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North America Baja California Cruise

Serenity & Sea Life in the Sea of Cortez

This is a new kind of getaway, a wild Baja escape. Try yoga classes on a stand-up paddleboard, qi gong on the beach at sunset, snorkeling with playful sea lions and mindfulness hikes along island coasts in the Sea of Cortez. This 5-day Serenity & Sea Life in the Sea of Cortez cruise ensures activity and relaxation at the award-winning level, combining wellness programs with National Geographic guides and activities.

Do as much or as little as you’d like while walking along the sweeping white sand shores of Isla San Francisco, stopping for yoga or qi gong with a wellness specialist on the beach. Hike along beautiful seaside trails while focusing on mindfulness and stretching with a view. Visit places like Los Islotes and Isla Partida, two of the loveliest islands in the Sea of Cortez, and explore unsullied landscapes and revel in pure nature while learning about the flora and fauna of Baja, California.

Photograph panoramic views, wildlife and landscapes of black lava and pink volcanic ash; snorkel among playful sea lions and schools of colorful reef fish; kayak and stand-up paddleboard along ocean-carved coastlines; hike mindfully with a wellness instructor; and stretch on the beach or on deck. Between daily excursions, challenge your body and mind with excellent fitness classes including Core Fusion Bootcamp, restorative Chill Yoga, meditation sessions, stand-up paddleboard yoga and more. Enjoy a sunset beach BBQ, a bonfire and end each day with stargazing.

Revitalize aboard the 100-guest floating base camp National Geographic Venture, whose spacious cabins, beautiful public spaces and commanding views are ideal for this Sea of Cortez cruise. This wild Baja escape is designed specifically for those wishing to relax in Cabo while enjoying the unbeatable proximity to nature found most easily on a small ship.

AdventureSmith Explorations’ crew of award-winning Baja small ship cruise experts have personal experience sailing in Baja’s Sea of Cortez. Contact us to discover more about this Baja small ship cruise and other options to suit your travel interests and timeline.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Baja cruises and Baja trips.


Serenity & Sea Life in the Sea of Cortez Itinerary

This 5-day Baja cruise begins and ends in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

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Day 1
Arrive San Jose del Cabo & Embark La Paz, Baja

Upon arrival to Los Cabos airport, transfer to La Paz and embark the ship in the afternoon. Set sail on arrival for a sunset cruise of Bahía La Paz en route to San Jose Channel.


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Days 2 - 3
San Jose Channel, Isla San Jose & Isla San Francisco

Witness a spectacular Baja sunrise this morning while searching for marine mammals in the upper San José Channel. Hear naturalist talks and learn photography basics during an early morning at sea. Before lunch, go ashore at Isla San Francisco, where a sweeping arc of white sand beach beckons you to try yoga or qi gong with your wellness specialist. On Isla San Jose, explore nearby tide pools with the naturalists, or spend the afternoon stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling and kayaking. Hike to the nearby ridge for unparalleled views just before sunset. Wind down with an on-deck yoga session or a chair massage, then go ashore for a beach barbecue dinner followed by a bonfire under the stars. The Expedition Leader will pick the perfect locations based on weather conditions to allow you to enjoy this region to it’s fullest. However you choose to spend these two days, you’ll be rewarded with a sense of well-being that comes only from spending quality time in nature.


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Day 4
Isla Partida & Los Islotes

Watch the cliffs light up as your wellness specialist leads a morning yoga or qi gong class on deck or on shore. Explore as much or as little as you like, with the ship as your mobile base camp–taking advantage of every exhale wellness option. Today, snorkel with playful and curious sea lions or photograph their antics from expedition landing craft.


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Day 5
Disembark La Paz, Baja

Disembark in downtown La Paz this morning and transfer to Los Cabos airport for flights home.





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Inclusions, Terms & Notes


Accommodations aboard ship; meals, snacks and hors d’oeuvres as indicated in itinerary; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; services of Exhale Spa wellness specialists; use of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling gear; park entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.


Air transportation; personal items such as internet access, premium spa services, etc.; discretionary tips to naturalist staff and crew; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure: 
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost 

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Serenity & Sea Life in the Sea of Cortez cruise begins and ends in San Jose del Cabo, Baja, Mexico (SJD) with transfers to/from La Paz. Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights from Los Angeles, California. Plan to depart San Jose del Cabo anytime after the morning disembarkation on day 5 of the itinerary. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.


Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, whale watching, wildlife, observation, morning yoga, stretching and Exhale Spa wellness classes.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability. 

Families & Children

Travelers under the age of 18 at time of travel save $500, at double occupancy. Skilled staff members are trained in organizing activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Jan 03 - Jan 07, 2022
National Geographic Venture • 5 days
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National Geographic Venture

The 100-guest National Geographic Venture is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built expedition vessel made for exploring coastal waters, shallow coves and fast-moving channels while sailing with the luxury of supreme comfort.


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