The Perfect Combination: Gray whales and Espíritu Santo Island (5D/4N)


Enjoy the best that nature has to offer in Baja California Sur on this 5 day adventure that takes you from the Gulf of California to the Pacific coast. Observe the gray whales in Magdalena Bay, the final stop in their incredible yearly migration. While here, explore the sand dunes and mangrove canals that make this place the “jewel of the Pacific.” Back on the Gulf of California, you will experience Espíritu Santo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can snorkel with sea lions and explore this majestic island paradise.

Highlights:
Whale watching, gray whales, mangrove exploration, dune hiking, bird watching, Espíritu Santo Island, sea lions

Perfect for:
Nature lovers, families, adventure travelers
Ask for our custom and private departures for groups.

Departure City:
La Paz, Baja California Sur
Departure from Los Cabos or Loreto available upon request.

Season:
January to March

Duration:
5 days / 4 nights

Day 1 – Arrival to La Paz
Arrive to La Paz, gateway to Gulf of California, what Cousteau named “the world’s aquarium”. Your naturalist guide will meet you at your hotel and brief you on the adventure to come.

Day 2 – Magdalena Bay gray whales
Depart for Magdalena Bay to Puerto López Mateos, where you will head out on the water in search of the magnificent gray whales that arrive to these protected waters to mate and calve before heading back north to the Bering Sea. Head south, along the way exploring the mangrove canals, massive sand dunes and secluded beaches by skiff – not to mention the seabirds and marine mammals. Spend a comfortable night in a waterfront hotel

Day 3 – Gray whale observation in Puerto San Carlos and back to La Paz
In the morning head back out on the water to see more of the gray whales before heading back to La Paz in the afternoon. Take the evening to stroll around La Paz and enjoy one of the many fine restaurants.

Day 4 – Espíritu Santo Island
We will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning, and transport you to the marina. After boarding the boat, our guides will give you a small briefing about the trip to Espírtu Santo as we head out from the Bay of La Paz. After roughly 1.5 hours, we arrive at the sea lion colony for our first stop. You’ll have plenty of time to swim, snorkel and interact with the playful sea lions in the company of your guide. We then climb back on board to navigate around the island in search of a pristine beach where our hosts await with a scrumptious meal of fresh seafood (special needs and dietary restrictions will be taken into account). On the beach, guides will give a talk about the natural history of the island, plants and mangroves, and you’ll be able to ask all the questions you like. Relax, swim or take a nature hike before happy hour. We’ll share our most memorable moments before starting the trip back to La Paz, arriving around 5 p.m.

Day 5 – Departure
Enjoy a relaxed morning in La Paz and transfer to the airport to catch the flight back home.

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DEPARTURES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Price:

6 or more travelers – US $855 per person
5 people – US $985 pp
4 people – US $1,083 pp
3 people- US $1,389 pp
2 Pax – US $1,820 pp

Enquire for our trip extensions, including whale shark research, city tour or Cabo Pulmo.

A 20% deposit is required to confirm booking.

Includes
3 hotel nights in La Paz, 2 gray whale watching expeditions, ground transportation from La Paz to Magdalena Bay and back, regional gourmet cuisine (including wine and beer), 1 hotel night in Magdalena Bay, Espíritu Santo Island Getaway.

Excludes
Airport transfers, Breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 5, hotels or transportation prior or after the trip, tips (usually 10-15% of the trip fee)

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Project impact

RED’s non-profit arm is implementing a program with Mexico’s National Protected Areas Commission to reduce the impacts of tourism on Espíritu Santo, ensure tour operators and guides employ best practices, as well as enhance the overall visitor experience. Learn more about this project and more here.

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