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Ultimate Baja Whale Expedition

Explore the Sea of Cortez & Magdalena Bay Among Baja's Blue & Gray Whales
7 Days
From $5695

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A close encounter with whales in their natural habitat is one of the world's great wildlife adventures. And there's no more exhilarating place for it than Mexico's Baja Peninsula, where gray whales mate and give birth in protected Pacific lagoons before migrating to their summer feeding grounds in Alaska. From our small-ship base in Magdalena Bay, we explore by Zodiac, hoping to see gray whale mothers with calves, sometimes within arm's reach! Gray whales are very active, and we may witness them breaching and spy-hopping. Ashore, wander among sand dunes, and paddle a kayak to look for scores of seabirds in the lush mangroves. Across the Sierra de la Giganta mountains, search for even bigger blue whales—the largest creatures on Earth—in the Sea of Cortez. This diverse expedition is Mexico's ultimate whale adventure!
    A blue whale swims in the Sea of Cortez, Baja, MexicoTravelers in a Zodiac view a gray whale coming out of the water in Magdalena Bay, Baja, MexicoTwo Natural Habitat Adventures travelers smile on a boat in Baja, MexicoLandscape of Loreto coast, Baja, MexicoTraveler photographs the beach at sunset from La Mision Hotel, Baja California, MexicoSilhouette of birds perched on cacti on the coastline of Magdalena Bay, Baja, MexicoTravelers in a Zodiac photograph a gray whale coming out of the water in Magdalena Bay, Baja, MexicoSilhouette of the National Geographic Sea Bird ship at sunset in Magdalena Bay, Baja, MexicoThe beach on Isla Magdalena, Magdalena Bay, Baja, MexicoSilhouette of the National Geographic Sea Bird ship at sunset in Magdalena Bay, Baja, MexicoA mother and baby gray whale swim together in Magdalena Bay, Baja, MexicoA gray whale sprays its blowhole in front of two Zodiacs with travelers in Magdalena Bay, Baja, MexicoTravelers on the beach photograph the bay at sunset on Isla Magdalena, Magdalena Bay, Baja, MexicoTwo common bottlenose dolphins jump out of the water in Magdalena Bay, Baja, Mexico

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Both Coasts of BajaOur exclusive itinerary shows you both sides of the Baja Peninsula as we search for gray and blue whales in Magdalena Bay and the dazzling Sea of Cortez
  • Meet Gray Whales at Close RangeFrom our expedition ship base, spend in-depth time with gray whales in warm Pacific lagoons—the world's best place to see them up close! 
  • Look for Giant Blue WhalesBlue whales are Earth's largest animal, weighing up to 200 tons—and we seek them out in the clear waters of Loreto Bay Marine National Park

See More of Baja & Its Whales on This Comprehensive Expedition Cruise

Travel aboard an agile expedition ship equipped with varied exploratory equipment for close encounters, including motorized skiffs and kayaks, and enjoy the chance to explore both sides of the Baja Peninsula on a single adventure into the marine realms of both blue and gray whales.

  1. Make Five Separate Excursions to Watch Gray Whales
    Typically, we spend two hours on each whale-watching excursion (times are strictly regulated by marine reserve regulations), for a total of five gray whale encounters during our seven-day trip.
  2. An Exclusive Expedition in Search of Blue Whales
    In addition to our five gray whale outings, we make a special small-boat journey in the Loreto National Marine Park in search of blue whales, the largest animals on Earth. Look for their 22-foot-tall columnar blows, and possibly spot a huge fluke when one of these 100-foot-long leviathans casts its tail into the air.
  3. Explore Both Sides of Baja—Pacific Lagoons & the Sea of Cortez
    Divided by a ribbon of desert and rugged mountains, the waters of the east and west sides of Baja amazing biodiversity unique to their geography. Our comprehensive expedition explores both the Sea of Cortez and Magdalena Bay, and the interior desert scenery in between.
  4. Our Small Groups Mean More Intimate Whale Encounters
    In small boats, we get closer to whales and have more personalized interpretation from our Expedition Leaders, including plenty of opportunities to learn about the whales’ habitat and behavior.
  5. Explore in Depth via Excursion Craft & Specialized Equipment
    The ship’s fleet of tandem and single kayaks facilitates intimate exploration of scenic coastlines with proximity to nesting birds. Observe the underwater world of Magdalena Bay via HD video shot by our undersea specialist who shares footage from each day's dives on the plasma screens in the ship's lounge. Listen to whale communications via hydrophone, and observe the whales below the surface in real time via a bow-mounted camera that sends a live feed to the onboard screens.
  6. Travel with Experienced Expedition Leaders—Plus the Best Local Guides
    The Nat Hab Expedition Leaders who guide this trip have years of experience leading nature adventures in Mexico, with special training and resources from WWF scientists. As an added benefit, top local guides also join us, ensuring insider insights and enhancing attentive personal service. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  7. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Whale Watching Adventure
    With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee that clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  8. Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
    We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
  9. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF’s Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat Adventures its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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