One of the best ways to explore Baja, the pristine peninsula that juts from California to Mexico is by sea. And now American Safari Cruises is offering passengers a chance to check out the bounty of the area, with week long expedition cruises on its 86-guest Safari Endeavour, roundtrip from La Paz, Mexico.
Expedition and river cruises are the current rage, especically among veteran seafarers who have done their share of traditional ships. A flexible itinerary ensures boat loads of opportunities to view the array of wildlife found on land and sea. The cruise explores Isla Espíritu Santo, Isla Partida, Isla San Francisco, Loreto, Isla Coyote and Isla San José. Snorkeling with playful, young sea lions at Los Islotes is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
The region’s culture comes alive on included excursions. A port call in the centuries-old mission town of Loreto includes a guided walking tour exploring the town’s plazas, historical buildings and mission. In Bahia Agua Verde, guided hikes explore the mainland’s canyons and scenic vistas before joining a local ranchero and his family for a shoreside BBQ dinner enlivened with local music and stories.An excursion to the remote island of Isla Coyote visits the twenty members of the Cuevas family who inhabit the island and make their living as fishermen.
“The Sea of Cortés remains a secret oasis perfect for small group exploration by boat,” said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “The intimate size of the Safari Endeavour allows us privileged access to small bays and coves, and combined with our philosophy to be guided by nature, it’s an ideal way to explore the area.”
The beauty of Baja
Mexico’s desert landscape amidst a sea teaming with marine life sets the stage for the inclusive cruise full of water sports activities and opportunities to view marine life such as pods of dolphins; sea lions; blue, fin, sei, orca and sperm whales; flying manta rays; blue-footed boobies; brown pelicans and cormorants.A swim step and kayak launch platform on the stern of the ship serves as the hub for guests embarking on water-borne adventures—kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, snorkeling and small boat adventures.
Exhilarating skiff rides to shore transport guests to spectacular desert islands for guided hikes and beachcombing walks led by expert on board expedition leaders. Hikes may traverse a forest of Cardón cactuses or on top of a desert ridge for sweeping views of the Sea of Cortés.
Families with children under 12 can travel together on March 9 and 23 Kids in Nature cruises. Selected to coincide with many spring break dates, families will enjoy activities geared toward kids with varying levels of activity. The emphasis remains on outdoor adventure with on-location learning woven into the day’s activities.
The line’s other yachts include the 12-guest Safari Spirit, 22-guest Safari Quest and 36-guest Safari Explorer. Specializing in active, adventure cruises with flexible itineraries, destinations include Southeast Alaska, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Columbia and Snake Rivers, the Hawaiian Islands and Washington and British Columbia. The Safari Endeavour also sails in Southeast Alaska.
The inclusive cruises include all from-the-yacht activities and equipment; transfers; exquisite meals; fine wine, premium spirits and microbrews; a massage (Safari Endeavour) and all port charges, taxes and fees. Rates for the weeklong Baja’s Bounty cruise start at $2,995 per person, double occupancy.
To book a yachting adventure or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or American Safari Cruises at 888-862-8881 or email [email protected]