Steinbeck, Cousteau… now it’s your turn to explore the “world’s aquarium” on a Mexico cruise in the Sea of Cortes. Greet sea lions from the boat or skiff, or slip into a wetsuit for an even closer encounter. Getting your sea legs is easy too—relax with toes in the sand, on a hike, or atop a mule through the canyons of Baja. Land and sea are a step, or kayak, away.
Stocked with supplies and a bountiful sense of adventure, follow Steinbeck’s path into the protected waters of Cousteau’s “world’s aquarium.” Active exploration and a menagerie of wildlife await you!
- ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
High adventure on an inland sea! Feel the thrill of active exploration or the warmth of the sand relaxing on a secluded beach.
- WILDLIFE & PLANT LIFE
Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortés “the world’s aquarium”—and you’ll quickly agree! From gracefully gliding whales to bustling bird colonies, Baja is abuzz with life.
- LAND ANIMALS & BIRDS
More than 40 reptile and amphibian species, over 50 mammal species, and nearly 200 bird species call Baja California Sur “home.” While many are masters of disguise and concealment.
- MARINE ANIMALS
From the largest mammal on earth to the tiniest microorganisms, the Sea of Cortés supports an incredible array of marine life. Thousands of invertebrate species cohabitate with more than 900 species of fish as well as whales and other large marine mammals.
- FLORA OF BAJA
Remarkably, the arid desert of the Baja Peninsula supports over 500 species of plants. An incredibly unique ecosystem, animal life is inextricably linked with cacti—a relationship that helps preserve diversity of both plant and animal life.
Add Mexico’s amazing Copper Canyon to your Sea of Cortes cruise – Fly from La Paz to Los Mochis, overnight in El Fuerte. Enjoy the narrow-gauge El Chepe train up into the Copper Canyon. End in Chihuahua for your flight home.
- Group transfers from the airport to the ship on day of embarkation
- Group transfer to airport or central location upon
- All scheduled landings/excursions
- All lectures and briefings onboard
- All meals served aboard
- Premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages
- Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily
- Pre-departure materials.
- Port Fees – $495 per person
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
- Trip cancellation, luggage and Emergency Evacuation Insurance
- Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
- Staff gratuities
- Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings
- Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.
n José del Cabo / La Paz – Embarkation
Bienvenidos! You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport in San José del Cabo and transferred to our hospitality area. Joined by your expedition team, an overland orientation transfer to La Paz acquaints you with the dramatic Baja landscape and the week that lies ahead. The captain and crew welcome you aboard just in time for a cocktail and dinner with your new mates. (D)
Isla San Francisco
Adventure in a playground of steep red bluffs and sweeping desert beach. Don some flippers for a snorkel among colorful sea life, put on your walking shoes for an exploratory romp along the ridge, grab a paddle and kayak, hop on a paddle board, or relax on the beach with the sand between your toes. The rugged beauty of the island makes it an ideal spot for escapades. (BLD)
Bahía Agua Verde
At Bahía Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. Explore the coast by small skiff, visit with a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a mule ride and experience the “real Baja.” Scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding, and unmatched camaraderie—the day is done. (BLD)
Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Isla Coronado this morning – snorkel, kayak, or take a skiff tour. Watch for frigate birds and blue footed boobies in the air and dolphins and sea lions on the water – the waters here are so crystal clear you won’t want to come back to the boat! It’s worth it though – and depending on the time in the season we may set out to explore Loreto town. Founded in the 17th century by Jesuit missionaries, the downtown area features no fewer than seven historical monuments, including the Mission of our Lady or Loreto, the starting point of the Camino Real. Finish a day full of the best of nature and culture with a nightcap under the stars. (BLD)
Marine Life Search
Mother Nature is your guide today. The Sea of Cortés is home to fin, blue, and sperm whales, and the dolphin pods number in the hundreds. If the gray whales have arrived on Baja’s west coast (mid-January – early-March)—migrating more than 12,000 miles to calve in Bahía Magdalena—you’ll drive across the peninsula for a panga ride to observe these mammals and their babies in the lagoon.
Mid-March through April are your best chance to see whale sharks near La Paz and in other parts of the Sea of Cortes. Later in the season, we have resident whales and dolphins in our sights. Whichever the day brings, there’s also a chance to head into the Sierra La Giganta Mountains for a tour of the crown jewel of Baja’s historic missions, San Javier; time for a brief exploration in magical Loreto; or more water play and hikes. Bring it on! (BLD)
Los Islotes / Isla Partida
At Los Islotes—a steep craggy seamount leaping straight from the sea—observe a sea lion colony from the boat and skiff, or slip into a wetsuit for an early morning snorkel with curious, agile young sea lion pups. Afterwards, heave anchor and set sail for Isla Partida, for an afternoon of water play or island hikes along desert beaches or into rocky arroyos. (BLD)
Isla San Jose, Evaristo, or Nopolo
Tuck into a secluded cove surrounded by long fingers of red rock and a golden beach. Spend your last full day enjoying the feel of warm sand under your feet on a beach walk, investigate nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, or explore a little further afield on a guided hike. Celebrate your week at tonight’s special Farewell Dinner with an entertaining slideshow by your expedition team. (BLD)
La Paz / San José – Disembark
After breakfast, it’s “adios” La Paz, as you disembark the vessel and transfer back to San José del Cabo for your flight, or hotel stay. (B)
Or visit Copper Canyon!
Discreet, sleek, and stealthy, the Safari Voyager is comfortable in warm water regions and built to handle humidity and heat. Tropical adventure, wilderness access, and the natural landscape are always at the forefront. A seamless extension of the places she sails, the ship and her mostly local crew exude
pura vida (pure life).
Handcrafted artwork throughout the vessel pays homage to the regions of Latin America. Casual in nature, the Safari Voyager is a bit of a show-off, too— take in 270-degree views from the top deck or window-to-window lounge.
- Launched: 1982/2016 (renovated)
- Length: 174 ft
- Width: 36 ft
- Cruise Speed: 9 knots
- Total Staff: 28-32
- Total Passengers: 62
- Cabins: 32