Isla Carmen, Gulf of California , 12/21/2022, National Geographic Venture
National Geographic Venture
Our first day exploring the Gulf of California was an amazing introduction to “The World’s Aquarium.” We had sightings of blue and fin whales, perhaps even a Bryde’s whale. We also enjoyed wonderful snorkeling in this beautiful place.
Kim is a marine biologist, adventure photographer, and full-time nomad. Not a fan of having her feet solidly on the ground, she spends most of the year diving, paragliding, skiing, hiking, kayaking, and working on ships. She made it to all seven cont...
This second day of the new year marks our last day of adventures in the Gulf of California aboard National Geographic Venture . We spent the morning at Kelly’s Beach on Isla San José. In the afternoon, we cruised to search for charismatic megafauna on our way north to Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur. During our afternoon of cruising for wildlife, we were treated to sightings of both blue and fin whales.
Sunrise began around 7:00am, painting the sky with the best colors that Baja has to offer. Guests gathered on the bow to look for wildlife and watch our approach to Puerto Los Gatos, our destination for the day. Snorkel opportunities began after a healthy breakfast. For those who got in the water, there was plenty of marine wildlife to be seen beneath the waves. Lunch was served onboard, and guests enjoyed a short siesta before heading to the beach for a variety of hikes. Spectacular views awaited those who opted for the fast hike and great photos of pelicans were captured by those who stayed at the beach. In the evening, the galley and hotel department prepared the beach for a BBQ and offered refreshments and fireside seating while guests enjoyed the colors of the sunset.
The winds and weather worked out perfectly this morning, allowing us the opportunity to snorkel with California sea lions at Los Islotes, a group of volcanic islands in the Gulf of California. Guests also went on Zodiac tours around the small islands to enjoy views of the sea lions and birds that inhabit the rocky outcroppings. The afternoon was spent exploring Punta Colorada, a gorgeous shoreline with sandstone formations, fossils, and lush arroyos. We hiked, photographed, and enjoyed the beach before heading back to the ship for our New Year’s Eve celebration. We shared in cocktail hour on the sundeck with piñatas and singing while the sun went down. After dinner, the celebration continued with a New Year’s countdown and a toast in the lounge.