8 essential travel moments that can only be experienced off the coast of Baja, Mexico
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Take to the open waters from San Jose del Cabo for front row seats to whale sharks, secluded island beaches and unobscured views of an eclipse.
Vacations should always be used as an excuse to try, see and do things that aren’t realistically attainable back home – it’s called a getaway for a reason. That’s where an UnCruise Mexico adventure comes in. Specifically, to vibrant Baja California.
Known for connecting guests with adventure, UnCruise offers three tailored packages available through ranging from seven to 10 nights. Each one will help you tick off bucket list moments you simply can’t experience on land.
Baja California’s Whales & Sealife Cruise
Duration: Seven nights round-trip.
1. Navigate World Heritage-listed seas
Accurately nicknamed the ‘world’s aquarium’, the Sea of Cortez is yours to explore during the Baja California Whales and Sealife Cruise. The UNESCO-protected world heritage site is brimming with marine life all year long, and the creatures you’ll encounter are a far cry from the flathead found in Australian oceans – keep an eye out for dolphin pods and different species of fish estimated to be somewhere in the thousands. There’s a reason the Sea of Cortez is high on the list of the world’s best scuba diving spots.
2. Discover secluded beaches
There’s no shortage of secluded islands when you’re cruising off the Gulf of Mexico. Emulate that euphoric feeling of finding a secret cove that you have all to yourself over the seven nights on this Baja California cruise.
You’ll be whisked away to a handful of locations rarely visited by humans. Slap on some sunscreen and bask in the serenity of untouched sand, or grab a kayak and explore the ins and outs of the shore.
3. Snorkel with sea lion pups
A stop at Los Islotes will introduce you to the friendliest sea lion pups you’ll ever encounter – and you can strap on a snorkel to mingle with the cherubs in the water. Nothing will restore your outlook on life quite like a swim with the ocean’s version of a baby golden retriever.
While you’re frolicking in the water, keep an eye peeled under the surface for the abundance of sea creatures merrily going about their daily ritual.
Baja California Eclipse Cruise
Duration: Seven nights round-trip
4. View a once-in-a-lifetime eclipse
While witnessing an eclipse isn’t exactly the rarest of phenomena as at least two solar eclipses happen every year on Earth, seeing one from the high seas is a unique moment.
Expected to occur in April 2024, the Baja California Eclipse Cruise will give you an unrivalled vantage point to experience utter darkness in the daytime.
5. Join a beach party
Beach parties are a common activity across all UnCruise packages, so prepare to bust out a dance move on the sand with a drink in hand. These parties are already organised in advance, so you don’t have to worry about pulling out your makeshift speaker and aux cord.
Northern Gulf of California Cruise
Duration: 10 nights round-trip.
6. Dive with whale sharks
Feeling brave enough to graduate from sea lion pups to whale sharks? The Northern Gulf of California Cruise has your name on it. The whale sharks are inherently friendly and docile. You’ll be blown away by this ancient creature, one of few remaining species with ties to the Jurassic period.
Round out a day of swimming among historic animals by visiting the nature museum and you’ll have countless fun facts to relay when you return home.
7. Wander through a French-inspired Mexican town
These cruises may take place along the coast of Mexico, but there’s one town that’s not quite like the others. A closer inspection of Santa Rosalia will uncover its French influence, from the architecture to the bakery. Learn the history of Santa Rosalia, harkening back to its days as a French mining town.
A keen eye will also notice that the Church of Saint Bárbara was designed by Gustave Eiffel, whose last name should be enough of a hint to decipher some of his other famous creations.
8. Saddle up for a mule ride
Yes, mule rides are notably a land activity, however, these particular mule rides are a must-do when you go on any of these cruises. Where else will you be given the chance to ride a horse-donkey hybrid through the hills surrounding Agua Verde? The backcountry can be explored via mule or foot and it’s an opportunity to stretch your sea legs and soak in the sights.
A cruise is all about doing what you can’t at home, so make the most of it and be the first in line to greet the mules.