• $7,530
  • $1,000
  • Lindblad

Enter the California gray whale birthing lagoons of Bahía Magdalena for close encounters with these gentle giants, a rare privilege in the natural world. Plus explore the islands dotting the azure Sea of Cortez, one of the best places to see marine mammals.

Trip includes: all excursions; services of Lindblad expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; snorkel gear; all port charges and service taxes.

DAY 1: DEPART US/SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO/LA PAZ
Upon arrival in San Jose del Cabo, transfer to La Paz and check in to the CostaBaja Resort & Spa, located on
the shore of the Sea of Cortez, just south of Espíritu Island. (D)
DAY 2: LA PAZ/SAN CARLOS/EMBARK
This morning is on your own to relax and take advantage of the resort and optional spa amenities. Check
out in the late morning and depart for lunch at a local restaurant in La Paz. Then transfer to San Carlos and
embark the National Geographic Venture. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: BAHÍA MAGDALENA
Explore the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena on a cross-island walk to one of the most pristine
beaches in the Pacific. Bird watching here can be excellent—magnificent frigatebirds, pelicans, cormorants, terns, great blue herons, ibis, whimbrels, and willets are
among the species you might see. It is not unusual to spot
forty species of birds in just one day along these fertile
shorelines where they refuel for their destinations ahead.
(B,L,D)
DAYS 4 & 5: LAGUNA SAN IGNACIO
Protected since 1993 as part of UNESCO’s Whale
Sanctuary of El Vizcaino, Laguna San Ignacio is one of the
world’s most important breeding sites for California gray
whales. Each winter, during their long migration, gray
whales travel south from their Arctic feeding grounds to
breed and raise their calves in these sheltered waters. Observe migrating whales from the ship and up close
from local pangas and Zodiacs. Watch for osprey, Brant geese, and countless other breeding and migratory
bird species, as well as bottlenose dolphins, during your explorations. (B,L,D)
DAY 6: AT SEA
As you travel south along the Pacific coast of the peninsula, there is a chance to see a wide variety of marine
life, including the largest animal on Earth, the blue whale. Hear naturalist talks and learn photography basics
during a day at sea. (B,L,D)
DAY 7: LOS CABOS AND GORDA BANKS
This morning cruise past Friars Rocks at Land’s End. Then choose to visit the historic town center of San
Jose del Cabo or join a bird-watching walk along the local estero. Spend the afternoon aboard ship in the
area of Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna, gathering places for whales, especially humpbacks, dolphins,
and other sea life. (B,L,D)
DAY 8: LOS ISLOTES AND ISLA ESPÍRITU SANTO
At Los Islotes, don flippers, a mask, and snorkel,
and swim with curious sea lions. Enjoy a
leisurely afternoon to swim, kayak, or hike at
Isla Espíritu Santo. Brown pelicans, gulls, and
boobies are all part of the landscape. Finish the
day with a relaxing beach barbecue complete
with a bonfire and a star-filled sky. (B,L,D)
DAY 9: EXPLORING THE SEA OF
CORTEZ
Today’s plan is flexible, exploring some of
the many uninhabited islands in the Sea of
Cortez. Search for whales among the islands
of the southern Sea of Cortez, an area that has proven to be one of the best for finding blue whales, and
often common and bottlenose dolphins. Explore the many uninhabited islands such as Isla San José or Isla
San Francisco to walk among cacti and observe the diverse birdlife. Swim or snorkel with king angelfish,
butterfly fish, damselfish, and beautiful parrotfish. (B,L,D)
DAY 10: LA PAZ/DISEMBARK/SAN JOSE DEL CABO/HOME
Disembark in La Paz after breakfast and transfer to Los Cabos airport for flights home (B)


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