Just off the coast from Loreto is Isla Coronado (Coronado Island). It’s a hat-shaped cinder-cone island with gorgeous white sand beaches, sea lion colonies, and fantastic snorkeling.
We leave Loreto by 9:00 am to spend the day snorkeling with colorful fish, enjoying a picnic lunch on the beach, and taking a nature hike with your bilingual guide. This is a perfect way to see the third island in the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, or as a Sea of Cortez extension from your whale camp tour. Add this exciting day tour on to the beginning or end of any of our Loreto-based Baja kayak or whale watching tours.
The Gulf of California (or Sea of Cortez) is one of the healthiest seas in the world. Small-scale fishing takes place throughout the Gulf, but near Loreto, the Loreto Bay National Marine Park is a protected area. Many species of fish and invertebrates live in these waters and as you snorkel it’s not uncommon to see 20-40 fish species. Snorkeling is like birdwatching. It’s best to go slow and be observant. The clear blue waters make swimming and snorkeling a true delight.
When the sun is high overhead we stop for lunch on the beach, relishing the local fare that your guides prepare. Then we have more time to watch seabirds along the shore and soaring overhead, sea lions swimming and hauling themselves out on rocks and perhaps more snorkeling.
Maximum 6 passengers per boat.
Join us for a delightful day on Isla Coronado.
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*Below is a general outline of our Isla Coronado Skiff and Snorkel day tour itinerary. Please note that this is our ideal schedule; however it may be adjusted due to weather or other items outside our control. Your adventure consultants and guides will brief you with any updates prior to your departure.
7:30am Meet in the Hotel Lobby
Meet your local Sea Kayak Adventures guide in the designated hotel lobby. *Please have breakfast on your own before meeting the group as it is not included in your itinerary.
8:00 - 8:30 am Depart the Loreto Marina
We leave the Loreto Marina by 8:30 am. Sit back, relax and take in the stunning views during the panga ride to Isla Coronado. The panga ride always presents a great opportunity for birding and marine life watching, often we'll see flying manta rays, dolphins and other marine mamals during our drive to the island.
9:30 - 10:00 am Arrive on Isla Coronado
Once we arrive on the island we spend the morning snorkeling with colorful fish, relaxing on the sandy beaches, and taking an intrepretive nature hike with your bilingual guide.
12:00 pm Lunch on the Beach
When the sun is high overhead we stop for lunch on the beach, relishing the local fare that your guides prepare.
2:30 - 3:30 pm Snorkeling and Return to Loreto
Following lunch we have more time to watch seabirds along the shore and soaring overhead, sea lions swimming and hauling themselves out on rocks and perhaps more snorkeling.
What to Bring:
Note: Please dress appropriately for the days weather and for being outside in the elements during your tour. Weather on the Gulf of Mexico can vary and change quickly, so dressing in layers is always a good practice. It's helpful as well if you wear your swimsuit under your clothes to start the day.
- Swimsuit (note, we'll provide the snorkeling equipment and wetsuits when needed)
- Rash guard
- Waterbottle (guides will refil as needed)
- Sun protective clothing and hat
- Small day pack or hip pack with any personal items
- Light jacket or sweater
- Waterproof camera or waterproof phone case
- *Please Note: On all tours that include snorkeling, we highly recommend that you bring a rash guard or set of synthetic long-sleeve top and full-length bottoms as small (non-toxic) jellyfish can be present in some areas.
Sea Kayak Adventures provides a mask, snorkel and fin for participants.
Dates & Rates
Please note: $125 per person price is for gropus of 4+. For groups of 2-3 a $50 per person surcharge applies.
*Maximum number of 6 guests per tour due to boat capacity. For groups larger than 6, please contact our Adventure Consultants for custom pricing and arrangements.
- Full service of our Adventure Consultants
- Professional, bilingual Sea Kayak Adventures guides
- Panga and driver
- Wetsuit when needed
- Snorkel, mask and fins (guests are always welcome to bring their own if desired)