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. Baja MapKayaking 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.

Baja Kayak Tours

Legendary San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja is one of our two locations for one of life’s most soul-stirring experiences.  For reasons that no one understands, a select number of Pacific gray whales...

Our 10-day kayaking and whale watching combo tour is the ultimate Baja experience, combining watching the gray whales as they test the waters of the Pacific Ocean with their calve, exploring the...

Combine the chance to experience the glorious beauty of Loreto Bay National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, by sea kayak in the Sea of Cortez with a one day excursion of miraculous...

For those who have extra time in lovely Loreto or La Paz, consider a day tour with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures - complete with one of our FANTASTIC naturalist guides! We offer several tour...

Experience one of the most incredible close-up wildlife encounters on the planet from our exclusive base camp situated on a secluded island beach at the very heart of whale activity in Magdalena...

Attention whale lovers! ROW Sea Kayak Adventures has a new trip just for you.This non-kayaking panorama of Baja whales takes you from the sheltered calving lagoons of the California gray whale...

Our most popular wildlife adventure in Baja combines sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez with whale watching in Magdalena Bay, one of the major calving lagoons for gray whales. This is the...

This tour offers the best of our Baja sea kayaking and whale watching trips with the addition of daily yoga practice. Start your day on a serene sandy beach with a yoga session. Or take part in...