MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO • MARCH 1-5, 2020

ABOUT THE TRIP

Hola Amigos! Ever heard of Bahía Magdalena aka Magdalena Bay? It is where gray whale mothers and calves relax after the longest mammal migration on earth. As part of our newest Baja itinerary, we’re focusing on this remarkable bay and its surroundings for exhilarating up-close encounters with inquisitive calves and approachable mothers. If you’ve ever been whale watching, then you know how crazy it is to witness a 50' cetacean breach out of the water, spy hop or tail slap. Now imagine some of those same animal behaviors right next to the boat. Are you one of those touchy-feely types? If so, this trip is for you. Not only can you watch whales “do their thing” but you can also pet whales…even kiss them if you are lucky!

In addition to spending up to 12 hours over the course of three days observing these aquatic marvels, we will explore the adjacent mangroves by kayak, hunt and prepare the locally sought-after chocolate clam, roam the expansive stretches of sand dunes, and even do a little birding (if you are into that kinda thing).

Best part – no tents, no compost toilets, no solar heated showers (those Ziploc bags you place on a rock and hope they get warmed by the sun). Sounds silly, but this was the way people experienced the region for the last couple of decades. Instead, we will be in brand-new cabañas with comfy beds, real hot water showers, and toilets that flush. We know which type of accommodation you prefer.

Still unsure? How about a night in La Paz on the malecón (waterfront promenade) at the head and tail of the trip where we eat, drink and discover the capital of Baja California Sur. And if you really really want to maximize your time in La Paz, you can snorkel with whale sharks on our last day.

ABOUT MAGDALENA BAY

This is the furthest south gray whale nursery on Mexico's Baja California coast. There is an estimated 250-500 gray whales in this area at peak season. Magdalena Bay is a 3.5hr drive northwest of La Paz.

Continent: North America • Country: Mexico • State: Baja California Sur • Currency: Mexican Peso • Electricity: 120V (same as USA) • Official Languages: Spanish

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

La Paz and Magdalena Bay have desert-like climate.  Unlike other areas of Mexico, La Paz and Magdalena Bay do not have distinct rainy and dry seasons; they have two seasons: summer and winter.  The summer begins in July and starts to cool down in September with high temperatures between 93-97°F and lows of 70-73°F.  Winter begins in December and lasts until February with coldest temperatures dropping below 59°F at night.  In March, Magdalena Bay’s average temperature is 65°F, with a minimum temperature of 54°F, maximum temperature of 76°F, and almost no rainfall.

 

SEVEN CROWN HOTEL MALECÓN • LA PAZ

Malecón in Spanish means stone wall or jetty, in La Paz it refers to the esplanade along the waterfront, and that is where the Seven Crown La Paz Malecón Hotel is located. It is a sleek and modern hotel, just steps to the beach and a short walk to the business district, shops, restaurants and bars and only 25 minutes from the international airport. It offers 46 air-conditioned standard rooms, plus 9 junior suites and 3 master suites, all with a sea view (some partial) and private balcony. Complimentary wireless internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. All rooms are equipped with private bathrooms which feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. 

Number of Standard Rooms: 46 • Number of Junior Suites: 9 • Number of Master Suites: 3 • Dining: El Aura • Breakfast: Included • WiFi: Included • Pool: No

ACCOMMODATIONS

STANDARD KING OR DOUBLE ROOM
The standard room has one king-sized bed or two double beds and features partial views of La Paz Bay and the Sea of Cortez. All of the 250 sq. ft. rooms have balconies. Buffet breakfast is included in our package.

Air conditioning • Free WiFi • Daily housekeeping • Free toiletries • Coffee/tea maker • Hair dryer • Satellite TV service • Desk • Iron/ironing board • Room service

JUNIOR SUITE
The Junior Suite has one king-sized bed or two queen sized beds and features full views of La Paz Bay and the Sea of Cortez. All of the 345 sq. ft. suites have balconies. Buffet breakfast is included in our package.

Air conditioning • Free WiFi • Daily housekeeping • Free toiletries • Coffee/tea maker • Hair dryer • Satellite TV service • Desk • Iron/ironing board • Room service

WHALE NEST CABAÑAS • MAGDALENA BAY

You won’t find these hidden gems on Expedia or Priceline. Located just five minutes walking distance from the whale watching dock, these fully renovated and owner-operated cabañas, are ideal for this type of adventure. Why sleep in a tent on a beach when you could have comfortable beds, plush linens and complete bathrooms with hot showers?

Number of Cabanas: 10 • Dining: Aquendi Restaurant • Breakfast: Included • WiFi: No • Pool: No

ABOUT GRAY WHALES

Gray whales have the longest known migration of any mammal. They travel 10,000-12,000 miles round-trip every year between their winter calving lagoons in the warm waters of Mexico and their summer feeding grounds in the cold Arctic seas. Due to their nearshore migration route, people can observe the whales along their journey.

