Explore Baja California on this small ship cruise with a special focus on marine wildlife. Just south of California lies an inland sea known as the Gulf of California or Sea of Cortés. A birders’ paradise, this rich archipelago serves as an important bird refuge and migration corridor. It is a place author John Steinbeck found “ferocious with life” and once described by Jacques Cousteau as “the world’s aquarium.” As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve, it is one of the most biologically diverse marine environments on earth.
The 84-guest Safari Endeavour is home base for discovering a world of breathtaking beauty. Active explorations for various activity levels can be made by kayak, paddleboard, snorkel and skiff in impossibly brilliant turquoise blue waters. The itinerary features snorkeling with playful sea lions, hiking along red-rock cliffs and relaxing by a bonfire on the beach. The wildlife-rich waters invite up-close study and the islands welcome on-shore discovery of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Gray whale watching at Bahía Magdalena or snorkeling among gentle whale sharks in Bahía de La Paz is sure to be a wildlife highlight. Baja’s Bounty is a fantastic cruise through Baja watching for whales, mobula rays, dolphins and birds. Note that gray whale watching at Bahía Magdalena only occurs during the height of the whale watching season, mid-January through mid-March.
Coastal mangroves and dunes along with desert scrub and red-rock cliffs provide the backdrop on this 7-night island hopping journey. Shores rimmed with white-sand beaches and cactus-clad ridges offer outstanding hiking and opportunities for relaxation. A visit with a local ranchero and family, alongside a mule ride, provides insights into local culture. To explore this extraordinary place is to know firsthand how small the human presence here truly is. This is a small ship Baja California cruise like no other!
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