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Baja Kayaking and Whale Watching Trips

Season(s)
January - March
Length
8 Days
Level
Easy
Airport
Loreto LTO
50000

Highlights

Experience the Best of Baja

Our Baja kayaking and whale watching trips combine two of the very best natural experiences in Baja – kayaking the beautiful Loreto Bay National Marine Park in the Sea of Cortez and whale watching in Magdalena Bay, an ecological reserve and the Gray whale calving lagoon on Baja’s Pacific coast. A trip of world-class wildlife encounters – the chance to actually touch a Gray whale in Magdalena Bay and to observe massive Blue and Fin whales in the Sea of Cortez.

Magdalena Bay a Marine Nursery

Every year migrating Gray whales journey to Magdalena Bay to give birth and mate. This is a marine nursery where newborn calves stay close to their mothers until they are large enough to start the long migration north. The World Wildlife fund ranks Magdalena Bay as one of the nine most important coastal habitats in Mexico.

Whale Watching and Deluxe Camping

Spend three days in a well-appointed wilderness camp located on one of the barrier islands that forms the Magdalena Bay lagoon. You’ll be at the center of whale activity. The bay also hosts dolphins, sea turtles, and a huge number of migratory birds. Your naturalist guides will introduce you to the rich diversity of this unique coastal desert environment as you explore an almost surreal landscape of sand dunes and miles of untouched beach.

Kayaking The World’s Aquarium

The undersea explorer, Jacques Cousteau, called the Sea of Cortez “the world’s aquarium” and its islands are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Baja kayaking is a sublime mix of sea, sun, paddling, hiking, and snorkeling in a pristine natural setting. As a bonus during the winter months, massive Blue and Fin whales are drawn to feed in the rich waters of the Loreto Bay National Marine Park.

A Wealth of Memories

Discover why Baja is one of the most enduring adventure destinations in North America. A place of abundant wildlife, clear aquamarine water, and starkly evocative landscape, Baja has a natural rhythm all its own. The memory of this trip of exploration and magical encounters will last a lifetime.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Loreto

After arriving in Loreto, guests will be met by an English speaking representative and taken by airport van to the hotel. This evening, your trip guides will meet the group in the hotel’s lobby for an orientation and discussion of trip details. Supper this evening is on your own and our representatives will be pleased to offer suggestions as well as directions to Loreto’s many good restaurants. The hotel is happy to store your extra luggage in a secure room. In the evening, your guides will give a detailed orientation and answer questions about the week’s adventure.
Overnight: La Mision Hotel
Meals: None
Day 2

Puerto Lopez Mateos and Magdalena Bay

You’ll depart at 7:30 AM for the scenic two-hour van ride across the peninsula to Puerto Lopez Mateos on Magdalena Bay on the Pacific Coast. Boarding a panga (skiff), you’ll set off on the first of several whale watching sessions as you travel across the Bay to Santo Domingo Island where the Whale Camp is located. After arriving at camp, there will be time to stow your belongings in one of the preset walk-in tents before a hearty lunch. When lunch is finished, your guides will lead you on a naturalist hike across this barrier island to a broad dreamlike expanse of beach on the open Pacific. There will be time to enjoy the beach before returning to camp for Happy Hour and your dinner served under a sky ablaze with stars.
Overnight: Whale Camp
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Day 3

Magdalena Bay

Wake to the rising sun and sound of sea birds on the fresh sea breeze. Coffee and tea will already be prepared and you can wander down the beach and look out for whales offshore as your guides finish preparing breakfast. Today, there are two whale watching sessions scheduled, each lasting two hours. There is also the option of a bird watching excursion in the mangroves that fringe some of the inshore of Santo Domingo Island instead of one of the whale watching sessions. There will be ample time to explore, relax, or watch whales as they pass by just offshore.
Overnight: Whale Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4

Return to Loreto

A final two-hour whale watching session caps your experience of this exceptional place. After returning to Puerto Lopez Mateo by panga, there will be time to explore the small shops along the port before you head to a favorite local restaurant for lunch. As you pass through the peaks of the Sierra Gigante Mountains and begin the descent to Loreto, the Sea of Cortez and the islands of the Loreto Bay National Marine Park are spread before you, offering the promise of the next day’s kayaking. After checking back into the hotel you can take time to shower and relax or walk along Loreto’s waterfront Malecon promenade before the orientation meeting for the kayaking trip held in the hotel lobby.
Overnight: La Mision Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 5

Kayaking the Sea of Cortez

Grab some breakfast at the hotel and be packed and ready to go kayaking. A short van ride takes you to the launch point where your guides will give a detailed kayak technique and safety briefing. After packing and getting comfortable in the kayaks, the group sets off for the first of two 50-minute crossings that will take us to our campsite on Isla Carmen. During the crossing, keep an eye out for the distinctive spouts of Blue and Fin whales. At a lunch stop cove along the way, there will be time for a short hike or chance to snorkel and observe the colorful fish that inhabit the waters of this scenic coast before carrying on by kayak to camp. In the early evening, you’ll enjoy a beach Happy Hour with margaritas and botanas (snacks), followed by a gourmet dinner as the sun sets over the peaks of the Sierra Gigante Range.
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6

Islas Carmen and Danzante

The white-sand beaches of Isla Carmen are gorgeous and some of the most photogenic in the park. You’ll spend the day paddling the shoreline to the next campsite, visiting snorkeling coves and keeping an eye out for telltale whale spouts offshore. When a whale is spotted we can paddle out for a closer look at these largest of all whales. Later in the afternoon, before Happy Hour, there will be a guided naturalist walk through the desert to observe the diversity of plant and animal life in this intact Sonoran desert environment.
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7

Loreto

After breakfast, and perhaps a final swim, we load the kayaks for the relatively short paddle to our takeout point. Upon arrival, you’ll unpack your kayak and prepare for the van ride back to Loreto while the guides prepare lunch. After checking back in to the hotel, there is time to shower and explore this rustic old mission town. This evening there is a no-host group dinner at a local restaurant where you can toast your traveling companions, recount tales of the trip, and say farewells.
Overnight: La Mision Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 8

Departure

With no scheduled activities today, you can depart Loreto at any time you choose. If you are flying out of Loreto airport you may use the provided taxi voucher for transportation.
Overnight: N/A
Meals: None

Accommodations

La Mision Hotel

La Mision has the best location in Loreto. On the waterfront Malecon drive, the hotel faces the Sea of Cortez and has a view that takes in most of Loreto Bay National Marine Park. We started out using La Mision when we first ran trips in Baja 27 years ago. In recent years, the hotel has been massively renovated and is a fine example of a modern Mexican resort hotel.

Extensions

At this time we do not offer any extensions for this trip but please feel free to call us about added travel options at 1-800-677-0877. We have spent a lot of time in and around the destinations we offer and are more than happy to share our experience.

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What Is Included

  • All accommodations as specified in Itinerary
  • All meals as specified in Itinerary
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of scheduled itinerary
  • Ground transportation and attraction entry fees
  • Expedition sea kayaks and equipment including PFDs
  • Sleeping bags/pads/liners, tents and group camping gear
  • Safety equipment including medical kit, radios, and cell phones
  • Support boat and luggage transfers

What Is Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Tipping of guides
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature
  • Insurance of any kind (we strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance that covers medical and evacuation as well as cancellations for medical reasons)
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