From Southern California to Baja: Sailing the Pacific Coast
Discover inviting isolated isles and an enchanting coast
Enter a time machine: see the SoCal coast as it is and as it was while making time-warping discoveries. Depart Los Angeles’s bustling port for the nearby Channel Islands to witness intact wildness, complete with thriving endemic species, mere nautical miles from a sprawling metropolis. Sail south, going behind the scenes at a world-class vineyard and dining at a private lunch at a boutique vineyard in the world-renowned Valle de Guadalupe. Meet the residents of Isla Natividad, an incredibly successful co-op within the Vizcaino Biosphere, and learn the inspiring story of their sustainable fishing practices. And throughout, keep an eye to the horizon for migrating whales.
Discover the incredible biodiversity of Channel Islands National Park, home to over 2,000 species including 145 endemics
In El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, we explore Mexico's largest protected area. It is where resident snd migratory songbirds inhabit the arid landscape, dotted with sentinel cacti, adjacent to the Pacific where elephant seals quarrel on remote islands, seabirds wheel overhead and dolphins cut the ocean's surface.
Hike across the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena and count the 40 species of birds that inhabit this area
Watch the sunrise over the iconic El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Snorkel in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, the only hard coral reef in North America, with over 220 species of fish
Discover the hidden facets of a coast well known on a carefully curated expedition. Armed with a state-of-the-art expedition ship, deep local knowledge formed over 30+ years, and a flexible itinerary, we’ll go where conditions make for the the best encounters with wildlife. Hike desert dunes, snorkel a pristine reef teeming with fish, get a taste of local culture, and search for pods of dolphins and marine mammals.
Book by November 30, 2021, and we will waive the solo premium on solo cabins on select departures. Valid for new bookings only on select departures, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS
Book 2023 departures and get 2022 rates if booked by November 30, 2021. Valid for new bookings on departures on Lindblad-National Geographic ships, Delfin II, and The Jahan made by Nov 30, 2021, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
Certain offers may be combinable, up to two savings opportunities, except where noted otherwise. For example, travel with a group of 8 or more on back-to-back expeditions, and take advantage of both savings.
BRINGING THE KIDS
We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So take $500 off for each child under the age of 18.
Save 10% on any consecutive journeys taken on board one of our expedition ships. This savings is applicable on voyage fares only, and are not valid on extensions or airfare.
TRAVELING AS A GROUP
Save 5% when traveling as a group of 8 or more people. Take advantage of these great savings, while enjoying traveling with your friends and family. This savings is applicable to voyage fares only, and is not valid on extensions or airfare. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies.
$350 AIR CREDIT
Book by November 30, 2021, to receive a $350 air credit per person. Valid for new bookings only on select departures, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Credit will be deducted from cabin fare prior to any additional applicable savings. Call for details.
Dates, Rates & Cabins
Travel on this itinerary from $7,930 per person
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Extend your stay in La Paz, Mexico, to further explore the rich culture of the area. Learn more about the history of the region with a visit to the La Paz Cathedral. Indulge in the local cuisine with inspiring local lunches and top it all off with an awe-inspiring opportunity to snorkel with the largest fish on the planet; gentle giant whale sharks.
On the morning of Thursday, National Geographic Venture navigated into Puerto los Gatos, a large bay in the Sea of Cortez. Here, guests would spend their day snorkeling, swimming, hiking, or beachcombing in the beautiful Baja sun.
As the sun broke over Sierra de la Gigantes, National Geographic Venture pulled into the bay at Agua Verde. As soon as the Zodiacs were in the water everyone began the day’s adventures. There was kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and hiking. After lunch there was a chance to look below the waves as everyone snorkeled. After a fun filled day we watched the as the sun set on Agua Verde, and took Zodiac tours to explore the bay one last time.
Today was the first day of our expedition. With the help of one of our favorite local La Paz vendors, we had an incredible experience here in the Sea of Cortez. We joined FunBaja on two of their vessels and went to a sea lion rookery to go snorkeling for the first time! Along the way, we stopped at a tiny island inhabited entirely of sea birds. After our adventure with FunBaja, we boarded National Geographic Venture and set sail to watch for marine life as we head to our next destination, eager to see what is in store for us tomorrow.
Understandably, Baja is known for its sunrises, and today did
not disappoint. Just before the sun crested the horizon, the mountains of the
Baja peninsula were painted with a rosy-pink glow. As we began taking in this
epic and beautiful sight, we spotted three bottlenose dolphins swimming towards National Geographic Venture . Occasionally these playful marine mammals
will ride on the pressure wave created by the bow of our ship, and we were
lucky enough that these three individuals put on a morning show for us. It was
a wonderful start to a day full of adventure and beauty. Though small Isla San Francisco is packed with a variety of
habitats and remarkable sights. Our first perspective was from the Zodiacs
where we cruised through the bays looking at the birds and crabs dotting the
shorelines. Our naturalist Adam had set up the ROV (remote operated vehicle) so
we could see how he uses one of our many tools of exploration to explore the
undersea world. Once on land, some of the more adventurous scrambled up 350 feet
to walk along the ridge of the island offering breathtaking views of the bay
below. From here we could look down on osprey and vultures while enjoying the
wonderful geology before us. On the salt flats we observed many of the plants
and animals that presented themselves to us. This island had something to show
at every corner. After lunch, we snorkeled and saw schooling fish, an eel, and
other examples of the marine life that Baja has to offer. While walking around
the island afterwards, Adrian our naturalist showed us a chuckwalla, and
Christine another naturalist introduced us to an amazing assortment of the
marine life that lives in the intertidal zone. As the sun started to set, illuminating the island in orange
hues, we started our beach barbecue. The wind calmed, the bonfire flickered,
and we relaxed into another wonderful night on our voyage.
A slight breeze greeted those of us on the bow of National Geographic Venture as we watched the sky glow with color as the sun rose above the horizon. Gulls and frigate birds soared overhead, and brown pelicans could be seen on shore. After gathering our snorkel gear, we headed to a protected bay and explored, viewing the world below us. We were fascinated by the wide variety of undersea creatures among the rocks and the coral. Brown urchins dotted the rocks, slate pencil urchins wedged into crevices, and venomous flower urchins collected shells. Among the coral, a few worm snails were spotted as they sent out their mucous webs in search of a meal. Some of the unique creatures spotted underwater were an octopus, a bullseye ray, and a brave eared grebe who dove underwater and approached our masks. All the while, the fish swam in and out of rock hideouts and coral. For the afternoon, the vessel repositioned to Mangle Solo, on the western side of Isla San Jose. The island held multiple shades of green from a distance, but the colors of the flowers popped out at us as we walked through the arroyo. Smaller hedgehog cactus blended in with the volcanic rocks, while cardons stood tall overhead. The arroyo twisted and turned as we made our way through its natural path. Turkey vultures and red-tailed hawks soared overhead, while a few lucky guests saw the endemic Xantus hummingbird. The day ashore culminated with yoga on the beach as rays of light shone down on National Geographic Venture .