Day-By-Day

Focus on Exploration


This is a true expedition, where we plan our day-by-day movements and itinerary according to the conditions that will offer us the best sightings and up close encounters with wildness. After exploring the whale birthing lagoons, our day-by-day itinerary will be flexible in the Sea of Cortez. We’ll take advantage of a sighting of Bryde’s whales or drop our expedition landing craft to get a closer look at a school of dolphins. Extraordinary Baja adventures are a guarantee.

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Embark: San Carlos

Disembark: La Paz, Mexico


Select departures travel from San Carlos to La Paz, Mexico.

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  • DAY 1: Depart U.S./San José Del Cabo/La Paz

    Upon arrival in San José del Cabo, transfer to La Paz and check in to the CostaBaja Resort & Spa. (D)

  • DAY 2: La Paz/San José Del Cabo/Embark

    This morning is on your own, to relax and take advantage of the resort and spa amenities. Check-out in the late morning, and depart for lunch at a local restaurant in La Paz. After lunch, transfer to San Carlos and embark the National Geographic Venture. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3: Bahía Magdalena

    Explore the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena, on a cross-island walk to one of the most pristine beaches in the Pacific. Bird watching here can be excellent—magnificent frigatebirds, pelicans, cormorants, terns and great blue herons, ibis, whimbrels and willets are among the species we might see. It’s not unusual to see forty species of birds in just one day along these fertile shorelines where they refuel for their destinations ahead. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4-5: Laguna San Ignacio

    Laguna San Ignacio is a large bay and favored haunt of the gray whales in Baja. The ship will linger in this remote and important locale, while we observe the mother and calf pairs—from the ship, and from water level in our expedition landing craft and local pangas. For some reason, the whales here seem to be friendlier than they are elsewhere. It’s not unusual for mothers and calves to approach our boats, the calves often playing hide and seek—sometimes even welcoming a touch or a friendly chin scratch. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: At Sea

    As we travel south along the Pacific coast of the peninsula, there is a chance of seeing a wide variety of marine life, including the largest animal on Earth, the blue whale. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7-15: Islands of the Sea of Cortez

    Cruise past the spectacular Friars Rocks at Land’s End. For those who wish, we will arrange a visit to the historic town center of San José del Cabo. Espíritu Santo, Los Islotes, Santa Catalina—these are some of the melodious names of these islands scattered throughout this beautiful sea. After over 20 years of exploration here, we are still discovering new places and experiencing exciting events: bowriding bottlenose dolphins, or sperm whales near our ship; a pod of fin whales feeding around a convergence zone. The best areas for whale watching remain consistent—the waters south of Isla Carmen, Canal de Ballenas up north, and near the mouth of Bahía Concepción. Whether on the bridge of the ship, on expedition landing craft or kayaks, we will be in prime position to observe them all. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 16: La Paz/San Jose Del Cabo/Home

    Disembark in La Paz after breakfast and transfer to Los Cabos airport. (B)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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