Explore Baja 

Three times a year, we offer a very special, 13-day trip that covers all of Baja California. Your trip begins at one location and ends at the another … Puerto Penasco to San Jose del Cabo or San Jose del Cabo to Puerto Penasco.

Baja California is a unique adventure ... it is a journey where there are no roads, a handful of people and only an occasional boat.

Each day you will awake to an amazing sunrise amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world…clear skies, deep blue seas and terrain only millions of years could create. Enjoy 3 to 4 dives daily as we move from island to island. Legendary diver Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez as the "world's aquarium". Dive on untouched walls and reefs abounding in marine life. Encounter large and small whale species, whale sharks, jumping mobula rays, and sea lion colonies.

If you wish to hike the remote islands during surface intervals, there is always a dingy available to take you to shore. We also have kayaks if you wish to take a serene cruise around the islands.

At night you can enjoy stars that feel so close that you can reach out and touch them. Lay on the deck and gaze at the constellations, see a satellite pass overhead or catch a falling star. Listen to the sea as you can often hear something splashing. It could be anything … dolphins, marlin, or a school of bonitos. You may hear the booming sound of blowing and water spouting. It's a whale! You can't see him but he sounds enormous. At a distance you hear the sea lions and pelicans. What a splendid way to end a magnificent day.

The bio-diversity between the northern and southern Sea of Cortez is incredible and diving the entire Baja is truly a spectacular experience. You will also see equally incredible sea life on the surface including dolphins, sea lions, pilot whales, humpback whales, blue fin whales (the second largest mammal on the planet), orcas and sperm whales, flying mobula rays, blue and brown footed boobie birds, cormorants, frigate birds and the endemic yellow footed gulls.

The Sea of Cortez remains a secret oasis where the desert meets the sea.

ITINERARY

Our Explore Baja destination truly is an exploration.  The below itinerary is a guideline only as, truly, anything can happen and flexibility will help you to enjoy this adventure to its fullest.  We always want to be open minded so that we can take advantage of what nature brings our way!

PUERTO PENASCO TO SAN JOSE DEL CABO (OR LA PAZ) ITINERARY

Day 1 – Board the boat at 5pm. Depart from Puerto Penasco around 6pm.

Day 2 – 105-mile crossing to Puerto Refugio in Angel de la Guarda Island. Check-out dive at Lolo's Cove. Great macro dive at La Vela and La Muela. Sunset cruise at a sea lion colony.

Day 3 - Bahía de los Angeles. Morning dive at El Pescador and Paraíso. Lunch and then snorkeling with the whale sharks. Depending on timing and conditions, sunset hike at La Gringa or just relax after heavy swimming with the whale sharks.

Day 4 - Morning dive at Punta Don Juan or Elias Point and then whale watching on the "Canal de Ballenas" heading south to Sal Si Puedes. 3pm dive at Lavadero followed by a great night dive at the same location. Lavadero is located at Las Animas Island in the chain of San Lorenzo - Las Animas - Sal Si Puedes.

Day 5 - San Pedro Martir Island. Enjoy 1 or 2 days of fabulous diving with sea lions, incredible black coral fields and some of the best macro of the Midriff Islands (3-4 dives).

Day 6 - If staying at San Pedro Martir, we do 3 dives. If not, day 6 will be at San Ildelfonso Island where we will do 4 dives. Don't miss the Green Moray City!

Day 7 - Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto, visiting Coronado Island: macro and sea lions. We do 3 dives and then a nice evening with dinner in Loreto.

Day 8 - Danzante Island, part of Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto. Dive at Submarino, Silouette and the artificial wreck, C-54 Agustin Melgar. Afternoon hike at Honeymoon Beach.

Day 9 - Las Animas, near San José Island. Great dives on the east and north pinnacles and afternoon diving at San Dieguito for a 3pm dive followed by a night dive.

Day 10 - Los Islotes, in the northern part of Espiritu Santo Island. Dive with the friendliest sea lion colony in the Sea of Cortez. Depending on weather and ocean conditions (visibility and current), we hope to dive to dive "El Bajo", known for big schools of hammerheads. At night we will do the spectacular mobula night dive!

Day 11 - Dive at La Reyna – a great spot for sea lions, school of barracuda and occasionally oceanic manta rays.

Day 12 - Last day at San Lorenzo Channel, diving the Fan Ming wreck, Salvaterra wreck and Suani Reef.

Day 13 - Arrival to San José del Cabo, disembark 8:30am.

SAN JOSE DEL CABO (OR LA PAZ) TO PUERTO PENASCO ITINERARY

Day 1 – Board the boat at 5pm. Depart from San Jose del Cabo around 6pm.

Day 2 - Check out dive at Punta Prieta in San Gabriel Bay, part of Espiritu Santo Island and diving Fang Ming wreck and Salvaterra wreck.

Day 3 - Dive at La Reyna, a great spot for sea lions, school of barracuda and occasionally oceanic manta rays.

Day 4 - Los Islotes, in the northern part of Espiritu Santo Island. Dive with the friendliest sea lion colony in the Sea of Cortez. Depending on weather and ocean conditions (visibility and current), we hope to dive "El Bajo", known for big schools of hammerheads. At night we will do the spectacular mobula night dive!

Day 5 - Las Animas, near San José Island. Great dives on the east and north pinnacles and afternoon diving at San Dieguito for a 3pm dive followed by a night dive.

Day 6 - Danzante Island, part of Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto. Dive at Submarino, Silouette and the artificial wreck, C-54 Agustin Melgar. Afternoon hike at Honeymoon Beach.

Day 7 - Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto, visiting Coronado Island: macro and sea lions. We do 3 dives and then a nice evening with dinner in Loreto.

Day 8 - San Ildelfonso Island where we will do 3 dives. Don't miss the Green Moray City!

Day 9 - San Pedro Martir Island. Enjoy fabulous diving with sea lions, incredible black coral fields and some of the best macro of the Midriff Islands. (3-4 dives).

Day 10 - An early dive at San Pedro Martir, following by whale watching crossing to Sal Si Puedes area. A 3pm dive at Lavadero in Las Animas Island in the chain of San Lorenzo - Las Animas - Sal Si Puedes. Night dive at the same location.

Day 11 - Sal Si Puedes: Some of the best macro diving along the Sea of Cortez at El Caballo, Los Cuervos and La Corona.

Day 12 - Wake up on the east cost of Baja California and dive El Pescador or Punta Don Juan. After breakfast, snorkeling with Whale Sharks at Bahía de los Angeles. At 2pm, the boat will start motoring to Puerto Penasco.

Day 13 – Arrive at Puerto Penasco and disembark at 7am

Enjoy this video by John Sambogna that captures the majesty of an Explore Baja Expedition on Quino el Guardian!

Schedule and Rates

Sea of Cortez/Explore Baja 2019:  $3495 USD per person, quad occupancy
Sea of Cortez/Explore Baja 2020:  $3495 USD per person, quad occupancy

Prices include all taxes and port fees

Above pricing does not include Citizen Science Trips 

Trips that include the Citizen Science Program are an additional $200 per person (entire $200 goes to the scientist to pay for supplies & expenses) 

Please check our schedule list for availability