Puerto Gato, Baja California Sur

Apr 19, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


The moon’s fullness peaked just after 5 this morning, casting its rays upon the early risers of National Geographic Venture. Guests of all ages gathered in the pre-dawn light to witness “la luna” slip behind the western Baja terrain. What a beautiful way to start our day!

Puerto Gato is one of few anchorages here in this part of the Baja Peninsula that offers protection from strong winds out from the northwest. These “norteños” can blow for several days and can make for vigorous sailing conditions.

Spending the day in a lee away from these winds afforded several hours of quality excursion! Some folks kayaked, others got to the paddleboards, while more still went on natural history and photography walks. Separately, a number of guests chose to swim in the warm salt water and trail along the sandy beach. Some guests even went looking for dolphins and whales aboard our Zodiacs!

After such a day what better a way to top it all off than to have our hospitality crew bring the galley to us that evening! Our scrumptious beach BBQ, prepared by our amazing galley staff, topped off with roasted marshmallows and great stories around the campfire. As the stars twinkled overhead, the full moon again rose in the east, we were once again bathed in the magic moonbeams of Baja California!

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About the Author

Michael Nolan

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Michael Nolan was born in Bitburg, Germany to an Air Force family stationed there. His first experience of the ocean came at age 12, when he learned to snorkel in the Italian Mediterranean. At age 17 he moved to Tucson, Arizona and became a PADI SCUBA instructor, before starting a SCUBA diving business that specialized in diving trips to the Sea of Cortez.

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