Common Name: Gray Whale • Scientific Name: Eschrichtius Robustus • Type: Mammals • Diet: Omnivore • Group Name: Pod • Max Length: 49' • Max Weight: 72,000 lbs • Life Expectancy: 55-70 yrs • Estimated Population: 22,000 • Max Dive Depth: 500' • Max Dive Time: 30 min

OPTIONAL WHALE SHARK SNORKEL

REQUIREMENTS: Ability to swim
COST: $99 + 16% VAT per person (paid directly to FunBaja)

Each year between October and March, whale sharks gather in the Bay of La Paz to feed on the rich plankton. These gentle giants which can reach up to 40' and weigh an average of 10,000 lbs, use mouth filters to feed on the tiny plankton and small fish or eggs. Swimming with the largest fish in the world is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

* The whale shark migration period varies in La Paz so this opportunity will only be available only after sightings have been confirmed the days prior to March 5, 2020.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

MARCH 1: NIGHT 1
Arrive at La Paz airport (Manuel Márquez de León International Airport).
25 minute private transfer to the Seven Crown Hotel Malecón in La Paz.
Free afternoon and evening. Dinner on own

MARCH 2: NIGHT 2
Seven Crown Hotel Malecón checkout. 3.5hrs private transfer to Magdalena Bay.
Check into Whale Nest Cabañas. 3hrs of whale watching in PM.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

MARCH 3: NIGHT 3
3hrs of whale watching in AM. 3hrs of whale watching in PM.
Sand dune exploration, Mangrove kayaking and Chocolate clams hunting.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

MARCH 4: NIGHT 4
3hrs of whale watching in AM. Check out of Whale Nest Cabañas.
3.5hrs private transfer to La Paz. Check into Seven Crown Hotel Malecón.
Breakfast and lunch included. Free evening. Dinner on own

MARCH 5
Optional whale shark snorkel in AM. Free morning
Breakfast included. Transfer to La Paz airport (Manuel Márquez de León International Airport)

PACKAGE INCLUDES

2 nights at the Seven Crown Hotel Malecón La Paz, Standard Room
2 nights at the Whale Nest Cabañas, Magdalena Bay
3 days whale watching on private boat (4 x 3hr sessions)
Breakfast • Lunch • Drinks • Snacks*
Sand dune exploration
Mangrove kayaking
Chocolate clams hunting and preparing
WiFi at Seven Crown Hotel Malecón La Paz
Roundtrip Group airport transfers to/from La Paz airport
Roundtrip Group airport transfers to/from Magdalena Bay
Airport transfers gratuities
Magdalena Bay transfers gratuities
Magdalena Bay boat crew gratuities
16% VAT on whale watching
19% Hotel tax and fees
Pre-trip party in Orange County, CA
Post-trip party in Orange County, CA

BAJA PACKAGE (STANDARD ROOM DOUBLE OCC)  $1,695
BAJA PACKAGE (JUNIOR SUITE DOUBLE OCC)  $1,795
BAJA PACKAGE (MASTER SUITE DOUBLE OCC)  $1,895
BAJA PACKAGE (STANDARD ROOM SINGLE OCC)  $1,795 *
BAJA PACKAGE (JUNIOR SUITE SINGLE OCC)  $1,895 *
BAJA PACKAGE (MASTER SUITE SINGLE OCC)  $1,995 *


Available on a first-come first-serve basis

EASY PAY PLAN
With Reservation $1,000
November 1, 2019 Balance


Prices subject to change

AIRFARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

* Included meals are indicated in Sample Itinerary
* Single occupancy packages are only applicable at the Seven Crown Hotel Malecón La Paz.
All guests will be double occupancy at the Whale Nest Cabañas, Magdalena Bay

PACKAGE EXCLUDES
International flights • Private transfers • Meals not indicated • Alcoholic beverages • Whale shark snorkel package of $115 (with tax) • Departure tax (if applicable) • Travel insurance (recommended) • Dive insurance (required) • Gratuities not indicated in Sample Itinerary • Possible increases in fuel and taxes (TBD)

We require DAN or equivalent dive accident and evacuation insurance and strongly recommend dive trip/travel and equipment insurance.
There are no refunds for lost days of whale watching due to weather or equipment issues.

OPTION 1: SAMPLE FLIGHT ITINERARY AS OF MARCH 16, 2019 • $162 ROUNDTRIP

TIJUANA - LA PAZ FLIGHT • SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020

LA PAZ - TIJUANA FLIGHT • THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020


OPTION 2: SAMPLE FLIGHT ITINERARY AS OF MARCH 16, 2019 • $264 ROUNDTRIP
* HOTEL TRANSFERS FROM SAN JOSE DEL CABO ARE NOT INCLUDED IN SEASICK PACKAGE

ORANGE COUNTY, CA - SAN JOSE DEL CABO FLIGHT • SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020

SAN JOSE DEL CABO - ORANGE COUNTY, CA FLIGHT • THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020


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