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



Days: 7


Take our fully customizable week-long Sea of Cortez vacation and discover what legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau dubbed “The World’s Aquarium”.

With a base in La Paz, journey onto the waters for unique encounters with wildlife, including whale sharks, migratory birds, sea turtles, sea lions, and gray whales.

Across the seven days, you’ll also learn about the magnificent flora and fauna, on both land and sea, by interacting with researches, scientists, and expert guides. Snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking adventures bring the opportunity to discover pristine bays and virgin beaches on your own terms.



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

Whale watching in Magdalena Bay – Encounter magnificent gray whales and sea turtles with a whale watching trip

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

Day 1: Arrival to La Paz

Arriving in La Paz, a private driver will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel.

Overnight: Costa Baja Resort


Day 2: Private La Paz city tour

Before you head out onto the waters, explore the delights of La Paz with an expert guide showing you the very best spots. Experience the culture, history, and architecture of this celebrated town, including the street art of the La Paz Ciudad Mural project. Along the way, take the opportunity to try a few local delicacies.

After your tour, visit either the Serpentarium or Museum of History and Anthropology. A private transfer takes you back to your hotel for the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Costa Baja Resort

Please note: This experience is available from October to April.


Day 3: Private whale shark tour and beach lunch

A truly special event, head out onto the Sea of Cortez to swim alongside the world’s largest fish, the mighty whale shark! Enjoy the ride as an experienced captain transports you to where the whale sharks are swimming. Upon arrival, jump in the water to swim next to these gentle giants.

The day is made extra special as you will be joined by a whale shark researcher. Learn from the expert as they take you through the ecology of these magnificent creatures, the role they play in the ecosystem, and their feeding, mating, and migratory habits.

After, the trip continues to Balandra Bay, a natural protected area home to pristine beaches, mangroves, and stunning scenery. Have a tasty lunch, explore the nature trails, snorkel in the crystalline waters, and relax before heading back to your hotel.

Overnight: Costa Baja Resort

Please note: The experience is available from October to April and subject to availability.


Day 4: Private whale watching adventure

Come face to face with more of the Sea of Cortez’s giant residents with a private whale watching tour. First, head to Puerto San Carlos to check in to your hotel and to have lunch. Then, board a private skiff and head out into the bay in search of whales.

As you keep an eye out for the tell-tale water plumes or the arched back of a diving whale, a naturalist guide will tell you all about these magnificent creatures and their incredible annual migration. After concluding your whale watching tour, toast the sunset from among the dunes of Magdalena Island before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Villas Mar y Arena


Day 5: Private whale watching excursion in Magdalena Bay

Rise early and watch Magdalena Bay come to life with the rising of the sun. After a hot breakfast, head north by boat through the mangrove canals, taking in the incredible untouched scenery and wildlife, searching for friendly whales.

Stop at a secluded beach on Magdalena Island for a picnic lunch and hike up the sand dunes. After, head back to La Paz, full of amazing memories from Magdalena Bay!

Overnight: Costa Baja Resort

Please note: The experience is available from February to March.


Day 6: Private day trip to the sea lions of Espíritu Santo Island

After a private transfer to La Paz’s marina docks, board your boat and listen as your expert guide gives a short briefing about the trip.

Then, sit back and enjoy a journey on the waters. Around an hour and a half later, arrive at the sea lion colony of Espiritu Santo Island. Enjoy plenty of time swimming, snorkeling, and interacting with the playful sea lions in the company of your guide.

Afterwards, head to a secluded beach for a tasty lunch and time to relax, swim, and explore the island on foot or by kayak. Head back to La Paz in time for dinner.

Overnight: Costa Baja Resort


Day 7: Departure from La Paz

Finish your Sea of Cortez vacation in style, with a private transfer to La Paz airport for your onward flight home.


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 $1,000 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.

Please note, our pricing guideline is a starting from price and is not necessarily applicable to the suggested hotels contained within the suggested itineraries on this web site. Itineraries are customized prior to final pricing.