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Back to Baja California!

On Dec. 7 we officially returned to the close-yet-blissfully-remote wilds of Baja California and the Sea of Cortez, home to almost one-third of the world's marine mammal species. No other place but Alaska offers such a vast array of beauty and wildness so close to home—but in Baja you can catch a tan! Witness gray whale mothers and calves up close, marvel at pods of acrobatic dolphins, and join us in celebrating 40 years of exploration in what Jacques Cousteau called “the world's aquarium.”

 

Limited space remains on Winter 2022 departures! Reserve your spot in 2023 by January 31, 2022, and get 2022 prices. 

 

‘Coastal Baja California is a natural paradise largely devoid of development, and the remarkably rich sea teems with life. I first discovered it in 1977 and it’s been a love affair ever since.’ —Sven Lindblad, Founder

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(5) Baja California Itineraries

Baja California

Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales

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Length

8 days

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar

From

$6,400

Prices are per person

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Highlights

Baja California

Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales

Length

8 days

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar

From

$6,400

Top Highlights

  • See California gray whales and their newborn calves up close in lagoons
  • Hike desert islands and sculpted sand dunes, and see a variety of wildlife in the Sea of Cortez
  • Snorkel with sea lions and search for marine mammals, and experience the Baja California undersea
  • Get steeped in culture walking the quaint maze of streets and sun-drenched promenades in lively La Paz and at the 17th-century mission in enchanting Loreto
  • In La Paz, enjoy a special outdoor dinner featuring local cuisine, music, and dance, as well as an opportunity to view and purchase work by local artisans

Special Offers

  • FAMILY SAVINGS
  • $350 AIR CREDIT ON SELECT DEPARTURES
  • SOLO TRAVELER SAVINGS
  • EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS

Baja California

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey

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Length

15 days

  1. Mar

From

$11,880

Prices are per person

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Highlights

Baja California

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey

Length

15 days

  1. Mar

From

$11,880

Top Highlights

  • Get up-close views of gray whale mothers and their growing calves as they prepare for their journey back to Arctic feeding grounds.
  • Kayak clear blue waters to search for wildlife, including magnificent frigatebirds, and investigate the intricacies of the shoreline.
  • Snorkel the living sea: observe large schools of vibrantly colored fish, swim among playful sea lions, and much more.
  • With more time for adventure, rely on your expedition leader to take you where wildlife will be at its best—including the remote oceanic island of San Pedro Mártir with clouds of nesting seabirds and crowds of sea lions onshore, and expanses of sea where huge pods of dolphins gather.

Special Offers

  • FAMILY SAVINGS
  • $350 AIR CREDIT ON SELECT DEPARTURES
  • EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS

Baja California

Exploring the Sea of Cortez: A Living Sea & Desert Isles

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Length

8 days

  1. Apr
  2. Dec

From

$6,820

Prices are per person

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Highlights

Baja California

Exploring the Sea of Cortez: A Living Sea & Desert Isles

Length

8 days

  1. Apr
  2. Dec

From

$6,820

Top Highlights

  • Search for large pods of dolphins and a variety of marine wildlife including sea lions and, with luck, leaping mobula rays, which flap for a moment before belly-flopping back in the water
  • Explore water-level caves by kayak, hike uninhabited beaches, and snorkel among fish and acrobatic sea lions
  • Photograph the landscape as the light changes and the golden hour approaches, with its deep red hues that seem to engulf the desert environment
  • Conditions permitting, visit Isla Rasa. Composed of Pleistocene and Holocene basalt lava flows, this is where 90 percent of the world’s Heermann’s gulls and a large population of elegant terns come to breed
  • Visit the old mining town of Santa Rosalia, with its wooden homes and historic steel church, designed by Gustave Eiffel

Special Offers

  • FAMILY SAVINGS
  • SOLO TRAVELER SAVINGS
  • $350 AIR CREDIT
  • 4TH GUEST TRAVELS FREE

Baja California

California Coast

From Southern California to Baja: Sailing the Pacific Coast

Special Offers

Length

12 days

  1. Dec

From

$8,090

Prices are per person

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Highlights

Baja California

California Coast

From Southern California to Baja: Sailing the Pacific Coast

Length

12 days

  1. Dec

From

$8,090

Top Highlights

  • 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

Special Offers

  • $350 AIR CREDIT
  • SOLO TRAVELER SAVINGS
  • EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS
  • 4TH GUEST TRAVELS FREE

Discover

Discover Baja California

Expedition Highlights

Sail among pristine islands in search of rare endemic creatures. Encounter whales, possibly up close, for an experience that will never leave you. Snorkel with playful sea lions. Hike up arroyos blooming with life and discover medicinal plants. Get a slice of life in rural Baja towns. Kayak, hike, stand-up paddleboard, snorkel, and actively explore this incredible playground of wildness. 

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Baja California has a special kind of magic. It can be subtle, but there is always something different and exciting to see if only you take the time to look for it.

Jill Niederberger, Naturalist, January 9, 2022

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Baja California is arguably the best place in the world to see whales in good conditions—humpback, gray, fin, blue, pilot—to name the most likely.

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