Baja California and the Sea of Cortez (NG SeaBird & SeaLion)
Unique, immersive style of travel
Each year California gray whales pause during their migrations to birth and nurse their calves in the Laguna San Ignacio. For most travelers, the only opportunity to observe the mothers and calves is to bus across the peninsula for a day trip.
Special access to Baja’s gray whale lagoons
Laguna San Ignacio is well known for being the preferred nursery for gray whale females to birth and instruct their young before making the annual migratory trek to the food-rich Arctic waters. Anchored inside the bay, we’ll enjoy three days of exclusive access. Each morning wake up and whale-watch while you sip your morning coffee on your balcony or on deck. Later, head out in Zodiacs with naturalists and local guides for an afternoon observing them at water level. Not only are we often rewarded with the close encounter of calves and watchful mothers, mere feet away, but often we’ll experience heart-touching eye contact with playful calves surfacing to interact with us. In the evening, hang out on deck under the stars, or depending on the calendar, a full moon, and listen to the whales breathing and moving around the ship. Encounters with these marvelous creatures don't end there as we head into the Sea of Cortez where magical moments continue with possible sightings of other whale species and dolphins.
Every day is active and engaging
You’ll be able to hike through forests of towering cacti and up striking desert canyons. You’ll take expedition landing craft along the shore to see and shoot photos of plunge-diving pelicans and blue-footed boobies and to join a different naturalist as you choose: there are no assigned groups.
Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, five veteran naturalists, including a National Geographic certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist. Their knowledge and passion for Baja California is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Baja California and the Sea of Cortez (NG SeaBird & SeaLion) itinerary:
Baja California and the Sea of Cortez (NG SeaBird & SeaLion) reverse itinerary:
National Geographic SeaBird & SeaLion
Vessel Type: Comfortable Expedition
Length: 52 metres
Passenger Capacity: 62 (in twin cabins)
Built: 1982 / 2002
Twin Expedition ships, National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion, can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to their small size, yet each can comfortably accommodate 62 guests. The feeling, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Our captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions we explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours.
Thanks to our sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment’s notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with our naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune. During your time with us, our expedition staff likes nothing better than to surprise and delight you by directing the ship toward breaching whales, bow-riding dolphins or into an alluring cove.
Our seasoned crew consists of expert Zodiac drivers and considerate service providers. Their energy, enthusiasm and field expertise are sure to enhance your experience. This is what expedition travel is all about: not just seeing wildness, but being out there, in it.
Public Areas: Our ships feature a Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation Deck; partially covered Sun Deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Our "Open Bridge" policy provides guests and opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.
Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair.
Cabins: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls.
Expedition Equipment: Bow Camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope and Zodiac landing craft.
Special Features: Guest internet access, Wellness Program. A Video Chronicler and a ship's doctor will be onboard all voyages.
• Explore the entrance of Bahía Magdalena, as well as the breeding grounds of Laguna San Ignacio, the whales’ main breeding grounds
• Hike desert islands, sculpted sand dunes and see a variety of wildlife in the Sea of Cortez
• Snorkel with sea lions and search for marine mammals
• Experience the Baja California undersea
• Benefit from our 30+ years of experience and relationships in Baja California to see all you came for and more