Sea of Cortez:
Aquarium to the world
Nicknamed ‘the aquarium to the world’ by French explorer Jacques Cousteau, the Sea of Cortez stretches for more than 1,100 kilometres between the Baja Peninsula and mainland Mexico. Also known as the Gulf of California, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site is one of the most diverse seas on the planet, home to a large number of dolphins and whales (including the magnificent blue whale) and more than 900 species of fish.
With its pristine beaches, volcanic islands and green mangrove forests meeting the shore, Scenic Discovery expert and Zodiac driver Adam Jenkins shares his highlights of the Sea of Cortez discovery voyage on board Scenic Eclipse.
ALL ABOUT ADAM JENKINS
Scenic Eclipse Discovery Team
After university, Adam spent four years aboard his 27-foot yacht sailing the Sea of Cortez, the Panama Canal, the Caribbean Sea and the eastern seaboard from Florida to Nova Scotia, making a living as a professional sailor aboard various vessels in the Caribbean Sea.
His career includes working as a field biologist, an expedition leader and a science project manager, supporting marine mammal and eco-system researchers in Antarctica and the Eastern Pacific. Now part of Scenic Eclipse’s expert Discovery Team, working as a naturalist, Adam hosts lectures in the state-of-the-art theatre, leads Discovery Excursions by Zodiac and uses his qualifications as an elite Master Diver and Divemaster to take guests out on scuba diving expeditions.
Why is the Sea of Cortez so special?
The Sea of Cortez offers a unique discovery experience, from its deep blue waters and pristine beaches, to the rugged Sonoran Desert and unspoilt mountain landscapes.
Witness awe inspiring scenery from one of Scenic Eclipse’s on board helicopters^, venture beneath the surface to witness the inhabiting marine life on board Scenic Neptune, Scenic Eclipse’s custom-built submarine^, or enjoy swimming and water sports in the warm water.
The world’s rarest marine mammal, the vaquita (meaning ‘little cow’) is a tiny porpoise found here and is on the edge of extinction.
One of the most entertaining species, the mobula ray can be seen leaping from the water, sometimes reaching heights of up to two metres.
Home to five species of endangered sea turtle, including the hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback, green turtle and olive ridley.
There are many whale species to keep an eye out for, including the world’s largest animal – the blue whale – which comes here to mate between February and March each year.
These playful marine mammals breed at Los Islotes with around 300 calling the islands home during the summer, producing up to 70 pups. The male sea lions can weigh up to 270 kilograms and most forage near the shore, so snorkelling here is excellent.
5 MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES
- Witnessing the amazing sunrises and sunsets
- Snorkelling in azure waters
- Whale-watching Zodiac cruises and from the bow of Scenic Eclipse
- Walking on unspoilt beaches
- Hiking along an arroyo (a creek) through a cardon cactus forest
Loreto is a captivating Baja resort town with the beautiful Sierra de la Giganta mountains as its backdrop and the turquoise ocean and pristine beaches along its coast. It was the first Spanish colonial settlement on the Baja Peninsula, and its cobblestone township is home to historic buildings dating back to the 18th century.
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12-Day Sea of Cortez
Los Angeles > Los Angeles Departs: 15 April 2023
Was from £9,385 per person
Now from £7,900 per person
Price shown includes double loyalty discount. Super Earlybird Offer: Strictly limited suites available on set departures, subject to availability and until sold out. Full payment is due 12 months prior to departure, and offers cannot be combined with any other offer. Offers are valid for new bookings only. Book by 31 July 2022. Quote WONDER200 at the time of booking to receive these offers. ^Submarine, helicopter and helicopter experiences at additional cost, subject to regulatory approval, availability, weight restrictions, medical approval and weather and ice conditions.