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Saturday, March 19: Departure

Board the Shogun in San Diego to begin your expedition!

Sunday, March 20: Travel

Travel south to observe sea lions, dolphins, birds, and maybe even whales

Monday, March 21: San Benitos Island

Hike around the island, and take the opportunity to snorkel (conditions permitting)

Tuesday, March 22: San Ignacio Lagoons

Enter the lagoon to "meet" the friendly gray whales, learn about the animals and habitat

Wednesday, March 23: San Ignacio Lagoons

Continue your adventure in the lagoon with more opportunities to visit the whales!

Thursday, March 24: San Ignacio Lagoons

Visit the whales one last time before departing for the return voyage

Friday, March 25: Cedro Island

Walk the shores of Cedro Island, take skiff trip to visit a large colony of Elephant seals

Saturday, March 26: San Martin Island

Spend a few hours exploring San Martin Island before a quick stop in Ensenada for customs

Sunday, March 27: Return to San Diego

Pack up your bags and arrive at Fisherman's landing in the morning

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  • Round-trip voyage aboard the "Shogun"

  • Permits

  • all food & drinks (coffee, tea, soda bar & beer)

  • all activities: island explorations, panga trips in lagoon

  • Expert guides, lectures, workshops

  • Complimentary professional digital photos to commemorate your experience 


  • Travel to/from San Diego rendezvous location

  • Personal clothing and gear (e.g. snorkeling, cameras, etc.), Mexican visa


We have chartered one of the few vessels that has a permit to enter San Ignacio lagoon, so you can go to bed and wake up to the soothing blows of gray whales!

The "Shogun" is owned by Frank Lo Preste, a pioneer of live-aboard expeditions to the lagoons of Baja:

  • 92' long by 30' wide, provides ample space and a comfortable ride

  • 13 staterooms (double or triple bunks), vanities with hot/cold water, and reading lights

  • 5 heads and 3 showers

  • Large, modern air-conditioned galley with plenty of seating

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