Baja California: Among The Great Whales

Wildlife Cruise
9 Days
From 5929
Whale Watching
Snorkelling and Diving

Tour Introduction

9 Days from 5929 per adult.

The new National Geographic Venture is a wonderful vessel that comfortably accommodates 100 guests in 56 cabins. This purpose-built expedition vessel has been made for exploring remote locations in comfort. It has spacious cabins, beautiful public spaces, open decks with a tiered system for optimal wildlife viewing and specialty tools for exploration which makes her the ideal ship for sailing in the remote areas of Baja California.


Full Itinerary

Price from 5929 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
San Jose del Cabo

Upon arrival in San Jose del Cabo, transfer to La Paz and check in to the CostaBaja Resort & Spa, located on the shore of the Sea of Cortez, just south of Espiritu Island.

Staying at Costa Baja Resort & Spa. Includes Dinner.

Day 2
La Paz

Arrive in La Paz and drive across the Baja Peninsula to San Carlos to board the ship.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes All Meals.

Day 3
Bahia Magdalena

Explore Bahia Magdalena, one of the main breeding and calving areas for the California grey whale. There will be opportunities to view the whales not only from the ship, but also at water level from the zodiacs.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Laguna San Ignacio

Protected since 1993 as part of UNESCO’s Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino, Laguna San Ignacio is one of the world’s most important breeding sites for California gray whales. Each winter, during their long migration, gray whales travel south from their Arctic feeding grounds to breed and raise their calves in these sheltered waters. Observe migrating whales from the ship and up close from local pangas and our Zodiacs. Watch for osprey, Brant geese and countless other breeding and migratory bird species, as well as bottlenose dolphins, during our explorations.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Laguna San Ignacio

Further Exploration of Laguna San Ignacio.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
At sea

As we travel south along the Pacific coast of the peninsula, there is a chance of seeing a wide variety of marine life, including the largest animal on Earth, the blue whale. Hear naturalist talks, and learn photography basics during a day at sea.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Los Cabos and Gorda Banks

This morning cruise past Friars Rocks at Land’s End. This morning, choose to visit the historic town center of San José del Cabo, or join a birdwatching walk along the local estero. The afternoon is spent at the Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna, gathering places for whales, especially humpbacks, dolphins and other sea life.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Los Islotes and Isla Espiritu Santo

At Los Islotes, don flippers, a mask and snorkel (which we’ll gladly provide) and swim with curious sea lions. We have a leisurely afternoon to swim, kayak or hike at Isla Espíritu Santo. Endemic yellow-footed gulls, brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies are all part of the landscape. Finish the day with a relaxing beach barbecue complete with a bonfire and a star-filled sky.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
Sea of Cortez

Our plan is flexible today, as we explore some of the Sea’s many uninhabited islands. Go ashore at Isla San Francisco, where a sweeping arc of white sand beach beckons you to try out our fleet of kayaks and standup paddleboards. Hike to the nearby ridge for unparalleled views with your Naturalist. One of the larger islands in the Sea of Cortez, San Jose offers several landing possibilities depending on conditions and the whim of the moment. Photograph the ochre cliffs of the island’s eastern shore, hike an “enchanted” arroyo, or visit the abandoned salt works to the west. Search for whales, dolphins and other marine life this afternoon among the islands of the southern Sea of Cortez.

Staying at National Geographic Venture. Includes All Meals.

Day 10
La Paz

Disembark in La Paz after breakfast and transfer to Los Cabos airport for flights home.

Staying at Travel home. Includes Breakfast.

Tour Accommodation


National Geographic Venture


The National Geographic Venture has been designed to navigate narrow inlets and wildlife-rich passageways inaccessible to larger ships, while comfortably accommodating 100 guests in 56 cabins.

Her twin expedition craft landing platforms allow you to quickly get on and off the ship to take advantage of wildlife sightings. The vessel also features open decks, generous windows, and specialty tools for exploration.

Food served aboard is fresh, local, and delicious, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible.  During meals your expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers aboard will join you.

The lounge is the heart of the expedition community, where cocktail hour is held and you Recap each evening. It’s also where you’ll gather for presentations, photography talks, and guest speaker presentations. There’s also a small reference library and board games and cards are also available.

Swimming Pool
Air Conditioning
100 Passengers
152 Feet
Expedition ship

56 cabins, 22 with step out balconies, with windows, private facilities and climate controls


Every cabin has two portholes, a large window or balcony, Wi-Fi access, and temperature controls. Bathrooms are modern. Every room has outlets and USB outlets for charging your camera gear or electronics, and space for luggage storage.

Twenty-two of the 50 cabins will feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light. Twelve cabins will connect via internal doorway access allowing families to combine their rooms.

Route Map

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Departure Dates

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Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Best Visited:

January to March

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Absolutely loved it. I would recommend it to anyone. John Melton was always extremely helpful and answered all of my questions quickly and efficiently. Thank you John, it was very much appreciated.

DA - Kent