A group of hikers make their way to the top of a hillside overlooking the deep blue peninsula coastline of Baja's sea of Cortex below.
In Baja, a group of travelers stand aboard a panga boat taking photos of a grey whale that is breaching the ocean surface in front of them.
Sitting in a yellow kayak, a woman photographs a pelican flying across the ocean surface in front of her, a Baja mountain range fills the distance.
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North America Baja California Cruise

Baja’s Bounty Cruise

Explore Baja California on this small ship cruise with a special focus on marine wildlife. Just south of California lies an inland sea known as the Gulf of California or Sea of Cortés. A birders’ paradise, this rich archipelago serves as an important bird refuge and migration corridor. It is a place author John Steinbeck found “ferocious with life” and once described by Jacques Cousteau as “the world’s aquarium.” As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve, it is one of the most biologically diverse marine environments on earth. 

The 66-guest Safari Voyager is home base for discovering a world of breathtaking beauty. Active explorations for various activity levels can be made by kayak, paddleboard, snorkel and skiff in impossibly brilliant turquoise blue waters. The itinerary features snorkeling with playful sea lions, hiking along red-rock cliffs and relaxing by a bonfire on the beach. The wildlife-rich waters invite up-close study and the islands welcome on-shore discovery of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Gray whale watching at Bahía Magdalena or snorkeling among gentle whale sharks in Bahía de La Paz is sure to be a wildlife highlight. Baja’s Bounty is a fantastic cruise through Baja watching for whales, mobula rays, dolphins and birds.

Coastal mangroves and dunes along with desert scrub and red-rock cliffs provide the backdrop on this 7-night island hopping journey. Shores rimmed with white-sand beaches and cactus-clad ridges offer outstanding hiking and opportunities for relaxation. A visit with a local ranchero and family, alongside a mule ride, provides insights into local culture. To explore this extraordinary place is to know firsthand how small the human presence here truly is. This is a small ship Baja California cruise like no other!

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Itinerary

Baja's Bounty Itinerary

This 8-day Baja cruise sails round-trip from La Paz, Baja California Sur with a side trip to Magdalena Bay on the Pacific Coast for whale watching.

Route map of Baja's Bounty small ship cruise, operating round-trip from San Jose Del Cabo, with visits to La Paz, Gulf of California Biosphere Reserve, Bahía Agua Verde, Isla San Francisco, Los Islotes, Isla Partida & Espíritu Santo.
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Day 1
Arrive San José del Cabo & Embark La Paz

Be met at the Los Cabos International Airport and transferred to a San José del Cabo hospitality area. Joined by the expedition team, an overland orientation transfer to La Paz displays the dramatic Baja landscape with glimpses of the week ahead. Following a welcome by the captain and crew, enjoy a cocktail and dinner with new shipmates.

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Safari Voyager

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Day 2
Gulf of California Biosphere Reserve

Settle into the desert-sea environment at a tucked away, remote beach like Bonanza or Ayla. Get a few tips with a snorkeling 101 lesson or just dive in. Hikers trek among the Palo Blanco bushes and cactus with interpretive guides. Whichever your option for adventure, relish in the privacy from other busy beaches. The ship is equipped with beach toys, chairs and refreshments so you can kick back and play.

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Safari Voyager

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Bahía Agua Verde

At Bahía Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse, craggy mountains hemmed in green. Explore the coast by small skiff, visit with a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a mule ride and experience the “real Baja.” Today includes scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding and unmatched camaraderie.

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Isla San Francisco

Adventure in a playground of steep red bluffs and sweeping desert beach. Don some flippers for a snorkel among colorful sea life, put on walking shoes for an exploratory romp along the ridge, grab a paddle and kayak, hop on a paddleboard, or relax on the beach with the sand between your toes. The rugged beauty of the island makes it an ideal spot for escapades.

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Marine Life Search

Mother Nature is your guide today. Take your adventurous side and your binoculars in search of the largest baleen whales in the world. The Sea of Cortes is home to fin, blue and sperm whales, and the dolphin pods number in the hundreds.

If the gray whales have arrived on Baja’s west coast (from mid-January to early March)—migrating more than 12,000 miles to calve in Bahía Magdalena—you’ll drive across the peninsula for a panga ride to observe these mammals and their babies in the lagoon. Mid-March through April are your best chance to see whale sharks. Later in the season, watch for resident whales and dolphins.

Whichever the day brings, there’s also a chance to head into the Sierra La Giganta Mountains for a tour of the crown jewel of Baja’s historic missions, San Javier; time for a brief exploration in magical Loreto; or more water play and hikes.

