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Baja Ultimate Whale Safari 2025

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BAJA ULTIMATE WHALE SAFARI 2025

Join us in February 2025 and discover some of Mexico’s biggest marine mammals. This unforgettable adventure is perfectly catered for both divers and non-divers alike!

February 12-19, 2025

Trip Leader: Dan Bishop

7 Nights:

$5,245 per person, double occupancy

$1,475 single occupancy upgrade (at San Igancio Bay luxury camp only)

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Why Join This Trip?

  • Complete adventure itinerary that allows you to discover some of Mexico’s biggest marine mammals.
  • Opportunity to swim with whale sharks at El Mogete in La Paz.
  • Opportunity to dive and snorkel with sea lions at Los Islotes in Espiritu Santo Island
  • Small group so guests can experience intimate interactions with whales and other marine life 
  • Experience lavish accommodation aboard the Nautilus Gallant Lady, and extravagant luxury tents in San Ignacio Bay

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Trip Overview

Experience the ultimate adventure with the Baja Ultimate Whale Safari, where you'll have the opportunity to encounter some of Mexico's largest marine creatures in both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. Your adventure begins with an ocean safari in the Sea of Cortez, where you'll search for majestic humpback whales off the coast of San Jose del Cabo and snorkel with the whale sharks (the largest fish in the ocean) in La Paz. You'll also get to dive or snorkel with playful sea lions off Isla Espiritu Santo before boarding the luxurious Nautilus Gallant Lady, complete with a spotter plane overhead, to search for blue whales. While the blue whales are the stars of the show, you'll also encounter other amazing marine wildlife such as fin whales, humpback whales, super pods of dolphins, and if you're lucky, even sperm whales.

After three nights in the Sea of Cortez, your adventure continues with a private charter flight to San Ignacio Lagoon where you'll spend two full days getting up close and personal with the friendly gray whales. This lagoon is one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the reproduction and calving of gray whales, and it's the only place in the world gray whales come right up to your boat and seek your affection! Your accommodations are in a luxurious tent with ensuite bathrooms and hot and cold showers, akin to a pop-up boutique hotel.

On the final day of your whale adventure, you'll have one last encounter with the gray whales to bid them farewell before boarding a private charter flight back to San Jose del Cabo.

Check out these amazing videos to learn more!

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Marine Life to Photograph

The biodiversity in the Sea of Cortez is incredible. The sea life we witness on the surface from the boat, dinghies or snorkeling is fantastic. There's potential to see dolphins, sea lions, pilot, humpback, blue, fin, sei, orca, and sperm whales. Also, flying mobula rays, blue and brown-footed boobies, cormorants, frigate birds, and the endemic yellow-footed gull.

 San Ignacio La Paz Sealion

Dolphins Sea of Cortez Whale Shark 

 

Topside conditions in february/march

La Paz and Loreto typically have pleasant weather with average temperatures ranging from 63°F (17°C) to 79°F (26°C) during the day and 50°F (10°C) to 59°F (15°C) at night. February and March are also considered the dry season with low chances of rain.

San Ignacio, also offers cooler temperatures in February and March. The average temperature during the day ranges from 67°F (19°C) to 73°F (23°C) while the nighttime temperature can drop to 50°F (10°C). It's also a dry season with minimal rainfall. .

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Inclusions

  • 1-nights accommodation at the Marea Boutique Hotel in La Paz, double occupancy
  • 3-nights accommodation aboard the Nautilus Gallant Lady, double occupancy
  • 3-nights luxury accommodation in San Ignacio Bay, double occupancy
  • 5-hour whale watching day trip around Cabo
  • 1/2 day whale shark snorkeling in La Paz
  • 1/2 day sea lion snorkeling in La Paz (certified divers have the option to dive)
  • 2 full days searching for blue whales in Loreto National Park
  • 2 full days of grey whale encounters in San Ignacio Bay
  • All meals, from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 8
  • Airport transfers between SJD and trip start/end point
  • All road transfers between venues during the trip
  • Private group charter flights between San Ignacio Bay and Cabo
  • Airplane spotter to assist with whale sightings
  • Educational presentations from local experts

 

Exclusions

  • $35 USD port/park fees payable in cash on arrival
  • [MANDATORY] Trip insurance with medical evacuation cover
  • Crew gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages

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TRIP TYPE

  • This trip is a PHOTO GROUP TRIP. It will be led by a professional or experienced photographer who will be happy to provide advice and guidance on all elements of your photography as required. The logistics of this trip mean that formal photography tutorials and workshops are not practical. 

