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...

Cabo, Here We Come

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Approaching Cabo San Lucas at dawn, 4 1/2 days out of San Diego. La Paz tomorrow morning. Wind about 10 from the NE, seas under 2', and the sea water temp is 83 degrees!!!!
Baja Bound

MV Westward Heading South

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After waiting for weather to settle, Westward will be leaving Port Townsend tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at the top ot the tide, and beginning our repositioning to La Paz, Baja California. You can follow our progress:  We hope to arrive in San Diego on Wednesday, November...

Westward just completed her second season in the Sea of Cortez

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We are preparing to get underway from La Paz, Baja. Next stop is San Diego on our way to Alaska. It was a wonderful, challenging, exciting and sublime winter in the Sea of Cortez. And now Westward and Catalyst are heading north for Alaska.

Lessons from Captain Scammon

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As I prepared myself for my first Baja charter season I acquired as many writings about the region as possible. From beautiful large format photo journals to intertidal organism identification books to awkward, self-published accounts of personal adventures. As I have read...

Puerto Gato

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We had anchored in Puerto Gato, a beautiful shallow bay that lies on the eastern shore of the Baja peninsula, about midway between the fishing villages of San Evaristo and Agua Verde. Northerly winds had been whipping up the Gulf for the past few days, and the resulting wind...

Moored in La Paz

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Westward is now moored in La Paz after a breezy voyage south from Loreto. We saw blue and humpback whales, common and bottle nose dolphins, newly hatched frigate bird chicks, jumping Dorado and many beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We depart soon to return to Loreto, and I am...
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