Baja California Wildlife

The best place in the world to see marine mammals


The islands and much of the peninsula of Baja California exist in splendid seclusion—ideal refuge for wild creatures. Explore the idyllic islands, named a UNESCO World Heritage site, observing desert flora and fauna, and always be ready for a dash to the bow of the ship when your expedition leader announces, “Whale sighting!”

Massive numbers and variety of whales and dolphins
While the California gray whales seen on Among the Great Whales are most commonly associated with Baja California and offer the most consistent up-close encounters, it is the Sea of Cortez in which the greatest variety of whales and dolphins are observed. There are pods of thousands of common dolphins and hundreds of bottlenose dolphins. Blue whales, fin whales, as well as Bryde’s whales, humpbacks, sperm whales, plus orcas, false killer whales, pilot whales, and many more. The Sea of Cortez and the Pacific birthing lagoons are the best, most consistent place in the world to see marine mammals.

Special access to whales
We are the only non-local company allowed to bring our own expedition landing craft into the gray whale birthing lagoons, meaning, you’ll have more chances for up-close encounters with these gentle giants. Plus, we’re the only company that explores both the lagoons in the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez in the same voyage, offering more chances for whale sightings. You’re also guaranteed to explore in the Sea of Cortez on every expedition, one of the best places in the world to see a wide variety and a number of marine mammals in great abundance.

Wildlife abounds
The islands in the Sea of Cortez thrive with life. Pelicans, cormorants, Frigatebirds, egrets, herons, sandpipers, plus brown-and blue-footed boobies. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the islands are famous for their wildlife. You’ll see strange lizards, rattleless rattlesnakes, and oddly beautiful plant life.

A thrilling undersea
There is a vibrant universe waiting to be revealed beneath the surface of Baja's unbelievably blue-green water. Sea urchins, sun stars, and myriad fishes—from velvety black king angelfish to comical porcupinefish to silvery yellow-and-black sergeant majors glistening in the sunlight. We are the only expedition company in the region that travels with an onboard undersea specialist, diving and shooting with high intensity lights and an HD video camera. You’ll view this fascinating footage on plasma screens in the comfort of the lounge—for a richer knowledge of Baja. 

Overheard

Much more enjoyable than ordinary "cruise"!
David S.

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