March 9-13, 2019

Baja, Mexico

Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is one of nature’s crown jewels, and critical habitat for numerous species of marine mammals, sea turtles, and birds. It is also an important area for whale sharks and gray whales. Trip highlights include:

  • Snorkel alongside the world's largest fish: the whale shark
  • Get up close to gray whales in the world's principal calving ground for this species
  • Conduct hands-on green sea turtle monitoring alongside local fishermen who are working to protect the species.
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Itinerary

March 9 | Arrival - Los Cabos - La Paz

Fly to Los Cabos, Mexico. From here, we will board a short, scenic flight over the towering Sierra de la Laguna mountain range to La Paz, the gateway to the Sea of Cortez. Once we check into our hotel, we will explore this charming city.

March 10 | Espíritu Santo Island

Today we head out on the water in search of blue and finback whales, sea lions, seabirds, and whale sharks, which migrate to the Sea of Cortez each spring to feed on clouds of minute plankton. Expert naturalists will brief us on whale shark biology, as well as the ongoing local efforts to protect the species. We’ll visit Espíritu Santo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whose beautiful turquoise waters are home to countless marine species. Here, we’ll have the opportunity to snorkel with sea lions. We will return to La Paz for sundowners on the malecón. (B, L)

March 11 | Magdalena Bay

Today we will cross the peninsula to visit Magdalena Bay, where we will get up close to gray whales in their breeding grounds before they make their annual migration up the Pacific Coast to Alaska. We will also learn about a sea turtle restoration project that has been recognized around the world as a model for community-based conservation, and we will work directly with local fishermen and conservationists in hands-on monitoring and data collection. We will spend the night at an eco-camp nestled into the dunes. (B, L, D)

March 12 | Magdalena Bay - Los Cabos

Watch the sun rise as Magdalena Bay comes to life. After breakfast, we will have another morning out on the water with the gray whales. Along the way, we’ll visit untouched sand dunes and navigate lush mangrove canals. Back on shore, we will board a small plane for a scenic flight to Los Cabos. We’ll cap off our Baja adventure together with a dinner at a local farm-to-table restaurant. (B, L, D)

March 13 | Los Cabos - Departure

Transfer to Los Cabos airport (SJD), and on to international flights home.

Trip Price

$3,995 per person (sharing a room); limited single supplements are available for an additional cost of $600.

Price includes: In-country flights from Los Cabos to La Paz and from López Mateos to Los Cabos, all ground transfers, accommodations, meals as described in the above itinerary (B,L,D = breakfast, lunch, dinner), activities as described, snorkeling equipment rental, all taxes, and park entrance fees.

Price does not include: International airfare to/from Los Cabos, gratuities, any meals or activities not included in the above itinerary.

Group Size

Limit of 13 passengers.

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Endangered Species

Oceanic Society was involved in the “save the whales” efforts of the early 1970s that effectively brought east Pacific gray and humpback whales back from the brink of extinction. We continue to support marine mammal conservation worldwide, and we are global leaders in sea turtle conservation through our leadership of the State of the World’s Sea Turtles program and the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group. On this expedition we will explore the intersecting stories of several endangered species—sea turtles, whales, and whale sharks—and the people of Baja California who are working to bring them back from extinction.

Your Trip Leaders

RODERIC MAST is Oceanic Society’s President and CEO. He is a lifelong conservationist, a marine biologist, and an experienced travel guide who got his start as a naturalist in the Galápagos Islands. Rod is an expert in sea turtles, and is the both the co-chair of theIUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group and the founder of the State of the World’s Sea TurtlesProgram, which is managed by Oceanic Society. Rod is also a passionate photographer, author, and public speaker.

SLATER MOORE is a professional photographer, naturalist, and drone pilot based in Monterey, CA. He is passionate about marine life and capturing images and video that pull people closer to the wild world. Slater got his start working on fishing and whale watching boats in southern California as a deckhand, naturalist, and captain, and has been photographing marine life since 2012. See Slater’s work at https://www.instagram.com/slatermoorephotography/.

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