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Safari Voyager

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Los Islotes & Isla Partida

At Los Islotesa steep craggy seamount leaping straight from the sea—slip into a wetsuit for a snorkel with curious, agile young sea lion pups. At Isla Partida, get set for water play (kayaking, snorkeling and stand-up paddleboarding are all on the menu) and island hikes along desert beaches or into rocky arroyos. Or, kick back with a beach party—complete with a cool drink and sun-soaked lounge in the sand.

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Safari Voyager

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Isla Espíritu Santo

Tuck into a secluded cove surrounded by long fingers of red rock and a golden beach. Spend the last full day enjoying the feel of warm sand under your feet on a beach walk, investigate nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, or explore a little further afield on a guided hike. Celebrate the week at tonight’s special farewell dinner with an entertaining slideshow by the expedition team.

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Safari Voyager

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breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark La Paz to San José del Cabo & Depart

After breakfast on board, disembark La Paz and transfer back to San José del Cabo, arriving at the Los Cabos airport, your hotel or land tour.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard vessel; onboard meals; premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines); non-alcoholic beverages; group transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embarkation/disembarkation day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment; exclusive activities and shore visits; wellness amenities; presentations by onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from your home city; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; optional excursions and land tours; excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature; taxes and port fees of $350(2023) or $495(2024 & 2025) per person.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 days or more – 50% of deposit
119 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations’ Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Baja’s Bounty cruise begins and ends in Los Cabos, Mexico (SJD). Plan flights to arrive to Los Cabos by 1:30pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Los Cabos no earlier than 1:00pm on Day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for moderate activity or vigorous, extended and challenging outdoor pursuits, the crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include whale watching, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, morning yoga and stretching, land treks and wildlife observation. Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are available, along with a limited quantity of hiking poles. To ensure availability and fit, we encourage you to bring your own gear.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy at 150-175% of the per-person listed rate; special triple-occupancy rates may also be available in select cabins. Call AdventureSmith for more details, as availability and rates vary by ship and cabin category.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 7 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Save $500 per child, ages 8 to 17, with the exception of holiday departures. Children under 18 years old traveling with a third party of legal age (grandparent, aunt/uncle, etc) require a special consent document by Mexican Migration Law.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

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Jan 21 - Jan 28, 2023
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Apr 22 - Apr 29, 2023
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Apr 29 - May 06, 2023
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May 06 - May 13, 2023
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Jan 20 - Jan 27, 2024
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Expedition Ship
Safari Voyager

The Safari Voyager small ship carries 66 guests in comfort and style. All cabins are above the waterline with large picture windows. An elegant dining room, library and ample deck space make this ship ideal for comfortable and adventurous small ship cruising.

Deals

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Book your 2023 Baja's Bounty cruise and save $250 per person in air credit with this exclusive AdventureSmith deal. Must travel by July 1, 2023.

Expert Review

Reviews from Our Experts So You Know What to Expect

Lis Larson • March 25th, 2016
Expert Review: Baja's Bounty

It’s only fitting that when you visit the Sea of Cortez—the body of water that Jacques Cousteau dubbed the aquarium of the world—that you travel by water. Lis reviews her 8 days aboard the Safari Endeavour.

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"Great Snorkeling, Great Food, Great Crew"

Great snorkeling, great food, wonderful beverages, great whale watching, great crew. Getting small groups into snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, or scenic boating was amazing!

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"Enjoyed the Cabins Very Much"

I have always wanted to be on the lowest deck and have enjoyed the cabins very much. Having a pastry chef aboard was awesome. The crew was awesome. They were knowledgeable and if they didn’t know something they would be sure to follow up later.

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"One of the Best Vacations Ever Taken"

This trip was one of the best vacations I have ever taken. The scenery, the accommodations, the activities, the staff on the ship all combined for a winner of a week. Our cozy cabin on the ship was all that we needed. The meals blew me away. This particular trip was a good value for all that we received.

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Seas & Sierra: Glamping Baja California Sur

Experience the best of glamping Baja California Sur, from a secluded seaside camp on a quiet island, to bright casitas in an artistic town and a tented mountainside retreat. Meet excellent naturalist guides, hospitable rancheros, local chefs and more along the way.

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Travel like a local on this customizable Baja Insider active adventure. Mingle with owners, artists, rancheros and chefs amidst a small group of likeminded travelers. With our hand-picked local guides and connections, you will quickly become an "insider" in Baja California!

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Baja California & The Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales

Encountering a gray whale is a life-changing experience! Venture into both coastlines of the Baja Peninsula to be among these giants via kayaks, Zodiacs, and snorkeling from the 100-guest National Geographic Venture.

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