to our sign up information page. To sign up for a trip please call
our office and we will be glad to take a Visa or MasterCard deposit
by phone. Or you can mail a check drawn on a USA bank to us. Or
a bank transfer can be made.
Caraline, our office manager will gladly help you quickly and
painlessly get signed on.
You may email Keith if you have any questions about the trip.
Or if you just want to discuss whales or pandas or some other animal
he is quite familiar with.
To sign up, simply
click here to email us or phone us at 562-889-4016 in the
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and payment policy
The trip deposit for Baja whale trips is $500 US dollars per person.
This deposit is refundable for 15 days following our receipt of
said deposit. After 15 days the deposit is not refundable.
Subsequent payments and the final trip payment are not refundable.
Baja Jones provides small group tours and space is strictly limited.
Canceling a trip purchase usually means we cannot re-sell that space
and we lose the profit plus payments made to our suppliers.
Your protection against the unexpected should be travel insurance
purchased with broad coverage and from a reliable company.
The final payment is due 90 days prior to the trip start date
for all trips except the narwhal trip and the Africa trip. These
two trips the final payment is due 120 days prior to the trip departure.
Gorilla permit fees cannot be refunded once paid.
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Understanding adventure travel
The following long article is intended to help separate those who
will not be happy on an adventure vacation with Baja Jones from
those who will enjoy what we have to offer. Like every business
we want you to buy our product. But unlike many businesses we
absolutely do not want to have anyone along who will be dissatisfied
with the type of vacation tours and expeditions that we organize.
For us the better situation is to have someone who would not be
satisfied with our trips, ask us to cancel after they have read
this article.That way both parties are left with no residual
issues. Thank you for taking time to read this article and to
think about the coming adventure trip. I promise me and my staff
do our best to put together an excellent tour.
A key ingredient in successful adventure travel
is for the participant to be prepared both mentally and physically
for the unexpected.
Brinigng with you an attitude that is calm, laid back, relaxed and
open to what ever comes next can enhance any adventure trip. Our
itineraries are meticulously detailed, but frequently have changes
because of weather, animal behavior or other situations we deem
sufficient to make a change. Changes to the itinerary are at
our sole discretion.
Due diligence is a phrase you expect to hear mentioned by a lawyer
in relationship to buying some property or business, not about vacation
performing your due diligence research before you go on any vacation
can give you the information you need to be fully prepared for the
For some people this research might cause them to change their plans
because they don’t like something they discovered about their
coming trip. For others it just means they will bring a pair of rain
pants along that they might have left home, or a pair of gloves they
never would have thought to bring along if they hadn’t done
their own due diligence.
As adventure specialists with more than 20 years of real world adventure
travel experience we have learned that the more informed our group
members are before they arrive, the more
likely they are to have a great vacation adventure.
and anticipation of things to come are part of human nature. Most
are excited and filled with anticipation for
the new experiences they will take part in on their coming trip.
Many vacationers have high expectations. Some of these high expectations
come from viewing photos and reading stories about where they will
A story would not be so interesting if the writer just related the
mundane daily happenings she went through every day while on her
5 or 10 day adventure. On most trips excitement and thrills don’t
come non-stop minute upon minute, hour upon hour and day after day.
With luck, hours or days of normalcy are followed by moments, minutes
or brief hours of intense excitement. This is the time from her vacation
that the travel writer will tell you about when writing on her travel
blog or for some magazine.
We travel writers and photographers throw away hundreds of photos
of empty water or empty blue sky. We don’t want to
post a photo of the town garbage dump when trying to entice someone
along on our adventure trip. We want to put up the photo of the baby
gorilla playing with our hair while we crouch motionless in a clump
of bamboo. We want to put up the photo of ourselves kissing the baby
gray whale next to the boat.
As obsessed professionals we photographers might sit
for hours and days on end waiting to get that one perfect shot of
we can imagine. With luck, your adventure will have some or all of
those same experiences that you have seen and read about. But then
again it might not.
So many factors can influence or change the environment at any specific
locale from day to day and from year to year. Animal behavior, feeding
patterns, migration schedules and mating rituals can all be affected
by global warming, development, tourism, bad weather conditions,
drought, flood, or even by political unrest.
