Baja California Expeditions
With its pristine coastlines and vivid sea life, Baja California offers spectacular untamed wilderness. Sail aboard our nimble fleet into the biodiverse waters of the Gulf of California, home to more than a third of the world’s marine life. Led by local experts, naturalists, and photographers, you’ll have thrilling opportunities for up-close encounters with gray whales and their curious calves on panga excursions in Magdalena Bay. Spend days discovering vibrant marine life as you snorkel among playful sea lions off the island of Los Islotes, or watch a pod of dolphins zip by your Zodiac. Then head ashore to hike amid shifting sand dunes and fascinating flora, from lush mesquite trees to monumental cardón cacti. Discover this awe-inspiring region—blissfully remote yet close to home.
“Baja California is arguably the best place in the world to see whales in good conditions—humpback, gray, fin, blue, pilot—to name the most likely.”
Why Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic?
Our Trips in Baja California
Our Ships in Baja California
National Geographic Venture
American-flagged, she is ideal for discovering domestic waters. Her design innovations were informed by 50+ years of expedition expertise to ensure extraordinary discoveries.
National Geographic Sea Bird
National Geographic Sea Bird accommodates just 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. With a shallow draft and small size, she can easily reach places inaccessible to larger ships.
National Geographic Sea Lion
National Geographic Sea Lion accommodates just 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. With a shallow draft and small size, she can easily reach places inaccessible to larger ships.
Our Team in Baja California
Every member of our team—from our naturalists and photographers to our expedition leaders—is committed to ensuring you have an unforgettable experience in Baja California’s untamed wilds. Most have worked in the region for years, and many live locally and conduct research here. They possess a wealth of firsthand knowledge and a deep passion for the wonders in their backyards. Exploring in small groups, you’ll hear different perspectives each day of your voyage, and because there are no assigned groups, you can gravitate toward the experts who share your interests and inspire your curiosity.
Our knowledgeable and passionate expedition team is complemented by our dedicated hotel team that strives to ensure that your time on board is as comfortable and rewarding as your time on shore.
Photo Gallery: Highlights from Baja California
San Ignacio Lagoon
Guests whale watching as a California gray whale surfaces close to their boat in San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Photograph: Ralph Lee Hopkins
Expedition Spotlight - The Gray Whales of Baja California
- Oct 2023
Gray whales have the longest migration of any mammal, traveling 6,000 miles to and from Baja California where we encounter them in their birthing lagoons on the outer coast. In these protected waters, mother whales fortify their young and prepare them for the lengthy journey back to the Arctic. In this episode of Expedition Spotlight, naturalist Marylou Blakeslee shares more about these special cetaceans and the unique privilege of spending time in their realm.