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Loreto to La Paz

 Travel from Loreto to La Paz aboard the M/V Westward. An 11-day/10-night expedition among the scattered islands along the Baja peninsula begins with an overland visit to a gray whale breeding and birthing lagoon with up-close whale encounters. Following that adventure we’ll return to Baja’s east coast to board the M/V Westward and begin exploring islands and coastlines, desert ridges and palm-lined arroyos, snorkel among the fish and young sea lions, visit a remote fishing village and kayak into a mangrove lagoon.

Travel aboard the elegant eight passenger historic wooden boat, the M/V WestwardRead more about the historic M/V Westward on Wikipedia. The boat is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places –

2023 Price – $6950 per person based on double occupancy – single supplement is 50%.

To REGISTER or for more INFORMATION contact leader, Wendy Shattil, at [email protected].

Easy to moderate activity.


Upon reaching La Paz, Baja California, we’ll begin a three-night land-based trip, traveling west across the peninsula to one of Baja’s three gray whale birthing and breeding lagoons. We’ll make two trips into the lagoon in small open boats to watch, photograph and perhaps touch, Baja’s friendly gray whales. All costs for hotel accommodations, transportation, meals and whale watching expenses are included.

Following our land-based adventures, we’ll spend eight days and seven nights cruising to Loreto on the 86-foot historic wooden boat, the M/V Westward. Along the way, we’ll visit beaches made famous by John Steinbeck’s account of his collection trip through the region with Ed Ricketts in the 1940’s. We’ll walk deserted beaches, kayak through twisting mangrove lagoons, and hike trails across unpopulated and remote islands. We’ll look for the three species of great whales that are encountered here: blue, sperm and humpback whales and may witness the spectacular leaps of mobula rays or huge manta rays, which are up to 12 feet across! Brown pelicans fishing, nesting frigatebirds, green sea turtles and wading birds may be glimpsed along the way.

Built in 1924 and thoughtfully restored to comfortably accommodate eight passengers in four staterooms with ensuite heads and showers. Westward features a wood paneled salon with mahogany trim, where we view our images, programs and videos on a flat screen television. Meals and snacks are served on the aft deck with a 270 degree view of our changing surroundings. Sumptuous and delicious meals are prepared with fresh, natural ingredients, many locally sourced. The crew includes the captain, gourmet chef and a seasoned naturalist to acquaint us with all that we see and experience.

To REGISTER or for more INFORMATION contact leader, Wendy Shattil, at  [email protected].

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