- World renowned whale watching including grey, blue, fin,sperm and humpback whales
- Travel with Art Taylor, who has been sailing the seas of Baja for over thirty years
- Grey Whale research scientist Dr Steven Swartz will spend three days on board
- Up close and personal, amongst the grey whales in Laguna San Ignacio
- Sail the marine rich waters of the Sea of Cortez where whales and wildlife are in abundance
Join the Searcher on a twelve-day voyage around the Baja Peninsula. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore this rich marine world with some of the best naturalist guides available. Art Taylor, owner and captain of the Searcher has been navigating these waters for over thirty years and is hugely passionate about the wildlife and sharing it with his passengers. His knowledge is unrivalled. Marine conservationist and producer of the documentary A Plastic Ocean, Jo Ruxton will also be onboard for the duration of the trip. She will be on hand to offer an insight into the damage being done to our oceans and how we can help mitigate this.
While this is predominantly a whale watching cruise, there is a huge breadth of experiences to be had on this trip, ranging from snorkelling and hiking to birding and wildlife photography, as well as the chance to swim with whale sharks if conditions allow.
The Searcher is one of the smallest expedition vessels for just 24 passengers. The Searcher boasts three pangas of its own so guests can be sure the very best will be made of every sighting opportunity. Moreover, it provides one of the most complete itineraries of the west coast of the peninsula, travelling south from San Diego to the tip of Baja at Cabo San Lucas and extending into the Sea of Cortez for further breath-taking wildlife opportunities.
Why should I join this whale watching cruise?
Opportunity to join a small skilled expedition vessel to experience one of the most exhilarating whale watching encounters on the Pacific Coast. Our travel expert John has recently returned from Baja, on board the searcher. Read his blog and find out why he agrees entirely with Jacques Cousteau's description of the Sea of Cortez as "the aquarium of the world".
How fit do I need to be?
You do not need to be particularly fit, but agile enough to climb in and out of pangas and occasionally hike on uneven terrain.
What wildlife will I see?
There will be grey, blue, fin, humpback, sperm, Bryde's and pilot whales with many more species possible, including dolphins, reef fish, sea lions, elephant seals and fur seals. And a plethora of birdlife from a variety of habitats including mangroves, deserts, shore and open ocean.
Will we have the opportunity to snorkel?
Yes. Absolutely. Islas San Jose, Santa Catalina, and Los Islotes are lovely places for snorkelling with a great reef life including sea stars, sea fans and tropical fish. There may also be an opportunity to snorkel with whale sharks, weather permitting. (At an additional cost).
How rough will the water be?
The crossing from San Diego and the first night travelling north in the Sea of Cortez are likely to be the roughest stretches of water, but for the rest of the trip you are relatively close to shore where the water is calmer and of course even more sheltered when in the bays.
Is January the best time of year to travel?
Yes. Between December and April, the Grey whales make Mexico their winter home and the Pacific coast of Baja California is the nursery where the whales calve and nurture their young, before continuing their long journey north to Alaska. January and February are considered the prime months.
Who Is the new scientist?
The New Scientist is a world leading science and technology brand reaching consumers and readers through print with its weekly magazine, and online. It is a primary voice on all things technological revealing the latest developments and discoveries of the science world.
What is the Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Programme (LSIESP)?
The LSIESP is an organisation that monitors the ecology of San Ignacio Lagoon and the surrounding environment. Through a number of initiatives they strive to protect and conserve the region:
• Recruiting volunteers and students and offering graduate research programmes.
• Provide scientific facts on the ecosystem as human development continues to impinge on the area. Its research can influence the financial and social growth in the area.
• Create community based projects for the local population to become involved in protecting the marine and bird life as well as the surrounding wetlands.
• Provide a teaching resource to educate the rising generations and create awareness of their beautiful but fragile ecosystem.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.