Photo credit : Lee Morgan

Team Searcher

“For whalewatchers, there’s no better place on earth than Baja.”

Art Taylor Searcher Owner & Captain

Art Taylor has owned Searcher since 1982 and has been guiding vessels in Baja’s waters for over 30 years. He is intensely dedicated to the people and wildlife conservation of Baja California and receives immense enjoyment sharing that with his passengers.

“Join us to encounter the beauty of Baja’s whales and wildlife.”

Celia Condit Searcher Owner & Office Manager

Celia Condit came to the tour-operator business through work as a naturalist aboard a variety of boats, all heading south to Baja’s waters. She joined her husband Art in the venture of Searcher Natural History Tours and tends to the shore-based aspects of the business.

“Experiencing Baja through our customers’ eyes is my biggest highlight.”

Aaron Remy Searcher Captain

Captain Aaron Remy started aboard Searcher in 2002 and is a cornerstone of Team Searcher. Aaron is a natural as he pilots Searcher around the wildlife of southern California and Baja California.

“Every seat in my restaurant has an ocean view!”

Charley Erichsen Searcher Chef

Charley Erichsen graduated culinary school with a degree in French cuisine. He spent years cooking for restaurants on 5-star properties in both Scottsdale, AZ and Aspen, CO. As a self-described outdoors person, the unique opportunity to run a scratch kitchen on a boat was “everything I was looking for and more.”

Searcher Crew

Your safety is our top concern

Our licensed captains, creative chefs, and experienced deckhands have spent years surrounded by Baja’s wildlife and are committed to a quality natural history experience for you. They are trained and certified in all aspects of safety at sea. Step aboard and be treated like family!

Our crew will:

  • Monitor all activities for passenger safety and comfort
  • Operate skiffs for shoreline and snorkeling excursions
  • Maintain the boat’s cleanliness and smooth operation
  • Navigate the boat to maximize wildlife experiences

Searcher Naturalists

Experts enhance your wildlife adventure

Two professional naturalists join each tour — researchers, rangers, marine biologists, university professors, and nature photographers. Chosen for their knowledge of marine mammals, birds, ecology, and ocean and land habitats, but they are also personable and eager to share their love of Baja’s wild places with you. In the evenings naturalists may show an illustrated program previewing the wildlife to be seen the next day and share insights on what was already seen. You can be sure they are scouring the seas for marine life, identifying birds from the skiffs, hiking the trails, snorkeling the coves, combing the beach, sharing the best of Baja with you!