3-6 Day Sea Kayaking Tours in the Islands of Loreto Bay National Marine Park

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sea of Cortez is one of the best winter sea kayaking destinations in North America. Over several days, you’ll paddle through the spectacular waters of Loreto Bay National Marine Park, backed by the high cliffs and sandy beaches of its desert landscapes. The towering escarpments of the Sierra Giganta Mountains will serve as your constant backdrop for an adventure you’ll never forget. 

Spend your days kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling in this magnificent setting, with sea lions and dolphins regularly breaking the water’s surface. Blue-footed boobies, pelicans, and frigate birds will be your companions along the journey, as will a colorful array of tropical fish. Each winter, blue whales migrate through the area while fin, humpback, and sei whales are also occasionally spotted. 

Our Islands of Loreto Bay kayaking tours explore the beautiful Islas Danzante and Carmen, with itineraries that extend from three to six days. You can opt for a self-supported or motorboat-supported itinerary, with the latter carrying all camping gear, food, and supplies for you, including a cooler with ice for cold drinks. 

Images & Videos

Sunset in Loreto Bay, Baja overlooking the Sea of Cortez
Snorkeling amongst a sea of fish in Baja, California Sur
A starry nights sky over tents and kayaks at beach camp in Baja, California Sur
Sea kayaking among dolphins in the Sea of Cortez
Kayaking through a scenic cove over turquoise water in Baja, Mexico
Guests circled up getting ready for a day of Sea Kayaking in Loreto Bay, Baja
Yellow Footed Gulls walking along the beach in Loreto Bay, Baja
Sea kayaker on the Sea of Cortez in Baja Mexico
Cardon Cacti in front of the sun in Baja, California Sur
Beach camp set up in Loreto Bay, Baja
Close encounter with dolphins off a boat in the Sea of Cortez
sea kayaking through a scenic cove in the Sea of Cortez
Guest admiring the view of the desert mountains from the beach in Baja, California Sur
Sunset in Loreto Bay, Baja overlooking the Sea of Cortez
Snorkeling amongst a sea of fish in Baja, California Sur
A starry nights sky over tents and kayaks at beach camp in Baja, California Sur
Sea kayaking among dolphins in the Sea of Cortez
Kayaking through a scenic cove over turquoise water in Baja, Mexico
Guests circled up getting ready for a day of Sea Kayaking in Loreto Bay, Baja
Yellow Footed Gulls walking along the beach in Loreto Bay, Baja
Sea kayaker on the Sea of Cortez in Baja Mexico
Cardon Cacti in front of the sun in Baja, California Sur
Beach camp set up in Loreto Bay, Baja
Close encounter with dolphins off a boat in the Sea of Cortez
sea kayaking through a scenic cove in the Sea of Cortez
Guest admiring the view of the desert mountains from the beach in Baja, California Sur

Itinerary

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Day 0

Arrive in Loreto + Evening Orientation Meeting

Fly into Loreto and grab a cab to your hotel, with the afternoon at your leisure to explore this beautiful town. Tour the historic mission or visit the local market before dining on authentic Mexican cuisine at one of the local restaurants. In the evening, there will be an orientation meeting hosted by your guides.

ACCOMMODATION : Not included
MEALS INCLUDED : None

Day 1

Kayak Orientation + Sea Kayaking + Snorkeling + Hiking

Your adventure officially begins after breakfast when you’ll meet your guides and board the van that will transport you to our launch site located 20 minutes south of Loreto. Your guides will lead you through a safety orientation and provide some paddling tips before we launch our kayaks into the turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez. 

When we stop for lunch, there will be plenty of time for snorkeling and hiking before we jump back into the kayaks and head to our first campsite. Spend the evening chatting with your fellow paddlers over a drink and feasting on the delicious dinner prepared by your guides before gazing up at the starlit sky above. 

ACCOMMODATION : Beach camping
MEALS INCLUDED : Lunch, Dinner

Day 2-5

Sea Kayaking + Snorkeling + Hike + Whale Watching

The following days will be spent exploring the idyllic islands of Loreto Bay National Marine Park, with around four hours of paddling each day. This will be broken up by regular floating rest stops and leisurely lunch breaks, giving you the opportunity to snorkel, hike or just relax on the beach with a good book. 

Along our kayaking routes, you may encounter whales, dolphins, and flying manta rays, as well as a variety of birdlife soaring in the sky above. Days will begin early with freshly brewed coffee and spectacular sunrises, then will end with margaritas at sunset and hearty dinners. On dark nights, you may even be lucky enough to see the bright blue bio-luminescence glowing along the shores. 

ACCOMMODATION : Beach camping
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Take Out + Explore Loreto + Evening Farewell Dinner

Spend your final morning at the campsite wandering along the shoreline and catch a glimpse of the resident marine life. After lunch, we will break camp and paddle to our take-out site where we’ll unload our kayaks and make the return journey to Loreto. Enjoy a refreshing shower at the hotel before joining your guides for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. 

ACCOMMODATION : Not included
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Return Home or Extend Your Stay

It’s time to say goodbye to Loreto as you head to the airport for your return flight home. Alternatively, you may opt to extend your vacation in Baja California with one of our trip extensions. 

Please note: Our 3-, 4- and 5-day itineraries follow the same schedule as the 6-day itinerary but with fewer days of kayaking and camping. Day 0 and the last day remain as the arrival (fly in) and departure (fly out) days.

