Stocked with supplies and a bountiful sense of adventure, follow Steinbeck’s path into the protected waters of Cousteau’s “world’s aquarium.” Active exploration and a menagerie of wildlife await you!
We’ve got grit. And it’s our dedication, passion and love-of-life mindset that steadies our sails and guides our innovative approach to small-ship cruising. Since 1996, Un-Cruise Adventures’ small group experience has continued to combine discovery, impeccable service and expertise, and Aha! moments that happen in the unplanned spaces in between expectation.
Search for gentle whale sharks in Bahía de La Paz (Nov.–mid-Jan.; March) –OR– Watch for gray whales at Bahía Magdalena (mid-Jan.–early March).
Snorkel with sea lion pups and colorful reef fish.
Mule ride into arroyos with local rancheros.
DAY 1: San José del Cabo / La Paz – Embarkation
Bienvenidos! You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport in San José del Cabo and transferred to our hospitality area. Joined by your expedition team, an overland orientation transfer to La Paz acquaints you with the dramatic Baja landscape and the week that lies ahead. The captain and crew welcome you aboard just in time for a cocktail and dinner with your new mates.
DAY 2: Isla San Francisco
In a playground of steep red bluffs and sweeping desert beach, kick off your weeklong adventure with a day of play. Don some flippers for a snorkel among colorful sea life, put on your walking shoes for an exploratory hike, grab a paddle, or relax on the beach with the sand between your toes. The rugged beauty of the island makes it an ideal spot for escapades.
DAY 3: Bahía Agua Verde
At Bahía Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse, craggy mountains hemmed in green. Explore the coast by small skiff, visit with a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a mule ride and experience the “real Baja.” Scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding and unmatched camaraderie.
DAY 4: Captain's Choice
While it’s unlikely you’ll find any black pearls, today you’ll sail amongst islands once explored by early conquistadors. Your expedition team will be at the ready with more adventurous options to choose from: kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding or beachcombing. Discover nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed these islands.
DAY 5: Marine Life Search
Magdalena Bay (mid-January–early March): Mother Nature is your guide today. The gray whales arrive each year on Baja’s west coast — migrating more than 12,000 miles — to calve in Bahía Magdalena. Dock in Puerto Escondido, then drive across the peninsula to ride in a panga and observe these mammals and their babies in the lagoon.
Bahía de la Paz (November–mid-January; March): Whale sharks, the largest known species of fish, are known to frequent the bay. Keep watch for the watery “footprints” of these gentle giants and, conditions permitting, gear up for an unforgettable swim alongside this colossal creature or observe from above in the skiff.
DAY 6: Los Islotes / Isla Partida
At Los Islotes — a steep craggy seamount leaping straight from the sea — observe a sea lion colony from the boat and skiff, or slip into a wet suit for an early morning snorkel with curious, agile young sea lion pups. Afterward, heave anchor and set sail for Isla Partida for an afternoon of water play or island hikes along desert beaches or into rocky arroyos.
DAY 7: Isla Espíritu Santo
Tuck into a secluded cove surrounded by long fingers of red rock and a golden beach. Spend your last full day enjoying the feel of warm sand under your feet on a beach walk, investigate nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, or explore a little further afield on a guided hike. Celebrate your week at tonight’s special Farewell Dinner with an entertaining slide show by your expedition team.
DAY 8: Day 8 – La Paz / San José – Disembark
After breakfast, it’s “adios” La Paz, as you disembark the vessel and transfer back to San José del Cabo for your flight or Un-Cruise hotel stay.
Pricing starts at $2,995 per person for double occupancy (cost will vary based on date and room category selected)
Ship capacity: 84 passengers
Premium spirits, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages
Expedition team leaders
Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
Entry fees to national parks/preserves
Port taxes and fees (2016 rates only)
All from-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment
Wellness amenities: fitness equipment, yoga mats and a complimentary massage
Accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, and if such are available, you can pay a single supplement fee.