Hand crafted, unique small ship cruises: the Inside Passage of SE Alaska, British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, San Juan Islands and the Sea of Cortez, Baja Mexico.
Pacific Catalyst
MV Westward in Baja

Wrapping up our Baja Season

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Westward slipped her moorings and sailed at sunset today. We hope to reach San Diego on the 11th, spend a few days marveling at how much everything costs after 6 months in Baja, and then sail for Seattle. It has been an amazing winter, and we are already eager to return. Here are...

Baja Spring Menu

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One of the best things about sailing with Pacific Catalyst is the food! Have a look at our menu from trip 70331 aboard MV Westward 4/3 Thai Style Green Curry Noodles with Chicken, Bean Sprouts, and Vegetables Lobster, Grapefruit, Market Greens, Red Onion Vinaigrette, Pine Nuts...

Spring Updates

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April 15, 2017 It has been a remarkable winter for us aboard Westward, we have drifted among a group of surface feeding blue whales, snorkeled among playful California sea lion pups, stroked friendly grey whales and, swum in the midst of a thousand schooling mobula rays. We have...

Images of Baja: Loreto to La Paz

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This images are from the trip on Westward, Loreto to La Paz on 1.27.17-2.7.17.

Baja Reflections

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We just returned from a wonderful trip to the Baja traveling late January into early February. It was a spectacular trip starting with a visit to the Magdalena Lagoons where we encountered the most amazing tolerant and inquisitive mama and baby gray whales. We were so close that...

Wooden Boat Magazine

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Make sure to pick up the latest edition of Wooden Boat Magazine: Blame it on WoodenBoat: In May 2000, the cover of WoodenBoat No. 154 caught [Bill] Bailey’s eye. It showed a striking image of Pacific Catalyst floating among Alaska’s ice-strewn inlets. The accompanying article...

Night Light

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One night, early in the trip, a guest shown his flashlight into the water alongside Westward to see what animals it might attract. Almost immediately a tiny cloud of, what we assumed were copepods formed in the pool of light. We watched, entranced, as the cloud increased in...

Shipmates

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From my bunk I can hear them talking, low tones from the direction of the wheelhouse. Almost whispering so they don’t disturb the others that are also off watch, and trying to grab some sleep before it’s time for one of us to take our turn at the wheel. I can’t hear the words,...

One Perfect Day

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The sun rose as we walked the valley path, firing the surrounding desert hills crimson and gold. The sun had yet to dry the night’s dewfall and the succulent undergrowth was darkened with the moisture that was critical to its survival. Standing on the shore of our island we...
Loreto, Baja

Ahhhh, Baja!

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Our guests wanted to have time to visit Loreto before they fly out tomorrow, so we came into Puerto Escondido a day early. We are now sitting in the shade of a mango tree, enjoying an infusion of its fruit blended with the local cactus juice.