Snorkeling and Sea Kayaking Adventures from aboard a Historic Wooden Vessel


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.

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, head to Bahia Magdalena, the protected coastal lagoon where gray whales spend the winter courting, birthing, and rearing their young in Baja’s warm waters. From your beachside hotel, set out by panga (skiff) to look for these gentle giants. The whales often approach the pangas and seek interaction—it’s an incredible thrill to experience them at such close range.

Days 4-5
Isla Espiritu Santo / Sea of Cortez

Boarding your historic wooden yacht, head out into the azure waters and navigate to enchanting Isla Espiritu Santo, an idyllic island of deserted white-sand beaches and secluded coves. Keeping an eye out for pods of dolphins, you’ll glide by sea kayak amid the mangroves and snorkel with playful sea lions near the uninhabited islands that dot these pristine waters. In the evenings, dine on fantastic sea-to-table cuisine and gaze upon star-filled skies.

Days 6-11
Sea of Cortez / Blue Triangle

Cruising north, your 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,” watch for breaching blue, sperm, and humpback whales. Depart from Loreto on Day 11.



Explore the Sea of Cortez on a classic wooden boat, discovering untouched islands and the “Blue Triangle”
Sea kayak amid mangrove lagoons, remote bays, and beautiful beaches
Snorkel with sea lions, watch pods of dolphins, observe nesting frigate birds, and hike island trails
Up-close whale encounters in the breeding and birthing lagoons of Bahia Magdalena or San Ignacio (Gray Whale Watching departures)
Swim and snorkel with whales sharks (Whale Shark Swim departures)


Length: 11 days
Cost From: $5250  
Arrive: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Depart: Loreto, Mexico
Lodging: 7 or 8 nights aboard an 86-foot historic boat (depending on itinerary), 2 nights hotels, 1 night hotel or camp for gray whale watching
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Sea Kayaking, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Whale Watching, Snorkeling, Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

Hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and sea kayaking
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