Baja Wildlife Diaries 8 Day Wildlife Expedition, November 2018, BCS, Mexico
Balandra Bay, La Paz, BCS, Mexico
Price: $1,685 USD per person Dates: November 10 – 17, 2018 [8 days including arrival and departures days] Contact: Jay Gittens, Wildlife Expedition Leader – [email protected]
San Rafaelito, La Paz, BCS, Mexico
Raw beauty awaits you in Baja California! It’s been said that the Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is one of the most biologically rich bodies of water on our planet. Indeed, Jacques Eves Cousteau himself dubbed this sea “The world’s aquarium”. There are close to one thousand species of fish, several thousand species of invertebrates and a bounty of majestic animals such as various species of balleen whales, pods of dolphins, aggregating whale sharks, colonies of sea lions, mobula rays, manta rays, seabirds and more. There’s also much to on dry land, let’s hike and check out the areas of outstanding natural beauty as well as the local food and culture. Our dedicated team are committed to providing serious fun and memories that will last a lifetime for any outdoor adventurist. All components of our wildlife expeditions contribute in some way to the conservation of the species and habitats that we visit be it through collaborative research, awareness and education or by direct donations to vital local conservation efforts on the frontline of ocean conservation in our area of operation.
Day 1 – Arrive at San Jose Del Cabo International Airport We will head directly to Hotel Hampton Inn located in San Jose del Cabo and get checked in before meeting in the lobby at an agreed time.
We will then head out together for a welcome dinner at the Las Guacamayas Restaurant in San Jose Del Cabo, famous for its delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine and tasty margaritas.
Day 2 – Scuba and Snorkel at Cabo Pulmo National Park We will enjoy an early breakfast in our hotel before setting off to Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park for scuba diving or snorkelling. Non-divers will be given the option of taking a PADI Discover Scuba Course (extra cost) which involves some basic instruction and skills mastery in shallow water before doing two scuba dives. Experience the amazing sea life here including schools of jacks or “fish tornados”, eels, turtles and an abundance of tropical fish. Reef sharks, whale sharks and rays have also been known to make their appearance! Once our boat returns to the beach you will have time to head back to the hotel to get cleaned up before meeting for a seafood lunch in a local restaurant. The remainder of the day will be for beach exploration and more snorkeling if you choose. *Overnight in San Jose del Cabo at the Hampton Inn.
Day 3 – Kayaking in Cabo San Lucas and Releasing baby sea turtles After breakfast, we will head to Cabo San Lucas and check into hotel Fairfield Inn before going on a half-day kayak trip in Cabo San Lucas. Enjoy the pristine waters and the beautiful scenery.
We will then head to Los Cabos and grab a lunch before heading to Asupmatoma Turtle Camp. Our afternoon at the turtle camp will include a guided lesson on Olive Ridley turtle nesting site conservation efforts. Here you will be able to participate in nest site excavation and be able to release your own turtle into the ocean while enjoying the beautiful sunset. We will then head to La Paz where you will be able to go off on your own for dinner after checking into Hotel Catedral.
Day 4 – Swim with whale sharks – Balandra Bay hiking After breakfast we’ll meet at the dock at 09:00 am to board the boat for our whale shark excursion. You’ll have multiple opportunities to snorkel at a safe distance from whale sharks and be involved in conservation work. The whale shark excursion is around three hours.
After swimming with the mighty fish, back to the port and have lunch on the malecon before heading to Balandra Bay for some hiking. Bring your hiking shoes and you wil