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Touching Gray Whale calves and their mothers in Laguna San Ignacio
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Enjoying the dolphins’ acrobatics
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Looking for desert birds, lizards and plants during an early morning hike
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Snorkeling with reef fish and California Sea Lions
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Watching a Blue Whale on its northward migration

Baja California & the Sea of Cortez

Jan 23 - Feb 03, 2021

12 days | Mexico | Expedition Cruise

Baja California offers a surprisingly opulent environment for nature lovers. The juxtaposition of a rich marine environment with a diverse and well-adapted complement of desert flora and fauna creates a singularly varied experience! We’ll cruise down the coast of Baja and into the Sea of Cortez aboard our exclusively chartered vessel and appreciate this unique combination with sea and land excursions.



Our visit coincides with the congregations of Gray Whales as they gather to calve, and a highlight will be the opportunity to encounter them at close range along with a number of other whale species! We’ll watch for seabirds such as Blue-footed Booby and albatrosses by the coast and at sea, look for desert birds and other wildlife among imposing cacti, snorkel with gorgeous fish, watch for huge schools of dolphin, and perhaps see the Whale Shark, the world’s largest fish. On most evenings we’ll have naturalist presentations that provide insight into the Baja’s wildlife and ecosystems and may also enjoy fine night sky viewing that only such a place can provide.

This is an epic tour of an understated and unconventional place.
 
Tour Leader Chris Earley hosted a fascinating webinar about this tour! Click here to watch (43 mins.)
Expedition Cruise Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$6245 (Incl. all taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
24 - 26 participants
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What’s included: Services and meals as listed in the itinerary, 11-night cruise aboard the M/V Searcher based on double occupancy, airport transfer at end of tour if travelling with the group, services of an on-board naturalist guide, services of your Quest naturalist leader Josh Vandermeulen, beer and wine aboard the vessel. Taxes and gratuities are included. 

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"Trip of a lifetime!" - Carolyn. B

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in San Diego and embark our vessel
2Todos Santos Islands
3San Benito Islands
4 - 5San Ignacio Lagoon (Laguna San Ignacio)
6Offshore Bahiía Magdalena
7Offshore Cabo San Lucas
8San Joseí Island
9Santa Catalina Island
10Bahiía Agua Verde
11Isla San Joseí/Islas Los Islotes
12Cabo San Lucas, disembark
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Ship Information

We charter the M/V Searcher exclusively for our Quest group. Built in 1970 in Costa Mesa, California, this meticulously maintained wooden-hulled motor yacht is 29 metres long, accommodating 24 passengers and 8 crew members.

Your Tour Leaders

Josh Vandermeulen is a professional Field Biologist and is an active and well-known member of Ontario’s naturalist community. He regularly travels the province in pursuit of his two core interests, field herpetology and ornithology.

Marc Webber is a marine mammal specialist with an undergraduate and graduate degree from San Francisco State University. He has worked as a biologist and refuge manager for non-profit organizations and the US government for his entire career in places all over the United States.

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Expedition Cruise Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$6245 (Incl. all taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
24 - 26 participants

What’s included: Services and meals as listed in the itinerary, 11-night cruise aboard the M/V Searcher based on double occupancy, airport transfer at end of tour if travelling with the group, services of an on-board naturalist guide, services of your Quest naturalist leader Josh Vandermeulen, beer and wine aboard the vessel. Taxes and gratuities are included. 

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