North America Baja California Cruise

Wild Baja California Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay

Spend several extraordinary days in the company of majestic gray whales in Mexico’s Bahía Magdalena, one of the best places in the world to witness interactions between gray whale mothers and their curious calves. On this 6-day wild Baja escape, navigate the length of the bay aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion expedition ship. Set out by Zodiac for this thrilling, up-close whale-watching Magdalena Bay cruise to see California gray whale mothers and calves in their winter breeding grounds.

In addition to whale watching, guests can kayak or paddleboard through mangrove forests teeming with wildlife and hike desert islands with naturalists, from windswept sand dunes to cactus groves, to learn about desert ecosystems, seabird migrations and whale behavior. Watch pelicans and ospreys soar overhead while soaking up the sun on some of the Pacific’s most pristine beaches. Grab a fat-tire bike from the onboard fleet and ride over desert terrain.

Travel aboard 62-guest sister ships National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion, both purpose-built small ships ideal for exploring Baja’s famed Magdalena Bay. Onboard expedition technology enhances the expedition, with a hydrophone, splash-cam, underwater video camera and video microscope. Aboard the Sea Bird or Sea Lion, guests are in the most excellent company. Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader and veteran naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, plus a wellness specialist.

Sail through Baja with experts in marine and terrestrial biology, botany, geology and more and benefit from their passion to share the wonder of this incredible region. These Baja expedition guides are highly engaging and fun to share a drink or dinner with in addition to being ideal hiking companions. This Baja whale-watching cruise begins and ends in Loreto, Baja California, with a cruise-provided transfer to San Carlos to embark the ship.

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