Arrive in San Jose del Cabo and transfer to La Paz to board our ship.
National Geographic Sea Bird/Sea Lion (D)
Today is a day with the luxury of no specific plan. You may spend time on the lookout for whales, bottlenose and common dolphin, or explore some of the many uninhabited islands such as Isla San Francisco or Isla San Jose, known for its sweeping beaches and arroyos. Birdlife may be plentiful, and the nutrient-rich sea is home to an overwhelming variety of fish: king angelfish, surgeonfish, butterfly fish, damselfish, and the beautiful parrotfish.
At Los Islotes, don flippers, a mask, and snorkel (which we’ll gladly provide) and swim with curious sea lions. We’ll have a leisurely afternoon to swim, kayak, or hike at Isla Espíritu Santo. Brown pelicans, gulls, and boobies are all part of the landscape. Finish the day with a relaxing beach barbecue complete with a campfire and a star-filled sky.
This morning cruise past Friars Rocks at Land’s End and visit the historic town center of San José del Cabo. The afternoon is spent at the Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna—gathering places for humpback whales, dolphins, and other sea life.
As we travel north along the Pacific coast of the
Baja Peninsula, spend time on deck seeking out some of the many marine creatures that inhabit
these waters, including the blue whale—the
largest animal on Earth. Attend talks given by our
naturalists, and learn wildlife photography tips
from our photo instructor.
The Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino is one of the
main breeding and calving areas for California
gray whales, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage
site. Every year, gray whales migrate here
from the Arctic waters of Alaska; it is one of the
longest known migrations
of mammals and one
of nature’s greatest spectacles. In this vast water
nursery, observe these enormous yet gentle
animals at water level from our Zodiacs. Our
extensive experience navigating these waters,
as well as the ship’s exploration tools, maximize
of up-close encounters with gray
whales and their calves.
Go ashore on Isla Magdalena, a vast sandy wilderness
surrounded by mangrove channels and
the protected waters of Magdalena Bay. Explore
the island’s ever-shifting dunes during a walk to
one of the most pristine beaches on the Pacific
coast. On the mud flats, spot migrating birds at
rest, including frigatebirds, pelicans, cormorants,
terns, and great blue herons.
Disembark the ship in San Carlos and transfer to La Paz, where you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant before checking in to the CostaBaja Resort & Spa. This afternoon is on your own, to relax and take advantage of the resort and spa amenities. The next day, transfer to San Jose del Cabo airport for your flight home.