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Give a Gift for Our Planet this Holiday Season! I cannot believe it, but it’s that time of year, when the world falls in love! I love Christmas, and I love suggesting gifts for fellow travelers and their families…I also enjoy pointing out some wonderful gifts that benefit our planet and make the gift recipient very happy at the same time! So let’s give, give, give!
Consider these earth, ocean and animal friendly gifts:
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND: MAKE A SYMBOLIC ADOPTION OF A SPECIES AND HELP WWF FIGHT EXTINCTION!
Sea Turtles need our help! Elephant numbers are going down alarmingly as well, due to poaching.
ADOPT A MANATEE FROM SAVE THE MANATEE!
CHARITY SCIENCE FOUNDATION allows you to donate to a scientific cause of your choosing. Always remember, SCIENCE MATTERS. #ilovescience #sciencematters
Support MARINE MEGAFAUNA FOUNDATION by donating, or shopping!
ALL FISH FACES is a great, green gift for children of all ages! Learn about common reef fish and learn how to reduce your plastic and carbon footprint at the same time!
Please give to OUR PLANET this holiday season! Merry Mazeltov!
Here is your chance to experience gray whales and whale sharks and other awesome wildlife!
Experience two of the Earth’s most charismatic marine species, gray whales, and whale sharks. From the majestic setting of RED’s gray whale eco camp in Magdalena Bay, you will observe up close the magnificent gray whales that come to these protected waters to mate and calve. Magdalena Bay is home to a staggering number of marine mammals, aviary species, lush mangrove canals and towering sand dunes. Across the narrow peninsula on the Gulf of California, named the “world’s aquarium” by Jacques Cousteau, you’ll visit Espíritu Santo island, teeming with sea life and home to resident sea lions that you can observe up close from the water. You’ll also have the chance to snorkel with the mystical whale sharks, the gentle giants that gather just outside the Bay of La Paz. You will experience regional cuisine with gourmet flair, and You’ll be accompanied along the way by expert naturalist guides that will give you a local’s eye into the region’s culture and natural history.
Day 1 – Arrival and Transfer to La Paz
Your driver will be waiting for you at Los Cabos International Airport to take you on the scenic drive from San Jose del Cabo to your hotel in La Paz (2.5 hours). RED staff AND TAM FROM TRAVELS WITH TAM, will be waiting to assist with your hotel check-in and to answer any questions you might have. You will meet the rest of your group and your naturalist guide at dinner, and receive a signed copy of ALL FISH FACES by Tam Warner Minton. Rest up for tomorrow because your adventure begins!
Meals included today: Dinner
Lodging: Hotel Catedral
Day 2 – Whale Sharks and Hidden Beaches of Balandra Bay
Your driver will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning and transport you to the marina to try on your snorkeling gear and wetsuit. We will then head out on the water for the short trip to the whale shark observation zone. On the way out of the bay, your guide will brief you on whale shark ecology and regulations for snorkeling. You’ll have the chance to get in the water accompanied by your guide to snorkel alongside these marvelous creatures. During peak holidays when observation activity increases, we will explore the surrounding area by boat as we wait for our turn to see these incredible animals.
The trip continues to Balandra Bay, a natural protected area and home to pristine beaches, mangroves, and stunning scenery. Here we’ll have a tasty lunch (dietary restrictions taken into account), explore the nature trails, snorkel in the crystal water and relax and unwind before heading back to La Paz.
La Paz is unique as a whale shark destination for its proximity to the observation zone and efforts undertaken by tour operators, regulatory agencies and civil society to responsibly manage this extraordinary experience. During peak holidays when boat activity increases, we may flip the itinerary and explore Balandra Bay and the surrounding area before entering into the whale shark observation zone.
