Baja California: A Remarkable Journey
Board small boats and venture into the gray whale birthing lagoons on the Pacific side of the Baja California Peninsula to get up close with these gentle giants. Then, spend over a week in the Gulf of California exploring waters teeming with whales, pods of dolphins, and leaping rays. The wild islands here offer the chance to hike desert arroyos through forests of cacti to revel in the beauty of untamed nature. Revel in Mexico's coastal waters with daily activities that immerse you in the region including Zodiac cruises, kayaking, and snorkeling.
Experience pristine desert landscapes and abundant wildlife
Board local pangas to get up-close views of gray whale mothers and their growing calves as they prepare for their journey back to Arctic feeding grounds
Kayak clear blue waters to search for wildlife, including magnificent frigatebirds, and investigate the intricacies of the shoreline
Snorkel amid schools of vibrantly colored fish and swim among playful sea lions
Visit the island of San Pedro Mártir to witness clouds of nesting seabirds, crowds of lounging sea lions, and expanses of sea where huge pods of dolphins gather
Learn the history of the the old mining town of Santa Rosalía, with its wooden homes and historic steel church, designed by Gustave Eiffel
Expedition Spotlight - Capturing the Moment in Baja California
- Aug 2023
“Baja California has magic in spades,” says Ralph Lee Hopkins, a National Geographic Photography Expert and the founding director of Lindblad’s Expedition Photography program. Over the last 34 years Hopkins has traveled around the globe, but nothing inspires him like this vibrant region where the desert meets the sea. Here, he has taught guests how to best capture stunning gray whales in the Gulf of California, or thoughtfully compose photos of the towering cardón cacti in the vast, untouched desert. In this episode of Expedition Spotlight, Hopkins reflects on his myriad expeditions and what makes photographing this beautiful part of the world so special.
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National Geographic Venture
American-flagged, she and her sister National Geographic Quest are ideal for discovering domestic waters
Following the build of National Geographic Quest at Nichols Brothers shipyard, her sister ship, the 100-guest National Geographic Venture, floated into the bay on Whidbey Island, becoming the fourth ship in the Lindblad fleet built at this storied Pacific Northwest shipyard. Like her sister ship National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture has dual boarding platforms, enabling our team to load two Zodiacs at once means guests get off ship quickly, to take advantage of wildlife sightings and maximize exploring time. Modern, cleaned-lined, with large expanses of glass to keep you connected to the extraordinary views, National Geographic Venture enables you to see, do and experience the best of her geographies.
Over 50+ years of exploring, Lindblad Expeditions’ veteran staff and the quality companionship they provide has established the company’s reputation. From expedition leaders to naturalists, most hold advanced degrees and are established authorities in their fields. Some join a few expeditions each year to explore the same sites, some of them spending some time in the field away from rigorous academic work. And others lead expeditions all around the world—with many guests saying, “Where you’re going, we’re going,” and returning time after time to travel with them. Browse our team directory to discover the full cast of expedition staff.
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