Isla Magdalena & Cruising the Pacific Coast of Baja California Sur, 1/18/2022, National Geographic Venture
National Geographic Venture
This morning, National Geographic Venture guests explored the unique sand dune ecosystem on Isla Magdalena, Baja California Sur. It was lovely to stretch our legs in the soft sand before returning to the ship, where we started the long journey around the Baja Peninsula on our way to Cabo Pulmo.
Kim is a marine biologist, adventure photographer, and full-time nomad. Not a fan of having her feet solidly on the ground, she spends most of the year diving, paragliding, skiing, hiking, kayaking, and working on ships. She made it to all seven cont...
At the Midriff Islands, upwelling creates ideal conditions for abundant marine life, and we found evidence of this on the beach at Isla San Esteban: numerous shells, remains of pencil urchins, sea stars, and even bones from sea lions and sea birds. We explored arroyos and walked among cacti and many other unusual plants specially adapted to these desert conditions. We spent the late afternoon doing Zodiac cruises at San Pedro Martir, as seabirds returned from feeding trips, and energetic sea lions and dolphins swam and leapt alongside our small boats – exhilarating!
The sunrise was spectacular as stretch class was in full swing on the sundeck of National Geographic Venture. Quite a few people also spent time on the bow watching the colors blossoming and looking for wildlife. Snorkeling equipment was distributed in the morning after the safety briefings about Zodiac, snorkeling, and hiking in Baja briefings. Brian, our NG Certified Photo Instructor, also gave a cell phone photography presentation in the lounge. After lunch, we enjoyed a Zodiac tour of the volcanic coastline of Isla San Marcos. The stunning geology, interesting flora, and a variety of birds were investigated.