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14 Night Baja California A Remarkable Journey Cruise from San Carlos

Cruise Number: CN-581225
Ship: National Geographic Sea Lion
Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Departs: San Carlos, Mexico
Returns: La Paz, Mexico
Sails: Monday, Mar 30, 2015
Ends: Monday, Apr 13, 2015
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Day by Day Summary and Map

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14 Night Baja California   A Remarkable Journey Cruise from San Carlos
Day 1 - Monday - Mar 30, 2015
San Carlos, Mexico    
Fly to La Paz and transfer to San Carlos to embark. (D)
Day 2 - Tuesday - Mar 31, 2015
Cruising Magdalena Bay, Mexico
Cruising Magdalena Bay, Mexico    
In kayaks and expedition landing craft we'll explore the winding canals of the dense mangrove swamps of Bahia Magdalena. Bird watching here can be excellent - magnificent frigate birds, pelicans, cormorants, terns, great blue herons, ibis, whimbrels, and willets are among the species we might see. It's not unusual to see forty species of birds in just one day along these fertile shorelines where they refuel for their destinations ahead. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Wednesday - Apr 1, 2015
Laguna San Ignacio, Mexico    
Laguna San Ignacio is a large bay and favored haunt of the gray whales in Baja. The ship will linger in this remote and important locale, while we observe the mother-and-calf pairs - from the ship and from water level in our expedition landing craft. For some reason, the whales here seem to be friendlier than they are elsewhere. It's not unusual for mothers and calves to approach our boats, the calves often playing hide and seek - even wanting to be petted and scratched. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Thursday - Apr 2, 2015
Laguna San Ignacio, Mexico    
Day 5 - Friday - Apr 3, 2015
At Sea
At Sea    
As we travel south along the Pacific coast of the peninsula, there is a chance of seeing a wide variety of marine life, including the largest animal on earth, the blue whale. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Saturday - Apr 4, 2015
Land's End, Mexico    
Day 7 - Sunday - Apr 5, 2015
Isla Espiritu Santo, Mexico    
Day 8 - Monday - Apr 6, 2015
Los Islotes, Mexico    
Day 9 - Tuesday - Apr 7, 2015
Isla Santa Catalina , Spain    
Day 10 - Wednesday - Apr 8, 2015
Isla Rasa, Mexico    
Day 11 - Thursday - Apr 9, 2015
Isla Carmen, Mexico    
Day 12 - Friday - Apr 10, 2015
Cruising Canal de Ballenas, Mexico    
Day 13 - Saturday - Apr 11, 2015
Bahia Concepcion, Mexico    
Cruise past the spectacular rocks at Land's End. For those who wish to do so, we will arrange a visit to the historic town center of San Jose del Cabo. Espiritu Santo. Los Islotes. Santa Catalina. Rasa. These are some of the melodious names of these islands scattered throughout this beautiful sea. After over 20 years of exploration here, we are still discovering new places and experiencing exciting events: one hundred bottlenose dolphins leaping over sperm whales near our ship, a pod of fin whales feeding around a convergence zone, thousands of Heermann's gulls and royal terns arriving on the shores of Isla Rasa to begin incubating their eggs, or the vision of hundreds of Humboldt squid illuminated in the ship's bow lights. The best areas for whale watching remain consistent - the waters south of Isla Carmen, Canal de Ballenas up north, and near the mouth of Bahia Concepcion. Whether on the bridge of the ship or on expedition landing craft or kayaks, we will be in prime position to observe them all. (B,L,D)
Day 14 - Sunday - Apr 12, 2015
Captain's Choice    
Day 15 - Monday - Apr 13, 2015
La Paz, Mexico
La Paz, Mexico    
After a visit of La Paz, we'll have lunch. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the U.S. (B)

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