A dolphin welcome committee greets cruisers aboard a skiff. (InnerSea Discovery )
Nature lovers waiting for their ship to come in might enjoy sailing into the Baja California sunset aboard the Safari Endeavour, an 86-passenger yacht-style boat that in December will begin cruising the islands of Mexico's Gulf of California.
The InnerSea Discoveries ship, which is new to Baja, was renovated this year and will sail a new itinerary that includes a stop in Loreto, plus stops at Isla Espiritu Santo, Los Islotes and Isla San Francisco and Bahia Agua Verde. Cruises begin and end in La Paz, Mexico.
The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is known for its rich marine and bird life. Parts have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.
Besides seeing wildlife, InnerSea Discoveries cruisers have the opportunity to snorkel, kayak, paddleboard and hike on shore.
"We explore colorful desert islands in a sea teeming with marine life," said Tim Jacox, spokesman for InnerSea Discoveries. "We increased our guest capacity four times by replacing the 22-guest Safari Quest with the Safari Endeavour. The acquisition of a larger boat allows us to share this remarkable destination with more adventurers.“
Cruises are scheduled from December through April. The weeklong tours range from $2,995 to $6,795 per person, double occupancy, including on-board meals, spirits, transfers and activities. Special photography cruises are planned in February and March.
Info: InnerSea Discoveries, (888) 862-8881.
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