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  • La Paz, Mexico

    Today was the first day of our expedition. With the help of one of our favorite local La Paz vendors, we had an incredible experience here in the Sea of Cortez. We joined FunBaja on two of their vessels and went to a sea lion rookery to go snorkeling for the first time! Along the way, we stopped at a tiny island inhabited entirely of sea birds.  After our adventure with FunBaja, we boarded National Geographic Venture and set sail to watch for marine life as we head to our next destination, eager to see what is in store for us tomorrow.

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  • Isla San Jose

    The last full day of the expedition was a day of adventure. National Geographic Venture saw the sunrise as the ship cruised for wildlife. A pod of bottlenose dolphins showed up to play with the small boats. After setting anchor on the south side of Isla San Jose, there was a chance to hike, kayak, and even take sunset Zodiac cruises. What an exciting way to spend the first week of the new year!

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  • Isla San Francisco

    Understandably, Baja is known for its sunrises, and today did not disappoint. Just before the sun crested the horizon, the mountains of the Baja peninsula were painted with a rosy-pink glow. As we began taking in this epic and beautiful sight, we spotted three bottlenose dolphins swimming towards National Geographic Venture. Occasionally these playful marine mammals will ride on the pressure wave created by the bow of our ship, and we were lucky enough that these three individuals put on a morning show for us. It was a wonderful start to a day full of adventure and beauty.

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  • San Evaristo and Isla San Jose

    A slight breeze greeted those of us on the bow of National Geographic Venture as we watched the sky glow with color as the sun rose above the horizon. Gulls and frigate birds soared overhead, and brown pelicans could be seen on shore. After gathering our snorkel gear, we headed to a protected bay and explored, viewing the world below us. We were fascinated by the wide variety of undersea creatures among the rocks and the coral. Brown urchins dotted the rocks, slate pencil urchins wedged into crevices, and venomous flower urchins collected shells. Among the coral, a few worm snails were spotted as they sent out their mucous webs in search of a meal. Some of the unique creatures spotted underwater were an octopus, a bullseye ray, and a brave eared grebe who dove underwater and approached our masks. All the while, the fish swam in and out of rock hideouts and coral.

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  • Rincon de la Vieja & Hacienda Guachipelin

    The first day of a new decade broke clear and calm as we dropped anchor at Puerto Gato, a small elbow of sandstone jutting out from the east coast of the Baja Peninsula. We landed on a long white sand beach and set out on natural history and photography walks. Later in the morning the wind came up and we had to head back to National Geographic Venture but not before many photos were taken and many memories made.

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  • Los Islotes and Isla San Francisco

    The last day of 2019 was a busy one aboard National Geographic Venture! As the sun rose, we found ourselves off of Los Islotes at the northern end of Isla Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida. Our snorkelers floated on the surface while schools of fish swam below and juvenile sea lions darted around the group, showing off their speed and flexibility. Some sea lions playfully tugged on fins while others pretended to be part of the snorkel groups. The Zodiac tours circumnavigated Los Islotes, with curious sea lions approaching the boats, blue-footed boobies revealing their brightly colored feet as they landed on the rocks, and magnificent frigate birds soaring overhead in search of a meal to steal. From the fish in the water to the birds above, Los Islotes was an extremely active area, abundant with wildlife!

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  • San Evaristo

    Today we started our voyage with a snorkel! Guests swam in the clear waters of a small bay near San Evaristo. After that, we landed on the shores of a small fishing town and split into groups to explore the landscape as the sun set behind the mountains. A perfect start to an expedition as we sail into the new year.

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  • Puerto Gato

    The last full day of the trip was packed with adventure. National Geographic Venture set anchor just offshore from Puerto Gato along the peninsula of Baja California. The morning started out with a variety of hikes through the desert landscape. There was also plenty of opportunity to kayak in the protected waters or, for the well balanced, to stand-up paddleboard. Lunch was served back on board the ship and then it was back out to explore. The clear waters around Puerto Gato are filled with sub-tropical fish and the beginnings of a coral reef. The day ended with sunset drinks and appetizers on the sundeck.

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  • Los Islotes and Isla San Jose

    The morning held new experience and great adventure for the guests aboard National Geographic Venture. California sea lions hauled out on the rocks of Los Islotes and swam through the surrounding waters. As the first snorkelers were about to enter the water, one of the sea lions decided to enter the boat, gracefully leaping onto the bow of the Zodiac and spending about 15 minutes on board. After the sea lion went back into the water, the snorkelers followed suit. Once in the water, snorkelers found a variety of fish below the surface and playful sea lions darted and leapt around them. Zodiac tours looked at the sea lions on shore and searched the volcanic rocks, finding turkey vultures, brown pelicans, brown boobies, and blue-footed boobies.

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  • Isla San Francisco, Baja California Sur, Mexico

    Today was an incredible day from start to finish in Baja on National Geographic Venture. We shared a glorious sunrise, snorkeled with endemic fish and invertebrates, enjoyed extraordinary hikes, learned about intertidal marine life and much more!

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