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BAJA WHALE CAMP AND SEA OF CORTEZ KAYAK/SNORKEL
A Desert to Sea Adventure
February 24th-March 5th, 2017
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.
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 announce our new 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 new camp location, please read our updated itinerary.
We are thrilled to announce this new trip development!.
Our group is limited to 16 people so please reserve your spot by sending a $100 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 $103). For instructions, please visit our Payment Center.
Payment schedule, cancellation policy and travel insurance may be reviewed at Deposits. We now require travel insurance which is an affordable way to protect your investment. Please review our travel insurance recommendations before sending your deposit. Purchase of travel insurance may be required within 15 days of making an intitial trip deposit.
Before sending a deposit, please email your interest and check trip status.
TRIP DATES: February 24th - March 5th, 2017
TRIP COST of our 10 DAY PROGRAM: 8-11 guest $2175 and 12-16 guest: $1975 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), tips for our Mexican Crew or airport departure taxes.
We would like to suggest a tip of $125-$150 that will be shared among our Mexican guides, boat captains and cooks.
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