We woke up to a beautiful morning in Ensenada Grande, Spanish for “large cove” or “inlet.” Our day was full of activities from the start, including an early morning hike into the canyon, snorkeling, kayaking, and cruises on our inflatable expedition landing crafts. We finished our night with a barbecue on the beach with a bonfire and an incredibly clear night for stargazing.
National Geographic Sea Bird
We steamed south in the Hull Canal today, returning to Magdalena Bay. Along the way, we spotted the following: a gray whale cow and calf, dolphins riding our bow wake, coyotes on shore and various birds in the mangroves and mudflats. In the afternoon, we made our final landing on one of the narrowest parts of the peninsula, a small isthmus. With a short walk across the sand dunes, we arrived at the Pacific Ocean. We spent time on Sand Dollar Beach, which takes its name from the immense amount of sand dollars along the shore.