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Go Remote this Holiday Season

This year skip the Nutcracker in favor of a different kind of ballet. In a place Jacques Cousteau dubbed “the world's aquarium,” you’ll have a front-row seat to an unforgettable performance: pods of bow-riding dolphins, acrobatic sea lions, and graceful mobula rays leaping out of the water. And after each thrilling day there’s one last encore—a spectacular golden hour that lights up the desert landscape, changing colors until the sun slips behind the horizon and a curtain of stars envelops the night sky.

Departing: Dec. 20 & 27, with group and solo savings


Celebrate in the Vermillion Sea

‘Coastal Baja California is a natural paradise largely devoid of development, and the remarkably rich sea teems with life. I first discovered it in 1977 and it’s been a love affair ever since.’ —Sven Lindblad, Founder

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(5) Baja California Itineraries

Baja California

California Coast

A Southern Migration: From the Channel Islands to Baja California

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Duration

12 days
  1. Dec

From

$8,090

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Baja California

California Coast

A Southern Migration: From the Channel Islands to Baja California

Duration

12 days
  1. Dec

From

$8,090

Top Highlights

  • Discover the incredible biodiversity of Channel Islands National Park, home to over 2,000 species including 145 endemics.
  • Go behind the scenes and enjoy a private lunch at a boutique vineyard in the world-renowned Valle de Guadalupe.
  • Explore the waters and experience the wildlife of peninsular Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve; meet the fishermen of Isla Natividad’s model fishing co-op.
  • Observe breaching humpbacks and acrobatic dolphins from the bow of a small ship.
  • Snorkel in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, the only hard coral reef in North America; featuring over 220 species of fish.

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  • $350 AIR CREDIT ON SELECT DATES
  • 4TH GUEST TRAVELS FREE

Baja California

Exploring the Gulf of California: A Living Sea & Desert Isles

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Duration

8 days
  1. Apr
  2. Dec

From

$7,020

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Baja California

Exploring the Gulf of California: A Living Sea & Desert Isles

Duration

8 days
  1. Apr
  2. Dec

From

$7,020

Top Highlights

  • Search for large pods of dolphins and a variety of marine wildlife including sea lions and, with luck, leaping mobula rays, which flap for a moment before belly-flopping back in the water
  • Explore water-level caves by kayak, hike uninhabited beaches, and snorkel among fish and acrobatic sea lions
  • Photograph the landscape as the light changes and the golden hour approaches, with its deep red hues that seem to engulf the desert environment
  • Conditions permitting, visit Isla Rasa. Composed of Pleistocene and Holocene basalt lava flows, this is where 90 percent of the world’s Heermann’s gulls and a large population of elegant terns come to breed
  • Visit the old mining town of Santa Rosalia, with its wooden homes and historic steel church, designed by Gustave Eiffel

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  • SOLO TRAVELER SAVINGS
  • $350 AIR CREDIT ON SELECT DATES
  • 4TH GUEST TRAVELS FREE

Baja California

Wild Escapes

Wild Baja California Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay

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Duration

6 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar

From

$3,890

Prices are per person

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Baja California

Wild Escapes

Wild Baja California Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay

Duration

6 days
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar

From

$3,890

Top Highlights

  • Live among gigantic gray whale mothers and their calves in the nursery waters of Bahía Magdalena. See them from the ship and local pangas, delighting in up-close encounters
  • Kayak and paddleboard stunning mangroves, or beachcomb along endless beaches
  • Explore diverse landscapes; fat-tire bike along desert island terrain
  • Scan the skies for bird species, from diving pelicans to magnificent frigatebirds

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Expedition Highlights

Sail among pristine islands in search of rare endemic creatures. Encounter whales, possibly up close, for an experience that will never leave you. Snorkel with playful sea lions. Hike up arroyos blooming with life and discover medicinal plants. Get a slice of life in rural Baja towns. Kayak, hike, stand-up paddleboard, snorkel, and actively explore this incredible playground of wildness. 

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Discover Baja California

As one whale spouts in the distance, another spyhops up to take a look around, and yet another might breathe right behind you. You are afraid to turn in another direction because you might miss something. It is immensely exciting because there is so much going on!

Kelly Coursey Gray, Naturalist, February 14, 2022

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