Mexico’s Sea of Cortes – Baja’s Bounty

from $3,815

DATES (2018):  Each Saturday February – March | December 22, 29

(2019): Each Saturday January – March

DURATION:  8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

EMBARK:  La Paz, Mexico

DISEMBARK: La Paz, Mexico

SHIP: M/V Safari Endeavour

 

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All about the Mexico’s Sea of Cortes – Baja’s Bounty.

Stocked with supplies and a bountiful sense of adventure, follow Steinbeck’s path into the protected waters of Cousteau’s “world’s aquarium.” Active exploration and a menagerie of wildlife await you!

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
    High adventure on an inland sea! Feel the thrill of active exploration or the warmth of the sand relaxing on a secluded beach.
  • WILDLIFE & PLANT LIFE
    Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortés “the world’s aquarium”—and you’ll quickly agree! From gracefully gliding whales to bustling bird colonies, Baja is abuzz with life.
  • LAND ANIMALS & BIRDS
    More than 40 reptile and amphibian species, over 50 mammal species, and nearly 200 bird species call Baja California Sur “home.” While many are masters of disguise and concealment.
  • MARINE ANIMALS
    From the largest mammal on earth to the tiniest microorganisms, the Sea of Cortés supports an incredible array of marine life. Thousands of invertebrate species cohabitate with more than 900 species of fish as well as whales and other large marine mammals.
  • FLORA OF BAJA
    Remarkably, the arid desert of the Baja Peninsula supports over 500 species of plants. An incredibly unique ecosystem, animal life is inextricably linked with cacti—a relationship that helps preserve diversity of both plant and animal life.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Group transfers from the airport to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon
  • All scheduled landings/excursions
  • All lectures and briefings onboard
  • All meals served aboard
  • premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily
  • All port fees
  • Pre-departure materials.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Airfare, Luggage
  • Trip cancellation and Emergency Evacuation Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
  • Staff gratuities
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.
  1. Day 1 n José del Cabo / La Paz – Embarkation

    Bienvenidos! You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport in San José del Cabo and transferred to our 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.

  2. Day 2 Isla San Francisco

    In a playground of steep red bluffs and sweeping desert beach, kick off your weeklong 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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, paddle boarding, or beachcombing. Discover nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed these islands.

  5. Day 5 (Opt 1) 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.

  6. Day 5 (Opt 2) Bahía de la Paz (November – mid-January; March; order of days changes)

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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, or hotel stay.

Safari Endeavour

Aboard the Safari Endeavour, elegant ambience is combined with a full menu of comfortable amenities. This 84-guest expedition vessel is equipped for exploration with three decks for viewing and onboard, at-the-ready adventure equipment.

Polished, unwavering, and upscale, the Safari Endeavour may be the workhorse of the fleet but it’s her zest-for-life persona that’s remembered most. She looks sharp—a nod to the crew who work hard to keep her that way. Wood fixtures and accents shine and artwork highlights the warm and cool waters where she sails. No other UnCruise ship covers more territory, and like her namesake, Captain Cook’s Endeavour, both the ship and crew are true explorers.

Always reliable, the captain and crew take great pride in their ship and the teamwork that keeps her running smoothly. And it shows. You can be sure if there is a score to be settled, the captain will argue she’s the “greatest” ship in the fleet. Her roomy lounge, dining room, and sun deck are undisputed, but the Safari Endeavour claims to have the biggest heart, too.

Ready for adventure at a moment’s notice, the Safari Endeavour is fully loaded with adventure equipment: kayaks; paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; and snorkel gear and wetsuits; plus, a hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera. For those moments when attention turns to relaxation, the vessel comes equipped with two hot tubs, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a massage suite.

Depending on the category, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated. Common to all cabins are: Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station; air conditioning; desk and chair; private bath with shower; generous storage and closet space.

 

Fast Facts

  • Launched: 1983/2012 (renovated)
  • Length: 232 ft
  • Width: 37 ft
  • Cruise Speed: 10 knots
  • Total Staff: 35
  • Total Passengers:84
  • Cabins: 42

 

Equipment

Your expedition vessel carries 12- or 20-passenger inflatable skiffs used for transfers to/from shore. Tandem sea kayaks and paddle boards are available with instruction provided by the crew. An exercise bike, stair stepper or elliptical machine is also available.

Public Areas

The Safari Endeavour has two on-deck hot tubs, main salon/lounge, dining room, wine bar, library, sun deck with covered patio, and an open bow for up-close viewing. An assortment of DVDs, magazines, books, and games are available for your use. The bridge is open to guests most of the time.

Activities

Throughout your voyage, activities such as guided hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and small skiff excursions are available. You should be able to comfortably walk distances of at least 1/2-mile at a time. A certain amount of agility is necessary when boarding your expedition vessel and kayaks, motorized skiffs, or hiking over exposed vegetation and rocks on trails. All activity equipment is provided.

Meals

While on board, meals and all premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included at no additional charge. Charges apply only for super premium wines and spirits. Specific meal times and daily entrée choices will be announced on board.

Cabins

All cabins are well-appointed, comfortable, and keyless. The small size and intimate nature of our vessels make it possible to avoid the inconvenience of keys. You can always lock your cabin from within. Cabins offer full bathroom facilities featuring either a Jacuzzi tub/shower or shower configuration. A collection of bath toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash), two terry robes, towels, hair dryer, alarm clock/IPod docking station, and TV/DVD player are provided. The tap water is potable.

Standard 110v electrical outlets can accommodate electric shavers, travel irons, laptops, cell phones, and camera battery chargers. Check all of your equipment to ensure that you have the required chargers, adapters and converters for safe operation at 110v. Please note that at this time internet access is not available on board.

Master
Cabins 103-104, 212, 301-302
Fixed queen, or fixed twin beds; desk and chair; view window or portholes; private bath and shower

Commander
Cabins 303-308, 311-322
Fixed twin beds; desk and chair; view windows; private bath with shower

Captain
Cabins 105-112, 203-204, 209-210
King or twin beds; desk and chair; view window; private bath and shower

Admiral
Cabins 201-202, 309
King or twin beds; refrigerator; desk and chair; view window; private bath with shower

Commodore Suite
Cabins 205-208
Sitting area; king or twin beds; Tempur-pedic® products; refrigerator; view windows; French doors and step out balcony; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower

Package Confirmed Dates Price (PP) Excluding Flights  
January 5, 2019 - March 30, 2019
$4,015
December 22, 2018 - December 31, 2018
$4,165