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Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales

  • 8 Days
  • NG Sea Bird
  • 62 Guests
  • Expeditions in: Jan/Feb/Mar
  • From $6,590 to $11,390

Itinerary Overview

Much more than whale watching—exploring expedition-style

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As guests look on from a nearby expedition landing craft, a California gray whale engages in the spellbinding behavior known as spy-hopping.
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Our ship is outfitted with tandem and single kayaks that allow for personal, water-level exploration of the scenic coastlines.
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When the ship is underway, it's a great time to stand on the bow with a naturalist or photo instructor and scan the horizon for wildlife.
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Get closer than you ever imagined to giant, peaceful California gray whales.
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Be ready for a dash to the bow of the ship when your expedition leader announces, “Whale sighting!”

Unique, immersive style of travel
Among the Great Whales offers the rare privilege of entering the California gray whale birthing lagoons in search of up close encounters. Exploring Baja California on an expedition is an unrivaled experience, and your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with its whales and wildness. Our 62-guest expedition ship is fully equipped with tools for exploration, and our itinerary is crafted to:

  • See California gray whales up close
  • Spend three days at Bahia Magdalena, one of the whales’ main breeding grounds
  • Hike desert islands, sculpted sand dunes and see a variety of wildlife in the Sea of Cortez
  • Snorkel with sea lions and search for marine mammals
  • Experience the Baja California undersea
  • Benefit from our 30+ years of experience and relationships in Baja California to see all you came for and more

Special access in the California gray whale lagoons
Each year California gray whales pause during their migrations to birth and nurse their calves in the same lagoons. We are the only foreign company permitted to enter the whale birthing lagoons with our own expedition landing craft, meaning you get more up close encounters with these gentle and curious creatures when you travel with us. We are also the only company that visits lagoons in the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, ensuring more opportunities to see whales.

Every day is active and engaging
You’ll be able to hike through forests of towering cacti and up striking desert canyons. You’ll take expedition landing craft along the shore to see and shoot photos of plunge-diving pelicans and blue-footed boobies and to join a different naturalist as you choose: there are no assigned groups. See more of what you’ll do.

Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, five veteran naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist. Their knowledge and passion for Baja California is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Meet the team.


Whole experience was VERY thoughtfully shaped and framed first day and last day (spectacular) bookended some very, very special days, (and the high wind, sea were a JOY to us).


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