Love wildlife? Baja’s Sea of Cortez is the perfect place for an active winter getaway. Our days are filled with whale watching—this is breeding season—plus snorkeling with sea lions, dolphin spotting, sea kayaking, hiking, and exploring remote, untouched islands.
An awe-inspiring highlight is the opportunity to swim face-to-face with some of the planet’s most massive and impressive creatures: whale sharks. We offer two itineraries aboard a classic 86-foot wooden vessel, with each departure limited to a maximum of eight passengers, so we can visit wild and unspoiled realms that are impossible for larger vessels to reach.
“The ship and crew led us to truly unspoiled, naturally wild places, shared their deep knowledge of the marine and terrestrial wildlife (and every form of plant species), and organized exciting walks, kayaking, snorkeling, and even a late-night beach party that included s’mores!”
Our 9-day journeys (December-January) give you the amazing experience of swimming with whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea. The 11- and 12-day adventures (January-March) offer that opportunity plus unforgettable up-close encounters with gray whales. Whichever journey you choose, you’ll enjoy sea kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and wonderful wildlife experiences.
After each adventure, you are welcomed back to the boat for sea-to-table cuisine prepared by the on-board chef, Tracie Triolo, who is renowned for her almost magical ability to create fresh, delicious dishes with local ingredients—perhaps freshly grilled shrimp or a cheese-stuffed squash blossom.
After winter explorations in Baja, the expedition ship and crew head to Alaska for summer adventures, with the thrill of whale sightings—humpbacks, blue whales, and orcas summer here—plus amazing wildlife such as sea lions, bears, and bald eagles; and incredible on-board cuisine. Explore the Inside Passage, Glacier Bay, or the islands between Juneau, Sitka, and Petersburg.