Baja's Bounty - Small Ship CruiseLa, Paz, Mexico


Knowledgeable guides share the rich cultural and natural history of the Baja region, and local ingredients are part of the cuisine.


Experience a variety of marine life, including whale sharks, gray whales, dolphins, sea lions, and more as you cruise the waters of the Sea of Cortez.


No hidden fees for excursions gives you the option to kayak, hike, snorkel, paddleboard, or hang out on-board and enjoy the view.


The smaller size of this ship gives you entrée into areas of Baja you would never experience on a bigger ship or by land.


Fewer passengers on-board means that expeditions are made up of small groups and the crew can devote more attention to their guests.

Baja's Bounty

This sample itinerary is only a guideline; variations may occur to maximize your experience.

Day 1 – San José del Cabo / La Paz – Embark

Bienvenidos! You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport in San José del Cabo and transferred to the outfitter’s hospitality area. Joined by your expedition team, an overland orientation transfer to La Paz acquaints you with the dramatic Baja landscape and the week that lies ahead. The captain and crew welcome you aboard just in time for a cocktail and dinner with your new mates.

Day 2 – Isla San Francisco

In a playground of steep red bluffs and sweeping desert beach, kick off your week long adventure with a day of play. Don some flippers for a snorkel among colorful sea life, put on your walking shoes for an exploratory hike, grab a paddle, or relax on the beach with the sand between your toes. The rugged beauty of the island makes it an ideal spot for escapades.

Day 3 – Bahía Agua Verde

At Bahía Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. Explore the coast by small skiff, visit with a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a mule ride and experience the “real Baja.” Scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding, and unmatched camaraderie-the day is done.

Day 4 – Captain’s Choice

While it’s unlikely you’ll find any black pearls, today you’ll sail amongst islands once explored by early conquistadors. Your expedition team will be at-the-ready with more adventurous options to choose from-kayaking, hiking, paddleboarding, or beach combing. Discover nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed these islands.

Day 5 – Marine Life Search

Magdalena Bay (mid-January – early-March) Mother Nature is your guide today. The gray whales arrive each year on Baja’s west coast-migrating more than 12,000 miles-to calve in Bahía Magdalena. Dock in Puerto Escondido, then drive across the peninsula to ride in a panga and observe these mammals and their babies in the lagoon. -OR- Bahía de la Paz (November – mid-January; March; the order of days will change) Whale sharks-the largest known species of fish-are known to frequent the bay. Keep watch for the watery “footprints” of these gentle giants, and conditions permitting, gear up for an unforgettable swim alongside this colossal creature or observe from above in the skiff.

Day 6 – Los Islotes / Isla Partida

At Los Islotes-a steep craggy seamount leaping straight from the sea-observe a sea lion colony from the boat and skiff, or slip into a wetsuit for an early morning snorkel with curious, agile young sea lion pups. Afterwards, heave anchor and set sail for Isla Partida, for an afternoon of water play or island hikes along desert beaches or into rocky arroyos.

Day 7 – Isla Espíritu Santo

Tuck into a secluded cove surrounded by long fingers of red rock and a golden beach. Spend your last full day enjoying the feel of warm sand under your feet on a beach walk, investigate nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, or explore a little further afield on a guided hike. Celebrate your week at tonight’s special Farewell Dinner with an entertaining slideshow by your expedition team.

Day 8 – La Paz / San José – Disembark

After breakfast, it’s “adios” La Paz, as you disembark the vessel and transfer back to San José del Cabo for your flight.

Timing is Everything

The marine life in the Sea of Cortez is abundant and ever-changing. February through April bring visiting gray, fin, humpback, Brydes’ and orca whales, dolphins, mobula rays, and thousands of resident and migratory birds. May through July bring whale sharks, pilot, humpback, and sperm whales, as well as the annual butterfly migration and an abundance of birds. August through October offer great water visibility perfect for snorkeling and diving with sperm whales, juvenile sea lions, and giant squid. November through January are great for whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, and snorkeling with sea lions.

Adventure Specialists

We’ve been connecting our clients to water adventures around the world since 1987. We partner with select outfitters who share our values and are pros at creating exceptional experiences. There is no fee for our service; we earn our commission from the outfitters we represent, and the cost of your expedition is the same as booking direct.


Your adventure begins at the Los Cabos International Airport in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico where you will be met by the outfitter and transferred to their hospitality area. Once joined by your expedition team you will travel overland to La Paz to meet the captain and crew of the Safari Endeavour and enjoy cocktail hour and dinner aboard the ship.


The last night on the ship, you will have a special farewell dinner, and the next morning after breakfast, you will disembark and be transferred back to San Jose del Cabo for your flight home.

Price Includes

All on-board meals; premium spirits, wine, and microbrews; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all adventure activities and equipment from the boat; and wellness offerings, including hot tubs, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage.

Weather & Water Temperature

A year-round adventure season means various temperatures, but typically Baja has mild weather. January through April bring temperatures in the high 60’s°F with water temperatures in the same range. May through July warm up with temperatures ranging between 75°F – 83°F with water temperatures ranging from 65°F – 72°F as the summer progresses. August through October are the warmest months in Baja with temperatures ranging between 90°F – 100°F and water temperatures around 84°F. As the fall and winter months move in, November through January temperatures will drop back down in the low 70’s with water temperatures ranging between 68°F – 77°F.

The Sea of Cortez

Abundant wildlife, natural wonders, and warm clear waters make the Sea of Cortez one of the best ecotourism destinations. Dubbed “The World’s Aquarium” by Jacques Cousteau, these waters are home to over 900 species of fish and nearly 32 types of marine mammals that gather to mate and feed in the warm waters of this oceanic paradise. Biologically speaking, the Sea of Cortez is the richest body of water on our entire planet, making it a must-see for anyone who loves the ocean.

Group Size

This is a small-scale cruise with a maximum number of 84 guests and a generous guest to guide ratio of 2.5 guests for each crew member. This means that you will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the local ecology and culture of the area, as well as have expert instruction for all of your adventure activities.

The Boat

Meet the Safari Endeavour, a spacious vessel that offers ample vantage points for taking in the sights from one of three decks. The ship carries all the adventure equipment for guests including kayaks, paddleboards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, yoga mats, and more. All cabins are equipped with a TV and DVD, iPod docking station, air conditioning, private bath with shower, and generous closet space. The interior spaces include an intimate lounge, cask wine bar, and cozy library to sit back and relax. If you need a break from your adventure, enjoy one of the two hot tubs, fitness area, or massage suite.


You can look forward to a delicious daily menu filled with meals designed to reflect the flavors of Baja including locally sourced ingredients when possible. For breakfast – you can choose from an early riser breakfast with fresh baked pastries and fruit or a full breakfast with hot, cold, and specialty dishes. For lunch – you will find a range of salads, sandwiches, and homemade soups . For happy hour – enjoy a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres in the lounge. For dinner – choose from several entrées including fresh, local seafood and meats or a vegetarian dish with a chef-selected wine pairing and be sure to leave room for an indulgent dessert, such as tiramisu.

Length: 7 Nights
Price: $3,595 – $7,245
per person; $220 for port taxes & fees; save $500 for children 8 – 13 years old
Season: November – March
Min. Age: 8 years
Activity: Expedition Cruise
Adventure Level:  Mild

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