Sustainable Travel Ethics

ROW Sea Kayak Adventures and Responsible Tourism
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures has been taking responsible travel seriously since our first kayaking trips in 1993. After all, paddling a sea kayak is the ultimate minimal-impact approach to traveling. But we also recognize that any travel has an impact, so we do everything we can to reduce our footprint.  ROW Sea Kayak Adventures is committed to protecting the environment of the places where we operate.  We actively promote awareness, understanding and appreciation of the natural environment to our guests, we hire and source locally, and we support local conservation organizations.  In addition, we follow leave-no-trace minimum impact practices on all of our tours. When you travel with a company that is helping to address climate change, protect nature, and promote conservation; you are investing in your own rewarding travel experiences now and for future generations.

Hiring and Sourcing Locally:
We believe that sustainable travel is as much about protecting the Earth, as it is about supporting the local communities we travel to.  At Sea Kayak Adventures we take great pride, and genuine interest, in supporting the people and cultures of the places to which we travel.  We strongly believe that our local guides add a level of authenticity to our tours, and help to create a personal connection for our guests to the countries that they are visiting.  Our international guides are all bilingual, certified, and trained in interpretive guiding.  Many of our guides hold degrees in marine biology, geology, or related fields. We also believe in supporting the local communities which we visit, by choosing to source many of our supplies and services locally.  Not only does this provide an authentic feel to our tours, it helps to provides commerce to communities who depend largely on tourism.   

Supporting Conservation Organizations
While we work hard to do our part in supporting the destinations which we travel to, we also believe in the value of supporting local organizations, that more directly help to conserve and protect these environments.  We are actively involved with, and financially support, a variety of conservation groups.  We encourage all of our guests to visit their websites to learn more about the important work they are doing to preserve our environment.  We deeply appreciate the support of these, and any other conservation organizations, by all of our guests.  We all have a part in protecting the natural resources of our beautiful planet. 

Conservation Groups

Eco- Alianza Loreto A.C. is a non-profit group located in Loreto, Baja California Sur.  The Sea of Cortez and Islands of Loreto Bay are one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites we have the pleasure of visiting in Baja.  Through responsible travel and our partnership with local conservation groups, we are working hard to do our part to ensure they are protected and preserved for future generations.  “The mission of Eco-Alianza is to protect and conserve our natural and cultural environment, by empowering civil society and government, to jointly create healthy and prosperous communities. Our vision is to foster communities who believe their quality of life is related to the health and vitality of the environment, and where citizens act accordingly.”

Beautiful Bahia de Magdalena, is host to many of our Baja whale watching tours.  This incredible lagoon, stretching along the Pacific coast of the Baja peninsula, serves as a breeding and mating ground for hundreds of gray whales each winter.  Our eco-camp, located on Isla Santa Margarita, puts you in the heart of this magnificent lagoon.  We look forward to helping conserve and maintain this incredible environment, so that we can continue to share this experience with travelers for years to come.  “Magdalena BAYKEEPER was founded in 2005 to protect the natural resources of Magdalena Bay for the benefit of the communities that use the Bay, as well as the ecosystem itself.”

Grupo Tortuguero is an organization close to our hearts, as several of our Mexican Sea Kayak Adventures guides (Vladimir and Charo) work closely with this group during our off season in Baja.  Grupo Tortuguero is a grass-roots conservation organization working to protect and advocate for endangered populations of sea turtles.  Their efforts can be seen in many of the fishing villages and local communities in Baja California Sur.  We are proud to supprt their efforts and the fight to save the turtles! 

San Ignacio Lagoon Conservation Alliance is a non-profit organized to support Laguna San Ignacio.  "Hundreds of gray whales use Laguna San Ignacio, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as a mating and calving destination every year. Unfortunately, land speculation and unregulated urban sprawl threaten to destroy Laguna San Ignacio, one of the last undeveloped gray whale birthing lagoon on the planet. Join the Laguna San Ignacio Conservation Alliance and be part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save a global treasure and the gray whales that depend on it."

2013, we furthered our conservation and responsible tourism efforts by becoming the first kayak tour operator to join the Responsible Whale Watch Partnership. We represent the organization, with just 30 other companies in an effort to raise the standards of whale and dolphin watching worldwide.  As proud members of the WCA we pride ourselves on operating by the established Minimum Standards for Dolphin and Whale Watching.   

"Save Our Wild Salmon is a nationwide coalition of conservation organizations, commercial and sport fishing associations, businesses, river groups, taxpayer and clean energy advocates working collectively to restore healthy, sustainable wild salmon to the rivers, streams and oceans of the Pacific Salmon states."

"The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide."

As part of our allignment with the WCA, we have also become regular atendees at WhaleFest, an annual conference aimed at raising awarness of cetaceans around the globe. "In 2011 Ian Rowlands and Dylan Walker had a dream: to create the biggest, most popular event of its kind and touch the hearts and minds of a huge audience, inspiring them to be an army of ambassadors to defend whales, dolphins, marine life and oceans. That’s WhaleFest. Now run by a small team and 500+ amazing volunteers, with profits going to a global partnership of organizations working together: the World Cetacean Alliance (honorary president, Jean Michel Cousteau)."

"Cetus is a non-profit conservation society which operates in the waters around Victoria and Alert Bay, British Columbia.  Since 2005 they have worked to reduce disturbances to marine mammals on the BC coast and promote respect for the surrounding marine environment through on-water and land-based education, outreach and direct monitoring of activities."





Awards & Accolades

National Geographic Traveler's "50 Tours of a Lifetime"

National Geographic Traveler | April, 2015

The Hiker's Life List: 101 Places to Go, Skills to Learn & Things to Do Before You Die

The Hiker's Life List: 101 Places to Go, Skills to Learn & Things to Do Before You Die | December, 2014

Responsible Whale Watch Partnership

Planet Whale 2013 to Present | January, 2013

To All the Guides I’ve Loved Before

National Geographic's "50 Tours Of A Lifetime" | May, 2011

100 Best Affordable Vacations

National Geographic's "100 Best Affordable Vacations" | April, 2011