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February 5-10, 2024
Book by June 30, 2023 and receive a $500 air credit per person and a complimentary overnight in Loreto, Mexico (limited availability). Kids: Take $500 off the double occupancy price for travelers under 18. See brochure for details. 

"Many times I have closed my eyes and taken myself back to this enchanting place since we arrived back home... thank you for your work and that of your staff in helping to make this trip a "trip of a lifetime" for my husband and myself." (Baja travelers 2018)

Baja California’s Pacific coast is home to over 20,000 California gray whales each winter. Among the lagoons along the Baja Peninsula, Magdalena Bay is the best place to witness this remarkable gathering. Our whale-watching expedition aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird is scheduled at the peak of the season for possible encounters with active, curious calves and their attentive mothers.

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The phenomenon known as “friendly whales” was first
documented in 1972. These encounters, though never guaranteed, have increased over the years and are now quite common. Our visit is timed to provide us with the greatest likelihood to observe and, if we are fortunate, interact with these immense cetaceans as they winter in Baja.

Visits to Magdalena Bay traditionally have been a part of longer cruise itineraries around Baja California. But now, for the first time, you have an opportunity to explore this remarkable place more fully and with a nimble and comfortable expedition ship as your base camp.

Magdalena Bay is so much more than the gray whales. There are untouched beaches, full of shells and sand dollars, that extend for miles; spectacular sand dunes to explore by day and, if you wish, by night when all kinds of critters emerge; intricate mangrove channels to explore by Zodiac or kayak; and countless seabirds–large flocks of grebes, pelicans, and frigate birds. Those who are shy about being in the open ocean should rest assured that Magdalena Bay is in protected waters.

Nearby but exotic, Magdalena Bay is a treasure trove of natural wonders. I trust that this brochure will give you a clear view of what we have in store. To make your reservation, please return the enclosed reservation form or call 800-252-4910.

Warm Regards,
Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions, Inc
With AAAS, Sigma Xi, and ACS

Starting at $4,040 per person double occupancy, plus air

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