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Family Learning Adventure on the Don Jose

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 20 people
Destination(s): Mexico  
Specialty Categories: Boating and Sailing   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: June - July
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1695 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1895 US Dollar (USD)

Our naturalist guide and dive instructor will focus as much as possible on each family member's interests as you explore and investigate many fascinating aspects of the desert island ecosystem in the Sea of Cortez. The opportunities to connect learning with our adventures are endless! We'll learn about geology as we pass amazing outcrops of volcanic ash and lava; marine biology as we snorkel amongst hundreds of fishes, invertebrates, and sea lions; oceanography as we cruise out on the Sea, and at night, astronomy as we scan the night skies.

Your "home-away-from-home" will be onboard the 80’ Don Jose. It comfortably accommodates up to 16 passengers in seven above-deck cabins, each with a changing area, storage closet, adjacent shower and head, plus a sink in most. Air conditioning is available at night in each cabin. DVD and VHS video systems and a natural history library will help make your adventure both fun and educational. Experienced divers—or those just becoming acquainted with the sport—will appreciate the convenience and flexibility of a live-aboard boat. We'll do occasional dives throughout the week and when we do, your next dive will be just a few steps away off the convenient swim step.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in La Paz, Mexico, and transfer to the Marina Don Jose to meet your naturalist guide and dive instructor and check onto the Don Jose. Spend the rest of the day exploring the colorful city of La Paz on your own before spending the night dockside on board the Don Jose. (No meals)

Day 2 & 6: Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California)

During these five days, we'll help your whole family experience, explore and enjoy the Sea of Cortez, called "the world's aquarium" and a "natural laboratory for studying marine biology" by scientists. Our experienced naturalist guide and dive instructor will lead environmental awareness activities sure to please all ages. As much as possible, they will personalize activities to match your family's interests in whales, lizards, geology, astronomy and more. Those who choose to delve deeper into marine science may do a mini-research project, and even share their findings at the end of the trip on our web site!

June and July bring ideal temperatures for many types of exploration. And it will be hard to keep track of all the wildlife we'll see! Pilot and fin back whales are often spotted. Sperm whales begin to appear near San Jose Island. Lizards and other reptiles bask on warm rocks. With luck, you may also see butterflies migrate across Baja, painting the ocean and desert yellow. Fascinating birds can be seen from land or sea, even tiny hummingbirds thrive among the towering cardon cacti in the summer.

Non-divers (ages 8 and up) can learn the necessary skills to safely try scuba diving in a PADI Discover Scuba Diving program. For experienced divers, occasional dives throughout the week will enhance your appreciation for this remarkable ecosystem even more. We may even spot whale sharks on our trip; they begin to pass nearby La Paz in June. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) to La Paz. The morning finds you kayaking, swimming, hiking or snorkeling before it's time to say goodbye. We return to La Paz, having lunch en route, and transfer you to the Hotel Los Arcos. (B), (L).

Day 8: La Paz to your home city . Depart to your home city. (No meals)

- This is a general itinerary and subject to change.
- Hotel on night 7 and a transfer from the airport in La Paz to the boat on Day 1 are included in the trip fee.
- Each child traveling with an adult can receive up to a 50%. discount.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Breakfast Lunch and Dinner for days 2-6 and Breakfast and Lunch on day 7
- Hotel room on Day 7
- Transfer from hotel to La Paz airport on day 8.

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