Baja Ocean Wildlife Expedition
Join us for a unique wildlife adventure to Baja California Sur, Mexico. We’ll snorkel with whale sharks and sea lions, meet the “friendly gray whales,” and participate in a sea turtle research project in beautiful Magdalena Bay. Profits from this trip will help to save at least 100 hatchlings at a turtle nesting beach per participant. Online registration for this trip will be available soon, contact us with the form to register by mail.
Date: March 3 - 10, 2018
Price: $2,295 per person.
- $100 off for the first 6 people to register (2 registered so far).
- $75 off for paying the full balance by check.
Includes: All in-country transportation, accommodations, meals as noted in itinerary, camping in Magdalena Bay, activities, guides, and a donation to turtle conservation.
Excludes: Airfare to La Paz/Los Cabos, airport pickup & transfer, 1 dinner, personal items, guide tips, and travel insurance.
- Accommodations at the turtle project are field camping with comfortable amenities. Walk-in tents are equipped with two cots with linens and pillows. Toilet and shower facilities are environmentally-friendly and integrated into the landscape.
- Monthly payment plans are available until 3 months before trip departure.
- This trip can be done as a student field trip. Contact us here to inquire about dates and prices for student trips.
- Maximum group size of 16 people. We need at least 6 people registered to confirm the trip (2 registered so far.)
CONTACT US TO:
- Register by mail
- Ask a question
- Request more information
Call with questions: 800.215.0378
DAY 1 - ARRIVE TO LA PAZ
Fly into La Paz or Cabo San Lucas (shuttle service available for an extra cost) and meet at the hotel in La Paz. Meet your guide for an orientation and dinner after you arrive. Overnight at Hotel Catedral, a beautiful new hotel (3 nights). (D)
DAY 2 - WHALE SHARK RESEARCH
Whale sharks are the true “gentle giants” of the oceans. The largest fish on the planet, these gentle beasts return yearly to the coast just off La Paz. Join whale shark researchers in their efforts to learn more about these magnificent creatures and support their protection. You'll have several opportunities to snorkel with these incredible (but not aggressive) animals. After, we'll head to Espiritu Santo Island to snorkel with sea lions and then relax at nearby Balandra Beach, named "Mexico's most beautiful beach" for a picnic lunch and snorkel. Dinner will be on your own to visit one of La Paz's many fine restaurants. (B, L)
DAY 3 - LA PAZ TO MAGDALENA BAY
Our guide will pick us up at the hotel after breakfast to head across the peninsula to the Pacific (about a 3 hour drive). Arrive to beautiful Magdalena Bay and head by boat to a secluded location where you will camp for the next three nights. If weather allows, you can look for gray whales on the way to the camp. Once settled in, a local expert will provide a camp orientation, followed by happy hour and a delicious dinner after sunset. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 - GREEN TURTLE RESEARCH
Today after breakfast, you will help set nets used in efforts to study the black turtles, a sub-species of green turtles. Once a turtle is found, it is brought ashore to study, including taking the length and width, weighing, tagging, and other data collection. Once complete, the turtle is released back into the water. We will bring a picnic lunch and some shade and spend most of the day working with the turtles. Afterwards, feel free to head out in a kayak to explore the Bay. After dinner, your guide will lead a star gazing lesson or make a campfire; you won’t often find a better place! (B, L, D)
DAY 5 - GRAY WHALES
Head out early to search for gray whales. We will take small boats known as pangas that will take us out into the channel. Friendly whales often approach the boats, and the mothers are known to push the young calves closer, which can make for an incredible interaction between two species. We will enjoy a picnic lunch on a secluded barrier island before heading back out to see whales. After lunch on a nearby island, we'll head out for a second round of whale watching and then head back to the camp. (B, L, D)
DAY 6 - EXPLORE MAGDALENA BAY
Today we explore the magic of the greater Magdalena Bay complex, its vast, rolling sand dunes and winding mangrove canals teeming with birdlife. After lunch, we head back to La Paz and the group is on its own to explore town and have dinner on your own. (B, L)
DAY 7 - TODOS SANTOS
Today will be a dry day, visiting the artist community of Todos Santos (1.5 hour drive). Explore the history of this town with a walking tour and then visit a turtle conservation project hatchery to see if they have any hatchlings ready for release. If time allows, take a hike to a nearby pond to look for birds and other wildlife. Tonight the group will have a final celebratory dinner together. (B, L, D)
DAY 8 - DEPARTURE
Head to the airport for your flight home or to explore other parts of this incredible region. If you're flying out from Cabo, be sure to schedule your flight after 2 pm. (B)
Is This Trip Right For Me?
This is a trip for adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts. In Baja, you’ll be camping, spending lots of time in boats, and eating new foods (some fresh from the ocean). There are no guarantees to see wildlife and activities are dependent on weather (though most participants do see them). The schedule can be fluid and all activities may not start on time and there may be bugs around. But we feel that pushing one’s boundaries and stepping out of one’s comfort zone is the best way to learn about yourself and the world!
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Photos: RED Travel Mexico, Elizabeth Moreno, Neil Osborne