Whales, Snorkeling, and Sea Kayaking


Set in the brilliant turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez, our adventure brings you up close to the wonders of Baja. With a classic 86-foot wooden ship as our base and kayaks on board, you’ll explore from La Paz to Loreto (or the reverse), enjoying incredible experiences by land and sea. Sea kayak along the beaches of Isla Espiritu Santo, snorkel with playful sea lions, and track sperm whales and blue whales—the largest creatures to roam the earth—in the “Blue Triangle.” Anchoring each night in a secluded bay, you’ll savor gorgeous sunsets, dine on the freshest seafood imaginable, and watch the magic of the starlit desert sky.

We offer three separate itineraries and each includes a special added attraction. On Journeys 1 and 2, you’ll travel over the peninsula to Bahia Magdalena (or remote Laguna San Ignacio) for a 3-day adventure of up-close encounters among the gray whales who come to these peaceful, warm-water lagoons each year to breed and give birth to their young. Imagine stroking the noses of weeks-old gray whale calves!

On Journey 3, you’ll enjoy a half-day swim and snorkel with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world. This trip is timed at the end of the rainy season, when long-dormant plants flush bright green and migratory birds arrive to feast during this brief period of abundance. It also offers a greater opportunity to snorkel through warm, clear waters along the steep rocky shores and over the shallow reefs that teem with life. No matter which itinerary you choose, you’re bound to have an experience of a lifetime!

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
La Paz / Bahia Magdalena (11-day La Paz to Loreto Gray Whale itinerary)

From La Paz, we head to Bahia Magdalena, the famous coastal lagoon where gray whales spend the winter courting, birthing, and rearing their young in Baja’s warm waters. From our beachside hotel, we set out by panga (skiff) for up-close sightings of these gentle giants. The whales often approach our pangas and seek interaction with us—it’s an incredible thrill to encounter them at such close range.

Days 4-5
Isla Espiritu Santo / Sea of Cortez

Boarding our historic wooden motor yacht, we head out into the azure waters and reach enchanting Isla Espiritu Santo, a protected wilderness of deserted white-sand beaches and secluded coves. Keeping an eye out for pods of dolphins, we sea kayak amid the mangroves and snorkel with playful sea lions near the uninhabited islands that dot these pristine waters. In the evenings, we’ll savor sea-to-table cuisine and star-filled skies.

Days 6-11
Sea of Cortez / Blue Triangle

Cruising north, our days are filled with snorkeling above rock reefs teeming with fish, watching schools of mobula rays or dolphins leaping above the water’s surface, walking the ridge lines and palm-lined arroyos of the desert landscape of isolated islands, or paddling kayaks in quiet coves, an ideal way to view wildlife. In the “Blue Triangle,” we watch for breaching blue, sperm, and humpback whales. Depart from Loreto on Day 11.



Explore by classic wooden boat, with delicious sea-to-table cuisine
Sea kayak amid lagoons and remote bays, enjoy the beaches of Isla Espiritu Santo
Snorkel with sea lions, watch pods of dolphins, hike island trails
Special departures to the gray whale lagoons for up-close whale encounters


Length: 11 days
Cost From: $6550  
Arrive: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Depart: Loreto, Mexico
Lodging: 6 nights aboard a historic 86-foot boat, 3 nights hotels, 1 night camping (depending on itinerary)
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Sea Kayaking, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Whale Watching, Snorkeling, Small Boat & Yacht Cruising
Trip Level:

Hiking, swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking, whale watching excursions by panga

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