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Whale Shark, La Paz, Baja California, Mexico

Baja California

Touch down in Baja California to discover lunar landscapes abundant with otherworldly nature. Out in the surrounding waters, we can connect you with a stellar collection of whales, including humpbacks, orcas and pilots.

Humpback Whale, Baja California, Mexico
Humpback Whale, Baja California, Mexico

Why we like Baja California

Baja California is a 775 mile long peninsular that divides the Sea of Cortez (otherwise known as the Gulf of California) and the Pacific Ocean. Baja California is a land of true contrasts. Stark deserts meet azure seas, rich in marine mammals. It’s for this reason that Baja California is a whale watching paradise. No other destination offers such a variety of whales – fin, blue, humpback, orcas, sperm, pilot and grey. Every year thousands of grey whales come to calve in the calm bays of Magdalena and San Ignacio.

But it’s not all about the whales. On your trip to Baja California you can also explore lunar landscapes, home to weird and wonderful plants and reptiles.

Accommodation

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

Safari Endeavour £££££

At 233-foot-long, Safari Endeavour is a small ship designed for exploring the small lagoons of Baja California and bringing its 88 passengers as close as possible to the wildlife. Perfectly combining adventure and comfort, the vessel has 42 cabins in a choice of five categories, each with big windows for watching the striking Baja scenery. With four decks, there is ample outdoor space for photography and wildlife viewing, and there are two hot tubs, a sauna, massage rooms and fitness equipment on board. Kayaks, paddle boards, hiking poles, yoga mats, snorkelling gear and skiffs are available to use, and there is a hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera which transmits the action to the lounge and your cabin television.

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Searcher £££££

A 92-foot-long vessel built in 1970 in the USA as a sports-fishing vessel, Searcher has been operating around the Baja Peninsula for more than 30 years and is one of the very few boats to have permits to the marine parks and lagoons of the Baja Peninsula. Although facilities are a little more basic than other vessels, Searcher offers excellent wildlife-viewing itineraries. There are 14 air-conditioned cabins equipped with bunks and storage shelves for gear, plus four toilets and two showers shared between its 25 passengers. Three aluminium skiffs are available for shore excursions and wildlife viewing, ensuring that this small group cruise offers unparalleled opportunities for observing wildlife.

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National Geographic Sea Bird £££££

Built-in 2001, the National Geographic Sea Bird was purpose-built with a relatively shallow draft and lean lines to allow it to cruise into areas that would be inaccessible to larger vessels. Made up of 31 air-conditioned and outward-facing cabins, the 164-foot-long vessel feels more akin to a private yacht while maintaining the air of expeditionary cruising. Additional items such as a forward-facing underwater bow camera, hydrophones, wet suits, underwater video camera and video microscopes all add to its scientific sophistication.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.
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James Armitage

James has been drawn by the variety cultures, delicious food, lovely coastlines, ancient ruins and sophisticated hotels of Mexico, a supremely diverse and extraordinary country.
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John Faithfull

Over multiple trips, John has immersed himself in the natural and cultural highlights of this huge country. He has had close encounters with grey whales off Baja’s Pacific coast, swam with whale sharks in the Caribbean, attended shaman rituals in Chiapas and sought out some of Mexico City’s finest Mezcalerias.
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Our trip to Baja California really surpassed all of our expectations - it was truly magical! I wouldn't hesitate to use or recommend Steppes in the future.

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