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Baja Kayaking Espiritu Santo Island

October - May
7 Days
Cabo SJD / LAP


One of the Most Beautiful Islands in the World

Our newest Baja kayaking tour combines paddling around what is considered one of the most beautiful Islands in the world with two distinct and unforgettable wildlife encounters. Espirtu Santo is a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that is renowned for gorgeous white sand hidden in deep coves framed by red rock cliffs, which makes for perfect campsites
Kayakers in clear water off Espiritu Santo Island

Outstanding Kayaking

Rounding each headland brings a new and delightful surprise as yet another picture perfect beach comes into view. This is Baja kayaking at its best with sun, warm turquoise blue water, margaritas at sunset and great food prepared by your guides. As an added bonus this trip is boat supported so you’ll paddle light kayaks between camps while all the equipment and luggage is transported by skiff. The support boat also provides flexibility and an extra level of safety.
Outstanding kayaking and scenery on Espiritu Santo Island

Swim with Sea Lions

Snorkeling around the island is excellent with the clear warm waters alive with brightly tropical fish. The first of the two wildlife highlights is a visit to the sea lion colony at Los Islotes where you’ll snorkel amongst the colony’s playful younger members as they dive and cavort around you.

Snorkel with Whale Sharks

The other great encounter available on this trip involves snorkeling with whale sharks. These gentle giants are not whales at all, despite their size, but actually the world’s largest fish. Docile and unafraid, they allow us to snorkel close enough to observe the crisscross pattern of pale dots and stripes covering their gray skin. Few people ever see, let alone have chance to snorkel with, a whale shark. Definitely an experience not to be missed!


Day 1

Arrival in La Paz

Check into your hotel rooms (included in trip cost). You’re on your own for sightseeing or shopping until eve pre-trip meeting in the hotel lobby. At this orientation we’ll answer questions and let you know the meeting time for the next day. Dinner is on your own, and we recommend a stroll at sunset along the waterfront Malecon promenade. There are a variety of restaurants with ocean views to suit a range of tastes and budgets.
Overnight: Seven Crown Centro Hotel?
Meals: None
Day 2

La Paz to Espiritu Santo Island

Heading to the La Paz marina you’ll board a shuttle boat to Espiritu Santo island. After landing on the Island your guides will go over the basics of paddling and thoroughly review safety procedures. After all participants feel comfortable in the boats you will kayak to the first night’s campsite. Our motorized support boat carries all the heavy gear, food and water so your kayaks are light and easy to paddle.
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Days 3 – 5

Kayaking Espiritu Santo

Paddling in Baja has a comfortable rhythm; the day starts with brewed coffee and tea as the rising sun warms your desert island campsite. After a hot breakfast prepared by your guides, you’ll pack your belongings into the kayaks for the morning paddle. Expect to kayak about 4 hours per day, including rest stops, cruising along the coast to a new campsite each night. You’ll enjoy a relaxed lunch break between the morning and afternoon paddle sessions, and occasional floating rest stops while paddling. During lunch break and before the evening happy hour, you’ll have plenty of opportunity for snorkeling amongst Baja’s colorful reef fish, hiking the island’s arroyo trails, or simply relax on the sandy beaches with a book. Enjoy stunningly beautiful landscapes, unique geology, and appreciate the subtle nuances of the desert as it unfolds into a intricate tapestry through interpretive hikes and talks given by your naturalist guide. At night, the lack of light pollution reveals the constellations.  Enjoy the stars in the comfort of your dome-tent, or spread your sleeping mat and bag out underneath them on the sand. With no flying bugs to speak of or heavy dew one of the true joys of Baja is being able to sleep out under the stars. Before the moonrise illuminates island peaks you can even see pale blue bioluminescence glowing in the water.
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6

Los Islotes Sea Lions

After a final Island breakfast, you’ll take a short boat ride to visit the sea lion colony at Los Islotes. The sea lions are accustomed to people snorkeling around them, and curious pups and adults are often eager to interact with swimmers. After a memorable session of cavorting with the whiskered residents of the colony, the panga skiff will drive you back to La Paz and the comforts of your hotel (ah, hot showers!). This evening you’re invited to join your group and guides for a farewell (no-host) dinner at a popular local restaurant. Tell stories of the trip and toast your new friends before heading of for night in a real bed.
Overnight: Seven Crown Centro Hotel?
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 7


Visit the hotel cafe or a local restaurant for breakfast before your departure. Depending on your flight arrangements, you may have time for a morning promenade on the Malecon of La Paz bay to say your farewells to Baja. If you’re flying via San Jose del Cabo, ensure that you have adequate time in your itinerary to shuttle from La Paz to Cabo.
Overnight: N/A
Meals: None
Day 8

Whale Shark Encounter Option

This is your opportunity to snorkel with whale sharks. These plankton-eaters are the world’s largest fish, and can reach lengths of up to 60′ (20m)! Whale sharks migrate into the bay of La Paz from October through February, where the shallow water of the bay concentrates the favorite food of these filter-feeders. Meet your guides bright and early to get a head start on the water in search of these peaceful creatures. The tour is approximately two hours, depending on the number of whale sharks present, so you’ll have time to eat lunch and then spend the afternoon exploring La Paz.  Your hotel this evening is included in the trip cost. Whale shark excursions can be added to the beginning or end of any Espiritu Santo trip between October and early February. Cost for the combined trip is $1560 US for adults. Call us at 800-677-0877 for details.
Overnight: Seven Crown Centro Hotel
Meals: Lunch


Seven Crown Centro Hotel

The Seven Crown is in a great La Paz location and is an easy walk to most of the attractions in this bustling Mexican coastal city. The hotel has a pool, a decent restaurant and friendly staff.


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.

Dates & Availability

Trip Length
4/8/18 - 4/14/18
4/8/18 4/14/18 7 days
4/15/2018 - 4/21/18
4/15/2018 4/21/18 7 days
4/22/2018 - 4/28/18
4/22/2018 4/28/18 7 days
10/21/2018 - 10/27/2018
10/21/2018 10/27/2018 7 days
10/28/2018 - 11/3/2018
10/28/2018 11/3/2018 7 days
11/4/18 - 11/10/18
11/4/18 11/10/18 7 days
11/11/2018 - 11/17/2018
11/11/2018 11/17/2018 7 days
11/18/2018 - 11/24/2018
11/18/2018 11/24/2018 7 day
11/25/2018 - 12/01/2018
11/25/2018 12/01/2018 7 days
12/02/2018 - 12/08/2018
12/02/2018 12/08/2018 7 days
12/09/2018 - 12/15/2018
12/09/2018 12/15/2018 7 days
12/16/2018 - 12/22/2018
12/16/2018 12/22/2018 7 days
12/23/2018 - 12/29/2018
12/23/2018 12/29/2018 7 days
12/30/2018 - 01/05/2019
12/30/2018 01/05/2019 7 days
Note: A trip showing as 'Available' has at least 4 places open. All prices are $USD unless otherwise stated.

What Is Included

  • All accommodations as specified in Itinerary
  • All meals as specified in Itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • 10% Discount for travelers 15 years and under
  • Expedition sea kayaks and equipment including PFDs
  • Expedition kayaks, tents, lifejackets and safety equipment
  • Snorkeling Equipment and Wetsuit
  • Sleeping bags and pads
  • Dry bags
  • Group safety equipment including medical kit, radios, and cell phones
  • Support boat and luggage transfers

What Is Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Park fee ($25)
  • Tipping of guides
  • Town meals and beverages
  • 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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