Journey to the Sea of Cortez – Grey whale & Whale shark departure
Ten day adventure exploring the Sea of Cortez and enjoying its abundant
marine wildlife, with a full day in the Grey whale birthing lagoon and a
chance to snorkel with Whale sharks
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
The Sea of Cortez, a World Heritage Site, is rich in natural history, unspoiled in beauty, unrivalled in marine life. It is one of the most bio-diverse seas on earth and is home to thousands of species of marine mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates. The raw untouched beauty of the sea and surrounding islands offers the explorer a true adventure. On this special departure, there is the chance to visit the Grey Whale Birthing Lagoon of Magdalena Bay and the opportunity to swim with Whale sharks.
* Full board accommodation while on the ship
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Full complement of qualified Ship Crew and Educational Staff. Group size normally 1 to 16, plus leader(s). Min age 18 yrs.
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
- Single Accommodation (not available on this tour, shared accommodation only)
- Navigate the Sea of Cortez
- Visit the Grey Whale Birthing Lagoon of Magdalena Bay
- Snorkel with Whale sharks
- 4 nights in twin cabins with shared facilities on board the M/V Adventure, 2 nights hotel en suite facilities in La Paz
- Group normally 4 to 16 plus crew. Min age 18 yrs
- Travel by minibus and boat
- Full day viewing Grey whales at the birthing lagoon of Magdalena Bay
- Excursion to snorkel with Whale sharks
Start La Paz and overnight.
Those meeting the airport transfers should arrive in La Paz in the early afternoon. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore La Paz before our first meal together at one of the local restaurants (at own expense). Accommodation: Hotel Catedral or similar*Standard Hotel*
Visit the Grey Whale Birthing Lagoon of Magdalena Bay.
An early morning departure (approximately 6am) to the Pacific side of the peninsula where we will spend two sessions (morning and afternoon) experiencing life of the Grey whales in their birthing lagoon of Magdalena Bay. In the afternoon we return to La Paz and board the M/V Adventure.Once onboard and settled in, pre-dinner cocktails will be served, with dinner set for 7:30pm as the ship departs the Bay of La Paz. We will be anchoring for the night in a quiet bay at the entrance to the Sea of Cortez.Accommodation: M/V Adventure
Navigate the Sea of Cortez and discover its abundant marine life - whales, dolphins, sea lions, turtles and a huge array of birds.
We spend the next four days exploring areas in the Sea of Cortez. We hope to snorkel in crystal clear waters with an amazing diversity of undersea life, kayak through mangrove lagoons, over coral reefs and in quiet bays, and go ashore to explore various islands. Some of the islands we hope to include are Isla Espiritu Santos, Isla San Francisco, Isla San Jose, Isla Partida and Isla Santa Cruz.The Sea of Cortez is known for its abundance of marine life. We hope to observe and interact with some of the largest whales on earth, marvel at the antics of hundreds of dolphins as they escort us on our journey, explore a sea lion habitat where males jostle for dominance and females nurture their young, and discover an array of birdlife that can be found wading, nesting and feeding along the shoreline.Accommodation: M/V Adventure
Snorkelling with Whale sharks; disembark and overnight in La Paz.
This morning we will disembark in La Paz and check into our hotel. Once we have checked in, we will venture into the known feeding grounds of the juvenile Whale sharks where we will have the opportunity to swim with these docile, giant giants. In the evening we go for a final meal together at one of the local restaurants (at own expense).Accommodation: Hotel Catedral or similar*Standard Hotel*
End La Paz.
Our trip ends after breakfast. Those booked on the airport transfers will be transferred to Cabo International Airport for the flights home.
Ship & Hotel
On this itinerary we spend 4 nights in twin cabins with shared facilities on board the M/V Adventure and 2 nights in a hotel with en suite facilities in La Paz.
The M/V Adventure is a newly built 110′ aluminum hull ship which takes a maximum of 16 passengers in eight cabins. The multiple level decks are ideal for wildlife viewing and accommodations are in private double occupancy staterooms with upper and lower single berths. Each stateroom comes complete with air conditioning, cupboards and drawers to unpack in, sink/vanity and comfortable, spacious bunks. Shared restrooms and shower are separate to the staterooms.
Single supplement is not available.
All meals included while on the ship.
Meals consist of a variety of healthy and nutritious foods including fresh fruits, veggies and meats. The cuisine reflects the Mexican culture and most dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice.
This tour is operated by Panterra Eco-Expeditions, and as such the group may be a mixture of Breakaway and Panterra clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. Panterra operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.
At the time of booking we will ask you for the standard Breakaway deposit of USD$500 plus USD$650 in order to secure your space on the boat. Once the space has been secured with Panterra Eco-Expeditions, the additional deposit of USD$650 is non-refundable. If for any reason we are unable to secure the space and we have to cancel the trip, you will of course receive a full refund.
These trips are designed for everyone, accommodating all levels of experience and abilities. Most of our participants have limited experience kayaking and snorkeling. These expeditions are not considered to be strenuous or physically demanding, and a high level of fitness is not required. You can, however, anticipate a few hours of exercise each day. Some of the planned activities include snorkeling, kayaking, nature hikes, marine life encounters and cultural interactions.