We arrived at Half Moon Bay at daybreak. The sun was rising, and the full moon was setting over the dramatic mountains of the Baja California Peninsula. We spent the entire day exploring the bay—kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkeling. Naturalists and the photographic instructor offered guided, leisurely walks through salt flats, as well as hikes up a rocky ridge. From the top, we were rewarded with beautiful views overlooking Half Moon Bay.
National Geographic Venture
An incredible morning was had by all on National Geographic Venture as we went grey whale watching in Bahia Almejas. Shrouded in early morning mist and in search of the great whales, we rounded a sandbar covered in brown pelicans, brants, cormorants, and the occasional great blue heron. We were delighted to get close views of the whales breathing and swimming amongst the pangas. We were even treated to a few spyhops and flukes. Cruising from the protected grey whale lagoon towards our afternoon beach, we handed out snorkel gear in anticipation of our first snorkel opportunity in a couple days. As the sun began its descent and the air started to cool down, we geared up and headed to Sand Dollar Beach in Magdalena Bay for some late afternoon hikes. On the walk from the protected lagoon to the Pacific Ocean side of the island, we explored the unique sand dune ecology. We encountered fiddler crabs, coyote skeletons, various bird species, and more. The fading light accompanied us on our return to the ship with a sunset of pink, orange, and yellow. It was only the first day of our journey, and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the trip brings!