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Baja California - Whale Watching Sea of Cortes

10 days

from £2,895pp (excluding flights)

Board the Safari Endeavour for a once in a lifetime experience and discover for yourself why Jacques Cousteau once described the Sea of Cortes as the ‘World’s Aquarium’.

  • Watch for whales, rays and dolphins
  • Ride with rancheros on Bahia Agua Verde
  • Hike flame-red cliffs 
  • Snorkel with whale sharks or observe the grey whales of Magdalena Bay (seasonal)
  • Try kayaking and paddle boarding
  • Swim with sea lions

This whale watching trip is a wonderful week of island hopping through the Sea of Cortez. Swim with playful sea lion pups, go kayaking or try paddle boarding.  Isla Espiritu Santo, a secluded cove encased by red rock with a golden sand beach, is ideal for walks, beach combing and kayaking. 

Experience craggy cliff top hikes, for scenic views and community interaction.  Between the months of January to March the grey whales arrive in Magdalena Bay to calve.  This is a wonderful opportunity to experience close up encounters with these gentle giants.  Alternatively, those travelling between November and mid-January will have the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, the largest known species of fish.

2017

November: 11th; 18th; 25th 

December: 2nd; 9th; 16th; 23rd; 30th

2018

January: 6th; 13th; 20th; 27th

February: 3rd; 10th; 17th; 24th

March: 3rd; 10th; 17th; 24th

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 2895 £ 1100
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what is included

  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Voyage gratuities
  • All transfers

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Mexico City

Fly Mexico City to San Jose del Cabo


Located on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, San Jose del Cabo (more commonly referred to as Los Cabos in conjunction with Cabo San Lucas) is a real mixture of an authentic Mexican town with cobblestone streets radiating from the zocalo and mission church and the marina area, which is the modern face of Mexico with a host of bars, shops and restaurants.


You will be staying at Casa Natalia, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

San Jose Del Cabo Embarkation
The Captain and crew welcome you aboard the Safari Endeavour before setting sail for a sunset cruise, cocktails, and dinner.

This unique region is one of the most interesting and diverse geographical areas of the world and is still very much a frontier. 760 miles long and as narrow as 30m in some places, the Baja Peninsula is home to some of the earth's most beautiful deserts, along with semi-tropical and mountainous regions, pine forests, and hundreds of miles of untouched beaches and coastline. The waters off Baja are one of the world's finest marine destinations and during the months of January to April they offer the best opportunity for whale watching.


You will be staying at Safari Endeavour, Full board

Day 3

Isla San Francisco
Amongst the steep red bluffs and sweeping desert beach, start your odyssey of the Sea of Cortes with a day of play. Kit up with some flippers for a snorkel among colorful sea life, put on your walking shoes for an exploratory hike, grab a paddle, or relax on the beach with the sand between your toes. The rugged beauty of the island makes it an ideal spot for exploring.


You will be staying at Safari Endeavour, Full board

Day 4

Bahia Agua Verde
At Bahia 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 mule ride. Scenic vistas, outstanding exploration and excellent birding.


You will be staying at Safari Endeavour, Full board

Day 5

Further exploration in Sea of Cortez
Sail amongst islands once explored by early conquistadors. Your expedition team will be at-the-ready with adventurous activities to choose from including kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, or beachcombing. Discover nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed these islands.


You will be staying at Safari Endeavour, Full board

Day 6

Marine Life Search
While it’s unlikely you’ll find any black pearls, you will be sailing amongst islands once explored by the early conquistadors. Your expedition team will be at-the-ready with more adventurous activities to choose from such as kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding or beachcombing. Discover nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed these islands.


You will be staying at Safari Endeavour, Full board

Day 7

Los Islotes/Isla Partida

Los Islotes is a large rock outcropping that rises sharply out of the sea off the tip of Espíritu Santo Island. At first glance they appear as gnarled, rugged guana-covered cliffs, but as you approach, you'll soon spot a rookery with hundreds of sea lions and sea birds perched on the ledges. Around Los Islotes, the water is full of brightly coloured and plentiful fish, making this a wonderful place to study marine life.

Slip into a wetsuit for an early morning snorkel with curious, agile young sea lion pups. Afterwards, heave anchor and set sail for Isla Partida, for an afternoon of water play or island hikes along desert beaches or into rocky arroyos.


You will be staying at Safari Endeavour, Full board

Day 8

Isla Espiritu Santo
Slip into a secluded cove surrounded by long fingers of red rock and a golden beach. Spend your last full day beach walking, investigating nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, or exploring a little further afield on a guided hike. Celebrate your week at the special farewell supper complete with a slideshow review of the week by your expedition team.


You will be staying at Safari Endeavour, Full board

Day 9

Disembark In San Jose Del Cabo
After breakfast, disembark the Safari Endeavour. Transfer from the pier to Los Cabos airport. If your flight departs later in the day, you will be transferred from the pier to the hospitality area at the Barcelo Grand Faro Los Cabos Hotel and then transferred to the airport at the time needed for your scheduled flight.

Fly Baja California to Dallas

Fly Dallas to London overnight

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Casa Natalia

Casa Natalia

Casa Natalia is Los Cabo's first luxury boutique hotel and restaurant in the historic Spanish Colonial village of San Jose del Cabo....

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Safari Endeavour

Safari Endeavour

The Safari Endeavour at 70m is a small ship excellent for exploring the small lagoons of Baja California and getting close to the wildlife....

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