    What to expect from our Photo Group Trips

    • Photography support - Your trip leader will ensure that they spend time with everyone throughout the trip, providing advice and guidance on all elements of photography. If you have specific questions about your equipment, shot composition, or post-processing, they will be happy to support you.
    • Quality time with fellow photographers - You will meet like-minded divers or travelers with a passion for photography. Newer photographers will benefit from the experience of more advanced shooters, and those with experience can share their advice and tips with the group. 
    • Suitable for everyone - New and experienced photographers are welcome on all our trips. Gain the necessary skills to start shooting great photos, increase your confidence in finding the best underwater shots, or hone specific skills. We also encourage non-photographers to join, and do our best to split groups according to skills and interests. 

    Enjoy free,  unlimited access to a wealth of knowledge and advice from your photo instructor.

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Trip Schedule

This is a sample itinerary, subject to weather and other conditions.

  • Day 1 - Arrive into San Jose del Cab and Ocean Safari
  • Guests flying into SJD will be picked up by group transport and meet the rest of the group at See Creatures Cabo. Get straight out on the water with a 5-hr ocean safari, including lunch. Afterwards a luxury coach transfers you to La Paz for hotel check-in and dinner.
  • Day 2 - Whale Sharks, Sea Lions, and Nautilus Gallant Lady 
  • Breakfast at the hotel. Swimming with whale sharks in the morning and Espiritu Santo Island adventures with sea lions in the afternoon. Guests with a diving certification can scuba dive with the sea lions if they wish. Lunch on the water or beachfront. Mangrove exploration, kayaking, and shore hikes also available. Late afternoon, board the Gallant Lady expedition yacht. Cocktail hour and dinner on the Nautilus Gallant Lady. Briefing. Set sail for the Mechudo Corridor.
  • Days 3 - 4 - Explore the Mechudo Corridor with the help of a spotter plane
  • The Mechudo Corridor is alive with whales! Whale watching and exploration as far north as Loreto National Park. Blue and fin whales, plus humpbacks and often mega pods of dolphins. We’ll also be on the lookout for orcas and sperm 
  • whales. The airplane spotter will guide the boat to the hottest action. Where possible, guests can swim with dolphins and various marine life, and enjoy the whales from the boat.
  • Day 5 - Transfer to San Ignacio Lagoon via Private Flight
  • Morning private aircraft charter flight to San Ignacio Lagoon. You will be greeted with a tray of champagne after your 1 hour 55-minute flight to camp and if you want, head out right away for your first whale encounters. You’ll be on the water with the friendliest whales on the planet.
  • Days 6 - 7 - Gray Whales and more Gray Whales - Encounters and Interactions 
  • Your choice of three whale encounter sessions a day (weather and park capacity control permitting) or enjoy being in camp. Hiking, walking, mountain bikes, bird watching, or visit the dazzling white salt flats. Evening presentations by a naturalist.
  • Day 8 - Gray Whales and Transfer to San Jose del Cabo
  • Early breakfast—one last morning of gray whale encounters and then a private aircraft charter back to San Jose del Cabo, arriving early evening.

 

 

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About the Nautilus Gallant Lady Liveaboard

Nautilus Gallant Lady is a 116-foot yacht that accommodates just 12 guests in 6 large suites. This beautiful ship combines the luxury of a Broward motor yacht with a thoughtful liveaboard dive boat design. The Lady is available for private charters in the Sea of Cortez, as well as scheduled trips to Bahía de los Ángeles whale sharks or Cabo Pulmo marine park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 Nautilus Gallant Lady's lounge Nautilus Gallant Lady's

Nautilus Gallant Lady's Superior Suite Nautilus Gallant Lady's Premium Suite

Superior Suite (LEFT) & Premium Suite (RIGHT)

 

NAUTILUS GALLANT LADY CABIN DETAILS

  • Superior Suites - Inde, Dofleini, Rosario, Nautilus & Swell
  • 2 superior suites are located on the main deck and 3 are located on the lower deck. 4 of the suites can be configured with either a California king bed or two doubles, and each suite has a private ensuite bathroom with a shower. All suites have individually controlled A/C.
  • Premium Suite - Emerald
  • This spacious premium suite is on the lower deck and can be configured with either a California king bed or 2 doubles. It has its own private ensuite bathroom with a full-size bathtub.

Check this page to see more details and customer reviews on the Nautilus Gallant Lady Liveaboard.

Nautilus Gallant Lady Layout

Nautilus Gallant Lady Layout

Nautilus Gallant Lady Layout

 

Check out this amazing video from Nautilus Dive Adventures.

