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American Safari Cruises - Baja's Bounty
Explore this World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve and visit a culturally-rich centuries-old mission town. Snorkel, kayak and paddle board in crystalline waters. Hike ashore along cactus-clad rims. Experience pods of dolphins, view whales, and radient sunset cruising.
Roundtrip La Paz, Baja California Sur
|Day 1||Arrive in La Paz, Baja California Sur - Embarkation - You will be met at the Los Cabos or La Paz aiport for your embarkation transfer. Spend the afternoon exploring La Paz on your own before boarding the Safari Endeabour. The Captain and crew will greet you just in time for cocktail hour.|
|Day 2||Island Exploration - It is the Captains choise and you will awake this morning to a desert island paradise nestled in the gulf's rich ecosystem. Go ashore for a full day of kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding, beachcombing, exploring by skiff, and hiking among exotic desert cacti. Enjoy a sunset cruise before dropping anchor for the evening. Conditions permitting, there may be a chance for a late night snorkel in this important marine habitat.|
|Day 3||Los Islotes / Isla San Francisco - Heave anchor early this morning and set sail for Los Islotes - a steep rocky outcropping leaping straight from the sea. Observe a sea lion colony from the ship and skiff, or slip into a wetsuit to snorkel with agile young sea lions. Swim through a rock arch where orange fan and white fire coral sway in the current, while high overhead, brown and blue-footed boobies perch on the cliffs. At Isla San Francisco, a guided hike takes you among a forest of the world's tallest cactus - the Cardon, or you can kayak, paddle board, and snorkel in the calm waters.|
|Day 4||Whale Watching - Picturesque ledges of pink and orange bluffs and more marine life are on tap today. With binoculars in hand, join the Captain on the bridge to search 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. If conditions permit, you will drop anchor in a remote cove for snorkelling, kayaking, and beachcombing.|
|Day 5||Bahia Agua Verde - At Bahia Agua Verde, whose clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green, you will explore canyons, enjoy scenic vistas, and experience the "real Baja". An evening BBQ ashore makes time for local music and sharing stories with a local ranchero and his family.|
|Day 6||Loreto - The first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula, Loreto was founded in 1697. Stroll the streets and plazas of this picturesque seaside village on a guided tour. Shop for local art and visit its historical buildings and missions. If gray whales have been sighted across the peninsula in Magdalena Bay - where they are known to migrate and calf - an optional excursion will be offered where you can ride in a panga and observe the grays in the bay. Get underway for an afternoon search for more whales, dolphins, and flying manta rays and an evening of stargazing.|
|Day 7||Isla Coyote (Isla San Jose) - You will step ashore on the only permanently inhabited island in the Sea of Cortes. The islet is only about 200 yards in diameter and it is the home of about twenty members of the Cuevas family and consists of about ten buildings. Beyond the weathered structures is a whale bone yard where enormous vertebrae are scattered for up-close investigation. The crew delivers water to the residents, as fresh water is unobtainalbe on the island. Conversations with this remarkable group of people reveal how they make their living as fishermen "in the middle of nowhere." After tonight's special Farewell Dinner, your expedition leader will recap the journey with a slideshow of the week's experiences.|
|Day 8||Disembark La Paz - Disembark - After breakfast onboard you bid your "adios". You will then be transferred to the airport for your flight home. You may have time for a stroll along the extensive beachfront promenade here in Baja's most traditional city.|
Departure Dates & Prices
|Dates||Departures from 17th November 2012 to 20th April 2013|
|Prices From||£1997 per person|
Price includes: 7 day cruise on an all inclusive basis based on 2 people sharing a cabin. Roundtrip transfers from Los Cabos or La Paz airport to the vessel; Baggage handling between airport/vessel; Taxes and port fees; All onboard meals; Premium spirits, fine wines and beer throughout your cruise; Yoga classes and a complimentary massage; From-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; Expertise and guidance from onboard Expedition Leader / naturalist guides.
International flights, optional excursions, gratuities and items of a personal nature are not included. Single supplement available on request.
Introducing the Safari Endeavour in 2012, the ambience aboard this newly refurbished 86-guest yacht-style ship is casual elegance with a full menu of upscale amenities. Its new design is exquisitely appointed with features such as an intimate Wine Bar and spa area including two hot tubs, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and massage suite (complete with a complimentary massage.)
The Safari Endeavour's three decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for gathering with new found friends. A full-beam swim step makes launching a kayak and boarding the skiff easy. Onboard adventure equipment includes kayaks and stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; hydrophones for listening to below surface sounds; and a bow-mounted underwater camera that pipes the action to the TV screen in your stateroom and in the lounge.
There are five stateroom categories aboard the Safari Endeavour: Master; Commander; Captain; Admiral; and Commodore Suite. Depending on the category, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated.
Common to all staterooms are: Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station.
|BUILDER||Jeff Boat Shipyard|