- Dates: Feb 26 - Mar 05, 2022
- Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
- Trip Level (1-4):2
- Arrive: Loreto, Mexico
- Depart:Loreto, Mexico
- Priced From: $6,400
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- Unforgettable close encounters with California gray whales in the wild.
- Hiking desert islands in the Sea of Cortez, and spotting wildlife among the dunes.
- Snorkeling with friendly sea lions and along spectacular coral reefs.
- Superb stargazing from aboard ship and on remote coastal beaches.
- The best of Baja California – benefiting from Lindblad Expeditions’ 30+ years of discovering hidden gems and building deep local relationships.
As the sun climbs above the sparkling Sea of Cortez, you head out for an exhilarating day of whale spotting. Then in the evening, you and your fellow travelers survey the star-filled Pacific skies from a secluded beach or the deck of your small expedition ship. At day’s end, you retire to your comfortable cabin, knowing that sunrise will reveal a new expanse of pristine waters teeming with marine life, and another stretch of dune-lined coast waiting to be explored.
This is the blend of natural wonders we’ve woven together in TravelQuest’s latest adventure, our Baja California Whale Watching and Stargazing Cruise, which sets sail in February 2022 aboard Lindblad’s state-of-the-art National Geographic Venture. Lindblad Expeditions’ nimble, intimate ship is an ideal home base for discovering the beauty of the Baja California peninsula – a string of deserts along a mountainous spine that extends southward from California, separating Mexico’s mainland from the Pacific Ocean.
The peninsula’s western shore is renowned for whale watching. Each year, thousands of California gray whales pause here during their cyclical migrations to birth and nurse their calves in sheltered lagoons. This is your chance to see the gentle giants up close, setting out with our naturalist guides in zodiacs or sometimes small fishing boats called pangas. Seeing one of these massive creatures breach the surface just yards away, then raise its flukes to descend once again into the depths, is an experience you’ll carry with you forever. This is only one dimension of a journey that takes you from snorkeling among sea lions and over coral reefs to spotting waterbirds and wildlife as you kayak through coastal mangrove forests.
Then there are the extraordinary sights overhead. As TravelQuest astronomer Paul Deans sums it up: “Baja California is an excellent stargazing locale, thanks to the peninsula’s clean, dry air and its minimal light pollution. Our cruise plan includes two evenings ashore with our telescopes, plus three nights of scanning the skies on deck, with only the sea around us and the vast sky above. So be sure to bring your binoculars – for the stars and the whales.”
This unique adventure in America’s southern backyard is already generating plenty of interest, so contact TravelQuest to reserve your cabin today – as this is sure to sell out quickly!