It was the last day of the trip, and National Geographic Venture began the day with an Exhale-led stretch class on the aft deck and a stunning sunrise off the bow. The ship anchored at Isla San Franciscito and everyone headed to shore for a day of adventure. The shore activities started with hikes and tide pooling. Later on, the kayaks and stand up paddle-boards were unloaded, giving us all the chance to play in the water. After lunch snorkeling was a big hit and the day ended as it began, with Exhale-led yoga and a beautiful sunset.
National Geographic Venture
The day began with heavy winds and plentiful whitecaps in the Sea of Cortez. As we sailed through the Vermillion Sea, we saw a group of blue-footed boobies (a “brassiere”) fly by on their way to a meal. We actively searched for mammals but with the winds creating substantial waves and whitecaps we were unsuccessful. Weather dictates our plans in Baja California Sur, and we quickly adapted and went to Kelley’s Beach on Isla San Jose. Hiking in an arroyo, walking in the cardon forest, and a beachcombing stroll were each offered in two rounds so everyone could partake in two different activities if they desired. In the afternoon, the heavy winds created a favorable surprise, and we had an unexpected opportunity to snorkel at Ensenada Grande near Isla Partida, which is a part of the Espiritu Santo National Park. This was a drift snorkel next to some stunning lava cliffs which offered nice views of a diversity of fish and coral species. As we finished snorkeling, the sun was setting as we headed back to the National Geographic Venture .