Enter the lagoons of California gray whale mothers and newborn calves

Each year California gray whales pause during their migrations to birth and nurse their calves in the lagoons on the Pacific side of Baja California. In the morning, head out in local pangas with naturalists and local guides for rare opportunities to observe them at water level. Not only are we often rewarded with a close encounter of calves and watchful mothers, mere feet away, but often we’ll experience heart-touching eye contact with playful calves surfacing to interact with us. In the evening, hang out on deck under the stars, or depending on the calendar, a full moon, and listen to the whales breathing and moving around the ship. Encounters with these marvelous creatures don't end there as we head into the Sea of Cortez, where magical moments continue with possible sightings of other whale species and dolphins. Discover some of the wild Sea of Cortez islands we’ve been exploring for 30+ years, mapping out biodiverse hotspots that teem with life on land and under the sea. 

  • See California gray whales and their newborn calves up close in lagoons

  • Hike desert islands and sculpted sand dunes, and see a variety of wildlife in the Sea of Cortez

  • Snorkel with sea lions and search for marine mammals, and experience the Baja California undersea

  • Get steeped in culture walking the quaint maze of streets and sun-drenched promenades in lively La Paz and at the 17th-century mission in enchanting Loreto

  • In La Paz, enjoy a special outdoor dinner featuring local cuisine, music, and dance, as well as an opportunity to view and purchase work by local artisans

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Duration

8 Days

Price

From $6,400 per person
(does not include flight)

Dates

Jan

Feb

Mar

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BRINGING THE KIDS

BACK-TO-BACK SAVINGS

TRAVELING AS A GROUP

FAMILY SAVINGS

$350 AIR CREDIT ON SELECT DEPARTURES

SOLO TRAVELER SAVINGS

EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS

Baja California

Day By Day

Every day is different and rewarding, with opportunities to be as active as you like. Hike through towering cacti and up striking desert canyons or take a slow photo stroll along the shoreline. Zodiac, kayak, and stand-up paddle board to see plunge-diving pelicans and blue-footed boobies. Snorkel with sea lions or explore peaceful coves with colorful coral heads. Join a different naturalist each day as you choose: there are no assigned groups.

NG Venture Departures

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San Carlos, Mexico

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Loreto, Mexico

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Loreto, Mexico

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San Carlos, Mexico

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Every day is different and rewarding, with opportunities to be as active as you like. Hike through towering cacti and up striking desert canyons or take a slow photo stroll along the shoreline. Zodiac, kayak, and stand-up paddle board to see plunge-diving pelicans and blue-footed boobies. Snorkel with sea lions or explore peaceful coves with colorful coral heads. Join a different naturalist each day as you choose: there are no assigned groups.

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