North America Baja California Cruise

Westward Voyages in the Sea of Cortez

This unique Baja cruise and land adventure focuses on exploring the Sea of Cortez aboard the historic 8-guest adventure yacht Westward. Daily hikes, kayak paddles and snorkeling excursions are led by expert naturalist guides, and all land transfers and hotel accommodations are included. Enjoy one of the most intimate Baja cruises that travels primarily north and south between Loreto and La Paz, with seasonal variations to take advantage of the best wildlife opportunities.

The main Westward Voyages in the Sea of Cortez cruise follows a 12-day itinerary with a highlight being gray whale watching at Magdalena Bay on the Pacific Ocean. This 30-mile bay is famed for the California gray whales that come here each winter to mate, give birth and prepare their young for the journey back north. Westward travelers access the region by crossing the Baja Peninsula, then returning to the ship in the Sea of Cortez.

In addition to this classic route, shorter itineraries offer seasonal variations that include snorkeling with giant whale sharks, viewing petroglyphs high in Baja’s Sierra Mountains, visiting the San Ignacio gray whale lagoon when conditions are better farther north than Magdalena Bay and cruising a more compact 5-day route with less overland travel.

Whichever itinerary you choose, the goal of every Westward Baja cruise is to explore nature, which is why each night’s anchor is in a secluded cove or bay, free of manmade illumination. By day, enjoy close encounters with playful sea lions, leaping mobula rays, whales, dolphins and an array of Baja birdlife that traveling aboard this historic small ship so intimately affords.

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