Baja California: Among the Great Whales on National Geographic Venture
Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales
Much more than whale watching—exploring expedition-style
Unique, immersive style of travel
Each year California gray whales pause during their migrations to birth and nurse their calves in the Bahía Magdalena lagoons. For most travelers, the only opportunity to observe the mothers and calves is to bus across the peninsula for a day trip. Fortunately, our ships, the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird and Sea Lion, have exclusive permission to drop anchor and spend ample time inside the bay. Your ship becomes your mobile base camp, as you live for three whole days among these gentle giants, making daily Zodiac forays for up-close observations, before heading out on an itinerary that features these opportunities:
- See California gray whales up close
- Spend three days at Bahía Magdalena, one of the whales’ main breeding grounds
- Hike desert islands, sculpted sand dunes and see a variety of wildlife in the Sea of Cortez
- Snorkel with sea lions and search for marine mammals
- Experience the Baja California undersea
- Benefit from our 30+ years of experience and relationships in Baja California to see all you came for and more
- Adventure and Active
- Safari, Animals, and Wildlife
Following the build of National Geographic Quest at Nichols Brothers shipyard, her sister ship, the 100-guest National Geographic Venture floated into the bay on Whidbey Island, becoming the 4th ship in the Lindblad fleet built at this storied PNW shipyard. In the 1970s, Nichols Brothers built the twin ships National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, which continue to sail the waters of the west coast of North America and Central America.
Venture, like much of the wildlife she follows, is migratory. She follows the seasons from Alaska, along the coast of British Columbia, up the Columbia & Snake Rivers, and along the Baja coast and into the Sea of Cortez. In each region, her design innovations were informed by 50+ years of expedition expertise to ensure extraordinary discoveries. Larger than her sibling twin ships, Sea Bird and Sea Lion, Venture has the same shallow draft, enabling her to nimbly navigate the same inner reaches and provide the same intimate, ‘insider’ experiences of the charismatic regions we explore.
Like her sister ship Quest, Venture has dual boarding platforms, enabling our team to load two Zodiacs at once means guests get off ship quickly, to take advantage of wildlife sightings and maximize exploring time. Modern, cleaned-lined, with large expanses of glass to keep you connected to the extraordinary views, National Geographic Venture enables you to see, do and experience the best of her geographies.
Lindblad Expeditions goes to the most amazing places on the planet—40+ geographies in all. And they’ve planted a flag in many of them, deeply committing to remote wild places—like South Georgia and the Falklands; Patagonia, where they opened up Staten Island, ‘the island at the end of the world,’ for eco-tourism; and remote and beautiful regions of Polynesia, including the Marquesas Islands where few go.
Teams that do whatever it take ...
|1||Loreto / San Carlos / Embark|
|2||Bahia Almejas / Rehusa Channel / Isla Magdalena|
|3||Boca de Soledad|
|4||Magdalena Bay / Cruising|
|5||Gorda Banks and Cabo Pulmo|
|6||Los Islotes and La Paz|
|7||Exploring the Gulf of California|
|8||Loreto / Disembark|