Price

$3766 AUD per person twin share

Single supplement – On request

Children over 9 years old are permitted on our March departures.

$3501 AUD per child twin sharing with an adult

Inclusions

  • Full services of our Adventure Consultants
  • Professional naturalist and bi-lingual guides
  • All meals and beverages as indicated on the itinerary
  • Hotel before and after the tour (and between activities when dictated by the itinerary)
  • All transportation while on tour
  • All kayaking, camping and snorkeling equipment
  • Whale watching sessions by Panga
  • Panga supported kayking tour
  • Taxes

Exclusions

  • Return airport transfers
  • $25 National Park fee
  • International and domestic flights not mentioned above
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

The whale watching experience in Baja California is like nowhere else in the world. Desert islands, sparse cacti, golden sand dunes surrounded by sheltered coves and lagoons with glittering crystal clear warm waters.

Spend your days paddling kayaks amongst dolphins and blue whales in the turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez, before reaching Magdalena Bay across the Pacific coast - It is here that will provide you with one of the most surreal wildlife encounters of your life. The protected waters you will spend time exploring are the breeding and calving ground for the California Grey Whale. The curious calves, encouraged by their gentle mothers, take interest in the skiffs and zodiacs making for a breathtaking experience as they pop their heads out allowing you to stroke them. A fascinating itinerary of dunes, desert hikes, snorkelling in sapphire waters and unique whale encounters is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Day 1 - Arrival Loreto

Welcome to Baja California! Upon arrival, please make your own way to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to spend exploring the beautiful town of Loreto.  Why not explore the historic Mission located in the centre of town, or take a stroll through the local markets. Feeling a bit peckish? Loreto is a great place to dine on fresh seafood and authentic Mexican cuisine! In the early evening, return to your hotel to meet with your guide and fellow travellers for an orientation meeting covering your itinerary for the coming days.

Overnight Loreto at La Mision Hotel or similar

Day 2 - Whale Watching in Magdalena Bay

After an early breakfast in the hotel, you will be met at 7.30am to head to Puerto Lopez Mateos, Magdalena Bay located on the Pacific Coast. A federally licensed skiff will take you for your first whale watching experience today as you head out to Santo Domingo Island. Keep your eyes peeled for the fluke of a tail or the splash from a breech. The whales are not far away and will be sussing you out. Upon arrival at Santo Domingo Island, it is time to set up camp and unpack your gear, before enjoying a delicious lunch. Following lunch, enjoy a guided hike over the sand dunes where you will come to the Pacific Ocean. Here you can take the beach route back to camp (whilst keeping your eyes peeled for whales) as you stroll back to camp for happy hour as the sun begins to dip before enjoying a scrumptious dinner under a canopy of stars. (B,L,D)

Overnight Beach Camping

Day 3 - Whale Watching in Magdalena Bay

Whales – today is all about the whales. Whale experiences from the skiff and whale experiences from the beach. You will be surprised at how close they come to shore. There will also be plenty of time for beachcombing, swimming and hiking through the sand dunes. The whale sightseeing in the skiffs will take place in both the morning and afternoon for two hours each. The whale watching sessions are strictly limited to two hours so be sure to be on time. Ensure to have your cameras charged and ready to capture your close encounters with the Californian Grey Whales. This will be something you will never forget – and something all your family and friends will be truly envious of! In the time between whale watching, if you are keen on bird watching, there is also the option to take the skiff into the tangled area of the mangrove lagoons. With you for all sightseeing, will be a bilingual naturalist ensuring you have answers to all those tricky questions. (B,L,D)

Overnight Beach Camping

Day 4 - Return to Loreto

Your last morning of whale watching – you will not want to leave the bay. These whales will have captured your heart well and truly by now. Following your final two hours with these majestic calves in Boca Soledad, you will then return to Puerto Lopez Mateos for lunch and then be transferred back to Loreto. (B,L)

Overnight Loreto at La Mision Hotel or similar

Day 5 - Kayaking

An early start this morning. Breakfast today is in the hotel before you will be met and transferred to the location where you be introduced to your kayaks. Once the kayaks are loaded up, you will spend time understanding the safety procedures and learning the basic skills of paddling a kayak. Now the adventures begin!  Starting with a 5km crossing that will take just under and hour, you will cross to the islands located just off shore. Here you will have the opportunity to snorkel in the turquoise waters and hike through the sparse landscape before enjoying lunch. From here, you will kayak onwards to your campsite for the evening. Many of the campsites are the base for some wonderful hikes offering spectacular views for sunrise and sunset for those with some energy left to burn. The dome tents provided are spacious, however once you see spectacular skies above you, you may wish to sleep under the blanket of stars! Don’t worry about bugs or insects here. Baja California’s lack of insects makes this the perfect venue for alfresco sleeping arrangements. (B,L,D)

Overnight Beach Camping

Day 6-8 - Kayaking Sea of Cortez

The smell of roasting coffee and a delicious cooked breakfast floating on the morning air will help you rise this morning if you haven’t already spent time enjoying the stunning sunrise. Be sure to eat up for the day of kayaking that is ahead of you. Paddling along today, you will encounter the quiet coves of Carmen and Danzante located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Loreto Bay Marine Park. You will glide alongside rugged cliffs and desert landscapes of sheer beauty and contrast. There will be plenty of opportunity for snorkelling and swimming. Be sure to spend time exploring the rock pools, tide pools and again wonderful hikes are a must. The heat of the day will cool to a pleasant temperature in the evening providing the perfect opportunity for star and moon gazing, not to mention the chance of a spectacular sunset. (B,L,D).

Overnight Beach Camping

Day 9 - Whale Watching, Return to Loreto

Today is the last day of kayaking. Following breakfast and pulling down the camp site, it is time to hit the water and  paddle back towards Loreto. At around 2.00pm, you will head back to the hotel where you will have the opportunity for a shower before meeting with your guide for another orientation meeting focusing on the the exciting whale based activities of the coming days. Not all of our travellers will be continuing on and you will have some new travellers joining in for these last few days too. Why not take the opportunity to say farewell to your fellow travellers of the past few days and hello to your new found friends at a local restaurant in town. (B,L)

Overnight Loreto at La Mision Hotel or similar

Day 10 - Depart

After breakfast at your hotel, you have time at leisure until it is time for you to depart to the airport for your onward flight.