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FAQ: BAJA EXPEDITION

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: Why travel with Life Aquatic Expeditions to Baja?

A: Owners, Dr. Lei Lani Stelle and Shane Keena, MFA, will personally lead this expedition, and have extensive experience in Baja, Mexico. Lei Lani has studied gray whales for over 20 years and earned her Ph.D. on Gray Whale Ecology from UCLA.  Shane is an award-winning wildlife photographer and professional artist. 

Both have led multiple trips and travel courses to all 3 of the Baja gray whale lagoons.  Lei Lani will provide insight into the natural history, scientific research, and conservation efforts while Shane will document your thrilling encounters and share photo tips. 

Q: Is this Baja trip right for me? 

A: Interacting with "friendly" gray whales  is an incredible and unique experience but it is difficult to reach the remote lagoons.  We decided to start our trip in Loreto to also be able to experience the marine wildlife in the Sea of Cortez and have arranged private transportation to the lagoons on the Pacific side. 

Only a minimum levels of physical fitness is required but you should consider your comfort in small boats (pangas), susceptibility to seasickness, as a passenger in a van for 5-6 hour drives to/from lagoons, and snorkeling (optional).

Keep in mind that we will be in remote areas, far from US medical facilities.

 - Contact Life Aquatic Expeditions Team with specific questions

Q: Can I travel alone?

A: YES, but the cost is based on shared occupancy.  If you are willing to share a room/cabin with another participant (same gender) then you will pay the listed price, but if you want a private room there is a single supplement (note: there is no single occupancy option for Trip B while in San Ignacio).  

Q: Are there age limits? 

A: There are no set minimum or maximum ages, just consult us if you are concerned. Families are welcome on this expedition.

Q: Can special diets be accommodated? 

A: Trip A - most meals are on your own at restaurants (except lunch on boat trips). 

Trip B - meals are included while in San Ignacio and special diets (e.g. vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.) can be accommodated with advance notice.

Q: What are the accommodations? 

A: Hotel in Loreto, motel in Guerrero Negro (Trip A), Beach-front cabin (Trip B).  All have electricity, beds, bathrooms and running water.  Expect basic but comfortable; you will be spending the majority of your time out on boats and exploring the areas.

 

Q: What do I need? 

A: A valid passport (expiration more than 60 days after your return), any other visas if from outside of the USA.

A detailed packing list will be provided. 

Q: Payment policy? 

A: Payments can be made by check, bank transfer (e.g. Zelle), or credit card (+3% processing fee). 

  • A deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space

  • payment plans are available

Cancellations made more than 90 days before departure are refundable minus 10%; within 90 days all payments are only refunded (at 90%) if we can fill your spot.

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