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BAJA WHALE CAMP AND SEA OF CORTEZ KAYAK/SNORKEL
A Desert to Sea Adventure
February 22nd-March 2nd, 2020
a close encounter at our whale camp, 2018
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 10 day itinerary will provide a detailed account of our travels starting and ending in La Paz. We plan to spend three nights/four days base camping at Espiritu Santos Island in the Sea of Cortez. Three nights/four days will be spent at our whale base camp in Lopez Mateos, in the northern region of Magdalena Bay on Baja's Pacific Coast. Hotel accommodations are included on Day One, Day Five and Day Nine. All meals are provided throughout the itinerary.
We are extremely excited to add the incredible opportunity to swim along side the world's largest fish, the filter feeding whale shark. We have secured the required permit for our 2020 trip and we are excited to offer this unique experience to our guest, weather permitting.
Our 2020 itinerary includes the permit to snorkel among whale sharks!
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 The lagoon of Lopez Mateo, we will wait for the whales to approach us. Naturalist-led beach hikes and kayaking excursions through the mangroves within the lagoon will also be offered. In the ruggedly beautiful Espiritu Santos Island in the Sea of Cortez we will kayak, snorkel, fish, hike and relax from our dramatically scenic beach camp. At both sites, we have the comfort and ease of boat supported base camps. All activities are optional. We typically cover 4-6 miles when kayaking in the Sea of Cortez.
We are very excited to include our whale camp location on Santo Domingo Island near Puerto Lopez Mateos. Well known as a nursery area for Gray Whales and their offspring, the sheltered lagoon of Lopez Mateos is an ideal location for our Pacific based whale camp. " Friendly interactions" initiated by the whales themselves are a common occurrence here. For more information on our camp locations, please read our itinerary..
Our group is limited to 18 people so please reserve your spot by sending a $200 non refundable deposit to: Blue Water Ventures, 127 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 your online deposit is $206). For instructions, please visit our Payment Center.
Payment schedule, cancellation policy and trip insurance may be reviewed at Deposits. We strongly recommend trip insurance for the full value of the trip which is an affordable way to protect your investment. Please review our trip insurance recommendations before sending your deposit. Purchase of trip insurance is required within 18 days of making an initial trip deposit to get full coverage that would include pre existing conditions of you or a family member.
Before sending a deposit or making airline reservations, please email your interest and check trip status.
TRIP DATES: February 22nd-March 2nd, 2020
TRIP COST of our 10 DAY PROGRAM: 8-11 guest $2575 and 12-18 guest: $2350 includes:
3 nights of lodging, all restaurant meals, 6 nights of camping with all meals, spacious walk in style tents, all planned activities, whale watching excursions, naturalist-led snorkeling and kayaking trips, natural history lectures, entrance fees, permits and kayak instructional clinics.
The price does not include airfare, airport shuttles to our hotel in La Paz, travel insurance, phone calls, unscheduled boat excursions,
activities not described in the itinerary, personal liquor, personal equipment (sleeping bag, pads, snorkel gear or wetsuit), airport departure taxes.
In previous years we have suggested a per person gratuity that was shared among our Mexican guides, boat captains, cooks and hotel staff. However, in 2020 the tip has been factored into the total trip cost listed above.
FLIGHT INFORMATION can be reviewed here: Getting to Baja
A complete package of information, most of which can be found on the website, 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
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060