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BAJA WHALE CAMP AND SEA OF CORTEZ KAYAK/SNORKEL
Baja Highlights From Desert to Sea Adventure
February 2nd-7th, 2011
Welcome to Our Adventure in Baja!
I am pleased to welcome you to a fantastic adventure exploring the wonders and wildlife of the Baja Peninsula Sur, from Desert to Sea!
In the early dawn of Blue Water Ventures, I led several trips through the rugged peninsula of Baja. One of the most profound experiences of my life occurred while eye to eye with a California Gray Whale in a remote breeding lagoon of Baja. I am very excited to share such experiences with you as we explore Baja's rich and varied wildlife together.
The six day itinerary will provide a detailed account of our travels starting and ending in La Paz. We plan to spend three amazing days at our base camp in Magdalena Bay on Baja's Pacific Coast. Another full day will be spent exploring the Sea of Cortez, snorkeling, kayaking and sight seeing. Hotel accommodations are included on Day One, Day Four and Day Five. All meals are provided throughout the itinerary.
For centuries, California Gray Whales have traveled 10,000 miles round trip between their summer feeding grounds in Alaska and their winter breeding/calving grounds in the Pacific lagoons of Baja. Traveling in small skiffs into Magdalena Bay, we will wait for the whales to approach us. Close encounters are a common occurrence and quite thrilling. Naturalist-led beach hikes and kayaking excursions through the mangroves of Magdalena Bay will also be offered. While camping, we have the comfort and ease of a boat supported base camp. In the ruggedly beautiful Sea of Cortez we will offer the unforgettable experience of snorkeling with the sea lions of Los Islotes. All activities are optional.
Our group is limited to 16 women so please reserve your spot by sending a $100 non refundable deposit to: Blue Water Ventures, 108 Mason Street, Santa Cruz, CA. 95060. You may also pay via a credit card on Pay Pal (please note that there is a 3% service charge on multiple day trips so make your online deposit for $103). For instructions, please visit our Payment Center . Payment schedules and travel insurance may be reviewed at Deposits .
Before sending a deposit, please email your interest and check trip status.
TRIP COST $1125: includes all lodging, camping, meals, airport transfers from La Paz, all planned activities, whale watching excursions, guided snorkeling and kayaking trips, entrance fees, permits and kayak instruction The price does not include airfare, phone calls, unscheduled boat excursions, activities not described in the itinerary, personal liquor, personal equipment (sleeping bag, pads, snorkel gear or wetsuit), tips for our Mexican Crew or airport departure taxes. We would like to suggest a tip ranging from $50-$75.
FLIGHTS TO LA PAZ, BAJA: The airlines that fly into La Paz (LAP) are Alaska (800-252-7522) and AeroMexico (800-237-6639). I have found great rates at Kayak.Com.
It may be possible to find better airfares into San Jose Cabo (SJD airport code) although we have chosen these dates to correspond with the airline schedule of Alaska Airlines into La Paz. Our group will gather for dinner at 7:30pm on Februay 2nd with a more formal orientation in the morning (double occupancy rooms and dinner included). After clearing customs at the La Paz Airport, you will take a van to our hotel (we will send you a voucher to cover this fee ) and check in anytime after 3:00pm.
FLIGHT OPTIONS TO LA PAZ VIA SAN JOSE CABO: If traveling through San Jose Cabo, there is now direct bus service departing from the Cabo airport to La Paz daily at 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM. On your return, you may travel from La Paz to the Cabo airport with direct daily departures at 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM. This first-class bus is comfortable and reasonably priced (approximately $30 per person, one way) and is about a 3 hour drive.
DEPARTURE: On Day 5 we will be back at our hotel in La Paz and you may depart any time on February 7th (Day 6). Please take into consideration travel time if departing from San Jose Cabo.
A complete package of information, most of which can be found on the web site, will be sent to you before our trip departure.
Please give me a call or send me an email if I can be of any other assistance.
May the Whales and Wild-Life be with us!
Kim Powell, MRPA
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
108 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060