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Espiritu Santo Island West Coast Adventure

Starts: La Paz, Mexico
Finishes: La Paz, Mexico

Visit: La Paz, Los Azabaches, La Paz

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Sea Kayaking

Overview

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Sea Kayaking and camping on Espiritu Santo Island in the Sea of Cortez in Baja, Mexico provides the opportunity to explore the beautiful white sand beaches of Baja, hike in canyons adorned with hanging fig trees, boulder up arroyos and snorkel with friendly sea lions and tropical fish. This flexible Baja sea kayaking itinerary facilitates a selection of activities for a variety of interests from hiking and paddling to snorkeling and fishing. Enjoy exploring the many hidden coves of the Sea of Cortez by kayak, visit a sea lion rookery and join these graceful creatures in the water while swimming alongside them and enjoying their playful and curious nature first hand.

This is the perfect escape for the novice to advanced sea kayaker seeking the pace and feel of a true vacation. The desert island of Espiritu Santo, 20 miles north of La Paz, is a paddlers dream offering unique scenic beauty combined with abundant wildlife viewed from above and below the waters surface. The west coast of this island paradise is made up of large, shallow bays of turquoise waters and white sand beaches perfect for viewing the spectacular Baja sunsets.

Kayaking and camping along the shores of Espiritu Santo Island allows us the opportunity to explore ancient archeological sites, beautiful canyons adorned with hanging fig trees, freshwater wells, classic desert arroyos, prime fishing holes and snorkeling among friendly sea lions and tropical fish. Moving camp every couple days, depending upon winds, allows us the opportunity to explore and camp in two of the islands beautiful turquoise bays, on white sand beaches that make up the west coast. If youre feeling active, enjoy the many activities on offer, or theres always the option of relaxing on the beachsoaking up the warm Baja sun with a good book. Either way, there is no other island in the Sea of Cortez quite like Espiritu Santo!

Highlights

    • Sea Kayak & camp on Espiritu Santo Island in the Sea of Cortez
    • Visit a sea lion rookery & join them for a swim
    • Kayak excursions along the Baja coast and to islands
    • Hike in canyons adorned with hanging fig trees
    • Fish for sea bass or enjoy a skiff excursion to nearby snorkeling locations
    • Snorkel with whale sharks and/or experience a sea turtle hatchling release

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 69414
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private##Private
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: La Paz, Mexico
Finishes: La Paz, Mexico
Duration: 7 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • Skilled, professional guide service provided by our affiliate operator
  • 4 nights catered camping
  • 2 nights hotel (based on double occupancy)
  • All meals from breakfast on day 2 through lunch on day 6
  • Purified drinking water, powdered drink mixes and a cocktail at happy hour each evening
  • 2-person walk-in tent on a shared basis (there is an additional charge for a private tent)
  • Personal flotation device (PFD) which must be worn at all times in compliance with safety regulations
  • Camp chairs
  • Eating utensils, cups and plates
  • Highest quality sea kayaks and related equipment
  • Transfers as listed in the itinerary
  • 27-oz Klean Kanteen water bottle

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,075 ($154/day)

Deposit:

$500 per person for bookings made 90 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 90 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Joan  

I went to Baja with my 11-year old great niece. We both really enjoyed it. The paddling level was just right; some long days but very do-able (31 miles around the island - a sense of accomplishment). The beaches, scenery, and wildlife were stupendous. The guides were excellent - very welcoming, knowledgeable, and helpful. They watched carefully over our safety and enjoyment. The food was the best I've ever had on an adventure trip. Snorkeling with the sea lions (and a what shark) were particular highlights. Couldn't have been better.

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Julie  

My husband and I went on this trip with my 7 year old daughter and my 72 year old mother. There was something for everyone, and we all had the trip of a lifetime. The guides were better than excellent, really knowing the area and caring about it. When my mother and daughter got tired of kayaking, they rode in the panga. The beaches were beautiful with lots of opportunity to explore. The hotel in La Paz was great too, very clean and walking distance from everything we wanted to see and do in La Paz.

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Jim  

The trip is run by Mars Y Adventuras, who really knew their stuff. Detailed organization, they owned (or ran?) the hotel that we stayed in the first night, that we loved. They clearly have years of experience, had the whole thing planned and their planning certainly worked out - they had thought of everything. Example - they took the whole group off to the store in La Paz on the first morning to buy snacks and drinks. We had no less that four different diets in the group - every day they came up with delicious options for those people, no-one complained ever. We usually arrived at the campsite later than the crew - they usually had most if not all of the tents set up - such luxury! Some fisherman showed up with a gorgeous huge jack fish one night - we offered to pay for it with our own money, but the guides insisted that MYA had it covered. They knew the route and weather systems (they were all local to the area) so well that they were able to make snap, smart decisions about changes to the itinerary, and avoid really long sea crossings in rough weather. Their knowledge of the area was really outstanding, I don't we got a single "I don't know". They would sit and play our silly card games with us after dinner, even though they had to be up super early to make our delicious coffee. They happily took us out fishing every single morning before breakfast - even thought we never caught anything! The head guide had extraordinary people skills, never impatient or crabby, always

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Jamie  

Trip was excellent from start to finish.

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Steph  

This trip was great for our family of 4 over Christmas. We wanted a different Christmas experience. We got an adventure, wonderful snorkeling, fun kayaking (two of us were complete novices and we did fine), and some interesting short hikes. (You can't do long hikes because they are restricted on the island.) I've done lots of organized trips and our guide was the best ever--helpful, humorous, and knowledgeable. We had such a good time that we're considering a repeat next year. This trip is a jewel!

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Rebecca  

This trip was well organized by the local company in La Paz. Everyone was professional, helpful and knowledgeable. Our guide was outstanding. He had a wealth of knowledge about the local area and people, in fact appeared to be related to many of the fishermen we encountered. He was well read and enjoyed sharing. The cooks were excellent and also friendly and helpful. They did cook way too much food and I hated to see it wasted. Wish they had a system for distributing the extra. The area we visited was amazing and the level of activity and rest was just right.

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Greg V.  

I did an abbreviated version of this trip a few years ago and it was awesome. Photos are here: [@]

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OARS

Since 1969 O.A.R.S. has been setting the unforgettable standard in rafting, sea kayaking and hiking adventures, with destinations & unparalleled experiences on the most legendary rivers, coastlines & mountains in the world – from California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, British Columbia, and Arizona’s Grand Canyon to the opulent gorges of Fiji and the Galapagos Islands, O.A.R.S. specializes in first-class adventures throughout Western North America, South America and the South Pacific.

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the “Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S. trips have been honored as “50 Tours of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler.

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