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SAN IGNACIO BAY LUXURY TENTS

These glamorous fully-equipped luxury tents are incrediby spacious. Each tent offers adjustable twin beds or one king bed, a beautiful sitting area with couches and chairs, a dresser, and a large bathroom with twin vanities. Plus a full ensuite bathroom with hot and cold running water, internet access. 24-hour AC power, and of course, a chandelier over the bed.

 

San Ignacio Luxury tent San Ignacio Luxury tent 

San Ignacio Luxury tent San Ignacio Luxury tent  

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ABOUT THE TRIP LEADER

Dan is a passionate underwater photographer based in northern Virginia.  He did his first dive at age 14 and has been an avid photographer for more than 25 years.  Dan started out as a skydiving photographer and videographer, and then took that passion underwater.  Since then, he has spent as much time underwater as possible, often with one or both of his daughters.  Dan loves sharing his photography knowledge with others and is experienced with both wide angle and macro photography.  Dan’s other interests include woodworking, wake surfing/boarding, mountain biking, motorcycling, and travel.

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FLIGHT INFORMATION

Guests should fly in and out of San Jose del Cabo International Airport (SJD), arriving no later than 10am on February 12. Group transport will depart the airport at 10.30am.

If you choose to arrive the day before, we recommend staying at the Casa Bella Hotel in Cabo. Conveniently located next door to See Creatures Cabo which is the starting point for the trip. If you make other arrangements, please meet the group at See Creatures Cabo no later than 11am on February 12.

If you prefer a beachfront resort, we recommend the Solmar Resort and Playa Grande Resort. They are sister resorts and only a 15-minute walk / 5-minute drive away.

Departure flights should be made after 8pm on February 19. The charter flight will return from San Ignacio Bay as late as 6pm, so we recommend staying overnight in Cabo and departing the following morning.

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PAYMENT SCHEDULE

  • Deposit: $1,000 per person to confirm your spot

    2nd Payment: $2,000 due May 1, 2024

    Balance due: December 1, 2024

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WANT TO EXTEND YOUR TRIP?

We can help with that! See more of Mexico before or after your trip with Bluewater in Baja. Flying all that way merits a multi-destination vacation! La Paz is an amazing destination nearby that offers a range of additional unique experiences. Here are some examples of packages we can add on to your trip reservation:

*Rates are subject to change at any time; please contact us for the most updated pricing. 

 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 5 STAR COSTA BAJA RESORT & SPA

Price: Starting at $2,087 per person based upon double occupancy.

The Hotel CostaBaja Resort & Spa is the first and only luxury hotel & spa in the city of La Paz. This boutique hotel offers a selection of ocean, mountain, and marina views. North of the hotel is Espiritu Santo Island, where you will find the greatest marine life in the world and the best sport fishing within Baja Sur.

  • 7 nights in a king or twin room

  • Full buffet breakfasts

  • 5 days of 3 tank dives

  • Lunches & drinks on the boat

  • National park permit fees 

  • Roundtrip Cabo transfers

  • Free WiFi: Yes

  • Swimming Pool: Yes

Costa Baja Resort La Paz Costa Baja Resort La Paz

Costa Baja Resort & Spa

 
 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 3 STAR LA CONCHA BEACH RESORT

Price: Starting at $1,803 per person based upon double occupancy.

A beach resort offering a peaceful and mellow atmosphere on the Sea of Cortez. Over a hundred sea view rooms are featured in La Concha Beach Resort. Located in front of the ocean and with a full view of the beach and pool, the accommodations include essential details to luxury amenities.

  • 7 nights in a king or twin sea view room

  • Full American breakfasts

  • 5 days of 3 tank dives

  • Lunches & drinks on the boat

  • National park permit fees

  • Roundtrip Cabo transfers

  • Free WiFi: Yes

  • Swimming Pool: Yes

La Concha Beach Resort La Paz La Concha Beach Resort La Paz

La Concha Beach Resort

 
 

7 NIGHTS AT THE 4 STAR HOTEL CATEDRAL 

Price: Starting at $1,670 per person based upon double occupancy.

Hotel Catedral La Paz is a new concept of accommodation to suit the needs of today's travelers. It is part of the historic center of the city, surrounded by major attractions next to Our Cathedral Lady of La Paz. With its sophisticated contemporary modernist architecture, Hotel Catedral La Paz focuses on every detail to offer its guests an excellent service and quality, both in the rooms and its gourmet restaurant.

  • 7 nights in a king or twin sea view room

  • Full breakfasts

  • 5 days of 3 tank dives

  • Lunches & drinks on the boat

  • National park permit fees

  • Roundtrip Cabo transfers

  • Free WiFi: Yes

  • Swimming Pool: Yes

Hotel Catedral La Paz Hotel Catedral La Paz

Hotel Catedral La Paz

 

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