Baja California: Among the Great Whales on National Geographic Venture

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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

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About National Geographic Venture
About Lindblad Expeditions
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For more than 50 years, Lindblad Expeditions has been sailing to captivating places near and far in pursuit of discovery, bringing along adventurous travelers to share in the thrill of uncovering the world’s wild secrets. With every voyage we undertake, our core belief is reinforced: that our planet holds infinite potential—for new experiences, enhanced knowledge, and increased understanding of our role in protecting its trove of natural and cultural treasures. 


Mar 16, 2025 through
Mar 23, 2025
Mar 12, 2025 7:00 PM
7 Nights from
$6,981.00 (USD)
Per Person
Cabin code: 01
Feb 23, 2025 through
Mar 02, 2025
Feb 19, 2025 7:00 PM
7 Nights from
$7,587.00 (USD)
Per Person
Cabin code: 01
Jan 03, 2026 through
Jan 10, 2026
Dec 30, 2025 7:00 PM
7 Nights from
$7,490.00 (USD)
Per Person
Cabin code: 01
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Day Destination
1 Loreto / San Carlos / Embark Ship
2 Bahía de Almejas / Rehusa Channel / Isla Magdalena
3 Boca de Soledad
4 Bahía Magdalena / Cruising
5 Gorda Banks and Cabo Pulmo
6 Los Islotes and La Paz
7 Exploring the Gulf of California
8 Loreto / Disembark Ship
Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.