Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • Discover the pristine isles of Isla San Francisco and Isla Partida from our base on board the National Geographic Venture, equipped with state-of-the-art exploration tools.
  • Rejuvenate your mind and body through a wellness program that includes yoga sessions at the water’s edge, mindfulness meditations, fitness classes, and more.
  • Join our naturalists on a variety of hikes to explore pink sea cliffs and sugar-white beaches, and seek out seabirds and the rare black jackrabbit.
  • Snorkel waters inhabited by sea turtles, acrobatic sea lions, and leaping dolphins, and glide into secluded bays while exploring by kayak, paddleboard, or Zodiac.



Cruise the Sea of Cortez to explore secluded volcanic isles replete with natural wonders and devoid of human presence. Using the National Geographic Venture as your floating base camp, indulge in a variety of wellness activities onboard and onshore. Join our naturalists on hikes across volcanic landscapes and craggy coastlines, and go on mindfulness walks along some of the most secluded shorelines in Baja, California. Snorkel waters harboring curious sea lions and colorful reef fish, skim turquoise waters in kayaks or Zodiacs, practice yoga on the sand, and spend your evenings sharing stories around a beach bonfire.

This trip is operated in collaboration with Lindblad Expeditions.

Day 1: San José del Cabo/La Paz

Arrive at Los Cabos International Airport and transfer to La Paz to embark the National Geographic Venture. Settle into your cabin, and then head to the deck to watch the sunset as we cruise the Bay of La Paz en route to the San Jose Channel.

Meals Included:Dinner
Days 2-3: San JosE Channel/Isla San Jose/Isla San francisco

Wake up anchored in the Sea of Cortez, and join our wellness specialist for a sunrise yoga session on deck. Then spend two days exploring these pristine waters and nearby Isla San Francisco at your pace, using the ship as your roving base camp. Our crew will pick locations based on weather and wildlife conditions, allowing you to enjoy the region to the fullest.

Dive into the turquoise sea to snorkel an underwater world teeming with colorful reef fish and sea turtles. Board a kayak or stand-up paddleboard to glide beneath dramatic sea cliffs and discover hidden coves that harbor nesting seabirds. Or zip across glistening waters in our Zodiac, camera in hand, to capture shots of leaping dolphins and other marine mammals. Go ashore at Isla San Francisco to explore stunning beaches and craggy coastlines. Spend plenty of time strolling sugar-white sands, seeking out shells and tide pools, and taking in views over crystalline waters.

Take advantage of the ship's amenities: head to the spa for a massage, relax in the lounge as you watch live footage of the undersea, or spot wildlife from on deck. Or join one of our onboard fitness classes or meditation sessions. One evening, we’ll board Zodiacs and cruise to a deserted stretch of shoreline to savor a beach barbecue, followed by time to gather around a bonfire and share stories from the day’s adventures.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 4: ISLA PARTIDA and LOS Islotes

Watch beautiful cliffs light up under the rising sun as your wellness instructor leads a class on deck. Go ashore to hike across black lava and pink volcanic ash, join a challenging trek up a rocky arroyo to the crest of the island, and set out with a naturalist for an in-depth look at the region’s geology and natural history. Kayak along the eroded shores of Isla Partida, or dive into the undersea to snorkel with playful sea lions.

Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 5: La Paz/San José del Cabo

Disembark in downtown La Paz this morning and transfer to the Los Cabos airport to catch your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast