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Wild Baja California Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay

Zodiac boat above water with a whale swimming underneath in the ocean

Wednesday, February 5, 2025 to Monday, February 10, 2025

Spend six extraordinary days in the company of majestic gray whales, on this compact expedition. This is not an ordinary whale-watching experience, as we will literally anchor among the whales in Bahía Magdalena, where mothers and calves relax and play after the longest mammal migration on earth. We’ll see and hear them around the ship and venture out in Zodiacs or local pangas for exhilarating up-close encounters. We will visit multiple sites in this 70-mile-long bay to maximize our opportunities for interactions. While whales may be the highlight of your voyage, this area is home to so much more. Explore intricate mangroves by kayak in the narrow channels of the Hull Canal. Fat-tire bike along remote beaches (we have a fleet of bikes aboard). Beachcomb endless crescents of sand, studded with thousands of sand dollars on Isla Magdalena. And revel in the vastness and serenity as you view the many species of birds, including magnificent frigatebirds and diving brown pelicans, in this world-renowned region. Throughout the voyage, we’ll choose from our favorite locations to hike in small groups and kayak peaceful shorelines, engaging with the region in the most immersive, educational, and fun way possible.

The National Geographic Sea Bird is ideal for exploring Magdalena Bay. Intimate and inviting, her scale fosters a rewarding sense of community and esprit de corps, accommodating just 62 guests in 31 outside cabins.

Our expert expedition team will illuminate the wonders of the region from every possible angle. Your expedition leader, undersea specialist, certified photo instructor and naturalists, plus a wellness specialist, are dedicated to ensuring an incredible voyage. You will learn about the desert ecosystems, seabird migrations, and whale behavior from our experienced naturalists. And you’re sure to capture your best photos ever, learning from the photo instructor on board.

Special Offer:

Bring the Kids!

$500 discount extended to all guests under the age of 18.

Feb 5, 2025 - Feb 10, 2025

Baja California