Pelican sits on a rock while tandem kayakers paddle with a blue & white small ship in the background in Baja California.
4 hikers walk a sandy, red-rock ridgeline with a bay in the distance on a sunny day on a Northern Gulf of California cruise.
Gray sea lion with long whiskers looks at the camera underwater, seen on Gulf of California cruises by small ship.
Man & woman paddle a yellow tandem kayak on calm water with a small blue & white ship & rocky hillside behind in Baja.
Aerial view of Baja shoreline with sand, dusty rock, green shrubs & turquoise sea with small ship sitting in the distance.
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North America Baja California Cruise

Northern Gulf of California: Whales, Birds & Sealife

On this 11-day cruise to the northern Gulf of California, go farther on the Baja Peninsula than most ships. Skiff, kayak and paddleboard through bays and beaches as wildlife greet you from land and sea.

Explore the Sea of Cortes UNESCO World Heritage Site—a marine life-rich natural aquarium. Snorkel with sea lion pups and colorful reef fish. Ride a mule into the arroyos with local rancheros. Depending on seasonality, see gray whales, pilot whales, whale sharks, and/or superpods of dolphins, with an opportunity for whale watching on every departure. Also watch for orcas and mobula rays. Go birding for hummingbirds, cormorants, great blue herons, blue- and red-footed boobies, pelicans and magnificent frigatebirds. Hike among desert shrub and cacti, along ridges, and take on a rock scramble, watching for chuckwallas along the way.

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 dramatic desert ridgelines 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.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Baja cruises and Baja vacations.



Itinerary

Northern Gulf of California: Whales, Birds & Sealife Adventure Itinerary

Cruise the northern Gulf of California up to Bahia de los Angeles and back, round-trip from La Paz, to explore farther than most ships in Baja.

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Day 1
Arrive San Jose del Cabo, Transfer to La Paz & Embark

Be met at the Los Cabos International Airport and transferred overland to La Paz to embark the ship. Come aboard and get moved into your home for the next 11 days. La Paz is known for fantastic sunsets, so plan on being on deck with a glass of champagne as you get underway for the rarely visited islands of the Northern Gulf of California.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

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Day 2
Isla Carmen or Isla Danzante, Loreto Bay National Park

This morning ushered in the waters of the Loreto Bay National Park. Cruise the park waters this morning as you search for whales, sea lions, turtles and dolphins that call these rich waters their own. This is also your chance to learn safety practices while kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and skiff riding. After lunch, find a secure cove on either Isla Carmen or Isla Danzante where you will have a chance to participate in active adventures ashore or in the water. As the sun sets, you are underway to Bahia Concepcion.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Bahia Concepcion

After breakfast, the ship will drop the hook in the waters of Bahia Concepcion, a deep inlet that opens to the North. Spend the entire day playing in this waterborne desert, soaking up the sun and settling into the vibe. You may choose to stay aboard and enjoy the scenery, go ashore for varying levels of activities, or simply settle in at your beach camp. Be on the watch for dolphins and turtles that frequent this area. The crew will pull the anchor after dinner and the ship will work her way north.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Santa Rosalia Town

Originally a bustling French mining town from the 1880s, you will find Santa Rosalia to possess a flavor of that early charm, even today. This town is like no other in all of Mexico…they even have a French bakery. Take the opportunity to view many of the historic structures and take an included walking tour to Gustave Eiffel’s Church of Santa Barbara (of Eiffel Tower fame), the French Bakery and the mining museum. Your guides will have these and other activities available throughout the day.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Bahia de los Angeles

This bay and the little town are considered the Marine Oasis of Baja California due to the abundant aquatic life. This lovely area is also of the finest boating areas in the Baja area. Perfect for kayaking and small boat excursions and ventures ashore such as hikes to Punta Gringa, visits to the nature museum and even possible swims with whale sharks. This is also a great chance to take guided walks and hikes or be on your own. This area is also known as one of the few places in Baja where the famed, and huge, Leatherback Turtle is spotted.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Isla Salsipuedes

You will have several hikes available, one to the prominent peak, where the view is incredible. En route you will see several species of cactus, with potential sightings of hummingbirds and possibly a nesting osprey. This island is also known for encounters with blue-tailed rock lizards and sea birds of all kinds. Beachcombing, snorkeling, kayaking, skiff tours and hikes will fill your day with joy. This evening, enjoy a campfire after dinner. Of course, keep your eyes out for marine mammals.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Captain's Choice & Marine Mammal Search

From UnCruise’s research notes: “The islands of San Lorenzo, las Animas, Salsipuedes, Raza, Roca Raza, and Isla Partida lie in a direction parallel to the Baja Peninsula. This area is known as the Canal de Salsipuedes, but due to its extreme depths it is also known to mariners as the Trench. The chart indicates a depth in this area of 4,860 feet!”

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Isla San Esteban

Field notes from a research trip tell the story best: “We went up the main arroyo that splits the island in half. We found numerous Pinto Chuckwallas, that would slap their tails hard on the ground as they scurried off. The hike was rigorous but enjoyed by all. We found hundreds of sea lions hauled out along the south shore of the island. Pelicans, boobies, terns, cormorants, gulls and osprey were numerous along this rugged coast. This is the right place to spend a full day.”

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Mulege Town & Mission

This morning, anchor off the Mulege River Estuary. Yes, a river in Baja! If conditions are right, the crew will set the kayaks, skiffs and paddleboards loose to enjoy this beautiful area. Later a chance to go ashore, visit the beaches, local shops in town or even take a tour to the historic mission. Your guides have several hiking options available today.

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Agua Verde

After lunch, participate in an adventure in Agua Verde Cove. Twenty-four years ago, UnCruise pioneered a relationship with local ranchers, the Romero family, who you will meet and share stories with. Then take an included mule ride into the backcountry with them, hike the hills around Agua Verde, snorkel at the famed Roca Solitaira. After the captain’s dinner, join in the lounge for a remembrance of this time together. 

Accommodations

Safari Voyager

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark La Paz to San Jose del Cabo & Depart

After breakfast, it’s adios La Paz, as you transfer back to San José del Cabo for your flight or hotel stay.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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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 $495 (2024-2026) per person.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $500 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:
91 days or more – 100% of deposit (transferable to another traveler)
90 to 61 days – 66.67% of total trip cost
60 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.

Arrival & Departure

The Northern Gulf of California: Whales, Birds & Sealife Adventure 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 the final day. 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

Cruise Rates & Dates

Nov 27 - Dec 07, 2024
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Nov 26 - Dec 06, 2025
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Apr 04 - Apr 14, 2026
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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.

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