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Where the living sea meets pristine desert

Baja is a rare land—a peninsula and desert isles, many of them unmarred by infrastructure. Where forests of giant cacti line hillsides and rare endemic animals thrive. The sea is alive. It roils with gigantic pods of dolphins and is home to vast varieties of whales and marine mammals. We’ve been sailing these waters for decades. Mapping out the places where whales return each season to rear their young. Finding the undersea shelves where whales feed year after year. The places where playful sea lions leap off the rocks to swim with snorkelers.

(6) Baja California Itineraries

Baja California

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

Special Offers

Length

8 days

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar

From

$6,400

Prices are per person

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Highlights

Baja California

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

Length

8 days

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar

From

$6,400

Top Highlights

  • See California gray whales and their newborn calves up close in lagoons
  • Hike desert islands and sculpted sand dunes, and see a variety of wildlife in the Sea of Cortez
  • Snorkel with sea lions and search for marine mammals, and experience the Baja California undersea
  • Get steeped in culture walking the quaint maze of streets and sun-drenched promenades in lively La Paz and at the 17th-century mission in enchanting Loreto
  • In La Paz, enjoy a special outdoor dinner featuring local cuisine, music, and dance, as well as an opportunity to view and purchase work by local artisans

Special Offers

  • FAMILY SAVINGS

    Families save 25% on guests 22 and under traveling with two full paying adults on select Baja departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Credit will be deducted from cabin fare, prior to any additional applicable savings. Call for details.

  • $350 AIR CREDIT ON SELECT DEPARTURES

    Book now to receive a $350 air credit per person on select departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Credit will be deducted from cabin fare, prior to any additional applicable savings. Call for details.

  • SOLO TRAVELER SAVINGS

    Book now and we will waive the solo premium on solo cabins on select departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.

  • EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS

    Book 2023 departures and get 2022 rates if booked by January 31, 2022. Valid for new bookings on departures on Lindblad-National Geographic ships, Delfin II, and The Jahan made by Jan. 31, 2022, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.

Baja California

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey

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Length

15 days

  1. Mar

From

$11,880

Prices are per person

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Highlights

Baja California

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey

Length

15 days

  1. Mar

From

$11,880

Top Highlights

  • Get up-close views of gray whale mothers and their growing calves as they prepare for their journey back to Arctic feeding grounds.
  • Kayak clear blue waters to search for wildlife, including magnificent frigatebirds, and investigate the intricacies of the shoreline.
  • Snorkel the living sea: observe large schools of vibrantly colored fish, swim among playful sea lions, and much more.
  • With more time for adventure, rely on your expedition leader to take you where wildlife will be at its best—including the remote oceanic island of San Pedro Mártir with clouds of nesting seabirds and crowds of sea lions onshore, and expanses of sea where huge pods of dolphins gather.

Special Offers

  • FAMILY SAVINGS

    Families save 25% on guests 22 and under traveling with two full paying adults on select Baja departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Credit will be deducted from cabin fare, prior to any additional applicable savings. Call for details.

  • $350 AIR CREDIT ON SELECT DEPARTURES

    Book now to receive a $350 air credit per person on select departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Credit will be deducted from cabin fare, prior to any additional applicable savings. Call for details.

  • EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS

    Book 2023 departures and get 2022 rates if booked by January 31, 2022. Valid for new bookings on departures on Lindblad-National Geographic ships, Delfin II, and The Jahan made by Jan. 31, 2022, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.

Baja California

Exploring the Sea of Cortez: A Living Sea & Desert Isles

Special Offers

Length

8 days

  1. Apr
  2. Dec

From

$6,820

Prices are per person

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Highlights

Baja California

Exploring the Sea of Cortez: A Living Sea & Desert Isles

Length

8 days

  1. Apr
  2. Dec

From

$6,820

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

Special Offers

  • Mission Tour & Hike Extension

    Take a deeper dive into the history, geology, and culture of Baja by discovering some hidden gems of lovely Loreto. Book the Dec. 19, 2021 departure to receive a complimentary 2-day/1-night Loreto Mission & Hike pre-extension. You will explore the Misión San Francisco Javier de Viggé-Biaundó that was established by Jesuit missionaries in 1697 and houses an interesting collection of icons as well as a fascinating history of its own. Then, after the guided tour of the mission, go on a short hike into the Sierra de la Giganta foothills that ends with a picnic lunch. Our well-located and comfortable hotel allows you to take an evening stroll along the waterfront of the Sea of Cortez upon arrival. This exclusive extension includes 3 meals (with a welcome dinner on the first night), an overnight stay at the Hotel La Mision, and the mission entrance fee. Subject to availability, and must be requested at time of booking. Not redeemable for cash or credit. Call for details.

  • FAMILY SAVINGS

    Families save 25% on guests 22 and under traveling with two full paying adults on select Baja departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Credit will be deducted from cabin fare, prior to any additional applicable savings. Call for details.

  • SOLO TRAVELER SAVINGS

    Book now and we will waive the solo premium on solo cabins on select departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.

  • $350 AIR CREDIT

    Book by February 28, 2022, to receive a $350 air credit per person. Valid for new bookings only on select departures, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Credit will be deducted from cabin fare prior to any additional applicable savings. Call for details.

  • 4TH GUEST TRAVELS FREE

    4th person travels free on select departures. Book by February 28, 2022. Bookings of three full-paying guests may bring a fourth person for free on select departures. Offer applicable only on bookings of two double-occupancy cabins, and second cabin must be in same category or lower as first cabin. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on airfare or extensions, and is not combinable with other offers. Call for details.

Baja California

California Coast

From Southern California to Baja: Sailing the Pacific Coast

Special Offers

Length

12 days

  1. Dec

From

$8,090

Prices are per person

Special Offers (4)
Highlights

Baja California

California Coast

From Southern California to Baja: Sailing the Pacific Coast

Length

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
  • In El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, we explore Mexico's largest protected area. It is where resident snd migratory songbirds inhabit the arid landscape, dotted with sentinel cacti, adjacent to the Pacific where elephant seals quarrel on remote islands, seabirds wheel overhead and dolphins cut the ocean's surface.
  • Hike across the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena and count the 40 species of birds that inhabit this area
  • Watch the sunrise over the iconic El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
  • Snorkel in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, the only hard coral reef in North America, with over 220 species of fish

Special Offers

  • $350 AIR CREDIT

    Book by February 28, 2022, to receive a $350 air credit per person. Valid for new bookings only on select departures, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Credit will be deducted from cabin fare prior to any additional applicable savings. Call for details.

  • SOLO TRAVELER SAVINGS

    Book by February 28, 2022, and we will waive the solo premium on solo cabins on select departures. Valid for new bookings only on select departures, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.

  • 4TH GUEST TRAVELS FREE

    4th person travels free on select departures. Book by February 28, 2022. Bookings of three full-paying guests may bring a fourth person for free on select departures. Offer applicable only on bookings of two double-occupancy cabins, and second cabin must be in same category or lower as first cabin. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on airfare or extensions, and is not combinable with other offers. Call for details.

  • EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS

    Book 2023 departures and get 2022 rates if booked by January 31, 2022. Valid for new bookings on departures on Lindblad-National Geographic ships, Delfin II, and The Jahan made by Jan. 31, 2022, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.

Discover

Discover Baja California

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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The whale sightings were fantastic. Touching the gray whales was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Baja California is arguably the best place in the world to see whales in good conditions—humpback, gray, fin, blue, pilot—to name the most likely.

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