Baja California Odyssey

Start: San Jose Del Cabo Finish: San Jose Del Cabo

Visiting: San José del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, Magdalena Bay, Cabo Pulmo, Isla Danzante, Isla del Carmen, Isla Monserrate, Bahía Agua Verde, Isla San José, Isla del Espiritu Santo, Coiba Island, Pearl Islands, Contadora Island, Darién Province, Mogué, Panama City, Panama Canal, Pichilinque


Duration: 12 Nights

Physical rating: Medium

Special diets catered: Halal, Meat, Vegans, Vegetarians

Tour Operator: Aurora Expeditions

Group size: 10 - 66

Age range: 8-99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

In the Sea of Cortez, one of Dr Sylvia Earle’s designated marine Hope Spots, experience the area’s rich marine biodiversity, which is home to over 900 species of fish, including sharks —90 of them endemic—and roughly 30 per cent of the world's cetaceans. Hike among coastal desert ecosystems, tick off your list numerous bird species, snorkel in warm tropical waters filled with vibrant coral reefs and tropical fish, and Zodiac cruise along colourful coastlines in search of wildlife. The possible sight of mobula rays congregating in their tens of thousands, where they literally fly out of the water in the attempt to attract a mate an experience that will stay with you for years to come.

Highlights

  • iconLook out for blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds and the endemic Xantus’s hummingbird
  • iconDelight in the region’s exceptional biodiversity, and keep watch for the spectacular sight of the mass migration flying mobula rays
  • iconImmerse yourself in the magical underwater world in the Sea of Cortez and experience the remarkable marine biodiversity famously dubbed the ‘world’s aquarium’
  • iconHike along coastal deserts that reveal cacti forests and breathtaking bay views

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Arrive San Jose Del Cabo

Location: San José del Cabo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Arrive in San José del Cabo and transfer to our group hotel. Upon check-in, reception staff will provide you with Aurora Expeditions cabin tags. Please fill out the luggage tags clearly, showing your name and cabin number to allow us to deliver your luggage to your cabin. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners at our voyage briefing this evening.

icon Day 2 : Embark the Sylvia Earle

Location: Cabo San Lucas

Accommodation: Ship

Accommodation Name: The Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Birders can enjoy an early morning visit to the nearby bird sanctuary where several endemic species are seen. Check out and explore the historic quarter of San Jose on a guided tour before transferring to Cabo San Lucas for embarkation. After boarding, there’s time to settle into your cabin before our important safety briefings. This evening meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

icon Day 3 : Magdelena Bay

Location: Magdalena Bay

Accommodation: Ship

Accommodation Name: The Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend two days exploring the sheltered lagoons of Magdalena Bay and perhaps San Ignacio Lagoon, where during winter, gray whales migrate here to give birth. While most of the gray whales begin their journey north in March, some mothers and their newborn calves occasionally linger a bit longer to prepare for the precarious journey north. If we’re very lucky, we may glimpse a few of these remarkable creatures.

icon Day 4 : Magdelena Bay

Location: Magdalena Bay

Accommodation: Ship

Accommodation Name: The Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Long-beaked bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, frigate birds, great blue herons, ibis, and California pelicans are found here in abundant numbers. Zodiac cruise and kayak along red mangroves—an important nursery for coastal and open-sea fish species as well as multiple marine invertebrates—and in sheltered coves. Hike across stunning sculpted sand dunes, following lizard tracks, where coyotes and jackrabbits wonder among desert plants.

icon Day 5 : Cabo Pulmo National Park

Location: Cabo Pulmo

Accommodation: Ship

Accommodation Name: The Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an overnight’s sailing, arrive around midday at Cabo Pulmo National Park marine reserve, to discover the only living hard coral reef in the Sea of Cortez, attracting a huge variety of colourful tropical fish, various sea mammals, invertebrates and seabirds. It is an ideal place for more aquatic exploration.

icon Day 6 -12 : Gulf Islands & Sea of Cortez

Location: Isla Danzante, Isla del Carmen, Isla Monserrate, Bahía Agua Verde, Isla San José, Isla del Espiritu Santo

