Baja Bounty Cruise
Stocked with supplies and a bountiful sense of adventure, follow Steinbeck's path into the protected waters of Cousteau's "world's aquarium." Active exploration and a menagerie of wildlife await you! Expect days of play and relaxation, with wildlife in its natural habitat; genuine exchanges with locals; wilderness hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, or snorkeling; exploration by expedition vessel or boutique yacht, and even by skiff. Rain or shine!
Highlights include • Sea of Cortes UNESCO World Heritage Site - a marine life-rich natural aquarium • Watch for whales, mobula rays, dolphins, and birds • Hike, kayak, paddle board, and explore by skiff • Mule ride into the arroyos with local rancheros • Search for gentle whale sharks in Bahia de La Paz (Nov to mid-Jan; Mar). Or watch for gray whales at Bahia Magdalena (mid-Jan to early March) • Snorkel with sea lion pups and colorful reef fish
Day 1: San Jose del Cabo / La Paz - Embarkation Bienvenidos! You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport and transferred to our San Jose del Cabo hospitality area. Joined by your expedition team, an overland orientation transfer to La Paz acquaints you with the dramatic Baja landscape and the week that lies ahead. The captain and crew welcome you aboard just in time for a cocktail and dinner with your new mates.
Day 2: Isla San Francisco In a playground of steep red bluffs and sweeping desert beach, kick off your week long adventure with a day of play. Don some flippers for a snorkel among colourful sea life, put on your walking shoes for an exploratory hike, grab a paddle, or relax on the beach with the sand between your toes. The rugged beauty of the island makes it an ideal spot for escapades.
Day 3: Bahia Agua Verde At Bahia Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. Explore the coast by small skiff, visit with a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a burro ride and experience the "real Baja." Scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding, and unmatched camaraderie - the day is done.
Day 4: Captain's Choice While it's unlikely you'll find any black pearls, today you'll sail among islands once explored by early conquistadors. Your expedition team will be at-the-ready with more adventurous options to choose from including kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, or beachcombing. Discover nature's diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed these islands
Day 5: Marine Life Search Magdalena Bay (mid-January to early-March) Mother Nature is your guide today. The gray whales arrive each year on Baja's west coast, migrating more than 12,000 miles to calve in Bahia Magdalena. Dock in Puerto Escondido, then drive across the peninsula to ride in a panga and observe these mammals and their babies in the lagoon. Or, Bahia de la Paz (November to mid-January; March; order of days changes) Whale sharks, the largest known species of fish, are known to frequent the bay. Keep watch for the watery "footprints" of these gentle giants, and conditions permitting, gear up for an unforgettable swim alongside this colossal creature or observe from above in the skiff.
Day 6: Los Islotes > Isla Partida At Los Islotes a steep craggy seamount leaping straight from the sea: observe a sea lion colony from the boat and skiff, or slip into a wetsuit for an early morning snorkel with curious, agile young sea lion pups. Afterwards, heave anchor and set sail for Isla Partida, for an afternoon of water play or island hikes along desert beaches or into rocky arroyos.
Day 7: Isla Espiritu Santo Tuck into a secluded cove surrounded by long fingers of red rock and a golden beach. Spend your last full day enjoying the feel of warm sand under your feet on a beach walk, investigate nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, or explore a little further afield on a guided hike. Celebrate your week at tonight's special Farewell Dinner with an entertaining slideshow by your expedition team.
Day 8: San Jose del Cabo > La Paz - Disembark After breakfast, it's "adios" La Paz, as you transfer back to San Jose del Cabo airport.
Due to the nature of these explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Safari Endeavour Aboard this spacious expedition vessel, three decks offer ample outside vantage points for taking in daytime sights and the sparkling night sky with new friends. Interior spaces including the intimate lounge, cask wine bar, and cozy library provide comfortable and relaxing spaces to sit back with a book and glass of wine, gather for presentations, or to share experiences from the day. The fully-stocked, marble-topped bar in the lounge is a magnet for activity and mingling.
• Exclusive activities and shore excursions, presentations • Entry fees to national parks, preserves, and monuments • Narration and expertise from expedition and heritage guides. • Meet, greet services, transfers and baggage handling (between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days) • Onboard meals • Spirits, wine and microbrews • Non-alcoholic beverages • Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, and yoga mats
Pricing (per person) $USD
Departs 2018 Departures
Dec 22, 29
Jan 5(B), 12(B), 19, 26(W)
B = Biology (marine)
Feb 2(S), 9(O), 16, 23
Mar 2, 9, 16, 23(P)
O = Birding/Ornithology
P = Photography
S = Storytellers (Steinbeck)
W = Wellness
Dec 22, 29
Jan 5(B), 12(B), 19, 26(W)
B = Biology (marine)
Booking conditions • Prices are per person in US Dollars, double/twin occupancy. Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for single, triple cabin prices.
• Please contact World Journeys for the updated US exchange rate.
• Prices are per person in US Dollars, double/twin occupancy. Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for single, triple cabin prices. • Please contact World Journeys for the updated US exchange rate.
Not included • Port taxes, fees
• Gratuities to your vessel cruise
• Airfare to and from your home city
• Optional travel insurance
• Port taxes, fees • Gratuities to your vessel cruise • Airfare to and from your home city • Optional travel insurance
Gratuity • Our recommendations for gratuities is US$25 to US$35 per person per day.
• Our recommendations for gratuities is US$25 to US$35 per person per day.
Book by 31 July and save $400 per couple
Book by 31 July 2018 and save $400/couple ($200/person) on 5 January 2019 Bajas Bounty departure. Restrictions may apply. Subject to availability.