In Baja California Sur, Mexico where we do winter whale watching
tours a condition known as El niņo occurs every few years.
This warming of tropical Pacific Ocean water causes severe climate
Where we do our Baja whale watching the most noticeable difference
during an El nino condition is that rainfall will increase by perhaps
two to ten times the normal number of rain days. Where we typically
might get two
or three days of rain, El niņo might bring 10 to 20 days of
Wind and waves are always factors that affect the quality of whale
watching at any location anywhere in the world. The windier the weather,
the more difficult it is to see things in the water. Wind can cause
boat trip delays or cancellations. Sudden and unexpected wind storms
can cause boats to run for shelter, abruptly ending a planned whale
watching event. Thankfully wind seldom causes cancellation of gray
whale boat trips, while on the Sea of Cortez cancellations are more
common for the blue whale watching boat trips.
These are all factors that can affect your trip, but cannot be controlled.
Other factors generally considered controllable, can also affect
your adventure vacation. Since most adventure tours take place in
remote or less developed areas, the condition of the equipment used
is not always up to the
standards of your homeland. In fact the conditions might be less
than you would find in a more developed town in the same country
Sometimes government officials or police or others in a position
of authority may arbitrarily or without advanced notice change regulations
or change the established protocols of some activity. Roads are closed
for construction or for political reasons, opening or closing times
are changed, limits on daily numbers of people might suddenly be
set without notice or without regard to the resulting chaos for travelers.
An example is the recent change in policy by the Chinese
government that now does not allow hotels to use air conditioning
in the month of October. This creates some uncomfortable days and
nights for tourists.
Adventure travel usually takes place in less developed, remote locations.
It is uncommon, perhaps impossible, to have the type of adventures
that Baja Jones seeks out in a 4 or 5 star resort setting.
Baja Jones Adventure Travel was started by an adventurer who has
hiked, boated, kayaked, canoed, and traveled in remote and sometimes
dangerous locales around the world since his teen years. Solo adventures
have taken him high into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, to the parched
deserts of Arizona and Nevada and into the rainforest capped volcanic
mountains of Hawaii. Keith presently lives part of each year on a
small and remote Philippine island in a bamboo hut located in a small
native village just steps from the sea.
This is the person who was key to developing the vacation adventure
tour that you will soon be traveling on. His personality and beliefs
about what adventure travel is all about are reflected in the itinerary
of the tour.
Adventure travel is not for everyone. We believe these tours are
within the physical capabilities of anyone who can walk unassisted
short distances. These adventure tours are not hiking challenges
tests of endurance. Being in a physically fit condition will make
it easier for you, but being out of shape will not stop you from
enjoying the trip.
These adventure trips do take place in remote locations where tourist
infrastructure is not well developed. This means that you will not
have a Disney-like experience. The success of your adventure is to
a certain extent dependent on you, your attitude and your preparations
both physical and mental. Be prepared for things like bad roads and
bad weather. Come along understanding that the accommodations may
have been built in a far
off and distant place where even getting the construction materials
to the building site might have been an adventure and a challenge
for the builder. Don’t expect our guide to carry your bags
to your room (unless you have a physical handicap or physical limitation
that requires our help, then we will give you any all help necessary
willingly and without any drama).
The laws of the country will surely be different than
in your homeland. The customs and cultural background probably will
be quite different
too. Things you take for granted at home such as safe tap water,
roads without potholes, sidewalks that don’t have rebar sticking
up out of them, electricity that always works and high speed wifi
connections everywhere, are probably not so common where you will
be traveling to.
Keep your mind open to the experiences as they unfold minute by minute
and you will surely have a memorable adventure trip wherever you
are traveling with us.
Thank you for taking time to read this too wordy article. We hope you
are more excited than before about joining us.
Waiver and Release of Rights to bring civil actions
Please note that all participants on EVERY Baja Jones Adventure
Travel tour or expedition must willingly and without reservation
agree to the conditions as set forth in our Liability Waiver
and the separate Adventure Travel Information sheet. Original
signatures in pen are required for the participant and must be
signed by an adult witness. If for some reason you feel you cannot
sign these forms, contact our office within 15 days of signing
onto the tour and we will promptly refund your deposit, no questions,
no hassle. We only want happy, willing participants on our tours.
