Baja’s Bounty

Baja’s Bounty

From USD $4,595

Description

Stocked with supplies and a bountiful sense of adventure, follow Steinbeck’s path into the protected waters of Cousteau’s “world’s aquarium.” Active exploration and a menagerie of wildlife await you!

The Sea of Cortés, also known as the Gulf of California, is thought to be one of the most diverse seas on our planet. Geologic evidence indicates that around 5.3 million years ago, tectonic forces separated the Baja Peninsula from the mainland creating the sea between them. In 2005 the islands and protected areas of the gulf were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for their natural beauty, diversity of terrestrial and marine life, and by ranking higher than any other marine and insular World Heritage site for the unique examples of “bridge islands” within a very short distance.

Tiny Isla San Francisco boasts one of the most stunning crescent shaped bays with a long sandy beach lining its shore. Rocky cliffs on the island give shelter to birds and offer perches for pelicans to sit along the water’s edge to keep watch of kayakers going by, most importantly for small tropical fish swimming under the water’s surface. Striking, long-armed cacti dot the desert landscape and bloom into bright crimson during the season. Along the island’s rocky coastline, octopus, eels, rays, and unique fish linger and find protection.

Find abundant life including dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions, osprey, boobies, and many different fish on untouched, ruggedly beautiful Isla Coronado and in its surrounding clear, crystal blue water. Ancient fossils litter the rock cliffs from a time long ago when the Sea of Cortés was formed. Empty river beds give refuge for trees and cactus to grow and soft sandy paths for guests to follow.

Bahia de La Paz
Nestled between Baja California Sur, Isla Espiritu Santo, and the city of La Paz, gorgeous, deep blue Bahía de La Paz is the gathering place for many marine and bird species, including the impressive, gentle giant whale sharks. The largest extant fish species, these white-spotted filter feeders can measure over 40 feet in length!

Bahia Magdalena
Sheltered from the Pacific Ocean by two long slivers of land, Isla Magdalena and Isla Santa Margarita, Bahía Magdalena is a 31-mile long circular cove full of wonderful biodiversity. On the western coast of Baja California Sur, the bay is at an unusual confluence of currents where the cool California current system that originates in Alaska and the warmer South American current meet. These special circumstances have created a rich marine landscape that supports a phenomenal, diverse variety of sea life. Some of Magdalena’s most celebrated itinerants, California Gray Whales, come to this protected bay from Alaska to spend the winter calving each year.

FARES INCLUDE: Onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment.

