounds of Laguna San Ignacio. With just 25 passengers the Searcher offers an intimate small ship experience with which to enjoy the grey whales and bountiful marine life of Baja California.

Itinerary

Price from £4165 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - San Diego

Arrive San Diego. Board Searcher at Fisherman's Landing by 8 pm for passenger orientation. Depart 11 pm.

Staying at Searcher. Includes Breakfast.

Day 2 - Todos Santos Islands

Stop at Esenada Harbour to clear Mexican customs and immigration. Cruise along Todos Santos islands to view nesting seabirds, rocky reef and cliff life, and harbour seal adults and pups.

Staying at Searcher. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Islas San Benito

Explore Islas San Benito, hiking to an old lighthouse, observing elephant seals crowded in coves, and nesting birds such as ospreys and ravens.

Staying at Searcher. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Laguna San Ignacio

Spend two days observing grey whales in Laguna San Ignacio. Whale watch from skiffs as grey whale mothers care for their young, and explore pristine beaches.

Staying at Searcher. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Laguna San Ignacio

Another day to observe grey whales in Laguna San Ignacio.

Staying at Searcher. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Bahia Magdalena

Spend the day offshore in Bahia Magdalena observing blue and humpback whales, pods of common dolphins, sea turtles and pelagic seabirds.

Staying at Searcher. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Land's End

Photograph beautiful rock formations at Land's End, then cruise to Gorda Banks where humpback whales gather. Go ashore at Los Frailes to explore the beach and birdwatch.

Staying at Searcher. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Isla San Jose

Explore the caves and cliffs of Isla San Jose for up close views of nesting brown and blue-footed boobies, pelicans, yellow-footed gulls, osprey and white-throated swifts, then go ashore for a plant and bird hike. After the hike there will be the opportunity for some snorkelling in the reefs and sandy coves. In the afternoon there will be plenty of time to whale watch for blue, fin and sperm whales, as well as large pods of bottlenose dolphins that frequent the area.

Staying at Searcher. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Isla Catalina

Hike on Isla Catalina which is famous for its 12-foot barrel cactus and other desert plants that grow along the canyon. Bird life is abundant and includes cardinals, Gila woodpeckers, ravens and verdin. Amongst the other residents are the rare endemic rattleless Santa Catalina rattlesnake, and the abundant emerald-tailed lizard. There will be more snorkelling opportunities and afternoon whale-watching in this productive area on board the Searcher.

Staying at Searcher. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Bahia Agua Verde

Stop in Bahia Agua Verde to birdwatch ashore then snorkel among giant sea fans. Then there's time to whale watch offshore for blue, fin or other whales.

Staying at Searcher. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Los Islotes

Start the day bird watching in Nopolo, then travel to Los Islotes, two islets and underwater rock reefs used by sea lions as haul out sites. Skiff ride around the islets for great views of sea lions, fishes and invertebrates along the reefs, nesting boobies and other birds. There will also be an opportunity for some snorkelling.

Staying at Searcher. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Los Islotes

Disembark Searcher in Cabo San Lucas at 8 am and transfer to San Jose del Cabo airport.

Includes Breakfast.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
No

Area Specialist

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