COVID19 update

2020 Expeditions

Due to the COVID19 pandemic and government travel advisories, we have postponed all scheduled 2020 expeditions departing after April 15. We have rescheduled the trips for 2021. Please see expeditions listed below and contact our office for rescheduling.

Panterra has been offering expeditions to our guests for over 30 years and believe that it would be irresponsible of us to ignore the pandemic and carry on business as usual. With liveaboards it is even more difficult to suggest guests would be safe. Even if we were to implement safety protocols such as testing prior to departure, daily temperature checks, sanitizing the interior of the boat multiple times a day, etc. What happens if a guest becomes symptomatic 4 days into an 8 day trip? It would risk infecting the crew, guests and any communities we visited on the trip. The fall out would be devastating.


2021 Expeditions

We are publishing our 2021 expeditions with the understanding that, at the time of the scheduled expedition, the COVID19 virus is contained and it is safe for the world to return to leisure travel. In saying this no one can predict when this will be. We can only move forward with the hope that this terrible global pandemic will be behind us when we resume our expeditions in 2021. 

For new reservations:
In moving forward we are taking reservations by expression of interest. Let us know the expedition you would like to join and we will add your name to the guest list. When the pandemic has passed and we can safely return to leisure travel we will ask guests for the deposit/payment of the expedition you requested.

We are not going anywhere and will return to normal operations once the pandemic is behind us. Please exercise care and stay safe through this surreal moment in time. 

Lela Sankeralli
Executive Director

Baja Unplugged – Journey to the Sea of Cortez Expeditions

Our 30+ years of expertise in this industry allows us to provide unique and often life changing expeditions. Our all-inclusive Sea of Cortez expeditions blend educational and cultural experiences with the warmth and kindness that reflects the beauty and hospitality of the people of Baja, Mexico and leave our guests with memories of a lifetime.

Join us for an all inclusive vacation experience unlike any other.  The Baja unplugged! We look forward to seeing you onboard!


Our Expeditions include:

  • Natural History / Adventure
  • Field Studies / Research (to include High School and Citizen Science programs)
  • Medical / Dental Volunteer
  • Custom Designed (private group bookings)  

Latest Government Regulations for Swimming with Wildlife

Snorkelling with Whale Sharks – Oct 15, 2020 to Apr. 30, 2021 
Important info: SEMARNAT, the Mexican government  agency responsible for tourism in the the whale shark area, known as Mogote, regulate  the number of boats allowed in the area at any given time. Depending on the number of boats in the queue will dictate our time of entry. At times it can take up to 1 hour waiting in line. Our certified guides will take up to 4 persons at a time in the water with a whale shark and under government regulation, for a 30 minute period with each whale shark.

Snorkeling with Sea Lions – black out date is from June 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021
During this time the female sea lions are pupping and it is not possible to swim or dive in Los Islotes or San Rafaelito. We can visit Los Islotes for viewing only and will then move to another area outside of Los Islotes for snorkelling.

Disclaimer: It is our intention to fulfill all activities mentioned in the expedition brochure. However, due to circumstances beyond our control (such as weather, scientist/conservationist availability, etc), plans may change and an activity may be cancelled or incur a change of date within the original expedition date. We kindly ask that you embrace the trip and be flexible to any changes that may occur.