• 7 days/ 6 nights
  • Next Departure: Feb 17, 2019
  • From Starting at $5,498 / person

Explore Baja’s isle-dappled coast!

Join Dan and Carol on this exclusive President’s Day cruise. Limited to twelve guests, this island-hopping cruise in the Sea of Cortez showcases the perfect balance of luxury and adventure. Cruise the coast of Baja in style and immerse yourself in culture and wildlife—pelicans, frigate birds; humpback, gray, pilot, and blue whales; whale sharks, dolphins, manta rays and sea lions. Paddle and hike along desert landscapes. Swim with whale sharks, and discover what’s at the heart of our small ship cruise: the destination.

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  • New Trips of 2019!
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Adult only
  • Hiking
  • Paddling/Rafting
  • Snorkeling/Swimming
  • Small Ship
  • Gourmet Dining
  • Cultural/History

Activity Level: Easy (1)

About
This Tour

Active exploration and a menagerie of wildlife await you on our Mexico Baja Cruise! Traverse the Sea of Cortés on a 6-night island-hopping adventure filled with an abundance of activities. Hike ruggedly beautiful beaches, kayak the remote lagoons, and search for whales, mobula rays, and dolphins while you explore by skiff. Get up close and personal with sea lion pups and colorful reef fish as you snorkel the rich waters of the world's youngest sea. All the while, enjoy the best accommodations and delectable cuisine with Austin's signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service and discover the perfect blend of exploration and relaxation on this unforgettable holiday.

  • Travel in class and high style with this Offshore exclusive President's Day cruise which is limited to 12 people
  • Watch for pods of dolphin and sperm whales as they spout, leap, and dive in the bounteous Sea of Cortez
  • Search for gentle whale sharks in Bahia de La Paz or (depending on the season) for gray whales and their new calves at Bahia Magdalena
  • Snorkel with acrobatic sea lion pups
  • Swim alongside gentle whale sharks. A true bucket list experience
  • Hike red-rock outcroppings, paddle idyllic bays, and beachcomb protected, shell-strewn shores on Baja's isle-dappled coast
  • By night, ogle at a star-filled sky and at waters that glow as if by magic in bioluminescence
Austin Adventures - Sea of Cortez Limited - Baja Exclusive
Photo: Austin Adventures - Sea of Cortez Limited - Baja Exclusive

Thanks for providing our family a week full of memories that we will be talking about for years to come.

Mary, Tony, Matthew and Grace Osterlund Cincinnati, OH

Austin Adventures planned everything to a "T". I could NEVER have planned and executed this trip on my own. There were so many extra touches.

Cathy G. Baltimore, MD

Best vacation experience ever. Having my trip planned for me so I could just sit back and relax was the best choice

Amy L. San Diego, CA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/ 6 nights

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico (SJD)

Day 1: San José del Cabo / La Paz / Bahia Balandra
Austin Adventures - Sea of Cortez Limited - Baja Exclusive
Meals Included:  D
Overnight: Pacific Provider

You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport in San Jose del Cabo Airport and transferred to La Paz for an early afternoon embarkation. Relax and tour of your exclusive stateroom before you cruise to the picturesque azure bays and pristine beaches of Bahia Balandra. Enjoy a pre-sunset swim, kayak, or stand up paddle (SUP) before you take in your first of many sunsets. Settle in and sit down to the first of numerous incredible dinners.

Day 2: Ensenada Candelero / Isla Espiritu Santo
Austin Adventures - Sea of Cortez Limited - Baja Exclusive
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Pacific Provider

After breakfast, we’ll depart to swim alongside whale sharks with the crew and naturalists. Return to the ship for lunch as we make our way to Ensenada Candelero. Don some flippers for a snorkel among the colorful sea life. Hike up to the only natural spring on Isla Espiritu Santo. Soak up the views of the Sea of Cortez and keep your eyes peeled for the elusive and endemic black jackrabbits who inhabit the island. Relax in the Jacuzzi after dinner and take in the stars with a craft margarita before resting for the next day.

Day 3: Ensenada Candelero
Austin Adventures - Sea of Cortez Limited - Baja Exclusive
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Pacific Provider

Waking up in Ensenada Candelero, take a skiff out fishing, look for local game fish to have prepared for dinner, or relax on a secluded beach and sip on an ice-cold beer under the hot midday sun. In the evening, we’ll make our way to the remote island of Isla San Francisquito, the locale for tomorrow’s incredible day.

Day 4: Isla San Francisquito
Austin Adventures - Sea of Cortez Limited - Baja Exclusive
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Pacific Provider

Today enjoy scenic hike up a mountain and across the ridge—a crew favorite! Take in some of the most scenic views of the trip. Fish and snorkel in some of the most beautiful waters Baja has to offer. In the afternoon, enjoy appetizers on the beach, craft cocktails, and a bonfire before returning to the boat for dinner. After dinner we make the short trip to Isla San Jose.