Dates & Rates

DatesAdult (USD)Child (USD)
Feb 25, 2024 to Feb 29, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - High Season 5 Day
$1,580£0€0$0$0$1,480£0€0$0$0
Feb 27, 2024 to Feb 29, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - High Season 3 Day
$1,090£0€0$0$0$990£0€0$0$0
Mar 02, 2024 to Mar 04, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - High Season 3 Day
$1,090£0€0$0$0$990£0€0$0$0
Mar 03, 2024 to Mar 07, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - High Season 5 Day
$1,580£0€0$0$0$1,480£0€0$0$0
Mar 05, 2024 to Mar 07, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - High Season 3 Day
$1,090£0€0$0$0$990£0€0$0$0
Mar 10, 2024 to Mar 14, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - High Season 5 Day
$1,580£0€0$0$0$1,480£0€0$0$0
Mar 12, 2024 to Mar 14, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - High Season 3 Day
$1,090£0€0$0$0$990£0€0$0$0
Mar 16, 2024 to Mar 18, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - High Season 3 Day
$1,090£0€0$0$0$990£0€0$0$0
Mar 17, 2024 to Mar 21, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - High Season 5 Day
$1,580£0€0$0$0$1,480£0€0$0$0
Mar 19, 2024 to Mar 21, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - High Season 3 Day
$1,090£0€0$0$0$990£0€0$0$0
Mar 23, 2024 to Mar 25, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - High Season 3 Day
$1,090£0€0$0$0$990£0€0$0$0
Mar 24, 2024 to Mar 28, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - High Season 5 Day
$1,580£0€0$0$0$1,480£0€0$0$0
Mar 30, 2024 to Apr 02, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 4 Day
$1,290£0€0$0$0$1,220£0€0$0$0
Mar 30, 2024 to Apr 04, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 6 Day
$1,680£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Apr 06, 2024 to Apr 09, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 4 Day
$1,290£0€0$0$0$1,220£0€0$0$0
Apr 06, 2024 to Apr 11, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 6 Day
$1,680£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Apr 13, 2024 to Apr 16, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 4 Day
$1,290£0€0$0$0$1,220£0€0$0$0
Apr 13, 2024 to Apr 18, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 6 Day
$1,680£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Apr 20, 2024 to Apr 23, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 4 Day
$1,290£0€0$0$0$1,220£0€0$0$0
Apr 20, 2024 to Apr 25, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 6 Day
$1,680£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Apr 27, 2024 to Apr 30, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 4 Day
$1,290£0€0$0$0$1,220£0€0$0$0
Apr 27, 2024 to May 02, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 6 Day
$1,680£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0

Supplementary Information

Seasonal Rates and Departure Details

  • 3, 4 & 6 Day Tours depart November - December  &  April
  • 5 Day Tours depart Mid January thru March

3-Day Tours Rates: (Saturday departures) - November and December:

  • 2- 6 Guests - Adults $1150/ Youth $1090
  • 7 - 13 Guests - Adults $1050/ Youth $970

3-Day Tours Rates: January Through March:

  • 4 - 6 Guests - Adults $1210/ Youth $1090
  • 7 - 13 Guests - Adults $1090/ Youth $990

4 Day Tour Rates (Saturday Departures)

  • 2 - 6 Guests - $1390 / $1320
  • 7 - 13 Guests - $1290 / $1220

5-Day Tours (Sunday departures- January-March)

Low Season - January 1 - 12, 2024 Rates:

  • 2- 6 Guests - $1630 / $1550
  • 7 - 13 Guests - Adults $1480 / Youth $1380

High Season - January 20 - March 31, 2024 Rates:

  • 4 - 6 Guests - $1690 / $1590
  • 7 - 13 Guests - Adults $1580 / Youth $1480

6 Day Tours Rates (Saturday Departures) 

  • 2 - 6 Guests - $1890 / $1795
  • 7 - 13 Guests - Adults $1680 / Youth $1570

Single Supplement:

  • Single kayaks are available to reserve and use throughout the trip for an additional cost of $100. Please note, you must have previous ocean paddling experience to reserve a single kayak.
  • Solo travelers will be provided with their own tent during all of our kayaking tours, at no additional cost. Please note, a limited number of single tents are available per departure.

INCLUDED:

  • 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
  • All applicable taxes
  • Panga Supported Kayaking Tour. *NOTE: We require 4 paid spaces to confirm a trip. If a trip has only 2-3 participants we offer the option to run it as a "self-supported" trip meaning there is no panga (motorboat) to carry gear.  In this case the guide and guests carry their personal gear as well as a portion of the community camping equipment, food and water. Our adventure consultants will discuss this option with you should it arise.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Hotel before and after the tour 
  • $30 National Parks & Biosphere Reserves access fees required by itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • 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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    Average: 5 (8 votes)

    Reviews

    Google Review
    5

    Great trip!

    Great trip. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly, the scenery was amazing, and the food was outstanding.

    Google Review
    5

    All encompassing!

    Whoa Nelly!!!! What an adventure the 5 day Islands of Loreto trip was for myself and 7 wonderful friends! I will never forget it. It was all encompassing from the paddling, to the beautiful seas, the lovely snorkeling, the fantastic food, the pristine beaches and oh my goodness the stars at night! Be still my heart! Our guides, Mario, Clarissa, Tico, and Damien were the best. Skilled at what they do, organized, helpful, knowledgeable and full of laughter. Such good vibes! Part of my heart has been left behind on those beautiful islands! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this experience!

    Google Review
    5

    I definitely will be back!

    Just finished a 5 day Islands of Loreto tour and I can't say enough about it! We had a bit of a windy start but the rest of the trip was phenomenal. Food was fantastic, we had a personalized snorkel tour, (Clarissa, thank you!!), hiked, and had such a great time connecting with everyone! Our team of Mario, Damien, Tico, and Clarissa were so knowledgeable, they patiently answered all of our questions, and had a great vibe that added a really cool feel to the whole experience. I definitely will be back!

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