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Kayak Orientation, Snorkeling at Sea Lion Rookery
After breakfast, travel by boat to Espiritu Santo Island (1-2.5 hours), arriving in time for lunch on the beach. After a comprehensive kayaking orientation, set off for a paddling adventure along the island or some swimming. We also visit the sea lion rookery of Los Islotes and go snorkeling with these playful creatures either this afternoon or the following morning.
Kayak, Snorkel, Hike, Fish and Camp From LaPaz to Loreto
Spend the next few days exploring the coast of Baja California Sur, motoring between islands in our passenger boat with the kayaks on top. Camp on Isla San Jose the second night before we head north, stopping at campsites along the mainland coastline. Each transfer between camps takes between one and three hours, with plenty of time to go kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and fishing once we arrive.
The itinerary depends on weather conditions and wildlife sightings, with possible visits to exciting cultural and natural sites including the fishing village of El Pardito, the red sandstone beach of Puerto Gata, Isla San Jose and San Francisquito. We may also stop at the small fishing village of Tembabichi and Monserrate Island before exploring the National Marine Park of Loreto.
Kayak to Loreto, Explore Town
After a final morning spent kayaking or snorkeling at our camp, travel by boat to Puerto Agua Verde, where you meet a van that takes you to Loreto. Once there, check into your hotel and spend the afternoon at your leisure exploring the charming town of Loreto. This evening gather for a farewell dinner (no-host) with your group.
Depart Loreto or Extend Your Stay
Today it’s time to say goodbye to your group as you head to the airport for your flight home or continue your stay in Loreto and Baja California Sur
Dates & Rates
Price Per Person:
4 - 8 Guests - $1895
9 - 13 Guests - $1595
Single Supplement: Solo travelers will always have their own tent during kayaking tours, at no additional cost.
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
$25 National Parks & Biosphere Reserves access fees required by itinerary
Items of a personal nature
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.
FAQ & More
Is previous Kayaking Experience Necessary?
Our tours are suitable for novices. This is one of our longer tours and can bet more-kayak focused or more leisurely depending on the groups interests. We recommend some prior kayaking experience or a regular fitness program to help with the endurance that will be needed for the extended time on the water. Call us with any questions! 1-800-616-1943
How do I get to La Paz and From Loreto?
Please check out our Transportation Guide for our recommendations on how to get to La Paz and for your return travel from Loreto:
Are your tour prices in USD?
Yes, all of our tour pricing is in US Dollars.
What is included in this kayak package? What is not included?
Included: Skilled professional guide services, ground transportation, motorboat-support to carry gear, snorkeling equipment, camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, liners, and sleeping pads. Our camping trips include all meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day.
Not Included: Airfare, transportation to and from airport, Hotel accommodations before and after your tour, National Parks & Biosphere Reserve access fees, gratuities, and items of a personal nature.
What kind of Kayaks do you use?
For all of our Baja tours we use high quality, fiberglass kayaks, made by Seward. The majority of our fleet is comprised of tandems, as these boats offer the greatest stability, speed, and ease of paddling. There are typically a small number of single kayaks present on the tour, which will be utilized by the guides. Depending on weather conditions, and interest, they may allow guests to rotate into singles; however this will be at the guide's' discretion based on safety and the paddling objectives for the day. We also have a limited number of solo kayaks available to reserve and use throughout the trip (for an additional cost) for paddlers who have ocean kayaking experience.
Are your Kayak Trips Motorboat Supported?
Yes, if at any time a guest does not want to paddle they are welcome to ride in the panga instead.
Can I paddle a single kayak?
We have single kayaks available to reserve and use throughout the trip (for an additional cost of $100) for paddlers who have previous ocean paddling experience. If you would like to reserve a single kayak for your trip you will need to contact our Adventure Consultants to add this to your reservation and provide a summary of your ocean paddling experience.
What are the physical requirements for this trip?
When stopping at shore, you should be able to climb in and out of the kayaks on your own. They will be floating in calf-deep water. Your guides are happy to assist, but balance and limberness are required. When you get to your evening campsite, all group members must to be able to help carry the kayaks above the high tide line, in teams of 6-8, before the group disperses. You will change camp sites almost every night, but may have a layover day. Camp sites are assigned by the National Park Service immediately prior to the tour.
What is camp like? Are there toilets and showers at camp?
When you get to your evening campsite all group members must be able to help carry the kayaks above the high tide line. You will change campsites almost every night, but may have a layover day. Campsites are assigned by the National Park Service immediately prior to the tour. We endeavor to secure the very best campsites for the natural beauty and amenities of the area. Your guides will give a demonstration of how to set up and take down your provided dome tent. We also will provide you with a sleeping bag, liner sheet, pillow and an inflatable thermarest sleeping pad. There will be a kitchen/dining area and shade tarps where you can sit back and relax.
While kayaking, we can only carry enough fresh water for drinking and cooking. There are no fresh water sources on most of the coastline and islands we visit. You can clean up with saltwater and soap off above the high tide line, or bring disposable shower wipes. A porta potty will fit into a hatch of the kayak or on the panga support boat, and will be transported to each campsite and set into a sheltered area for solid waste. Liquid waste can be expelled below the high tide line, or in a separate porta-potty bucket.
