Wild Baja Escape: Serenity & Sea Life in the Sea of Cortez
Pristine beaches and Baja serenity on an active, compact expedition
Experience a balance of wildness and wellness over five days aboard National Geographic Venture, a floating base camp off La Paz. Fall under the spell of the city’s charms and actively explore unsullied landscapes with a chance to revel in pure nature. Each day explore a new island or shore. A beach BBQ as dusk shades into starlit night or a yoga session on deck are some of the soul-lifting ways to end active days.
Exult in the pristine beauty of the Sea of Cortez—azure water, bays, beaches, unique flora and fauna— and roam free in wide-open spaces
Paddle sea-carved caves by kayak and snorkel with playful sea lions and schools of colorful reef fish
Stroll long, white sand beaches in search of pearl oyster shells
Enjoy a sunset beach BBQ, a bonfire, and end your day with stargazing
Alight in this wild, beautiful place, with options to indulge in fitness classes, yoga sessions, mindful meditations, and more
Given the world events of the past year and a half, the life-affirming, bliss-heavy experiences offered by this itinerary have never felt more necessary. De-stress, detox or go wild in these uninhabited isles in the beautiful Sea of Cortez. Here, in the pristine place Jacques Cousteau called the “world’s aquarium,” sea life is prone to performance—a ballet of leaping mobula rays, acrobatic pods of dolphins, and the aquatic pyrotechnics of spouting and breaching whales. Take in these natural spectacles as a reward for enduring the everyday—and hold on to the magic into the new year.
Make the expedition as relaxing or as active as you like. Go on an aerobic hike up a desert canyon, or take photos in a forest of towering cacti. Zodiac, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard along the shore to see and shoot photos of plunge-diving pelicans and blue-footed boobies. Each day join a different naturalist as you choose; there are no assigned groups.
Book by November 30, 2021, to save 10% when traveling as a group of 6 or more people on select departures. Take advantage of these great savings while enjoying traveling with your friends and family. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
SOLO TRAVELER SAVINGS
Book now and we will waive the solo premium on solo cabins on select departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
4TH GUEST TRAVELS FREE
4th person travels free on select departures aboard National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Endeavour II and National Geographic Islander. Book by November 30, 2021. Bookings of three full-paying guests may bring a fourth person for free on select departures. Offer applicable only on bookings of two double-occupancy cabins, and second cabin must be in same category or lower as first cabin. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on airfare or extensions, and is not combinable 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.
Families save 25% on guests 22 and under traveling with two full paying adults on select Baja departures. Valid for new bookings only, 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 $2,940 per person
Make the most of your proximity and time
Two-Night Whale Shark Extension
Two-Night Whale Shark Extension
$780 per person
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.
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.
One thing that makes the Gulf of California so special is its incredible sunrises and sunsets. This morning as we sailed north, the sun came out painting the entire sky in pinks and purples. A particularly beautiful scene to witness sunrise is the magnificent Sierra de la Giganta, or “Mountain Range of the Giantess.” The volcanic rocks form walls that emerge from the sea, reflecting some of the warmest and most beautiful light. Our wildlife sighting for the morning was a blue whale. This may be one of the first blue whales of the season to arrive in this part of the gulf. The conditions were a bit challenging, since the wind would quickly erase the blow from the horizon. It was a matter or patience, and finally most people got to see the tall blow, and learn some interesting facts about the largest animal that has inhabited our planet. Puerto Los Gatos was our afternoon destination. Located on the peninsula, the private ranch called “Rancho Timbabichi,” is the perfect setting for desert hikes, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, photography and of course… yoga on the beach. We spent the entire afternoon hiking quite a distance into the Sonoran Desert biome, to learn about the plants and animals, or just to get some time working out surrounded by nature. The protected cove allowed us to explore the bay by kayak, paddleboard, Zodiac and snorkeling. One of the highlights for this trip is to find ideal natural settings to practice yoga. Many of us enjoyed an amazing yoga session with our Exhale yoga instructor.
Our morning onshore at Isla San Francisco was an outstanding continuation of a fantastic Baja California Sur expedition. On arrival, brown pelicans and Brandt’s cormorants were dancing together in a large group above the water directly adjacent to the large boulders lining the harbor. Swirls and splashes continued late into the morning as we rode our Zodiacs to shore and began exploring our latest destination. This morning on National Geographic Venture began with a delicious breakfast, soon followed by opportunities to go to shore to take part in a variety of activities. It was difficult to decide between natural history hikes, a tidepool walk, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling from shore, and a desert exploration guided by a National Geographic photographer and a photo instructor. With several hours on the island, many were able to take part in more than one activity and experience the unique attributes of the Sonoran Desert. While walking past cactus, succulents, and small desert flowers, many fellow expeditioners were able to see lizards moving across the rocks like the chuckwalla, scorpions hiding from the sun, and even hold a live tarantula! Photographers made images of diving pelicans and soaring frigates above their heads. Snorkelers felt the excitement of swimming in warm water through enormous schools of needlefish, colorful Panamic sergeant majors, grunts, and silvery sardines. Tidepoolers crossed the island’s isthmus through a salt flat to find a long stretch of exposed rocks where they searched the high intertidal zone for life that is accustomed to being exposed to air at times and also covered by sea water. Gastropods like murex , keyhole limpets, rock snails, nerites, and dove shells were found as small groups investigated the coastline along with the slender, twisted shells of worm snails molded to a wide range of substrates such as clam shells and volcanic rock. By the end of our visit, we all had magnificent stories and felt fortunate to have felt the beauty and to witness firsthand the surprising wildlife of this desert island in the Sea of Cortez.
The second day of our adventure found National Geographic Venture at Los Islotes, a small rock outcropping in Espiritu Santo National Park. This small island is home to a colony of California sea lions. We spent the morning in the water, snorkeling with the juvenile sea lion pups. In the afternoon the ship repositioned so everyone could go ashore, but on the way we were distracted by a huge pod of common dolphins. The dolphins played in our wake and rode the bow as we cut through the water. When we finally did pull ourselves away from the marine acrobats, we had a chance to play on Kelly’s Beach. We broke into groups and tried out kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, and even beach yoga!