Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez a “living aquarium,” with its islands designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to an impressive variety of marine mammals and birds. Discover the pure wildness of Baja California and the Sea of Cortez in the most exhilarating way possible.
Your platform for pure discovery, the 62-guest expedition ship National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion will be your base for exploring Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. The lounge is a moving window on the world outside, the bow the perfect place for photography, and the expedition landing craft and kayaks are a means to connect you up close with the wild world. Flexibility is a hallmark of our expeditions, and nowhere is this more true than Baja California. Expedition landing craft are dropped to get close to whales, and the captain will change course to keep the ship among a pod of dolphins. The ship will feel like home in no time as you discover all the nooks and crannies—and very welcoming, as the community camaraderie kindles.
This itinerary is crafted to:
Special access in the California gray whale lagoons
Each year California gray whales pause during their migrations to birth and nurse their calves in the same lagoons. We are the only foreign company permitted to enter the whale birthing lagoons with our own expedition landing craft, meaning you get more up close encounters with these gentle and curious creatures when you travel with us. We are also the only company that visits lagoons in the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, ensuring more opportunities to see whales.
Every day is active and engaging
You’ll be able to hike through forests of towering cacti and up striking desert canyons. You’ll take expedition landing craft along the shore to see and shoot photos of plunge-diving pelicans and blue-footed boobies and to join a different naturalist as you choose: there are no assigned groups.
Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, five veteran naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist. Their knowledge and passion for Baja California is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience
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