Is it safe to be around whales in sea kayaks?
As with all adventure travel, there is certainly an inherent risk that comes along with this sort of travel, as well as multiple external factors and variables that are outside of our control. However, we do take every measure to ensure that you and your family are in a safe situation while paddling. We paddle large, expedition style Sea Kayaks. Their size, girth, and weight make them very stable to paddle. We have never experienced a situation in which a whale has harmed a kayaker in the water. The whales are very aware of their surrounding, and we maintain a safe distance at all times.
What happens if it is too windy to paddle?
If it’s too windy to paddle your guides will have alternative activities for guests to enjoy. There are opportunities to snorkel, hike or just relax on the beach with a margarita. We plan our itineraries to minimize risks posed by weather, but there is always an element of unpredictability in nature. The risk capsizing is reduced by our stable boats, but exists. All of our kayak guides are certified in kayak rescue.
What is the best time to go see whales in the Sea of Cortez?
The islands of Loreto National Marine Park, located in the Sea of Cortez, are home for 6 different species of whales including Blue, Fin, Sei, Humpback, Bryde's and Pilot whales. From January through April look for spectacular sightings of Blue, Fin and Humpback whales in the warm, calm waters near Loreto on our Sea of Cortez Islands tours. Magdalena Bay and San Ignacio Lagoon, on the opposite side of the peninsula, are both world-renowned winter nursery grounds of the Gray whales. From late-January to mid-March is the best time to see gray whales. We operate both Gray Whale Base Camps and Kayak/Whale Watching Combos during this short season.
Can I fish?
In general, fishing in allowed in Loreto/La Paz. You would need to obtain a fishing license either before arriving or upon arrival. Our guides will not allow fishing if you are unable to produce a valid license. You will also need to bring all of your own fishing equipment. Along our kayaking routes there are areas where fishing is allowed, the guides will let you know where fishing is prohibited. Also, fishing is only allowed at the guide's discretion, as we have an itinerary, schedule and other group members that we have to take into consideration.
What gear do I need?
Sea Kayak Adventures will provide you with a detailed packing list prior to your trip. We provide all of the necessary camping, paddling and snorkeling equipment, which you will need to fully enjoy your adventure. If you are interested in more specific information, check out our general Baja packing list here! If you have any questions, or need help deciding what to bring, you can call or e-mail one of our friendly Adventure Consultants at any time for some extra advice!
What kind of food will I eat? Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
Our renowned wilderness meals are prepared daily by our guides using local, fresh, healthy ingredients. In Baja you can expect an authentic dining experience, with savory dishes like chiles rellenos, tostadas, ceviche, and chicken mole. We even serve delicious desserts like brownies and pineapple upside-down cake! Each morning, we serve up freshly brewed coffee or tea. Throughout the day we provide an abundance of local fruits, vegetables, and other snacks. Wine and mixed drinks are served with hors d’oeuvres each evening for happy hour. We do our best to accommodate special dietary requests, working within the parameters of the destinations in which we operate. If you have a very strict diet, we recommend packing extra snacks that you know you can eat.
How many guests per tour?
To keep our group size small and our impact minimal, we typically limit our tours to 14 people or less. Our standard minimum to confirm a departure is 4 guests for our La Paz to Loreto Island Hopping kayak tour.
What is the weather like in Baja?
Please check out this great website Weather Underground for temperature averages in Baja.
Will I have cell reception?
Contact your service provider for the best options for taking your cell phone to a different country. You are unlikely to receive cell service while paddling, but WiFi is available in many coffee shops in town. Your guides will be equipped with radios during the tour in case of emergency.
Is there a single supplement fee for solo travlers?
Solo travelers will always have their own tent during kayaking tours, at no additional cost.
Where can I store my luggage while I am on tour?
You can leave your luggage at your hotel while you are on tour. We recommend getting a luggage lock if you are leaving any electronics in the bags. We’ve never had any issues with guests leaving their bags at the hotel but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. We will transport your luggage from your hotel in La Paz to your hotel in Loreto for you to pick up upon check-in in Loreto.
Is there a deposit required? Is my deposit refundable?
A deposit of $500 per person is required within 10 days of your reservation to hold your spaces. If the tour you are signing up for is a confirmed departure your deposit is non-refundable. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. US residents may purchase travel insurance directly through ROW Sea Kayak Adventures offered by Travel Insured International.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify ROW Sea Kayak Adventures in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately. If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of deposit. Deposits are not refundable. If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded. If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself. Please understand that once you've signed up, we are unable to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups. Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing a Travel Protection Plan to protect your vacation investment.
When is payment in full due?
Full payment is due 60 days prior to the launch date, as indicated on your invoice. Due to the high demand for these trips, please be sure to pay your balance on time so as to not jeopardize your reservation. Your final payment must be paid by check or bank draft in US funds. Alternatively, you may pay your final balance with a credit card, but a 3% administrative fee will be added.