Here is our Liability Waiver for Whale watching trips in Baja
Acknowledgement Letter and Waiver for a trip with Baja Jones Adventures, stating
that the signer/client
has an understanding of the hazards and situations we may encounter
on this trip and accepts them.
Please sign and date this letter and return the original copy right
If you are making payments by wire transfer or credit card,
make certain to mail this signed and witnessed waiver to us. We
must have this paper signed and returned in order for you to travel
no exceptions to this policy.
I understand the risks involved in any form of adventure travel.
I have been advised by Baja Jones Adventures of the following conditions:
In addition to the hazards we each face in our daily lives, additional
risk is involved in travel to remote foreign locations. These hazards
may include, but are not limited to, such things as allergic food
or plant reactions, health hazards not normally encountered in
the U.S., accidents, or other unexpected happenstance’s.
The simple act of traveling to a remote location precludes many
of the social services that are available in more populated areas
of the world, such as rapid response Emergency Medical services.
We will travel outside the United States to a foreign country.
The laws, customs, morals, health standards and public works standards
are different from what they are in the United States, Canada,
England or Europe. We will travel on roads that are inferior to
those in the U.S. We will walk in areas that are wild and undomesticated.
We intend to encounter and observe wild animals, birds and reptiles
on this trip. We will visit cities, towns and villages where the
pavement conditions, building conditions, and even the traffic
patterns are different than what we are used to. We will travel
in various vehicles ranging from buses, vans, older model passenger
cars to small fiberglass boats. We will travel on roads that are
winding, narrow, and maintained at a level inferior to the roads
in our homeland.
We will go out on small 20 foot fiberglass pangas (motorboats)
that are built in Mexico. They may not conform to U.S. Coast guard
requirements for passenger carrying vessels. The intent of this
trip is to go out on the water via these pangas and then to get
as close to a really large whale, shark, ray or some other wild
animal, as is legally possible, maybe even close enough to touch
one or several animals. The whales are much larger than our boats.
They might bump or push our boat at some time.
I understand that we will be in situations where not all factors
involved are within the control of the tour operator. I do understand
that the actions and behaviors of the whales are only predictable
within broad parameters. Unlike a zoo or Sea World, we will interact
with wild untrained animals, in a natural uncontrolled environment.
I acknowledge and understand that trips such as this present conditions
where different people will have different expectations. I understand
the conditions we will possibly encounter and accept responsibility
for traveling on this trip. I also accept that unexpected or unplanned
for events and situations sometimes occur. Mechanical failure,
human error or negligence, animal behaviors are all factors that
can lead to unplanned and sometimes unpleasant situations.
I have been advised that we may get wet, even very wet on occasion.
I understand that electronic and camera equipment could suffer
damage. I’ve been advised to purchase trip cancellation
and/or trip interruption insurance and/or trip emergency medical
or emergency evacuation insurance. I understand that emergency
solely my cost responsibility. I have been advised that such emergency
air evacuation could result in a cost of $5,000 to $25,000 or more.
I’ve been advised that Keith Jones has more than fifteen
years and over 2 thousand hours of experience on the water in Laguna
Ojo de Liebre alone and more on the various seas & oceans of
the world. His confidence in the safety of these trips is such
that he takes his granddaughter, who was age 4 during the 2000/2001
season, on some trips.
I understand what I have read. I agree to hold Keith Jones, Bruce
Jones, Baja Jones Adventures, Baja Jones Adventure Travel, Jones
Adventures, its agents, employees, and
representatives free of responsibility or liability should an accident,
illness, injury or unplanned situation occur for whatever reason
including human error or negligence. In the event that I choose
to ignore this waiver and for whatever reason
decide to take legal action as a result of any loss or injury resulting
from or during this trip, I agree to bring any and all such actions
in Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico. I also agree that
regardless of any other consideration or consequence, the amount
of any legal action I might bring against Keith Jones, Baja Jones
Adventure Travel or Jones Adventures, its agents, employees, or
representatives for whatever reason, will not under any circumstances
be for an
amount greater than ten times the trip purchase price.
I have read this entire waiver. I understand what I have read.
I understand I am agreeing to give away legal rights to civil court
action. I accept and agree without reservation to these conditions.
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