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The 28-metre Searcher has 14 cabins and is small enough to provides access to some of Baja's restricted areas, with Captain Art - the ‘whale whisperer’ - on hand to ensure great whale watching opportunities.

The cosy air-conditioned cabins have bunks, ample storage space, and a washbasin. Each cabin features US-style AC electrical outlets, reading lights and a mirror. There are four bathrooms on the main deck, two with showers, and two near the observation deck at the stern. 

The library in the salon is available for all to use and is equipped with books and maps about Baja’s whales and other marine mammals, plants and birds. Most people choose to relax or read in the salon or outdoors on deck, and use their cabin for just sleeping and changing. Three observation decks are located at the bow and at the stern, plus forward of the wheelhouse. She carries three aluminum skiffs for shore excursions and wildlife viewing. 

Captain Art Taylor - the model of a responsible whale watch owner - has been sailing the waters of Baja for over 30 years. The Searcher's crew of seven consists of licensed captains, trained cooks and experienced deckhands, all of whom have spent years surrounded by the wildlife of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, and are committed to a quality natural history experience.

Built in 1970, the vessel is a US Coast Guard SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and FCC (Federal Communications Commission) inspected and certified passenger vessel. She is equipped with two 475-horsepower Caterpillar diesel engines, two 60-kilowatt generators, and state-of-the-art electronics that include GPS navigation and a satellite telephone. She carries 68 hectolitres of fresh water and has the ability to make more while she sails. She carries three aluminum skiffs for shore excursions and wildlife viewing. 

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This cruise vessel is featured in the following itinerary:

Great Whales of Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Join Wildlife Worldwide founder Chris Breen on a voyage to Baja California’s spectacular Pacific coast. We visit at the best time of year to see blue, fin and humpback whales which congregate in Baja’s waters each winter, and witness the thrilling spectacle of grey whales in one of their warm water calving lagoons.

  • When to go: Jan-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour