Golden Triangle & Aqua Verde

Feb 07, 2020 - National Geographic Venture

It is our last day here in Baja California Sur.

This place has been and continues to be kind to us. When we awake, dolphins greet us.

While we rest looking off into the horizon, whale blows continuously dot our views.

At one point, we made note of a particularly tall and mighty blow and we steered towards it hoping to find an animal worthy of such an impressive sight. We were not misled, as we crossed paths of several blue whales.

Blue whales are an interesting creature to watch because they are a humble animal. Rarely do they do the theatrics associated with other whales like humpbacks. Even their vocalizations are at a frequency too low for us to hear. Instead, they let their sheer enormity do the talking.

After all, being the largest animal to ever exist on the planet is plenty impressive enough.

In the afternoon, we made our way to Aqua Verde. The water here is green with life, as corals jut up from the reefs below the surface. Here on this cove attached to the peninsula the waters are quite calm and they beckon. It is hard to resist the call of the sea here. Whether by kayak, paddleboard, snorkeling, or just swimming, we made our way into the Sea of Cortez making what we could of the little time we have left in Baja California.

Some of us chose to wander off into the desert in search of wildlife, or perhaps a moment to take in the land around us one last time and to reflect on the stories made here.

Nevertheless, in the evening there was no thought of solace or quiet as we had a farewell bonfire on the beach. Enjoying Baja California with drinks, laughter, friends, and music the way it has been enjoyed and remembered many times before and will be for many years to come.

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Kayvon Malek

Undersea Specialist

In 2011 Kayvon’s life changed when he took his first breath underwater. After signing up for a SCUBA course on a whim while studying at the University of California, Santa Cruz he soon shifted his major and focus in life. He graduated in 2015 after studying Environmental Studies and Biology, focusing on marine conservation. By that time, he was an AAUS certified Scientific Diver aiding in field research, a NAUI Divemaster, and had begun working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium sharing the wonder of the ocean that captivated him four years prior.

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James Napoli

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Jim was born in rural New England where he quickly developed an appreciation for the outdoors and a love of exploration.  Four years with the U.S. Navy further enhanced his appetite for travel. Always interested in the visual arts, he studied Television at Boston University and Northeast College of Communications, landing his first job in the industry working as an editor at a Boston television station. His wanderlust drew him to a job with two major cruise lines; installing and managing broadcast centers onboard a total of over a dozen ships. He has since moved on to specialize in expedition travel and wildlife productions.  

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