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.

Embark: La Paz

Disembark: San Carlos

Select departures travel from La Paz to San Carlos.


  • DAY 1: Depart US/San Jose Del Cabo/La Paz/Embark

    Upon arrival in San Jose del Cabo, transfer to La Paz and embark the National Geographic Sea Lion or National Geographic Sea Bird. (D)

  • DAY 2-10: 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 Bahia 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 11: 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 12-13: 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 wanting to be petted and scratched. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 14: Bahia 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 15: San Jose Del Cabo/La Paz


    Disembark the ship in San Carlos and transfer to La Paz, where you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant before checking in to the CostaBaja Resort & Spa. This afternoon is on your own, to relax and take advantage of the resort and spa amenities. 

    To provide you with more flexibility, more comfortable transfer arrangements and a better overall experience, we’re offering a full day and night on us, at the lovely CostaBaja Resort & Spa. Located on the shore of the Sea of Cortez, just south of Espiritu Island, CostaBaja offers unparalleled sunset views and a relaxing start, or end, to your voyage. (B, L, D)

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

    Transfer to San Jose del Cabo airport for flights home (B)

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

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