Baja’s Bounty Mexico Cruise

Roundtrip - La Paz, Baja California Sur 7 Nights - From $3,056

~ La Paz ~ isla Espíritu Santo ~ los islotes ~ isla San Francisco ~ bahia agua verde ~ loreto ~ island Exploration ~ La Paz~

Baja’s Bounty Mexico Cruise gives you the opportunity to explore this World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve and visit a culturally rich centuries-old mission town. Discover a world of breathtaking beauty on an island-hopping journey through wildlife-rich waters and on islands that are home to both plants and animals found nowhere else. Coastal mangroves and dunes, along with desert scrub and red rock cliffs provide the backdrop.

Swim with playful sea lions, watch whales, and discover a centuries-old mission town. Hike nearby shores, rimmed with white-sand beaches and cactus-clad ridges, then play in impssibly brilliant turqoise waters. To explore the extraordinary place is to know firsthand how small the human presence here truly is.

Departure Dates

2012 Departures
Nov. 24; Dec. 1, 8, 15
Nov. 17; Dec. 22, 29

2013 Departures
Jan. 5, 12+, 19
$3,056
Mar. 30+; Apr. 6
Nov. 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14

Jan. 26; Feb. 2,9, 16+,23 $3,770
Mar. 2, 9#, 16+, 23#
Nov. 23; Dec. 21, 28

2014 Departures
Jan. 4, 11, 18; Mar. 29
Apr. 5
Jan. 25+
Feb. 1, 8, 15+, 22+
Mar. 1, 8#, 15+, 22#

# “Kids in Nature” family departure. + Theme departure. All rates are per person, double occupancy. Any stateroom (except Master) may be sold as a single for 175% of double rate. Triple rates available. Charter up to 86 guests.


Cruise Highlights

  • Exclusive exploration of a UNESCO World Heritage Site & Biosphere Reserve
  • Unhurried time for watching whales and dolphins
  • Discover the centuries – old mission town of Loreto
  • Snorkeling with playful sea lion pups
  • Hike along cactus-clad rims and among the giant Cardón cactus
  • Enjoy an evening BBQ ashore with music and storytelling
  • Spectacular stargazing, evening snorkeling, and chances for water-play
  • Daily insights from your onboard Expedition Leader and guides

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1 La Paz, Baja California Sur – Embarkation
You will be met at the Los Cabos or La Paz airport for your transfer to the Safari Endeavour. The Captain and crew welcome you aboard just in time for a cocktail and dinner with your new mates.

Day 2 Isla Espíritu Santo
Wake up to a desert island paradise nestled in the gulf’s rich ecosystem. Kick off your day with a brief orientation, and then it’s all ashore for a day of play. Beachcomb along the shell-strewn shore or hike inland among exotic desert cacti; kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and skiffing are ideal in this important marine habitat. Conditions permitting, there may be a late night snorkel under the stars.

Day 3 Los Islotes / Isla San Francisco
Heave anchor early this morning and set sail for Los Islotes—a steep rocky outcropping leaping straight from the sea. Observe a sea lion colony from the boat and skiff, or slip into a wetsuit to snorkel with agile young sea lions. Swim through a rock arch where orange fan and white fire coral sway in the current, while high overhead, sea birds perch on the cliffs. At Isla San Francisco, a guided hike takes you among a forest of the world’s tallest cactus—the Cardón, or you can take to the calm waters for play.

Day 4 Bahia Agua Verde
Enjoy a lingering brunch then it’s off to shore. Clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. Explore canyons, enjoy scenic vistas, and experience the “real Baja.” Fill your day with spectacular hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddle boarding. If we’re able, there may be a visit with a local ranchero. An evening BBQ makes time for music and sharing stories ashore.

Day 5 Loreto
Loreto, the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula, was founded in 1697. A guided tour takes you through the streets and plazas of this picturesque seaside village. Shop for local art and visit its historical buildings and missions. If the gray whales have arrived near Bahia Magdalena—where they’re known to migrate and calf—we’ll offer an optional excursion across the peninsula where you can ride in a panga and observe them in the lagoon. Get underway for an afternoon search for whales, dolphins and flying manta rays, and an evening of stargazing.

Day 6 Whale Watching
Picturesque ledges of pink and orange bluffs and a search for marine life are on tap. With binoculars in hand, keep your eyes peeled for pods of dolphins, blue, fin, sei, orca and sperm whales as they spout and dive in the surrounding waters. Blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, cormorants, and gulls also make this area their home and on shore you may catch a glimpse of a Costa’s hummingbird or ash-throated flycatchers. Drop anchor in a hidden cove straight out of a movie set for a chance to kayak, snorkel, and beachcomb or to hike an inland sandy valley perfect for identifying animal tracks or climb a desert rim of breathtaking vistas. There’s even the possibility of a post-dinner swim in a bay filled with stunning bioluminescence.

Day 7 Captain’s Choice
Leave it to the Captain to uncover today’s magic. Depending on the tides and sightings, you may be snorkeling in crystalline waters; skiffing alongside a pod of bottlenose dolphins; on Isla San Jose exploring the red and white mangroves by kayak and skiff; seeking endemic wildlife on an Isla Catalina hike; or stepping ashore on Isla Coyote, the gulf’s only inhabited island, to visit with local fishermen. After tonight’s special Farewell Dinner, your Expedition Leader recaps the journey with a slideshow of your Un-Cruise experience.

Day 8 La Paz, Baja California Sur – Disembark
Back in La Paz, it’s “adios.” After breakfast, transfer to the La Paz and Los Cabos airports is included.

 


Price Includes

LUXURY ADVENTURES include – All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat; port fees and taxes; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; sauna, hot tub, yoga classes, a complimentary massage.


The Ship

Safari Endeavour

Exquisitely appointed, the newly refurbished yacht-style Safari Endeavour features a Wine Bar, relaxing public spaces, and three decks with ample outside viewing opportunities. The EZ Dock launch platform on the aft deck makes launching a kayak or stand-up paddle board and boarding a skiff easy.

Onboard Amenities
• Fitness equipment, hot tub, sauna, massage room, and yoga
• Flat screen TV/DVD in the Salon
• Exclusive wine bar
• Full-beam swim-step for ease in boarding kayaks and skiffs
• Hair dryers, bathrobes, slippers, alarm clock, iPod docking station and TV/DVD players
• A DVD and book library
• Included bar stocked with premium spirits, fine wines and microbrews

  • 86 guests
  • 43 staterooms
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 232 feet in length
  • 37 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1983 by “Jeff Boat” Shipyard
  • Renovated in 2012
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio