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Mexico’s Sea of Cortes – Whales & Whale Sharks

from $5,945

DATES: 2022 – SATURDAY: Mar 26-Jun 18
2023 – Mar 25-Jun 24

DURATION:  8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

EMBARK:  La Paz, Mexico

DISEMBARK: La Paz, Mexico

SHIP: M/V Safari Voyager

FROM: $5,945  (Incl. $350 port charges)

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All about the Mexico’s Sea of Cortes – Whales & Whale Sharks.

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!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
    High adventure on an inland sea! Feel the thrill of active exploration or the warmth of the sand relaxing on a secluded beach.
  • WILDLIFE & PLANT LIFE
    Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortés “the world’s aquarium”—and you’ll quickly agree! From gracefully gliding whales to bustling bird colonies, Baja is abuzz with life.
  • LAND ANIMALS & BIRDS
    More than 40 reptile and amphibian species, over 50 mammal species, and nearly 200 bird species call Baja California Sur “home.” While many are masters of disguise and concealment.
  • MARINE ANIMALS
    From the largest mammal on earth to the tiniest microorganisms, the Sea of Cortés supports an incredible array of marine life. Thousands of invertebrate species cohabitate with more than 900 species of fish as well as whales and other large marine mammals.
  • FLORA OF BAJA
    Remarkably, the arid desert of the Baja Peninsula supports over 500 species of plants. An incredibly unique ecosystem, animal life is inextricably linked with cacti—a relationship that helps preserve diversity of both plant and animal life.

Add Mexico’s amazing Copper Canyon to your Sea of Cortes cruise – Fly from La Paz to Los Mochis, overnight in El Fuerte. Enjoy the narrow-gauge El Chepe train up into the Copper Canyon. End in Chihuahua for your flight home.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Group transfers from the airport to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon
  • All scheduled landings/excursions
  • All lectures and briefings onboard
  • All meals served aboard
  • Premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily
  • Port fees $350
  • Pre-departure materials.

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Airfare
  • Trip cancellation, luggage and Emergency Evacuation Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
  • Staff gratuities
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.

  1. Day 1 n José del Cabo / La Paz – Embarkation

    Bienvenidos! You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport in San José del Cabo and transferred to our 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.

  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.

  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 mule ride and experience the “real Baja.” Scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding, and unmatched camaraderie—the day is done.

  4. Day 4 Marine Life Search

    Mother Nature is your guide today. Take your adventurous side and your binoculars in search of the largest baleen whales in the world. The Sea of Cortés is home to fin, blue, and sperm whales, and the dolphin pods number in the hundreds. Bring it on! (BLD)

  5. Day 5 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.

  6. Day 6 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.

  7. Day 7 Whale Shark Expedition

    Safari Voyager has re-entered Bahia de la Paz, but we are not done yet! Today we will have the chance to swim with Whale Sharks. These gentle giants are filter feeders and pose no threat to humans. Our careful visitation and guides ensure we are also no threat to them. Go out on a skiff into the warm areas of the bay where Whale Sharks gather. Jump in with snorkel and fins, or stay on board the skiff with your camera. Either way, it’s the experience of a lifetime and a perfect way to put a cap on your cruise. (BLD)

  8. Day 8 La Paz / San José – Disembark

    After breakfast, it’s “adios” La Paz, as you disembark the vessel and transfer back to San José del Cabo for your flight, or hotel stay.

    Or visit Copper Canyon!

Safari Voyager

Discreet, sleek, and stealthy, the Safari Voyager is comfortable in warm water regions and built to handle humidity and heat. Tropical adventure, wilderness access, and the natural landscape are always at the forefront. A seamless extension of the places she sails, the ship and her mostly local crew exude
pura vida (pure life).

Handcrafted artwork throughout the vessel pays homage to the regions of Latin America. Casual in nature, the Safari Voyager is a bit of a show-off, too— take in 270-degree views from the top deck or window-to-window lounge.

Fast Facts

  • Launched: 1982/2016 (renovated)
  • Length: 174 ft
  • Width: 36 ft
  • Cruise Speed: 9 knots
  • Total Staff: 28-32
  • Total Passengers: 62
  • Cabins: 32