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Cousteau's Aquarium of the World

Inclusive 7-night Sea of Cortés cruise adventure


ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Expedition cruising and water play in the marine life-rich waters explored by Jacques Cousteau
  • Snorkel among gentle whale sharks and with playful sea lion pups
  • Hike Cousteau’s Isla Cerralvo and along red rock cliffs
  • Included walking tour in the mission-town of Loreto and leisure time in centuries-old La Paz
  • Enjoy a desert burro ride and time with a local family
  • Kayak and skiff through a mangrove estuary and beachcomb along remote shell-strewn shores
  • The convenience of flying in and out of Los Cabos International Airport


   ADVENTURE SAVINGS!

  • Save $300 per couple on November - December 2014 departures! Book by December 30, 2014. (excludes the December 20 & 27 holiday departures)

 

Cruise
7 nights / 8 days

Cruise

Day
01

San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur – Embarkation
You’ll be met at the Los Cabos International Airport and transferred to our San José del Cabo hospitality area. This afternoon, the Captain and crew welcome you aboard before setting sail for a sunset cruise, cocktails, and dinner.

Day
02

Isla Cerralvo
Kick off your week on Isla Cerralvo—where French Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau led numerous expeditions. Abundant marine life surrounds the island—large groupers and snappers, marlin, tuna, manta rays, sharks, coral, and sea turtles—making it an ideal spot for escapades. In a setting of steep bluffs, small streams, and sandy beaches, go for water play with a paddle or some flippers, and put on your walking shoes for an exploratory hike on a desert mountain. An exciting first day.

Day
03

La Paz
Whale sharks, the largest known species of fish in the ocean, are known to frequent the Bahía de La Paz. Keep watch for the ‘footprint’ of these gentle giants along the water’s tranquil surface. Conditions permitting, you may luck out with a chance to don your snorkel gear and swim alongside this colossal and mysterious creature. An afternoon in centuries-old La Paz offers free time for shopping, a museum visit, and a stroll along the miles-long malecón.

Day
04

Marine Mammal Search / Bahía Agua Verde
The gulf’s rich ecosystem is the perfect environment for a marine life search. With binoculars in hand, keep your eyes peeled for pods of dolphins, blue, fin, sei, orca and sperm whales as they spout and dive in the surrounding waters. Blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, cormorants, and gulls also make this area their home and on shore you may catch a glimpse of a Costa’s hummingbird or ash-throated flycatchers. At Bahía Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. Experience the “real Baja” on a skiff excursion, visiting a local ranchero family, bird watching, and exploring the arroyo on a burro ride. Scenic vistas, crystalline waters, and unmatched camaraderie fill your day.

Day
05

Loreto / Isla Carmen
Situated on the edge of the Loreto National Marine Park—created to protect the rich biodiversity of the area—sits Loreto, founded in 1697 as the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula. A bounty of arts and crafts shops line the streets and plazas of this leisurely seaside village and a guided walking tour reveals its history. Shop for local art and visit its historical buildings and mission. Enjoy an afternoon identifying animal tracks, seeking endemic wildlife, or snorkeling in the desert landscape of Isla Carmen.

Day
06

Isla San Jose
Aha, Baja—with its sandy coves, hilly arroyos, and high mountain peaks, there’s much to discover on Isla San José. Go kayaking and skiffing through the channels of a large red and white mangrove estuary. Beachcomb along remote shell-strewn shores. Hike untrodden knolls and scramble up the striking red cliffs. Wrap up your day with a taste of Captain’s Choice gunkholing (always a treat), and after the sun sets, tuck into an isolated bay for a spectacular evening of stargazing.

Day
07

Los Islotes / Isla Espíritu Santo
Rise up for an early morning snorkel at Los Islotes—a protrusion of rock rising sharply from the sea. Bravely slip into a wetsuit to snorkel with the curious and playful sea lion pups, or tamely observe the colony from the boat and skiff. Formed by a volcanic crater—and one of the most beautiful islands in Baja—the Island of the Holy Spirit offers some of the best kayaking in the world. There’ll be ample time ashore today for beachcombing along the shell-strewn shore; hiking inland among exotic desert cacti; kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and skiffing in one of the island’s idyllic wild bays. After tonight’s special Farewell Dinner, your Expedition Leader recaps the week’s adventure with a slideshow.

Day
08

San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur – Disembark
After breakfast, your weeklong adventure ends back in San José del Cabo. A transfer to the Los Cabos airports is provided.


A passport is required on this itinerary. Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Rates & Dates

Cruise
7 nights / 8 days

 

Roundtrip San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur (SJD-SJD)


Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Select cabins are available for single occupancy at a 150% supplement; all other staterooms (except Single) are available at 175% of double occupancy rate. Charter up to 84 guests.


2014
DEPART
THEME
BOAT
ROUTE
MST
CMN
CPT
ADM
COM
SGL
CHARTER
FEES
Nov 8
SE
SJD-SJD
$2,995
$3,395
$3,695
$4,195
$5,895
$4,195
$315,595
incl
Nov 15
SE
SJD-SJD
$2,995
$3,395
$3,695
$4,195
$5,895
$4,195
$315,595
incl
Nov 22
SE
SJD-SJD
$2,995
$3,395
$3,695
$4,195
$5,895
$4,195
$315,595
incl
Nov 29
SE
SJD-SJD
$2,995
$3,395
$3,695
$4,195
$5,895
$4,195
$315,595
incl
Dec 6
SE
SJD-SJD
$2,995
$3,395
$3,695
$4,195
$5,895
$4,195
$315,595
incl
Dec 13
SE
SJD-SJD
$2,995
$3,395
$3,695
$4,195
$5,895
$4,195
$315,595
incl
Dec 20
SE
SJD-SJD
$3,395
$3,795
$4,095
$4,695
$6,495
$4,695
$351,395
incl
Dec 27
SE
SJD-SJD
$3,395
$3,795
$4,095
$4,695
$6,495
$4,695
$351,395
incl

FARES INCLUDE – All onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; port fees and taxes; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage

FEES: Port fees and taxes are additional, per person, and should be added to cruise fare unless indicated as included (incl).


