Expeditions

Wildlife Encounters

 SEA OF CORTEZ—NOV 4-11, 2018

 

JOIN BACKSCATTER UNDERWATER VIDEO & PHOTO ALONG WITH JOANNA LENTINI & ALEX ROSE TO THE SEA OF CORTEZ FOR EPIC MARINE LIFE ENCOUNTERS IN NOVEMBER OF 2018

Imagine coming face to face with California sea lion pups, whale sharks, and mobula rays all in the matter of one week! Now imagine, camping under the stars and exploring one of the Baja Peninsula’s most treasured natural wonders. The Sea of Cortez is a playground for ocean enthusiasts. Here you can find abundant wildlife, and turquoise bays surrounded by spectacular, terra cotta colored mountain ranges. On your way to and from dive sites, pods of dolphins, and whales glide by in search of food—while mobulas can be spotted hurling themselves out of the sea and into the air. And seabirds patrol the air. This is the ocean lover’s realm.

In November 2018, we are running a 7-day snorkel, dive, and photography trip to La Paz, Mexico—at the southeastern tip of Baja California. Join underwater and wildlife photographers, Alex Rose and Joanna Lentini on this epic adventure.

 

A MAXIMUM OF 14 GUESTS

Dates: November 4-11, 2018

Duration: 7 nights/8 days

Destination: La Paz, Mexico

Cost: 2,500 USD (per person, double occupancy)

Deposit: $500 USD, Final payment due 90 days prior to trip

Getting there: Fly into either La Paz via Mexico City or fly into Cabo San Lucas and transfer by air-conditioned shuttle with wifi to La Paz—about 2 hours.

Operator: Fun Baja/Cortez Expeditions

Activities: Two nights camping at Isla Espiritu National Reserve, one day swimming with whale sharks, night dives/snorkels with mobulas, diving/snorkeling with California sea lions at Los Islotes, and many photography opportunities.

Included: Four nights accommodations at Seven Crown La Paz Centro Hotel, two nights accommodations and all meals at the campsite, boat charter, park fees, guides, tanks and weights provided, all diving/snorkeling, and daily transfers between hotel and marina, photography talks.

Not Included: Tips, alcohol, dive/snorkel equipment rental

Underwater or Topside Photography Instruction Available — Please Inquire

 

 

 

Itinerary:

  • Day 1—Arrive in La Paz and check into Seven Crown La Paz Centro Hotel
  • Day 2—Morning departure for sea lion colony at Los Islotes for a full day of in-water encounters
  • Day 3—Morning departure for sea lion colony at Los Islotes for a full day of in water encounters
  • Day 4—Early morning check out of hotel, leave for campground via boat/Afternoon looking for whale sharks/Evening night snorkeling or diving with mobula rays in shallow bay beside campground/Astro photography
  • Day 5—Whale sharks and mobula rays—the sea lion colony is nearby so that is a possibility based upon the groups interest/Evening night snorkeling or diving with mobula rays/Astro photography
  • Day 6—Check out of campground, one last swim with the sea lions, then slowly head back to La Paz/Final night at Seven Crown La Paz Centro
  • Day 7—Morning departure for sea lion colony, near Los Islotes
  • Day 8—Flights home…

Please note: The campsite is situated on a picturesque, turquoise bay and has solar powered electricity, running showers, and flushing toilets. And while it is the ideal time of the year for marine life encounters in this region the only guarantee we can provide is for the sea lion encounters—as they are permanent residents—however, it is highly likely we will see the others mentioned above. The itinerary is subject to shift depending on weather.

I’m Interested

“The trip to the Sea of Cortez with Joanna and Alex was a magical experience I’ll never forget. Whether you are a master or recreational diver or you stay topside and snorkel, you will have the most amazing wildlife encounters imaginable. Every part of this trip was well thought out by Joanna and Alex. The hotel was conveniently located, clean and had a huge shower which was very useful for cleaning your dive and snorkel gear. The camping was perfect! Showers, electricity and an on-site cook to prepare meals make it hard to call it camping. The night sky at the campsite looked like something from a movie set. The dive operators that Joanna and Alex work with are pros who know everything about the areas we were exploring. Even though Joanna and Alex thought through every detail, the real mind-blowing experience was the wildlife itself. We snorkeled with whale sharks, went night diving with mobula rays, saw hundreds of species of fish but nothing quite compares to the sea lion colony at Los Islotes. Hundreds of sea lions swim, play and interact with you in one of the most beautiful settings on earth. The experience will live with me the rest of my life. I am so glad to have gone on this adventure, I met some amazing people in our group and I will definitely be looking to do more trips with Joanna and Alex.”

—James Kozack (joined the Ocotber 2017 Sea of Cortez Trip)

“This was one of the best tours I’ve been a part of. I usually travel solo and wasn’t sure if I should be a part of a tour to a diving trip in Mexico. Joanna and Alex are both masterful in organizing and making sure that everybody in the group is taken care of with any special requests, needs etc. From the hotel in La Paz to the camping site on a dreamy island under the stars and the encounters with the sea lions and whale sharks, everything was smooth and simply perfect. They went out of their way to help us with camera issues, questions and techniques too! There was no way to get this experience if I had gone solo on this one and I am very grateful for the lifelong memories. To more trips ahead!”

—Berna Tural (joined the Ocotber 2017 Sea of Cortez Trip)

 

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ANTARCTICA AND SOUTH GEORGIA

 

JOIN INTERNATIONAL AWARD-WINNING WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER SCOTT PORTELLI AND JOANNA LENTINI IN MARCH OF 2018 FOR A PHOTOGRAPHY AND TREKKING TOUR

Ever thought about coming face to face with leopard seals, penguins, whales or just exploring the landscape and it’s natural wonders? Antarctica is the most remote destination on the planet. Here you can find abundant wildlife, massive icebergs the size of cities, spectacular untouched mountain ranges, and whales gliding by in search of food. Penguins huddle together in the thousands and seals play in the nutrient-rich southern ocean. This is a photographer’s paradise.

In March 2018, we are running a 17-day trekking and photography trip to Antarctica—the last remaining wilderness on the planet.

This is an exclusive trip with a maximum of 10 guests

We hope to retrace Ernest Shackleton’s heroic journey to save his men, explore fossil-rich islands, and historical huts. Then we will move on through waters where blue, sei and fin whales roam. Finally, we will explore South Georgia Island which offers nesting albatross, mating elephant seals, the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and a visit to Shackleton’s grave.

Dates: 7 to 24 March 2018

Duration: 17 nights/18 days| Fly/Sail

Start: Ushuaia, Argentina

Finish: Either Santiago, Chile or Punta Arenas, Chile (fly from Stanley, Falklands/Malvinas)

Ship: Polar Pioneer

Activities: Sea Kayaking (From US $1325pp), South Georgia Alpine Crossing (From US $1250pp)

Expedition Highlights

  • Vast tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
  • Historic huts and whaling history
  • Attempt to land at Elephant Island
  • Fur seals, albatross & thousands of King penguins
  • Shackleton Alpine Crossing (surcharge applies)

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