Baja California Explorer

from £3770
excluding flights *
7 nights Jan-Mar, Dec

Overview

This small ship expedition cruise is the ideal way to get around the countless rugged coves and islands of the Baja California Peninsula, revealing desert landscapes and pristine beaches as well as incredible wildlife sightings along the way.

Highlights

  • Cruise the Sea of Cortez UNESCO World Heritage Site—a marine life-rich natural aquarium
  • Search for whale sharks in Bahía de La Paz (Nov-mid-Jan; Mar) or grey whales at Bahía Magdalena (mid-Jan to early-Mar)
  • Hike, kayak, paddle board and explore by skiff
  • Mule ride into the arroyos with local rancheros
  • Snorkel with sea lions and reef fish, and spot whales, mobula rays, dolphins and birds

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings and skiff cruises
  • Kayaking and paddle-boarding excursions
  • Experienced guides on board

Full description

Described by Cousteau as the ‘world’s aquarium’, Mexico’s Sea of Cortez is home to around 4,500 species of marine creatures, 181 species of birds and 695 species of plants. Approximately 40% of all marine mammal species and 30% of all cetacean species in the world can be found here. Depending on the time of year you may encounter grey whales or whale sharks, as well as sea lions, dolphins, rays and colourful reef fish.

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Prices & Dates

2019/20 Departures - Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Prices from (pp) Special Interest
21 Dec 2019 8 days Safari Endeavour £4,010
28 Dec 2019 8 days Safari Endeavour £4,010
04 Jan 2020 8 days Safari Endeavour £3,770 Birding focus
11 Jan 2020 8 days Safari Endeavour £3,770 Photography focus
18 Jan 2020 8 days Safari Endeavour £3,770
25 Jan 2020 8 days Safari Endeavour £3,770
01 Feb 2020 8 days Safari Endeavour £3,770
08 Feb 2020 8 days Safari Endeavour £3,770
15 Feb 2020 8 days Safari Endeavour £3,770
22 Feb 2020 8 days Safari Endeavour £3,770
29 Feb 2020 8 days Safari Endeavour £3,770
07 Mar 2020 8 days Safari Endeavour £3,770
14 Mar 2020 8 days Safari Endeavour £3,770
21 Mar 2020 8 days Safari Endeavour £3,770 Wellness focus

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • All skiff transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Guided kayaking and paddle-boarding excursions
  • Presentations by the on-board team of guides
  • Return airport-ship transfers
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: Embarkation in La Paz, Mexico

You will be met on arrival at the Los Cabos International Airport in San José del Cabo. Your expedition team will join you here for the overland transfer to La Paz, where your vessel awaits. The captain and crew will welcome you aboard the Safari Endeavour just in time for a cocktail and dinner with your new travel companions.

Day 2: Isla San Francisco

Your expedition starts with an exploration of the Isla San Francisco. Here you can choose to hike, snorkel, kayak or simply relax against a backdrop of steep red bluffs, desert sands and sweeping beaches.

Day 3: Bahía Agua Verde

Continue to the clear waters of Bahía Agua Verde. Explore the coast by small skiff, visit a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a mule ride to experience the ‘real Baja’. Take in the scenic views and prolific birdlife before heading back to the ship.

Day 4: Coastal explorations

As you sail amongst islands once explored by early conquistadors there may be time to explore by kayak, paddle-board or on foot. Discover nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed these islands.

Day 5: Searching for marine wildlife

Baja is renowned for its marine wildlife but what you find will depend upon the time of year. From mid-January to early March, grey whales arrive in Bahía Magdalena on Baja’s west coast. Each year they migrate more than 12,000 miles to calve in the warm waters of the lagoon. In order to witness this incredible marine spectacle you will land at Puerto Escondido on the east coast and transfer overland to the west coast, where a small panga boat awaits to take you out onto the water. Alternatively you may be treated to the sight of the largest fish in the ocean, the eye-catching whale shark. These beautiful creatures can be found in Bahia de la Paz (on the east coast) between October and April. If conditions permit you will be able to view these from the skiff, or perhaps take to the water for an unforgettable swim alongside these gentle giants.

Day 6: Los Islotes & Isla Partida

Today you may have the chance to snorkel with curious sea lions as you make your way via Los Islotes and on to Isla Partida. Stretch your legs on an afternoon hike ashore.

Day 7: Isla Espiritu Santo

Drop anchor in a secluded cove surrounded by long fingers of red rock and a golden beach. Spend your last full day enjoying the feel of warm sand under your feet on a beach walk, investigate nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, or explore a little further afield on a guided hike. Celebrate your week at tonight’s special Farewell Dinner with an entertaining slideshow by your expedition team.

Day 8: Disembarkation in La Paz & transfer to San José del Cabo

After breakfast you will disembark the ship in La Paz and transfer back to San José del Cabo, where you will bid your fellow adventurers farewell.

Notes

All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on wildlife sightings and weather/sea conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential!

Safari Endeavour

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

The Safari Endeavour offers the chance to discover a rich underwater world: enjoy a choice of water activities or take a closer look below the surface using the ships’s very own underwater camera. The Endeavour's hydrophone may also reveal a startling level of communication between marine mammals.

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