Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Beautiful Baja California

While we were watching blue whales and humpback whales from the bow of the ship, the naturalists/guides and passengers
noticed a huge school of dolphins in the distance. They estimated 150 individuals.

The dolphins swam towards the ship because they enjoy bow-riding, that is, they get in front of the
ship’s bow wave and enjoy being pushed through the water by the power of the ship’s engines.


The first morning of the trip we watched a number of blue whales off the ship’s bow.
The ship’s pilot is very good at following the whales.

Also from the ship’s bow, we saw a variety of sea birds: both close up and at a distance.

We watched these Masked Boobies and five of their friends swooping and diving.

Frigate Birds were often flying overhead.

… and always gulls!

Mangrove swamps are home to many species, including pelicans and cormorants.
In fact, we saw pelicans everywhere!

From the small boats we also saw shore birds.

Here I am, kayaking in a lovely, protected bay with beautiful red dunes!

I find that the sand dunes on the beaches are very beautiful

Naturalist Carlos leading our hike on the dunes.

These Mexican towns include interesting street art. Unfortunately, there are also signs of poverty.
This is very much a trip dedicated to wildlife, so there is virtually no contact with local people.

Most of all, the open sea and the interior lagoons are stunning!

The moon was full on our first night of the trip, and was beautiful every night.
Here it is from our balcony at a point when the ship was facing conveniently to see it.

From shore as the moon was rising on another night we could see the lit-up ship on the horizon.

— Map from Lindblad

We have now been back home for a few days, and are adjusting again to our Michigan climate. Fortunately, since our return, we’ve enjoyed a bit of winter sunshine! 

The National Geographic Venture, the ship on which we traveled,  is run by Lindblad Expeditions. We have found it to be a wonderful and reliable travel company. Lindblad partners with National Geographic, enabling travel to many hard-to-reach locations such as the great beaches and lagoons of Baja California, as well as offering trips to Patagonia, Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard, the Panama Canal, the Pacific Northwest, Antarctica, and many more. The naturalists on these ships are fantastic, and we always learn a lot! Our expedition was called “Baja California: Among the Great Whales.”

Here is a link to the website where you can learn more about Lindblad if you are interested:

 Blog post © 2023 mae sander


eileeninmd said...


Your Baja cruise looks wonderful. I would love any trip that included just wildlife. I love seeing the dolphins, whales and all the birds. The Pelicans are a favorite of mine. Wonderful photos. The sky images, sand dunes and water views are beautiful. Take care, have a great day!

My name is Erika. said...

Baja California always sounded so exotic and beautiful, and it is,isn't it? Thanks for sharing your trip info, because this is one type of cruise I might actually like. Hugs-Erika

Jenn Jilks said...

That must have been marvellous!

DVArtist said...

Ahhh such wonderful photos. It is always so nice there. Have a great day.

anno said...

Ahh... that Baja Blue is stunning! And very wise of you to arrive in time for the full moon and all the opportunities that permits for amazing photographs.

Thanks, too, for including the link to the Lindblad expeditions. It's provided an enjoyable morning indulging in wishful thinking.

thecuecard said...

Wow it looks like a bucket list kind of trip. Beautiful! And love all the wildlife.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

That was a really colorful mural.

I'm always intrigued by white sand dunes. So different from the tan sand I've seen on most beaches.

I remember one of the whale watches I was on we saw more dolphins than whales. The fact you also saw so many birds must have been a fabulous experience for you two.

kwarkito said...

des images magnifiques pour un voyage qui ne l'est pas moins. C'est très beau. les dauphins du pacifique ont l'air bien heureux..

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Thank you so much for sharing these photos with us, Mae.