Discovering the Sea of Cortez: Hidden Beaches, Whales, and Whale Sharks

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Discovering the Sea of Cortez – Hidden Beaches, Whales, and Whale Sharks

This fully customizable itinerary is the perfect starting point for ideas on how to explore Baja California Sur and the Sea of Cortez. With a base in La Paz, travelers can experience unique encounter with wildlife, including whale sharks, migratory birds, sea turtles, sea lions, and gray whales. We encourage our travelers to not only experience the Sea of Cortez, but also learn about the magnificent flora and fauna, both land and sea, by interacting with researches, scientists, and expert guides. Between your snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking encounters, you will discover pristine bays and virgin beaches for some time to take in your surroundings.


Swim with Whale Sharks  – Venture to the shores near La Paz to swim and snorkel with the docile whale shark

Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve – Hike into the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere reserve and experience the magic of cascading waterfalls in the spectacular cactus forests of this seldom visited desert wilderness

Magdalena Bay Whale Watching – Encounter magnificent gray whales and sea turtles

Espiritu Santo Island – Snorkel with sea lions and  beautiful reef fish, kayak around the turquoise waters, and discover virgin beaches

Dates & Prices


This trip can be customized for a private journey in the months of February and March.
Note: Gray Whale season in Magdalena Bay typically is February and March; Whale shark season typically is October to April.


Our custom-tailored journeys start from $600 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.

Customizable Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to La Paz
Welcome to Mexico! Your private driver will meet you at the La Paz International Airport and you will be driven to your hotel.   Overnight: Costa Baja Resort

Day 2

Private Whale Shark Researcher for a Day & Beach Picnic
The largest fish on the planet, the gentle whale sharks gather yearly to the coast just off La Paz. Join  Mexico’s top researchers and scientists working to understand and protect these magnificent creatures.

After boarding the research vessel, the team will brief you on protocols, and then you will begin searching for whale sharks. Throughout the day you will learn about the various projects including photo-identification, population analysis, satellite tagging and genetic analysis. There will also be time to  snorkel with these amazing giants. Snack time will be on a beautiful pristine beach on the Sea of Cortes.   Overnight: Posada de las Fores La Paz
Overnight: Costa Baja Resort

Day 3

Private Day Trip Sierra la Laguna Biosphere
Looming up above the desert, the lush Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve provides the perfect escape from the bustle. Your local naturalist guide will meet you and en route to the Sierra you will learn about the natural history of the region and the ranchero culture that has kept alive centuries old artisanal traditions. Spend the day hiking the nature trails, swimming in the freshwater springs, and getting a look at local ranchero life. You will be back in your hotel for dinner with photos and amazing memories to share. Overnight: Costa Baja Resort


Day 4

Private Whale Watching Excursion in Magdalena Bay
Meet your guide and take off to Bahía Magdalena for an overnight adventure. You’ll be headed to  the jewel of the Pacific and home to a staggering number of migratory and marine birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals including the migratory gray whales.

Arriving at Lopez Mateos your whale watching adventure begins. Along the way to Puerto San Carolos, you will explore mangrove canals, massive sand dunes, and observe different species of birds, marine mammals and whales.
At lunch, you will have the opportunity to walk through majestic sand dunes and embrace the natural beauty of the fusion of desert and sea before continue on your boat trip to your hotel.

Day 5

Private Whale Watching Excursion in Magdalena Bay
Today you will continue your whale watching private expedition. Upon culmination, you will return back to La Paz.  Overnight: Posada de las Fores La Paz

Day 6

Private Day Trip Espíritu Santo Island
Today you will discover the Sea of Cortez and Isla Espiritu Santo! The day starts with a 1.5 hour panga ride to Espiritu Santo Island; the first stop is the sea lion colony where you’ll have time to swim, snorkel and interact with the playful sea lions. Climb back on board to navigate around the island in search of hidden, virgin beaches for a picnic lunch and refreshing drink. On the beach, guides will give a talk about the natural history of the island, plants and mangroves, and you’ll be able to ask all the questions you like. Kayak around the bay, relax, or take a nature hike before happy hour and heading back to shore.   Overnight: Posada de las Fores La Paz

Day 7

Departure from La Paz
Today you will be privately transferred to La Paz airport for your onward flight home.

Kayaking Baja

Hidden Coves and Beaches

Isla Espiritu Santo

La Paz

Sierra Laguna

Isla Espiritu Santo

Paddleboarding in Baja

Whale Shark Encounters

Discovering Hidden, Virgin Beaches

Los Islotes

Whale Shark Encounters

La Paz from Costa Baja

Costa Baja

Isla Espiritu Santo

Mangrove Adventures in Baja

Whale Watching

Whale Shark Encounters

Whale Watching

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