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 October 2019, we are running a 6-day snorkel, dive, and photography trip to La Paz, Mexico—at the southeastern tip of Baja California. Join underwater and wildlife photographers, us on this epic adventure.
Dates: October 26 - November 2, 2019
Duration: 6 days / 7 nights
Destination: La Paz, Mexico
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 2.5 hours.
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, shuttle bus, flights
Underwater or Topside Photography Instruction Available — Please Inquire
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.
"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)