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging: Hotel Catedral
Day 3 – La Paz to Magdalena Bay
Depart from La Paz early in the morning en route to Magdalena Bay, jewel of the Pacific and home to a staggering number of migratory and marine birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals including the migratory gray whales. We will stop at one of our favorite local ranchos for a snack and a hearty cup of cowboy coffee. Arriving to Magdalena Bay we will head out on the water for the short trip to our secluded island camp, searching for whales along the way. After happy hour, chat with your guide to learn about the natural history of the region.
Day 4 – Gray Whale Observation and Exploration of Magdalena Bay
After a good night’s rest wake up and enjoy a delicious breakfast at camp. Wake up early to watch the fishermen conservationists prepare their sea turtle monitoring nets. Today we will learn more about the gray whales, their incredible migration, and the importance of Magdalena Bay for breeding and calving to these magnificent creatures. We will head out in pangas (outboard skiffs) to look for gray whales. Friendly whales often approach the boats, and the mothers are known to push the young calves closer, which can make for an incredible interaction between two species.
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: RED Basecamp
Day 5 – Gray whales, Magdalena to La Paz
In the morning wake up to take in the spectacular sunrise one more time. After breakfast we will bid farewell to our hosts and head out in the search for whales. Make sure your camera is handy to capture images of these magnificent giants. After a picnic lunch on a secluded barrier island, we start back for La Paz where the journey concludes. B/L
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging: Hotel Catedral
Day 6 – Espíritu Santo Island
After breakfast we will head to RED´s office for the boat ride to
and a natural paradise that will amaze you with breathtaking island scenery and rich marine life. Jump in the water to snorkel with the sea lions and observe tropical fish. Afterwards, your captain will seek out a secluded beach for a tasty lunch and time to relax or explore this unique place before heading back to La Paz in time for dinner.
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging: Hotel Catedral
Day 7 –Departure
After breakfast, your driver will be waiting outside the hotel lobby to transport you to the Los Cabos International Airport.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Cost per person $2,200.00 and Includes: round trip ground transportation between SJD airport and La Paz; round trip ground transportation between RED camp and La Paz; all meals and beverages as specified in itinerary; bilingual naturalist guide with WFR certification; double occupancy lodging in hotel (La Paz) and RED tent camp; 3 whale watching excursions; all park entrance fees; whale shark and Espíritu Santo activities as described in the itinerary; snorkeling equipment and wetsuits; all taxes. This is a custom trip designed by Red Travel Mexico and Travels with Tam.
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Excludes: airline flights and any transportation not described in the itinerary; any meals and activities not described in the itinerary; gratuities.
Notes on itinerary: We make all efforts to adhere to the itinerary described above, but we may modify the itinerary due to wind, weather, and other factors. The safety and enjoyment of our travelers are our top priorities. Please see our terms and conditions for more information. We do not guarantee wildlife sightings, interaction or behavior. All travelers must comply with communicated protocols and regulations regarding activities within natural protected areas and interactions with wildlife.
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You should visit amazing St Simons Island if you love animals! I was overjoyed to find different types of interesting animals in and near St Simons. My son in law once asked my daughter why our family always spent our vacations looking at animals. The answer is animals are endlessly fascinating, and important to our ecosystems….and I love them, and I planned the trips!
First, are you aware that the North Atlantic Right Whale spawns off of the southern Georgia coast? Every year these super endangered whales return to the waters of St Simons and northern Florida in their fight for survival. They are estimated to be somewhere around 500 animals, a very low number. They were driven to the edge of extinction by whalers who considered this whale to be the “right whale” to kill for oil. Because of their low numbers, boats are not permitted to get too close, but you can head out in the winter with binoculars and see this very rare creature. I learned about this from a boat trip with Cap Fendig’s Lighthouse Trolley and Boat Tours!
Second, St Simons Island is perfect for seabird watching! On a Dolphin Tour (we didn’t see any dolphins even though they are in the waters around the island) we floated off the shore of Bird Island, and I saw a big variety of seabirds! The Pelicans are the most beautiful in my eyes, and I had never seen a White Pelican before! I couldn’t believe how big they are, and how beautiful! We were told that they aren’t supposed to be in Georgia, but they came and stayed. However they arrived, it is fabulous to see them!
