Lindblad Launches New Sea Kayaking Program Among Gulf of California’s Pristine Islands


Experts Including National Geographic Emerging Explorer Will Guide all Levels in Spring Programs

NEW YORK, March 23 /PRNewswire/ — There are plenty of sea kayaking stories about hardship, challenge and perseverance. During Lindblad Expeditions’ new sea kayaking program combining adventure-travel with creature comforts, there won’t be many hardship stories to share. That is, of course, unless Kira Salak starts story-telling.

Salak is one of the program’s experts as well as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Her stories could focus on any of her extraordinary adventures such as being the first person to kayak solo 600 miles down West Africa’s Niger River to Timbuktu in Mali.

These stories and recaps from undersea specialists, naturalists and experts will be the perfect way to end days filled with leisurely kayaking, desert hikes, beach barbecues and many of Lindblad’s signature Baja expedition touches. Three departures are scheduled for 2006: April 29th, May 13th and June 17th. See http://www.expeditions.com/.

Declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2005, the islands of Baja are often referred to as “Mexico’s Galapagos.” Lindblad’s new kayak-centered voyages will offer guests the opportunity to explore, at ‘elbow height’ and over a stretch of 60 miles, the extended shorelines, inlets, remote beaches and coves that make this protected area so extraordinary. Afternoon hikes, on-board spa treatments and regionally-inspired cuisine round out the program.

Kira Salak has traveled solo to almost every continent. In addition to her well-renowned kayaking expeditions, she was the first woman to cross Papua New Guinea, following British explorer Ivan Champion’s 1927 route. In 2003, she completed a 700-mile cycling trip across Alaska to the Arctic Ocean. Says The New York Times: “Kira Salak is a tough, real life Lara Croft.” She is a contributing editor for National Geographic Adventure magazine and has written two books.

Lindblad Expeditions was founded in 1979 and operates a fleet of six ships in regions such as Galapagos, Antarctica, Alaska and Baja California with a focus on responsible tourism. The company has been the recipient of many environmental awards including the U.N. Programme Global 500 Award. The company was named #1 Small-Ship Cruise Line and #2 Tour Operator in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Value Awards 2006. Conde Nast Traveler’s 2006 “Truth in Travel” Awards named Lindblad “The Best Ships in the World” and “The Best Itineraries.”

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