Trip Name
Baja's Bounty
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type: Small Ship Length: 232 ft Passenger Capacity: 88 Built / Refurbished: 1983 / 2012 Aboard this spacious expedition vessel, three decks offer ample outside vantage points for taking in daytime sights and the sparkling night sky with new friends. Interior spaces including the intimate lounge, cask wine bar, and cozy library provide comfortable and relaxing spaces to sit back with a book and glass of wine, gather for presentations, or to share experiences from the day. The fully-stocked, marble-topped bar in the lounge is a magnet for activity and mingling. Ready for adventure at a moment’s notice, the Safari Endeavour is fully loaded with adventure equipment: kayaks; paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; and snorkel gear and wetsuits; plus, a hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera. For those moments when attention turns to relaxation, the vessel comes equipped with two hot tubs, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a massage suite. There are five cabin categories aboard the Safari Endeavour: Master; Commander; Captain; Admiral; and Commodore Suite. Depending on the category, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated. Common to all cabins are: Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station; air conditioning; desk and chair; private bath with shower; generous storage and closet space.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1: San José del Cabo / La Paz – Embarkation
Bienvenidos! You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport and transferred to our San José del Cabo hospitality area. Joined by your expedition team, an overland orientation transfer to La Paz acquaints you with the dramatic Baja landscape and the week that lies ahead. The captain and crew welcome you aboard just in time for a cocktail and dinner with your new mates.
Day 2 - Day 2: Isla San Francisco
In a playground of steep red bluffs and sweeping desert beach, kick off your weeklong adventure with a day of play. Don some flippers for a snorkel among colorful sea life, put on your walking shoes for an exploratory hike, grab a paddle, or relax on the beach with the sand between your toes. The rugged beauty of the island makes it an ideal spot for escapades.
Day 3 - Day 3: Bahía Agua Verde
At Bahía Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. Explore the coast by small skiff, visit with a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a burro ride and experience the “real Baja.” Scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding, and unmatched camaraderie—the day is done.
Day 4 - Day 4: Captain’s Choice
While it’s unlikely you’ll find any black pearls, today you’ll sail amongst islands once explored by early conquistadors. Your expedition team will be at-the-ready with more adventurous options to choose from—kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, or beachcombing. Discover nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed these islands.
Day 5 - Day 5: Marine Life Search
Magdalena Bay (mid-January – early-March) Mother Nature is your guide today. The gray whales arrive each year on Baja’s west coast—migrating more than 12,000 miles—to calve in Bahía Magdalena. Dock in Puerto Escondido, then drive across the peninsula to ride in a panga and observe these mammals and their babies in the lagoon. —OR— Bahía de la Paz (November – mid-January; March; order of days changes) Whale sharks—the largest known species of fish—are known to frequent the bay. Keep watch for the watery “footprints” of these gentle giants, and conditions permitting, gear up for an unforgettable swim alongside this colossal creature or observe from above in the skiff.
Day 6 - Day 6: Los Islotes / Isla Partida
At Los Islotes—a steep craggy seamount leaping straight from the sea—observe a sea lion colony from the boat and skiff, or slip into a wetsuit for an early morning snorkel with curious, agile young sea lion pups. Afterwards, heave anchor and set sail for Isla Partida, for an afternoon of water play or island hikes along desert beaches or into rocky arroyos.
Day 7 - Day 7: Isla Espíritu Santo
Tuck into a secluded cove surrounded by long fingers of red rock and a golden beach. Spend your last full day enjoying the feel of warm sand under your feet on a beach walk, investigate nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, or explore a little further afield on a guided hike. Celebrate your week at tonight’s special Farewell Dinner with an entertaining slideshow by your expedition team.
Day 8 - Day 8: San José del Cabo / La Paz – Disembark
After breakfast, it’s “adios” La Paz, as you transfer back to San José del Cabo airport.
Day 9 - Please Note:
A passport is required on this itinerary. Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
19-12-202026-12-2020USD $4,895Master Stateroom
