You will experience the diverse natural history of some of the islands like Espíritu Santo, Isla Partida, and San José.
These islands are a magnificent representation of the region, and this trip
gives you the opportunity to experience the diversity of the flora and fauna as
you paddle through Green grottos opening into cavernous amphitheaters, explore
mangrove lined estuaries where a variety of seabirds nest, or snorkel with ballet-like sea lions.
Beginning in La Paz, we’ll comfortably paddle our way north to
Loreto, camping in different locations, snorkeling and hiking to explore each area
before traveling on. Visit Isla Espíritu Santo and snorkel with ballet-like sea
lions at Los Islotes. Meet fishermen from Isla Pardito, explore mangrove-lined
estuaries where a variety of seabirds nest on Isla San José. The rugged shoreline,
off-shore islands and series of headlands and deep bays make each day a new kayaking
adventure in this pristine World Heritage site.
Trip rating: Easy to Moderate
About 4 to 6 hours kayaking per day.
We have a total of 4 trips per year in October, March and April.
10 days and 9 nights with 7 full days of kayaking or other activities like hiking and snorkeling
*Price does not include the park conservation fee @ $25pp.
Did we mention you’ll also take early morning walks up
arroyos so quiet you can hear a hummingbird’s wings? You may even spot blue,
fin, or humpback whales during March and April! Your guide will kayak alongside
you, sharing knowledge of the area during active and fun-filled days.
Our large motorized support vessel, the 48’ Pez Sapo, transports
you between the islands in comfort and is always safely nearby. It carries all camping
equipment, personal gear, and the makings for flavorful meals. Our guide will paddle
with you sharing knowledge of the area. Our crew handles most camp chores and prepares
all meals, leaving you free to explore these unique and wondrous islands
Expedition Day 1
Arrive in La Paz, Mexico
Take a taxi to your hotel. Time to leisurely explore the colorful city
of La Paz, with its charming promenade, and many fine restaurants and shops. (No meals).
Expedition Days 2 - 3
Boat transfer from La Paz to Espiritu Santo Island
The group meets in the lobby early in the morning, and with our Baja
Expeditions van will head to our warehouse to fetch the snorkeling gear.
You will board our 48’ support vessel, the “Pez Sapo”, and will have breakfast
en-route as you travel to Espiritu Santo Island, designated a global conservation
priority by The Nature Conservancy, because of its unique biological diversity
Once there, orientation to the amenities of our camp, safety instructions
(including the “wet exit”), and for those who are new to sea kayaking, the basics
of paddling techniques. On the very first short paddle you will stay close to the camp. (B/L/D daily)
Expedition Day 4
Espiritu Santo Island to San Jose Island
Transfer by motor vessel to Isla San José, stopping at Los Islotes sea lion
rookery to swim and snorkel with these rambunctious creatures (an experience never forgotten!).
The night is spent on San José Island, which offers beautiful pin amphitheaters with azure waters, great kayaking (B/L/D).
Expedition Days 5 - 6
San Jose and Santa Cruz Islands
The days begin with spectacular, colorful sunrises. Early risers can enjoy
bird watching at its morning best, or take an early morning walk, up arroyo so
quiet, you can hear a hummingbird’s wings. In addition to snorkeling and kayaking,
days are spend exploring each island’s unique and endemic flora and fauna. Our expert
guides will lead informal discussions on conservation and preservation of this region.
The kayaking will last an average of four or more hours each day, doing most of the
paddling in the morning. Our support boat is always conveniently nearby. Weather in the
Gulf of California is generally great. If the winds blows, there is always a sheltered
cove where we may make camp and pass the day hiking, Reading, lounging, swimming or
snorkeling. In the evenings, to celebrate the day, a Happy Hour cocktail and a delicious
Mexican meal are served as the sun sets on the horizon. (B/L/D daily).
Expedition Days 7 - 8
Transfer by motor vessel to Baja 'mainland'
Exploration of the pristine Baja Peninsula on foot and by paddle, and stop to
chat with the local fishermen (B/L/D daily).
Expedition Day 9
Puerto Escondido to Loreto
After breakfast, time for one last paddle before the transfer to Puerto Escondido,
where we’ll be transferred to Loreto. Check in at your hotel and time to relax (B/L).
Expedition Day 10
Taxi to Loreto airport and departure (No meals)
A non-refundable 20% deposit is required to reserve space in the camp.
Final balance is due at 60 days prior to departure date. A charter agreement will be
sent to you upon confirmation of your charter date.
- Hotel on nights 1 and 9.
- Comfortable, catered camping on nights 2 to 8
- Sleep Kit: Therm-a-rest matress, sleeping bag, liner and pillow.
- B/L/D on Days 2 to 8 and B/L on Day 9.
- Snorkel gear and single or double kayaks.
- Services of knowledgeable guides and caring crew members.
- Detailed pre-departure information to help you plan your trip.