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Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez

Unique, immersive style of travel
The Sea of Cortez in spring is among the best times and places to see a great variety of whales—humpback, sperm, fin, Bryde’s, and blue whales—plus large aggregations of dolphins. Sail the Sea of Cortez, exploring its many islands free from tourist infrastructure and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. An expedition of pure discovery, a flexible itinerary means we’re free to follow the seasonal movements of wildlife to optimize sightings.

An itinerary designed to follow the wildlife
We rely on our 35 years of experience in the region and expert local knowledge of wildlife movements to seek out rare encounters with marine mammals. If we see Bryde’s whales in the morning, our scheduled hike will be postponed so we can linger among them, shooting photos from the bow of our ship, or from our expedition landing craft. You’ll discover a stimulating sense of adventure on each day of your expedition.

One of the best places on Earth to see marine mammals
The Sea of Cortez is host to an incredibly diverse population of marine mammals—and we know where to find them. You may see fin, pilot, Bryde’s, sperm, or possibly, even blue whales. Part of the joy of an expedition is standing on deck with binoculars in hand watching for whale spouts—visible from very far on calm days. See the wildlife of Baja & the Sea of Cortez.

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 you’ll have the option to walk or kayak, 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, six veteran naturalists, including two National Geographic certified photo instructors 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.
31 March, 2018 to 07 April, 2018 Make a booking request for Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez, departing on 31 March, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 4725 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 5485 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 6095 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 7089 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 8229 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
02 April, 2018 to 09 April, 2018 Make a booking request for Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez, departing on 02 April, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 4725 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 5485 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 6095 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 7089 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 8229 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
07 April, 2018 to 14 April, 2018 Make a booking request for Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez, departing on 07 April, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 4725 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 5485 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 6095 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 7089 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 8229 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
09 April, 2018 to 16 April, 2018 Make a booking request for Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez, departing on 09 April, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 4725 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 5485 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 6095 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 7089 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 8229 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
14 April, 2018 to 21 April, 2018 Make a booking request for Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez, departing on 14 April, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 4725 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 5485 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 6095 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 7089 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 8229 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo

Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez itinerary:

show reverse itinerary
DAY 1: Home/Los Cabos, Mexico/ Embark la Paz
Fly into Los cabos and transfer to La Paz to set sail on the Sea of Cortez. (D)
DAY 2-7: Exploring the Sea of Cortez
Our routing is designed with flexibility in mind, to maximize opportunities for wildlife sightings. It will most likely include the islands and activities listed below, although the order may vary (B,L,D): Islas San Esteban and San Pedro Martir Walk up a desert wash, to search for desert birds and the endemic pinto chuckwalla — a harmless desert lizard. Later visit Isla San Pedro Martir, a 1,000-foot-high guano-covered island that is home to thousands of seabirds. Blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, pelicans and frigatebirds are all found here. Isla Santa Catalina Search for marine life and hike among the giant barrel cactus on one of most dramatic islands in the Sea of Cortez. Isla San Marcos Explore via kayak, walks, swimming and opportunites to snorkel. Isla San Jose One of the larger islands in the Sea of Cortez, San Jose offers several landing possiblities depending on conditions and the whim of the moment. Photograph the ochre cliffs of the island's eatern shore, hike an "enchanted" arroyo, or visit the abandoned salt works to the west. Los Islotes/Espiritu Santo Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters, perhaps with some curious sea lions. Expedition landing craft rides, rare bird sightings, the possibility of spotting an endemic black jackrabbit, or simply some relaxing beachcombing are all possibilities today.
DAY 8: Disembark / La Paz, Mexico / Los Cabos
Disembark in La Paz and transfer to the airport in Los Cabos for flights home. (B)
Please Note:
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.
DAY 8: Disembark / La Paz, Mexico / Los Cabos *
Disembark in La Paz and transfer to the airport in Los Cabos for flights home. (B)
DAY 2-7: Exploring the Sea of Cortez *
Our routing is designed with flexibility in mind, to maximize opportunities for wildlife sightings. It will most likely include the islands and activities listed below, although the order may vary (B,L,D): Islas San Esteban and San Pedro Martir Walk up a desert wash, to search for desert birds and the endemic pinto chuckwalla — a harmless desert lizard. Later visit Isla San Pedro Martir, a 1,000-foot-high guano-covered island that is home to thousands of seabirds. Blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, pelicans and frigatebirds are all found here. Isla Santa Catalina Search for marine life and hike among the giant barrel cactus on one of most dramatic islands in the Sea of Cortez. Isla San Marcos Explore via kayak, walks, swimming and opportunites to snorkel. Isla San Jose One of the larger islands in the Sea of Cortez, San Jose offers several landing possiblities depending on conditions and the whim of the moment. Photograph the ochre cliffs of the island's eatern shore, hike an "enchanted" arroyo, or visit the abandoned salt works to the west. Los Islotes/Espiritu Santo Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters, perhaps with some curious sea lions. Expedition landing craft rides, rare bird sightings, the possibility of spotting an endemic black jackrabbit, or simply some relaxing beachcombing are all possibilities today.
DAY 1: Home/Los Cabos, Mexico/ Embark la Paz *
Fly into Los cabos and transfer to La Paz to set sail on the Sea of Cortez. (D)
* = Indicative
Map for Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez
National Geographic SeaBird & SeaLion, the ship servicing Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez

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.


Cabin layout for National Geographic SeaBird & SeaLion
• Search for large pods of dolphins and various species of whales—blue, sperm, pilot, fin, humpback, and Bryde’s—all in the same week.

• Explore water-level caves by kayak, hike uninhabited beaches, snorkel among fish and acrobatic sea lions, and see colorful cactus blossoms.

• Visit the old mining town of Santa Rosalia, with its wooden homes and historic steel church, designed by Gustave Eiffel.

• Experience a voyage of pure discovery in a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a flexible itinerary and sites chosen by the region’s most knowledgeable staff, based on conditions and to maximize wildlife sightings.

• Conditions permitting, visit Isla Rasa, where 90% of the world’s Heermann’s gulls and the elegant tern comes to breed.
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