Travel, experience, conserve with
Wildlife Worldwide
Phone:
01962 302 086
Jump to main menu

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Sea of Cortez  (also known as the The Gulf of California) is one of the most diverse seas on the planet with the widest variety of whales and dolphins, and home to nearly 900 species of fish.

Separating the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland, this narrow sea is home to a unique and rich ecosystem and sustains a large number of marine mammals, many of which are rare and endangered. It hosts many migratory species including the blue whale.

Furthermore, its more than 900 islands are important nesting sites for thousands of seabirds, and its waters are primary breeding, feeding, and nursing grounds for myriad migratory and resident species.

View suggested itineraries

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: blue whale, fin whale, humpback whale, whaleshark, Bryde’s whale
  • Where: West coast, Mexico

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Festival of Whales

Join Wildlife Worldwide's Chris Breen on a trip to Baja California’s Pacific Coast to celebrate the annual gathering of grey whales in their breeding grounds, in an extraordinary celebration of cetacean life. Close encounters with these friendly giants is arguably one of life's ultimate wildlife experiences.

  • When to go: Feb-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,295 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Ocean Giants of Baja California

A leviathan adventure of a lifetime! Join us on a 600-kilometre voyage around Baja California to witness the thrilling spectacle of grey whales in their calving lagoons. We visit at the best time of year to see them, amongst the other ocean giants - blue, fin and humpback whales.

  • When to go: Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,395 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Voyage in the Sea of Cortez

Step aboard the Mechudo catamaran and sail the Sea of Cortez following the migratory paths of various whales, in the company of an on-board naturalist. Marine encounters may include blue whale, fin whale and bottlenose dolphin, and there is plenty of time activities such as snorkelling, birdwatching and hiking.

  • When to go: Mar-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,545 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Recommended cruise vessel:

Mechudo

Mechudo is a small and exclusive catamaran, beautifully designed and a perfect size to offer great sailing opportunities around Baja. Its legendary name comes from a location near La Paz Bay where a pearl diver named Mechudo mysteriously disappeared after refusing to donate his beautiful pearl to the church.