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A Warm Water Baja Adventure For Women

In Search of Whale Sharks and Baby Sea Turtles

November 2016  11th-18th, 2016

DETAILED ITINERARY

  DAY ONE: ARRIVAL INTO LA PAZ

Our Baja Adventure begins with the arrival to our hotel in La Paz, Baja California Sur. Most people arrive via San Jose Del Cabo airport and take the  3 hour shuttle into La Paz.   To review travel details go to Getting to Baja.  Plan to check into our La Paz hotel anytime after 3:00pm. Our group will gather for dinner at 7:00pm with a more formal orientation in the morning.
(double occupancy room and dinner included).

DAY TWO: IN SEARCH OF WHALE SHARKS, CAMPING ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND

In the morning you may rent any gear (sleeping bags, pads, wetsuits, ) that you  will need for our camping adventure.  We will depart after breakfast in search of Whale Sharks enroute to our camping destination.

Whale Sharks, the largest fish on the planet can reach a length of over  60 feet. Most of the whale sharks we see in the sheltered

La Paz lagoons are juveniles, 30 feet or less.

In November, whale sharks are commonly sighted in the shallow water off of La Paz and our hope is to swim with these enormous animals.

As fish, whale sharks obtain oxygen through their gills and are not required to breathe at the surface as whales do.

During the fall months, Bahia de la Paz tends to be calm increasing our chances of spotting the shark's massive shape below the water's surface.  

As with most wildlife, encounters are not guaranteed but in November, chances to observe these animals are excellent. After searching for whale sharks,

our motorboat will transfer us to our dramatically scenic island base camp in the beautiful Sea of Cortez.

We will be camping in comfort with roomy tents, camp chairs, shade, and sun showers.

To learn more about whale sharks please visit: whale sharks   or  more on sharks

 

DAY THREE: ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND, SEA OF CORTEZ CAMPING

Today you will have several options from exploring outer islands by sea kayak to viewing the underwater world using a mask and snorkel.
Snorkeling is quite good with various species of damselfish, puffers and colorful angelfishes finding refuge in the rocky reef crevices. Join a naturalist on a swim over the rocky reef to learn about
the strange behaviors of reef fish and invertebrates. Informal kayak instruction is available upon request from your ACA certified sea kayaking guide.

 

view from our campsite

DAY FOUR: ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND, SEA OF CORTEZ CAMPING

Our support boat will take us to Los Islotes, a sea lion rookery where we can snorkel with these graceful animals, members of the pinniped (feathered foot) order.

Using a mask and snorkel, observe the sea lions seemingly fly underwater using their strong front flippers to propel themselves.

Fall snorkeling is excellent and we will swim among reef fish and corals in addition to the curious sea lions. Our naturalist will interpret the rich variety of species that flourish in the Sea of Cortez.

Other activities available at Espiritu Santo Island include fishing, hiking the rugged canyons, night snorkeling and solo time along the shores of our enchanted island.

 

DAY FIVE: ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND to LA PAZ HOTEL BASE
After a leisurely morning, we will transfer by motorboat back to La Paz looking for wildlife along the way such as schooling manta rays, blue footed boobies and a variety of
dolphin species. On rare though memorable occasions,  Orcas also known as Killer Whales are found cruising the Sea of Cortez.

Our plan is to arrive back in La Paz in time to explore the quaint waterfront before meeting up for a group dinner at a nearby restaurant featuring local cuisine.

Overnight at our La Paz hotel base, PosadalunaSol
(double occupancy room and all meals included
).

 

DAY SIX: IN SEARCH OF WHALE SHARKS, LA PAZ HOTEL BASE

Our day will include a final opportunity to swim with our planet's largest fish, the Whale Sharks.

Relatively little is known about these enigmatic animals which may live to 100 years of age and sustain themselves on a diet of plankton.

As filter feeders, they offer no threat to humans and snorkeling with them is an incredible experience.

Overnight at our La Paz hotel base, PosadalunaSol
(double occupancy room and all meals included
).

 

 

DAY SEVEN: LA PAZ TO TODOS SANTOS

After breakfast, we will travel by van to our next location. Our destination today is La Cochora Beach near the quaint artist town of Todos Santos on Baja's Pacific Side.

We will transfer from La Paz to Todos Santos in time to relax and explore our Pacific destination before our arrival to La Cochora Beach.

 

 At sunset, Grupo Tortuguero de Todos Santos A.C, a local sea turtle conservation project invites the public to participate in the release of baby sea turtles. Born on the beaches of Baja,  sea turtles are extremely vulnerable to predation both on land and in water.  A sea turtle hatchery has been established by a team of local volunteers near La Cochora Beach. Each year 1000's of baby sea turtles are released into the rugged Pacific Ocean of Baja to start their perilous journey through life. Three species of critically endangered sea turtles nest in the vicinity of Todos Santos: the eastern pacific green sea turtle also referred to as the black sea turtle, the olive ridley and the  leatherback sea turtle. We are excited to share this unique experience with you!

 

DAY  EIGHT: TODOS SANTOS TO HOME
After breakfast, you will catch  your pre-arranged shuttle service to the San Jose Del Cabo airport, a few hours from Todos Santos.

 

Local community  help release Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, Todos Santos