Third, it has been reported that Manta Rays have been sighted off St Simons. I looked for them, but never saw them myself. I did find an article, Catch Cobia Riding the Rays, which talks about how Cobia shade themselves under Manta Rays. Manta Ray sightings have been reported as far north as the Carolinas in recent years due to warming ocean waters. It’s a little nerve wracking to read about fishing for Cobia around Manta Rays…Mantas and fishing line are not compatible. The guys on the boat said they’d send me a photo of a manta if they managed to get one!
Fourth, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center is on Jekyll Island, just a short drive from St Simons. The most common sea turtles in the area are the Loggerhead and the Green Sea Turtle. Very rarely a Leatherback, Hawksbill, or Olive Ridley is sighted. At the time I visited, only Loggerheads and Greens were in residence. The Center serves the community in many, many ways, with nesting, turtle rescue, education, and rehabilitation. When I was there with Lauren, from the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, we saw a children’s field trip going through, and we also went back and saw the injured residents being rehabbed. I want to say thank you to Jessica Barber Scott, from the Jekyll Island Authority for giving me the tour. Our sea turtles are so very endangered, and it is good to know that these good people are always taking in wounded or stranded animals. A big problem is plastic….turtles cannot regurgitate, so when they take in plastic, it stays in their throat, stomachs, and even noses. It can starve them, or choke them, but in any manner, plastic does not belong in the ocean, or in the tummies of our sea creatures. Thank you to Georgia Sea Turtle Center for your care of our endangered turtles!
St Simons and Georgia’s Golden Isles are a treat for all people who enjoy animals! Be sure and see these wonderful creatures on your St Simon’s Island Vacation!
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It is World Oceans Day 2018! Are you tired of hearing that our oceans are in crisis? Too bad, because it is true. Did you know our oceans are 30% more acidic than they were 100 years ago? Did you know that 4 out of the 5 mass extinctions on earth took place when oceans became too acidic? Did you know that they recently found microplastic in organisms in Antarctica??? Our oceans are paramount to our very lives. We have to start caring about it, or we will destroy ourselves.
Let’s all replace plastic with biodegradables. Please check out this link to Amazon’s biodegradable straws! Remember, we all need to #startwith1thing. What 1 thing will you start with???? For switching to biodegradable makeup and sunscreens go to SHOP BEAUTIFUL YOU.
Check out this article from The Center for Biological Diversity. Here are the facts:
- Fish in the North Pacific ingest 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic each year, which can cause intestinal injury and death and transfers plastic up the food chain to bigger fish and marine mammals.
- Sea turtles also mistake floating plastic garbage for food. While plastic bags are the most commonly ingested item, loggerhead sea turtles have been found with soft plastic, ropes, Styrofoam, and monofilament lines in their stomachs. Ingestion of plastic can lead to blockage in the gut, ulceration, internal perforation and death; even if their organs remain intact, turtles may suffer from false sensations of satiation and slow or halt reproduction.
- Hundreds of thousands of seabirds ingest plastic every year. Plastic ingestion reduces the storage volume of the stomach, causing birds to consume less food and ultimately starve. Nearly all Laysan albatross chicks — 97.5 percent — have plastic pieces in their stomachs; their parents feed them plastic particles mistaken for food. Based on the amount of plastic found in seabird stomachs, the amount of garbage in our oceans has rapidly increased in the past 40 years.
- Marine mammals ingest and get tangled in plastic. Large amounts of plastic debris have been found in the habitat of endangered Hawaiian monk seals, including in areas that serve as pup nurseries. Entanglement deaths are severely undermining recovery efforts of this seal, which is already on the brink of extinction. Entanglement in plastic debris has also led to injury and mortality in the endangered Steller sea lion, with packing bands the most common entangling material. In 2008 two sperm whales were found stranded along the California coast with large amounts of fishing net scraps, rope and other plastic debris in their stomachs.