Kayaking in Baja
Kayak Baja, a world of dramatic contrasts where russet peaks meet turquoise waters in one of North America’s best winter sea kayaking, snorkeling, and whale watching destinations. The Sea of Cortez, home to 1/3 of the world’s marine mammals, is world renowned for close encounters with wild whales. Kayaking in Baja is paradise come true. Sea Kayak Adventures is honored to hold one of the few permits to kayak Baja’s Islands of Loreto Bay UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Marine Park since 1993. We recently acquired the very last permit to operate on the island of Espiritu Santo, out of La Paz, which offers a perfect complement to our longstanding reputation of Baja excellence.
Enter by kayak Baja’s stunning seascape of natural wonder and beauty. Visit desert islands while kayaking in Baja’s turquoise waters, snorkel over reefs with over 900 species of brightly-colored fish, for which Jacques Cousteau named the area 'The World’s Aquarium.' Hike an arroyo full of fascinating geology and sleep on a sand beach beneath a star-filled sky. Baja is all up close and wild.
The Sea Kayak Adventures Difference
Sea Kayak Adventures founders Nancy and Terry began guiding Baja kayak tours in the ‘80s, which means our tour operations are perfected from over 25 years of experience. Our proven expertise kayaking in Baja leads to not only high quality tours with hand-picked highlights, but a finesse of operations that sets us apart from other outfitters. For example:
- Our Baja kayak tours are all-inclusive. We like to make vacation fun and easy for our guests, so just bring a carry-on with your clothing! Kayaking equipment and camping gear, as well as hotel accommodations are included in the tour price.
- Kayak Baja with one of the highest guide-to-guest ratios in the industry, with 2-3 guides for every tour (6-13 guests max). Our Baja kayak guides are exclusively Mexican citizens. Many are marine biologists; all are certified to the same high standards of sea kayak guiding (such as BCU), Wilderness First Aid, and English fluency as is required of our Canadian guides.
- We leave only footprints. The Islands of Loreto Bay and Espiritu Santo are protected as a National Marine Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. We proudly adhere to “leave no trace” camping ethics when kayaking in Baja, and offset our carbon impact.
- Green doesn’t mean lean! Kayak Baja’s waters and camp in style with top of the line equipment, full catering with gourmet meals freshly prepared from scratch, and optional motorboat support.
- We emphasize wildlife and natural history. Kayaking in Baja is an adventure in splendor, and our guides are highly educated about the wilderness in which you are immersed. Nature presentations are built in to the itinerary.
Kayak Baja’s coast and the protected Islands of Loreto Bay from the charming village of Loreto, a former Jesuit mission town and the first California settlement by the Spanish (1697). Loreto boasts a small international airport with direct flights from LAX, and is easily accessible by bus from other parts of the peninsula, including La Paz and los Cabos. Alternatively, paddle from Baja's capital of La Paz around Espiritu Santo, the pearl of this tropic port. Read about the differences between kayaking in Loreto and La Paz.
Select from a variety of multi-day itineraries, including wilderness camping and sea kayaking in Baja’s blue whale realm of the Sea of Cortez and whale watching tours in the federally protected gray whale lagoons of Magdalena Bay. Our most popular Baja kayak tours combine both areas.