Baja’s Bounty

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Baja’s Bounty is what we like to call the Sea of Cortez Aquatic Explorer; it allows you to discover the sea brimming with life, referred to by Jacques Cousteau as the “world’s aquarium.”

Kayaking on the Sea of CortezExplore a land and sea brimming with life on this exclusive adventure cruise. This World Heritage biosphere reserve harbors more than 900 islands, many uncharted, and flora, fauna and animals – found nowhere else in the world. Experience pods of dolphins numbering in the thousands and view many whale species including the largest living being on earth – the blue whale.

Take the skiff ashore to explore local trails by horseback. Cool off in the water with snorkel gear or take a relaxing kayak ride at your leisure. Discover quaint fishing communities or relax on a white-sand beach.   Back aboard the ship, unwind with a cocktail and enjoy the on-board hot tub as the sun sets over the Pacific. This is luxury at sea like you’ve never imagined!

Highlights

UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Extensive exploration of the islands and protected areas of the Gulf of California, including nights spent at anchor in remote bays and coves

Los Islotes – Snorkeling with sea lions

Magdelena Bay – Explore the coast by small skiff, visit with a local ranchero and his family

Isla San Francisco – Expedition Leader/Naturalist guided hike and adventure activities

Isla Carmen – Kayaking, snorkeling, mountain biking, paddle boarding, sailing, and skiff rides

Time at sea – Unhurried time for watching whales and dolphins

 

Dates & Prices

Price 

Starting from at $2,995 USD  per person.
There are 6 different room categories to choose from.
Full charter starts at $315,595

Included in Your Fare:   All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; port taxes/fees; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage.

Dates

2015
November 7, 14B, 21, 28
December 5, 12, 19, 26

2016
January 2, 9, 16, 23P, 30
February 6, 13P, 20M, 27

P = photography
B = birding
M = marine biology

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Itinerary

Day 1

San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur  Embarkation
Bienvenidos! You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport and transferred to our San José del Cabo hospitality area. Joined by your expedition team, an overland orientation transfer to La Paz acquaints you with the dramatic Baja landscape and the week that lies ahead. The captain and crew welcome you aboard just in time for a cocktail and dinner with your new mates.

Day 2

Isla San Francisco
In a playground of steep red bluffs and sweeping desert beach, kick off your weeklong adventure with a day of play. Don some flippers for a snorkel among colorful sea life, put on your walking shoes for an exploratory hike, grab a paddle, or relax on the beach with the sand between your toes. The rugged beauty of the island makes it an ideal spot for escapades.

Day 3

Bahía Agua Verde
At Bahía Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. Explore the coast by small skiff, visit with a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a burro ride and experience the “real Baja.” Scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding, and unmatched camaraderie—the day is done.

Day 4

Marine Life Search
Magdalena Bay (mid-January – early-March)
Mother Nature is your guide today. The gray whales arrive each year on Baja’s west coast—migrating more than 12,000 miles—to calve in Bahía Magdalena. Dock in Puerto Escondido, then drive across the peninsula to ride in a panga and observe these mammals and their babies in the lagoon.

Bahía de la Paz (November – mid-January; March; order of days changes)
Whale sharks—the largest known species of fish—are known to frequent the bay. Keep watch for the watery “footprints” of these gentle giants, and conditions permitting, gear up for an unforgettable swim alongside this colossal creature or observe from above in the skiff.

Day 5

Captain’s Choice
While it’s unlikely you’ll find any black pearls, today you’ll sail amongst islands once explored by early conquistadors. Your expedition team will be at-the-ready with more adventurous options to choose from—kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, or beachcombing. Discover nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed these islands.

Day 6

Los Islotes / Isla Partida
At Los Islotes—a steep craggy seamount leaping straight from the sea—observe a sea lion colony from the boat and skiff, or slip into a wetsuit for an early morning snorkel with curious, agile young sea lion pups. Afterwards, heave anchor and set sail for Isla Partida, for an afternoon of water play or island hikes along desert beaches or into rocky arroyos.

Day 7

Isla Espíritu Santo
Tuck into a secluded cove surrounded by long fingers of red rock and a golden beach. Spend your last full day enjoying the feel of warm sand under your feet on a beach walk, investigate nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, or explore a little further afield on a guided hike. Celebrate your week at tonight’s special Farewell Dinner with an entertaining slideshow by your expedition team.

Day 8

La Paz / San José – Disembark
After breakfast, it’s “adios” La Paz, as you disembark the vessel and transfer back to San José del Cabo airport.

Testimonials

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Snokel

Sea Kayak

Marine life skiff

Los Islotes

Sea of Cortes

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