Mexico,

Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among The Great Whales

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Wildlife Cruise
8 Days
From 4795
Whale Watching
Snorkelling and Diving

Tour Introduction

8 Days from 4795 per adult. Some departure dates travel in reverse, making all the same stops

The National Geographic Venture is a wonderful vessel that comfortably accommodates 100 guests in 56 cabins. This purpose-built expedition vessel has been made for exploring remote locations in comfort. It has spacious cabins, beautiful public spaces, open decks with a tiered system for optimal wildlife viewing and specialty tools for exploration which makes her the ideal ship for sailing in the remote areas of Baja California.

 

Full Itinerary

Price from 4795 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Loreto/San Carlos/Embark

Upon arrival in Loreto, transfer to San Carlos and embark National Geographic Venture. Anchor off the coast of Isla Santa Margarita.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes Dinner.

Day 2
Bahia Almejas/Rehusa Channel/Isla Magdalena

Observe a large frigatebird colony en route to the whale grounds of Bahia Almejas. During lunch the ship will reposition to Isla Magdalena. Head ashore for a cross-island walk to one of the most pristine beaches in the Pacific, observing the shorebirds en route.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes All Meals.

Day 3
Boca de Soledad

Each winter, during their long migration, grey whales travel south from their Arctic feeding grounds to breed, give birth, and raise their calves in these sheltered waters. Transfer by coach to Lopez Mateos and board local boats skippered by local fishermen. Spend the day observing, and with luck interacting, with mother-calf pairs. Head back to the ship in the late afternoon.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Magdalena Bay/Cruising

If conditions permit explore the bay's vast mangrove system by kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and Zodiac. In the afternoon depart Magdalena Bay and travel south along the coast of the peninsula, looking out for marine life. Hear naturalist talks and learn photography basics.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Gorda Banks and Cabo Pulmo

Enjoy a sunrise over Friars Rocks at Land's End. Spend the rest of the morning searching the seas of Gorda Banks seamount, a renowned gathering place for whales, especially humpbacks, dolphins and other sea life. In the afternoon snorkel the pristine reefs of Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Los Islotes and La Paz

At Los Islotes, don flippers, a mask and snorkel (which are provided) and swim with curious sea lions. Then reposition and explore the colourful city of La Paz. Dinner of local cuisine with dancing and folklore.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Exploring the Sea of Cortez

The plan today is flexible to explore the Sea's many uninhabited islands. The captain and the Expedition Leader will choose a combination of activities for the day. This might include a kayak or stand-up paddleboard at Isla San Francisco, a hike with a naturalist guide, or a visit to the abandoned salt works on Isla Carmen.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Loreto/Disembark

Disembark in Loreto after breakfast and transfer to the city centre. Free time to explore, perhaps visiting the first mission in Baja California, the local museum, or the quaint shops. After lunch transfer to Loreto Airport for flights home.

Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Tour Accommodation

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National Geographic Venture

Overview

The National Geographic Venture has been designed to navigate narrow inlets and wildlife-rich passageways inaccessible to larger ships, while comfortably accommodating 100 guests in 56 cabins.

Her twin expedition craft landing platforms allow you to quickly get on and off the ship to take advantage of wildlife sightings. The vessel also features open decks, generous windows, and specialty tools for exploration.

Food served aboard is fresh, local, and delicious, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible.  During meals your expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers aboard will join you.

The lounge is the heart of the expedition community, where cocktail hour is held and you Recap each evening. It’s also where you’ll gather for presentations, photography talks, and guest speaker presentations. There’s also a small reference library and board games and cards are also available.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Capacity
100 Passengers
Length
152 Feet
Class
Expedition ship
Cabins

56 cabins, 22 with step out balconies, with windows, private facilities and climate controls

Facilities

Every cabin has two portholes, a large window or balcony, Wi-Fi access, and temperature controls. Bathrooms are modern. Every room has outlets and USB outlets for charging your camera gear or electronics, and space for luggage storage.

Twenty-two of the 50 cabins will feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light. Twelve cabins will connect via internal doorway access allowing families to combine their rooms.

Route Map

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National Geographic Venture: 24.161307, -110.318548

Departure Dates

Tour Dates
Adult Price
Single Supp
08/01/2022
4795
7320
15/01/2022
4795
7320
22/01/2022
4795
7320
29/01/2022
4795
7320
05/02/2022
4795
7320
12/02/2022
4795
7320
19/02/2022
4795
7320
26/02/2022
4795
7320
05/03/2022
4795
7320
07/01/2023
4795
7320
14/01/2023
4795
7320
21/01/2023
4795
7320
28/01/2023
4795
7320
04/02/2023
4795
7320
11/02/2023
4795
7320
18/02/2023
4795
7320
25/02/2023
4795
7320
04/03/2023
4795
7320

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Best Visited:

January to March

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Absolutely loved it. I would recommend it to anyone. John Melton was always extremely helpful and answered all of my questions quickly and efficiently. Thank you John, it was very much appreciated.

DA - Kent