Our marine expert Jo has cruised extensively around the world, enjoying small ship expeditions to far-flung places including South Georgia, Hawaii, Alaska’s Inside Passage and the Canadian High Arctic. Her most recent voyage took her into the wildlife-rich waters of the Sea of Cortés, as she explored Baja California on the Safari Endeavour.
The region is best known for its grey whales (which calve in Bahía Magdalena from mid-Jan to early-Mar), but Jo had bigger fish to fry… Here are her top 7 highlights from Baja:
1. Swimming with Whale Sharks
It’s impossible to describe the incredible adrenaline rush of swimming with beautiful whale sharks (usually found in Bahia de la Paz from October/November to March).
2. Finding Blue Whales
My long-awaited first sighting of a blue whale! These gigantic mammals pass through the area in February and March each year.
3. Exploring by Kayak
Kayaking through mangroves and around rocky outcrops, we were always surrounded by noisy birdlife.
4. Snorkelling with Sea Lions
Snorkelling in crystal clear water with playful sea lions. They’re just so curious and interactive, so much fun to have around.
5. Flying Mobula Rays
Witnessing mobula rays ‘flying’ out of the water – more like birds than fish! (Nov-Jan)
6. Desert Landscapes
The scenery was stunning scenery – we hiked up to a rocky peak for views over turquoise seas and rust red desert landscapes.
7. Paddle-boarding Excursions
Paddle-boarding in deserted coves was such a peaceful way to explore.