19-12-202026-12-2020USD $5,295Commander Stateroom
19-12-202026-12-2020USD $5,695Captain Stateroom
19-12-202026-12-2020USD $6,395Admiral Stateroom
19-12-202026-12-2020USD $6,395Single
19-12-202026-12-2020USD $8,195Commodore Suite
26-12-202002-01-2021USD $6,395Admiral Stateroom
26-12-202002-01-2021USD $8,195Commodore Suite
26-12-202002-01-2021USD $4,895Master Stateroom
26-12-202002-01-2021USD $5,295Commander Stateroom
26-12-202002-01-2021USD $5,695Captain Stateroom
26-12-202002-01-2021USD $6,395Single
02-01-202109-01-2021USD $4,595Master Stateroom
02-01-202109-01-2021USD $4,995Commander Stateroom
02-01-202109-01-2021USD $5,495Captain Stateroom
02-01-202109-01-2021USD $6,095Admiral Stateroom
02-01-202109-01-2021USD $6,095Single
02-01-202109-01-2021USD $7,795Commodore Suite
09-01-202116-01-2021USD $4,595Master Stateroom
09-01-202116-01-2021USD $4,995Commander Stateroom
09-01-202116-01-2021USD $5,495Captain Stateroom
09-01-202116-01-2021USD $6,095Single
09-01-202116-01-2021USD $6,095Admiral Stateroom
09-01-202116-01-2021USD $7,795Commodore Suite
16-01-202123-01-2021USD $4,595Master Stateroom
16-01-202123-01-2021USD $4,995Commander Stateroom
16-01-202123-01-2021USD $5,495Captain Stateroom
16-01-202123-01-2021USD $6,095Admiral Stateroom
16-01-202123-01-2021USD $6,095Single
16-01-202123-01-2021USD $7,795Commodore Suite
23-01-202130-01-2021USD $4,595Master Stateroom
23-01-202130-01-2021USD $4,995Commander Stateroom
23-01-202130-01-2021USD $5,495Captain Stateroom
23-01-202130-01-2021USD $6,095Admiral Stateroom
23-01-202130-01-2021USD $6,095Single
23-01-202130-01-2021USD $7,795Commodore Suite
30-01-202106-02-2021USD $4,595Master Stateroom
30-01-202106-02-2021USD $4,995Commander Stateroom
30-01-202106-02-2021USD $5,495Captain Stateroom
30-01-202106-02-2021USD $6,095Admiral Stateroom
30-01-202106-02-2021USD $6,095Single
30-01-202106-02-2021USD $7,795Commodore Suite
06-02-202113-02-2021USD $4,595Master Stateroom
06-02-202113-02-2021USD $4,995Commander Stateroom
06-02-202113-02-2021USD $5,495Captain Stateroom
06-02-202113-02-2021USD $6,095Admiral Stateroom
06-02-202113-02-2021USD $6,095Single
06-02-202113-02-2021USD $7,795Commodore Suite
13-02-202120-02-2021USD $4,595Master Stateroom
13-02-202120-02-2021USD $4,995Commander Stateroom
13-02-202120-02-2021USD $5,495Captain Stateroom
13-02-202120-02-2021USD $6,095Admiral Stateroom
13-02-202120-02-2021USD $6,095Single
13-02-202120-02-2021USD $7,795Commodore Suite
20-02-202127-02-2021USD $4,595Master Stateroom
20-02-202127-02-2021USD $4,995Commander Stateroom
20-02-202127-02-2021USD $5,495Captain Stateroom
20-02-202127-02-2021USD $6,095Admiral Stateroom
20-02-202127-02-2021USD $6,095Single
20-02-202127-02-2021USD $7,795Commodore Suite
27-02-202106-03-2021USD $4,595Master Stateroom
27-02-202106-03-2021USD $4,995Commander Stateroom
27-02-202106-03-2021USD $5,495Captain Stateroom
27-02-202106-03-2021USD $6,095Admiral Stateroom
27-02-202106-03-2021USD $6,095Single
27-02-202106-03-2021USD $7,795Commodore Suite
06-03-202113-03-2021USD $4,595Master Stateroom
06-03-202113-03-2021USD $4,995Commander Stateroom
06-03-202113-03-2021USD $5,495Captain Stateroom
06-03-202113-03-2021USD $6,095Admiral Stateroom
06-03-202113-03-2021USD $6,095Single
06-03-202113-03-2021USD $7,795Commodore Suite
13-03-202120-03-2021USD $4,595Master Stateroom
13-03-202120-03-2021USD $4,995Commander Stateroom
13-03-202120-03-2021USD $5,495Captain Stateroom
13-03-202120-03-2021USD $6,095Admiral Stateroom
13-03-202120-03-2021USD $6,095Single
13-03-202120-03-2021USD $7,795Commodore Suite
20-03-202127-03-2021USD $4,595Master Stateroom
20-03-202127-03-2021USD $4,995Commander Stateroom
20-03-202127-03-2021USD $5,495Captain Stateroom
20-03-202127-03-2021USD $6,095Admiral Stateroom
20-03-202127-03-2021USD $6,095Single
20-03-202127-03-2021USD $7,795Commodore Suite
27-03-202103-04-2021USD $4,595Master Stateroom
27-03-202103-04-2021USD $4,995Commander Stateroom
27-03-202103-04-2021USD $5,495Captain Stateroom
27-03-202103-04-2021USD $6,095Single
27-03-202103-04-2021USD $6,095Admiral Stateroom
27-03-202103-04-2021USD $7,795Commodore Suite
03-04-202110-04-2021USD $4,595Master Stateroom
03-04-202110-04-2021USD $4,995Commander Stateroom
03-04-202110-04-2021USD $5,495Captain Stateroom
03-04-202110-04-2021USD $6,095Single
03-04-202110-04-2021USD $6,095Admiral Stateroom
03-04-202110-04-2021USD $7,795Commodore Suite

Inclusions

    • Sea of Cortés UNESCO World Heritage Site—a marine life-rich natural aquarium
    • Watch for whales, mobula rays, dolphins, and birds
    • Hike, kayak, paddle board, and explore by skiff
    • Mule ride into the arroyos with local rancheros
    • Search for gentle whale sharks in Bahía de La Paz (Nov – mid-Jan; Mar) –OR– Watch for gray whales at
    • Bahía Magdalena (mid-Jan – early-Mar)
    • Snorkel with sea lion pups and colorful reef fish
    • Convenience of flying in/out of Los Cabos International Airport

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