Baja's Whale Bounty - Small Ship Cruise


Baja's Whale Bounty - Small Ship Cruise



6 months ago


8 Days


January - March


USD 3,795.00 per person


Dec 31, 2019
Baja's Whale Bounty - Small Ship Cruise
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Explore Baja California on this small ship cruise with a special focus on whale watching. Just south of California lies an inland sea known as the Gulf of California, Sea of Cortez, or Sea of Cortés. A birders' paradise, this rich archipelago serves as an important bird refuge and migration corridor. It is a place author John Steinbeck found “ferocious with life” and once described by Jacques Cousteau as “the aquarium of the world.” As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve, it is one of the most biologically diverse marine environments on earth.

The 88-guest Safari Endeavour is home base for discovering a world of breathtaking beauty. Active explorations for various activity levels can be made by kayak, paddleboard, snorkel and skiff in impossibly brilliant turquoise blue waters. The itinerary features snorkeling with playful sea lions, hiking along red-rock cliffs and relaxing by a bonfire on the beach. The wildlife-rich waters invite up-close study and the islands welcome on-shore discovery of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Gray whale watching at Bahía Magdalena or snorkeling among gentle whale sharks in Bahía de La Paz is sure to be a wildlife highlight. Baja's Bounty is a fantastic cruise through Baja watching for whales, mobula rays, dolphins and birds. Note that gray whale watching at Bahía Magdalena only occurs during the height of the whale watching season, mid-January through mid-March.

Coastal mangroves and dunes along with desert scrub and red-rock cliffs provide the backdrop on your 7-night island hopping journey. Hike nearby shores, rimmed with white-sand beaches and cactus-clad ridges. Enjoy a desert burro ride and picnic ashore with music and storytelling. To explore this extraordinary place is to know firsthand how small the human presence here truly is. This is a small ship Baja California cruise like no other!


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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $3795 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.


Day 1: Embark San José Del Cabo, Baja California
San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport and transferred to a San José del Cabo hospitality area prior to boarding. The Captain and crew welcome you aboard just in time for a cocktail and dinner with your new mates.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Safari Endeavour

MEALS: dinner

Day 2: Isla San Francisco
Isla San Francisco, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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In a playground of steep bluffs and desert beaches—kick off your weeklong adventure with a day of play. Grab a paddle, don some flippers, put on your walking shoes for an exploratory hike, or relax on the beach with the sand between your toes. Life is tough. The rugged beauty of the island makes it an ideal spot for escapades.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Safari Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Bahía Agua Verde
Agua Verde, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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At Bahía Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse, craggy mountains hemmed in green. Explore the coast by small skiff, visit with a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a burro ride and experience the “real Baja.” Scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding and unmatched camaraderie—the day is done.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Safari Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Captain's Choice
Agua Verde, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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While it’s unlikely you’ll find any black pearls, today you’ll sail amongst islands once explored by early conquistadors. Your expedition team will be at-the-ready with more adventurous options to choose from—kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, or beachcombing. Discover nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed these islands.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Safari Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Bahía De La Paz Or Magdalena Bay
Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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Mother Nature determines today’s big adventure! Magdalena Bay (mid-January – early-March) The gray whales arrive each year on Baja’s west coast—migrating more than 12,000 miles—to calve in Bahía Magdalena. Dock in Puerto Escondido, then drive across the peninsula to ride in a panga and observe these mammals and their babies in the lagoon. Bahía de la Paz (November – mid-January; March; order of days changes) Whale sharks—the largest known species of fish—are known to frequent the bay. Keep watch for the watery “footprints” of these gentle giants, and conditions permitting, gear up for an unforgettable swim alongside this colossal creature or observe from above in the skiff.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Safari Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Los Islotes & Isla Partida
Los Islotes, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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At Los Islotes—a steep craggy seamount leaping straight from the sea—observe a sea lion colony from the boat and skiff, or slip into a wetsuit for an early morning snorkel with curious, agile young sea lion pups. Swim through a rock arch where orange fan and white fire coral sway in the current, while high overhead, sea birds perch on the cliffs. Then heave anchor and set sail for Isla Partida, where you’ll wrap up your week with an afternoon of water play. After tonight’s special Farewell Dinner, your expedition team recaps the journey with an entertaining slideshow.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Safari Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Isla Espíritu Santo
Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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Tuck into 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Safari Endeavour

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Disembark San José Del Cabo/La Paz, Baja California
San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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After breakfast onboard, a transfer to the Los Cabos airport is provided.


MEALS: breakfast


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  • Accommodations aboard vessel; all onboard meals
  • Premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines); non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport / vessel on embark / disembark days
  • Entry fees to national parks / preserves
  • All from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment
  • Exclusive activities and shore visits
  • Wellness amenities
  • Presentations by onboard expedition / heritage guides and guest experts
  • One complimentary massage per guest (through March 2019)


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Itinerary Notes: Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions - and the wildlife encountered. Flexibility is the key to the success of Baja small ship expeditions like this.

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