5-Day Sea Kayaking Tour of Isla Espiritu Santo in La Paz, Baja
Not only does Isla Espiritu Santo boast some of the most beautiful beaches in the world but this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is home to incredible wildlife experiences. During this five-day kayaking tour, you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel with friendly sea lions and reef-dwelling fish while being immersed in the breathtaking desert landscapes of Baja.
Your days will be spent kayaking through the tranquil waters that surround the island, with deep coves and stunning beaches to discover. Hike up colorful, cacti-studded arroyos and paddle beneath surreal rock formations, with plenty of time to swim and soak up the natural beauty.
Each evening will be spent at a different campsite on this uninhabited island, allowing you to tread where few others have. With our motorized support boat carrying all of your camping gear and supplies, you’ll experience the pleasure of paddling without heavy gear in tow.
You can combine your kayaking tour with a day trip to snorkel with whale sharks, accompanied by a local guide. La Paz is one of the few places in the world where you can get up close to these immense fish, offering an educational vacation experience you will never forget.
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Arrival in La Paz + Evening Orientation Meeting
Fly into La Paz and make your way to your chosen hotel, with the option to arrive a few days early to enjoy the region’s sightseeing and shopping. In the evening, there will be an orientation briefing in the lobby of the 7 Crown Centro hotel where you will have the opportunity to meet your guides and ask any questions about the tour. We can also suggest restaurants where you can dine in the evening and highly recommend a stroll along the waterfront malecon.
Panga Ride to Espiritu Santo Island + Paddling Orientation + Kayak and Camp
Your tour officially begins as you board our shuttle to Espiritu Santo Island and are introduced to the basics of paddling by your guides. They’ll inform you of the necessary safety procedures so you are feeling comfortable and confident as you launch into the water. With our motorized support boat carrying all of your gear, food, and water, we’ll begin paddling to our first campsite. Settle in and enjoy the natural beauty of this paradisiacal setting as your guides prepare a well-earned dinner.
Sea Kayaking + Snorkeling + Hiking + Wildlife Watching and Beach Camping
Over the next few days, you’ll be kayaking for around four hours each day, including plenty of floating rests where you can enjoy the spectacular scenery. You’ll wake each day to freshly brewed coffee and tea as the sun slowly rises, followed by a delicious breakfast prepared by your guides.
We’ll gradually move along the coastline towards a new campsite each afternoon, with leisurely lunches where you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel, relax on the sandy beaches or hike along the island’s trails. Your guides will educate you on Isla Espiritu Santo’s unique geology and the landscapes of the Baja desert that stretch out before you.
After happy hour and a gourmet meal each evening, you’ll be treated to a magical starlit sky and clearly visible constellations, far from any light pollution. If you’re lucky, you may even see the brightly-glowing blue bioluminescence in the water.
Snorkel with Sea Lions at Los Islotes + Return to LaPaz
After your final breakfast at camp, we’ll board a motorboat for a short trip to see the sea lions at Los Islotes. As this colony is frequently visited by people, they’re not shy with humans snorkeling around them and you shouldn’t be surprised if curious pups approach you to interact.
Our panga will then transport you back to La Paz and the hotel where you can enjoy a refreshing shower before a farewell dinner at a local restaurant (not included in trip cost).
Optional Extension to Snorkel with Whale Sharks
If you’re not ready to fly home just yet, you can extend your stay with a snorkeling excursion to come face-to-face with whale sharks. Whale sharks are known to migrate into the Bay of La Paz between October and April when the shallow waters offer plenty of food for these filter feeds. Holding the title of the world’s largest fish, they can reach lengths of up to 42 feet (13 meters), and meeting these peaceful creatures is a true privilege.
After breakfast at the hotel or a local restaurant, it’s time to make your way to the airport for your flight home. If you’re departing from San Jose del Cabo, please ensure you have enough time to take the shuttle from La Paz to Cabo.
Dates & Rates
Standard Departures for 5-day Espiritu Santo Kayaking Tour are on Monday's - October Through May
Low Season October 31, 2022 - January 8, 2023 and April 3 - May 1, 2023
- 4 - 6 Guests $1540 per person
- 7 - 13 Guests $1390 per person
High Season is January 19 , 2023 - March 31, 2023
- 4 - 6 Guests $1680 per person
- 7 - 13 Guests $1490 per person
*Interested in Family Departure dates to accommodate youth paddlers 9+? Contact us today for Dates: firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-616-1943
Single Supplement: Solo travelers will always have their own tent during kayaking tours, at no additional cost.
Single Kayaks are available for $100 supplement
- Full services of our Adventure Consultants
- Professional naturalist and bi-lingual guides
- All meals and beverages as indicated on the itinerary
- All transportation while on tour
- All kayaking, camping, and snorkeling equipment
- Panga supported kayaking tour
Tour Does Not Include:
- Transportation to and from the airport
- Hotel before and after the tour
- $30 National Parks & Biosphere Reserves access fees required by itinerary
- Items of a personal nature
WEATHER-CAUSED TRIP ALTERATIONS
Strong winds and/or rough water conditions sometimes prevent our trips from going as scheduled. We are at the mercy of nature, as well as the local Port Captains who determine if ports are open or closed. In particular, on our La Paz-based trips, winds may prevent us from crossing from the Port to Espiritu Santo Island which may also be reason for the Port Captain to close the port or prohibit crossing. In these cases there are different solutions. Sometimes we have to delay the crossing by a day, or have to leave Espiritu Santo Island a day early. In these cases we provide a substitute activity for the day we cannot kayak. If the weather forecast predicts a series of days with strong winds, we also reserve the right to transfer the trip to Magdalena Bay on the Pacific Coast, which is almost always in calm, protected waters. We recognize this isn't ideal, however we have no control over nature. Most people prefer to still have a trip going, versus no kayak trip at all. Decisions to alter trips are made within 24 hours of trip departure, since forecasts are sometimes incorrect. If you purchase Trip Insurance and wish to cancel on the day of the trip, the "Trip Interruption" coverage may apply if Mexican authorities have closed the Port. Sea Kayak Adventures does reserve the right to modify and alter trip itineraries and in these circumstances will not provide any refund of trip monies paid.
ALL PRICES IN US DOLLARS. We will do our best to adhere to the itineraries and trip descriptions listed on our website. However, tour itineraries or sub contractors (such as taxi, cruise boats or hotels) may change slightly due to reasons beyond our control including but not limited to Acts of God, wind, waves, inclement weather or other. We always welcome you to call us to clarify any item - often this is the best way to fully clarify expectations - call us collect or on our toll-free number. You will be sent pre-trip email with latest details within a month of your tour - it is your responsibility to check in with us prior to your trip to see if you have all the information you need. We will always do our best to provide you with the best possible tour and to fully meet your expectations to the best of our ability.
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