Accommodation: Ship

Accommodation Name: The Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Over the next six days, our flexible itinerary allows for spontaneity where we hope to experience the many spectacular wildlife encounters offered in the Sea of Cortez, including the amazing spectacle of tens of thousands of mobula rays congregating, where they exhibit their unique behaviour of literally flying out of the water, allegedly to attract a mate. We plan to explore a few of the 244 islands, islets and colourful coastal sandstone formations that make up the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California. Isla Danzante This small island near Loreto is surrounded by turquoise waters teeming with marine life, including sea lions, dolphins and an abundant variety of fish. It is also home to a variety of waterfowl, including the famous blue-footed booby. Hikers can explore one of the many short trails that lead to magnificent scenic lookouts. Isla del Carmen Privately-owned Isla del Carmen is Loreto National Marine Park’s largest island and features marine fossils, colourful cliffs, bighorn sheep and diverse beaches ranging from smooth cobbles to red pebbles to white sand. The island’s west coast offers kayaking, snorkelling and easy walks along the shoreline. On the remote and wild east coast is Arroyo Blanco, where divers can explore the underwater caves. Isla Monserrat In the heart of the marine reserve, Isla Montserrat is the idyllic location for aquatic activities, especially kayaking. An abundance of marine life makes the waters perfect for snorkelling and diving. Blue whales and bottlenose and common dolphins are often found in the waters surrounding Isla Monserrat, Isla Danzante and Isla del Carmen. Bahia Agua Verde Bahía Agua Verde offers excellent land-based birdwatching, a unique experience in Baja where most birdwatching takes place at sea. Species that you may spot include the endemic Costa’s hummingbird, vermilion flycatcher, grey thrasher and northern mockingbird. In Zodiacs, there is a great chance to spot blue-footed boobies, brown boobies and perhaps even osprey. Puerto Gato Characterised by its bright-red rocks, Puerto Gato offers great snorkelling, kayaking, and excellent exploratory hikes where at elevation you can be rewarded with terrific views. After some rain, the arid desert is awash with colourful blooms. Isla San José One of the larger islands in the Sea of Cortez, you can photograph San José’s ochre cliffs, hike an enchanting arroyo or gully at Punta Colorada, or snorkel in the clear waters that attract bottlenose dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, mobula rays and pilot whales. Isla San Francisco With pink sea cliffs and a stunning crescent-shaped bay, Isla San Francisco is one of the most beautiful islands in the Sea of Cortez. Enjoy a day hiking along the ridge, with sweeping views of the bay below where you might glimpse whales. You can also snorkel among colourful marine life and later, enjoy a barbecue under the desert stars. Isla del Espiritu Santo & Isla Partida Jointly known as Espiritu Santo, these islands are a two of Baja’s gems. Venture into a secluded cove surrounded by fingers of red rock and golden beach. Spend the day exploring the beach on foot, where large numbers of roosterfish are known to appear, or venture further on a guided hike. The deep bays are ideal for kayaking. Several wrecks, wall dives and vast undersea canyons support a rich ecosystem where whales, sharks and manta rays roam, making the island a must for any diver.

icon Day 13 : Pichilinque

Location: Pichilinque, San José del Cabo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Disembark in Pichilinque, where you farewell the expedition team and crew before transferring back to San José del Cabo to continue your journey. Note: In the spirit of expedition travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather, sea and other conditions beyond our control. Local regulations of the marine parks and reserves in Baja California can change with little or no notice.

What's Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    Fully Guided

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    Entrance Fees

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    Drinks with Meals

    Tea, Coffee, water with all meals, Wine & Beer with Dinner.

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    All Shore excursions

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    A 3 in 1 waterproof polar jacket

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    Meals – Full Board

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    Complimentary use of muck boots

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    Accommodation

What's Not Included

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    Optional activities, such as Kayaking, Snorkelling & diving.

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    Aurora Expeditions requires a deposit of 2500 USD to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 90 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Dates & Availability

Saturday Apr 23, 2022

Nights

12

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Saturday, Apr 23, 2022

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12Nights

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