Day 5: Isla San Jose & San Evaristo
Austin Adventures - Sea of Cortez Limited - Baja Exclusive
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Pacific Provider

This morning we wake to Isla San Jose’s mangrove covered shorelines. Kayak or skiff through a secluded lagoon and amongst the mangroves. Fish for Yellowtail or put on a mask and fins and search for the seahorses known to inhabit the mangroves. Enjoy lunch as we move to San Evaristo to explore the local fishing village. Get a feel for local culture, as you see the catch of the day, and maybe even enjoy a beer with the locals who are separated from society by the Sea of Cortez. After dinner, we make our way to Ensenada Grande, getting a good night’s sleep in a calm anchorage.

Day 6: Ensenada Grande
Austin Adventures - Sea of Cortez Limited - Baja Exclusive
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Pacific Provider

After breakfast, prepare for a day of adventure galore. Make your own adventure and swim with sea lions, take a kayak out exploring, snorkel amongst shoals and reefs, or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun with your fellow travelers. End the night sharing a cocktail with the crew, enjoying a slideshow of photos from the week, and reminiscing about every incredible detail of your week.

Day 7: La Paz / San José del Cabo – Disembark
Austin Adventures - Sea of Cortez Limited - Baja Exclusive
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: No Overnight

After breakfast, it’s “adios” La Paz, as you disembark the vessel and transfer back to San José del Cabo for your flight.

* Note: Daily itinerary is kept purposefully flexible to maximize wildlife sightings and natural encounters.

** This trip is operated by Offshore Outpost in partnership with Austin Adventures.

*** Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

**** Austin Adventures and Offshore Outpost guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance or activity that’s right for you.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 7 days/ 6 nights
  • Next Departure: Feb 17, 2019
  • From Starting at $5,498 / person

Confirmed Departures

  • Feb 17, 2019 - Feb 23, 2019

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival and Departure

We suggest that you book your flight into San José del Cabo at least one day prior to your trip departure. You may arrive on day of departure as long as you arrive into the airport no later than 2:30 pm. If you are arriving on the day of embarkation, your airport transfer is included to the hospitality area in San José del Cabo. You will have time to explore the city and meet back no later than 4:30 pm to meet your Expedition leader, followed by a 4:45 pm transfer to the boat for your embarkation. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the airport or your post-trip hotel. Please schedule departing flights for after 11:30 am.

Activities

  • Hiking: Difficulty varies depending on group, no experience necessary.
  • Kayaking: Protected coves and inlets, no experience necessary.
  • Boating: Interpretive small ship wildlife cruise with captain and crew; small skiffs provide easy access to tucked-away inlets and shorelines.
  • Paddle boarding: Stand up paddling (SUP), no experience necessary.
  • Snorkeling: Gear provided, no experience necessary.
  • Fishing: Gear provided, no experience necessary.
  • Wildlife Viewing: No experience necessary but come prepared to look and listen.

Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals aboard the ship: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). All non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are included.

Included in the Trip Price

  • Spacious stateroom with full en-suite
  • All meals and snacks prepared by your private
  • All beverages including open
  • Fully trained, knowledgeable crew (8 crew for 12 guests) creating a highly personalized
  • All activities on board and high-end adventure gear: stand up paddleboards, kayaks, fishing &
  • Access to
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt and luggage
  • Pre-departure and packing
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves.

Not Included in the Trip Price

  • Gratuities to Offshore Outpost captain and crew (5-10% of the trip price is recommended).
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated
  • Air and land transportation to/from host
  • All types of personal
  • Personal

Pre-departure Information

After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.

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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Austin Adventures planned everything to a "T". I could NEVER have planned and executed this trip on my own. There were so many extra touches.

Cathy G., Baltimore, MD

Staff was excellent; friendly and responsive.

Christine S, Watchung, NJ

It was like a 2nd honeymoon as we were the only 2 guests for the whole 1st week. The staff was attentive but gave us space also.

Laura G, Langhorne, PA
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. Soak up the Sun: Rain is a rarity in San Jose del Cabo, with over 350 days of sunshine annually.
  • 2. Sea Variety: The Sea of Cortes is home to 900 varieties of fish and 2,000 species of marine invertebrates, making it the richest body of water on the planet.
  • 3. From Page to Sea: Follow the path of author John Steinbeck, as written in his book 'The Log from the Sea of Cortez'.
  • 4. In-the-field expertise: from preparing wondrous day trips to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your Mexico Baja Cruise truly is going home.
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