Sea of Cortez Blue Safari + Gray Whales – Women’s Adventure (March 18-25, 2020)
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Let us help you fall in love with the Sea of Cortez through guided, close encounters with some of its wild residents. Snorkel with playful sea lions and gentle whale sharks, and have joyful interactions with baby gray whales. If you can float, you can do this trip! Your friends won’t believe your pictures.
This Baja womens adventure is for any woman who dreamed of being a marine biologist as a little girl, or for those of you who wanted to be National Geographic Explorers. Live the trip of your dreams, and share it with a group of like-minded women.
Ladies! Join us our annual migration to Baja for adventure that is close to home with amazing animal encounters. Your friends won’t believe your pictures! Our Baja womens adventure and Gray Whales tour is the perfect combination of R&R and guided activities. You will learn to snorkel with big animals in the Sea of Cortez like sea lions and whale sharks, and have amazing up-close encounters with Gray Whales in Magdalena Bay.
Have you ever looked a whale in the eye? On this Baja womens adventure we spend one night and two days in Puerto Lopez Mateos, the gateway to Magdalena Bay. Here, we will meet Gray Whales up-close and personal. Baby gray whales are like puppies. They come right up to the boat to check you out.
Also on our Baja womens adventure, spend four unforgettable nights glamping on Ensenada Grande beach — a billion-star resort, of which The Travel Magazine has dubbed as “absurdly beautiful” and swimming in its water is like “swimming in a bottle of Curacao.” Far from roughing it, think if the camp as a tent resort. Enjoy chef-prepared meals with fresh ingredients brought in daily, a variety of beverages, and the support of a full crew.
From our camp on Ensenada Bay, we have quick access to the best of Espiritu Santo Island. Each day on our Baja womens adventure is filled with fun, bucket-list activities like snorkeling with wild sea lions at Los Islotes and getting gill-to-snorkel with the largest fish in the world, the whale shark. Topside activities include hiking through pristine desert, and sea kayaking along towering volcanic arches.
Open to women of all ages and backgrounds. Sign up for our Baja womens adventure solo or grab a group of your friends and come on down.
- Learn to snorkel & free-dive in a place Jacque Cousteau named, “The Word’s Aquarium.”
- Glamp on one of the world’s most beautiful bays – it’s not roughing it at all.
- Guided snorkeling trips in small groups to explore coral reefs, rocky reefs, and sandy bays.
- Sea kayak along volcanic rocks, sea caves, and arches to get up close to shore birds and sea lions.
- Spend a day having close encounters with Gray whales at Magdalena Bay.
- Plunge in and play with 400 wild and friendly sea lions.
- Taste tequila! This tequila talk will introduce you to different types of tequila and the tequila making process.
- Informal evening presentations about ecology and conservation.
- Snorkel with whale sharks!! These gentle giants are the largest fish on Earth.
- Optional: Certified divers can add SCUBA for $180 for 2-tank dive or non-certified divers Discover SCUBA for $220 for 2 tank dive and land lesson.
Your Tour Guides
Trip Facilitator / Guide
Tara has 17 years of experience in eco-tourism, guiding and educating students of all ages in the Americas, the Caribbean, and Iceland. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in Environmental Education/Interpretation. Tara has worked for notable educational, scientific, and conservation organizations and institutions such as the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry, USDA Forest Service in the Chugach National Forest in Alaska, and Wild Studies in the Bahamas. Tara is a PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver and has specialty certifications as Underwater Naturalist, Deep Diver, Multi-Level diver and Night Diver.
Guide / Baja
Elsy (aka Alex) is a Marine Biologist from Michocan, Mexico. She is funny, energetic, and loves to share her knowledge of science with students. Students can easily relate to Elsy’s passion for all things saltwater, adventure, music, and her love of travel. She is a great role model for students, especially those interested in pursuing marine science degrees. Elsy is both educator and guide for our Sea of Cortez programs in partnership with Fun Baja, and tour leader for our Costa Rica student programs. Elsy holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marine Biology, and a Master’s Degree in Marine Resources Management. She is the founding member of the Research and Conservation Program of the Yucatan (PICMMY). She is a PADI Rescue Diver.
►Where Do We Stay?
- Night 1: Hyatt Place, La Paz
- Night 2: Puerto Lopez Mateos
- Night 3: Camp
- Night 4: Camp
- Night 5: Camp
- Night 6: Camp
- Night 7: Hyatt Place, La Paz.
►Day 1: Arrival Day and Transfer to La Paz
Flights arrive to San Jose del Cabo which is the airport that services Cabo San Lucas. Participants are transported via 15-passenger air conditioned vans to La Paz. Trip duration is about 3 hours with a stop halfway in San Bartolo for a light lunch and bathroom break. We check into hotel in La Paz followed by dinner and socializing.
►Day 2: Transfer to Lopez Mateos for Whale Watching at Magdalena Bay
We will depart the hotel in La Paz at 6 a.m., stopping for a bathroom break about 1.5 hours into the trip and then again for breakfast in the town of Constitucion. The transfer is 3 hours from La Paz to Puerto Lopez Mateos. The group will go whale watching in the morning and again after lunch. Overnight in Puerto Lopez Mateos.
►Day 3: Whale Watching & Transfer to Island Camp
We arrive early in at the docks in Puerto Lopez Mateos for another round of whale watching in Magdelena Bay. After whale watching, we will have lunch and then head for La Paz.
The trip from Costa Baja Marina in La Paz to our camp on Isla Partida (adjacent to Espiritu Santo) is 26 miles by boat. We will arrive at the beach camp before sunset. The crew will already have camp set up for us. Dinner will be served and we will settle into our home for the next few nights.
►Day 4: Introduction to Snorkeling at Ensenada Grande Beach & Sea Kayaking at the Sea Lion Colony
In the morning we will have an introduction to snorkeling and visit the Ensenada Grande Reef. That afternoon, participants take a kayaking trip at Los Islotes to observe the sea lion rookery.
Reef fish ID presentations.
►Day 5: Hiking and Snorkeling
A morning hike at El Cardonel is followed by an afternoon of snorkeling the coral reef at El Corralito Learn about, and sample, tequila at the evening program.
►Day 6: Snorkeling with Sea Lions & Optional SCUBA Diving
We will travel to the Los Islotes Sea Lion Colony for snorkeling after breakfast. The afternoon activity will be determined by the participants’ interests. There are dozens of other snorkeling sites and other places to hike. Those who choose to SCUBA will do so this afternoon. In the evening we will have a presentation by a local artist.
►Day 7: Whale Shark Search (Snorkel?) & La Paz
Search for whale sharks in the Bay of La Paz. Participants may have the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants. Return to La Paz and move into Hyatt. Participants will shop for souvenirs and explore the La Paz with dinner in town.
►Day 8: Group Transfer to the Airport.
After a delicious breakfast buffet at the hotel, we will load the vans to start our journey to the airport in San Jose del Cabo.
** Please note: The activities, lodging, guides, and schedule may change without notice as practical considerations arise during program development or onsite. **
Inclusions & Exclusions
- All scheduled activities listed on this page including snorkeling, kayaking, hikes, and gray whale watching trip.
- 7 nights of lodging.
- Group ground transport from San Jose del Cabo Airport (SJD).
- Authentic delicious and healthy meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day.
- 24/7 Onsite support from a Green Edventures Program Manager and/or BOW Rep & Local Guide.
Installments: $600 due on November 15, 2019, and January 15, and February 15, 2020
Spots Available: 14
All payments are non-refundable. In the unlikely event that we are unable to fill the trip, a full refund will be given.
Travel insurance is available and recommended.
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