Important Notice - if you're traveling with minors, take note of special entry requirements. Click here for more details.

Ports & Places

Bahia Agua Verde

Located about 80 km south of Loreto, tranquil Bahía Agua Verde is nestled in the Sea of Cortés. With vibrant turquoise-blue glassy waters, the small and quiet bay is surrounded by the dramatic Sierra de La Giganta range.> Read More

Bahia de La Paz

Nestled between Baja California Sur, Isla Espiritu Santo, and the city of La Paz, gorgeous, deep blue Bahía de La Paz is the gathering place for many marine and bird species, including the impressive, gentle giant whale sharks. The largest extant fish species, these white-spotted filter feeders can measure over 40 feet in length!> Read More

Baja California Sur

The southern state of the Baja Peninsula is a unique world of contrasts and incredible diversity, where the desert meets the sea. The topography includes deserts and bays, mangroves and lagoons, jagged mountain peaks, and remote islands.> Read More

Isla Carmen

Approximately 18 miles long, pristine Isla Carmen is one of the largest islands in the Sea of Cortés. Part of the Loreto Marine Reserve ecological sanctuary, Isla Carmen offers excellent fishing, snorkeling, and whale watching in its crystal clear, cielo-blue water. 

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Isla Cerralvo

Isla Cerralvo is located off the coast near La Paz. At 18 miles long, it is the ninth-largest island in Mexico and is part of the municipality of La Paz. Alternately named Isla Jacques Cousteau, the waters around the island support phenomenal marine diversity due in part to unique underwater topography and ocean currents.> Read More

Isla Espiritu Santo

Isla Espíritu Santo means Island of the Spirit of the Saint. Across its desert landscape, varied, stalwart vegetation includes wild figs and members of the cactus family such as cardóns, pitahaya dulce, and prickly pear, and counts black jack rabbits, ringtailed cats, bats, wild goats, and numerous seabirds among its residents.> Read More

Isla San Jose

Located approximately 50 miles north of La Paz, beautiful Isla San José has a peak elevation of 2,300 feet and is the sixth largest island in Mexico. The island is primarily comprised of volcanic rock, hilly arroyos, and precipitous red cliffs that dive steeply into crystal clear, turquoise water.> Read More

La Paz, Baja California Sur

La Paz means “peace” in Spanish. The capital of Baja California Sur lies along a beautiful bay on the Sea of Cortés coast of the Baja peninsula. This bustling community of over 180,000 residents is by far the largest in Baja California Sur. The political and commercial center for a huge region of the peninsula, its Old World charm attracts legions of Mexican tourists from the mainland.> Read More

Loreto, Baja California Sur

The first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula, Loreto was founded in 1697 by Jesuit missionaries after they discovered a steady spring of fresh water. Home to just under 15,000 residents, this remote, quaint town is located on the peninsula's eastern coast along the Sea of Cortés about 220 miles north of La Paz.> Read More

Los Islotes

Los Islotes is a large rock outcropping that rises sharply out of the sea off the tip of Espíritu Santo Island. At first glance they appear as gnarled, rugged guana-covered cliffs, but as you approach, you'll soon spot a rookery with hundreds of sea lions lazing on its ledges and sea birds perch on the ledges. Around Los Islotes, the water is full of brightly colored and plentiful fish, making this a wonderful place to study marine life.> Read More

San Jose del Cabo

Rain is a rarity in San José del Cabo, and with over 350 days of sunshine annually, it’s no surprise the atmosphere here is friendly and welcoming. About 17 miles east of the popular resort town of Cabo San Lucas, this low-key community at the tip of the Baja Peninsula is home to a population of nearly 70,000.

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Sea of Cortes

The Sea of Cortés, also known as the Gulf of California, is thought to be one of the most diverse seas on our planet. Geologic evidence indicates that around 5.3 million years ago, tectonic forces separated the Baja Peninsula from the mainland creating the sea between them. In 2005 the islands and protected areas of the gulf were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for their natural beauty and diversity of terrestrial and marine life.> Read More

Extend Your Cruise

HOTEL STOPOVER: Los Cabos - Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort

Discover a new definition of luxury and service at the finest of Los Cabos, Mexico hotels - the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort. Treat your Mexico travel with the opulence of a true Four Diamond hotel. 

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HOTEL STOPOVER: San Jose del Cabo - Casa Natalia

This chic, 16 room boutique hotel is located in the historic village of San Jose del Cabo. Set in an oasis of palm trees and tropical bougainvillea, the property was designed by a renowned architect and features an innovative Mexican-Euro restaurant, full service bar and tapas. Guest rooms are uniquely designed and furnished with regional Mexican motif.> Read More

Vessels

Safari Endeavour

The ambience aboard the newly refurbished 84-guest Safari Endeavour is casual elegance with a full menu of upscale amenities. Its three decks provide ample outdoor viewing opportunities.

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