Baja California & the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales: Jan 19—27, 2018

Aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird

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Departs: La Paz
Tour Limit: 11
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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David Wolf

David Wolf is a senior member of the VENT staff and one of our most experienced tour leaders...

A VENT leader will accompany the group provided a minimum of 10 VENT guests are registered.

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Gray Whale, Baja California

Gray Whale, Baja California— Photo: Jack Swenson

An exciting week-long expeditionary cruise designed for exploring the natural wonders of Baja California.

Each winter, one of the world’s most exciting wildlife phenomena takes place in the bays and lagoons of Baja California’s Pacific coast—Gray Whales arrive by the thousands to breed, give birth, and nurture their young. We will experience this annual event on an eight-day voyage around the coast of the Baja Peninsula. Partnering with Lindblad Expeditions on a cruise aboard the 62-passenger Sea Bird, our journey will take us from Bahia Magdalena on the Pacific side to Cabo San Lucas at the tip, and finally to Isla Espiritu Santo in the Sea of Cortez. The Sea Bird is the ideal vessel for exploring this remarkable region. She can easily maneuver to follow whales or schools of playful dolphins. And where our ship can’t go, our Zodiac landing craft and kayaks can, allowing for an up-close and personal view of these gentle and majestic giants.

We will travel with experienced ship staff and expert naturalists from a variety of disciplines, including oceanographers, botanists, and geologists. A VENT leader will accompany the group with a minimum of 10 VENT registrations. Interpretation and on-board presentations from cetacean experts will offer an intimate look at the lives of these magnificent creatures. Aside from Gray Whales, we will have plenty of opportunities to see a variety of other whales, porpoises, and dolphins. Past trips have recorded Blue, Fin, Bryde’s, Humpback, and Sperm whales, plus other marine mammals.

VIDEO: Among the Great Whales, by Lindblad Expeditions

Although whales are a highlight, our voyage will include much more: fantastic ocean sunrises and desert sunsets; snorkeling among California Sea Lions and a menagerie of colorful fish; and walking on pristine desert islands in the Sea of Cortez, experiencing the raw beauty of a cactus-dominated environment—Baja California boasts 91 species of cacti, including the tallest in the world, the giant Cardon. Additionally, there are some 20 endemic plant genera on the Baja California Peninsula and its islands. Herpetologists revel in the peninsula as well, because it boasts nine species of endemic reptiles on the mainland, plus many more on the islands.

National Geographic Sea Bird

National Geographic Sea Bird— Photo: Michael S. Nolan

Birding opportunities are boundless. From the ship we will spot Magnificent Frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, and a variety of terns. The near-shore waters will yield Craveri’s Murrelet, while shore excursions may produce a plethora of shorebirds, desert species, and Baja endemics including Xantus’s Hummingbird and Belding’s Yellowthroat.

All accommodations and meals aboard ship; many Zodiac excursions and opportunities for swimming and snorkeling; dry weather anticipated.