Baja Yoga & Sea Kayaking Tour
This yoga vacation 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 a restorative yoga session each evening while our guides prepare your dinner.
Our Sea of Cortez kayaking tours feature encounters with blue & fin whales in the wild and secluded camping on remote desert islands. To prepare for your day of Baja kayaking, you'll find yoga or pilates to be an ideal addition to a blissful Baja vacation. All tours are suitable for beginners.
Isla Espiritu Santo, off the coast of La Paz, contains striking natural beauty in a dramatic setting formed by rugged islands with high cliffs and sandy beaches, which contrast with the brilliant reflection from the desert and the surrounding turquoise waters. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers the perfect blend of kayaking, hiking and snorkeling which all mix beautifully together on this yoga dream vacation.
Abundant wildlife, massive whales, sunny weather and warm, crystalline waters make the Sea of Cortez in Espiritu Santo National Park the best winter adventure destinations in North America.
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In addition this trip will:
- Start your day on a serene sandy beach with a yoga session.
- Finish your dayt in a restorative yoga session each evening while our guides prepare your dinner.
- Have our talented and certified Yoga Instructor as part of the journey.
Our yoga will be relatively simple as we will be practicing in the natural environment. Morning sessions will emphasize loosening up and strengthening the body for the day’s paddling, along with some energizing of the mind and spirit. Evening sessions will emphasize unwinding and relaxing the body from the day’s adventures. Since we’ll be practicing mostly on sandy beaches, a heavy large beach towel may work as well as a mat (which you are welcome to bring). An extra towel could also be rolled up as a bolster. Blocks (the light foam kind) also may be useful to raise the seat up off the ground. Bring at least a strap, as reclining strap-assisted stretches are especially beneficial for counteracting the upright seated position we’ll be in while paddling.
Meet our instructor Jessica Donohue
I love practicing yoga because it invites us to be in the present moment, in a way that few other things do. There is no grocery list, no list of things that must get done. Just this moment, right now. I find it's good medicine for the mind, body and spirit.
I began my yoga journey in 2002 and have been deepening and refining my practice ever since. My yoga training was in Alignment Yoga, with a strong focus on studying human anatomy and physiology. We looked at how the body moves naturally and most efficiently. I have also been a practicing massage therapist for 20 years and it is through these deeper understandings of body mechanics that I learned how to move into and teach yoga poses that build strength and mobility, and with less of an emphasis on flexibility alone. In building up strength rather than flexibility, we are less prone to the kinds of injuries caused by instability in our joints. I want to promote this kind of yoga, this kind of movement so that we are all able to move freely and fluidly long into our Golden Years. Yoga at 90 years old and onward! Few things make me happier than feeling strong, moving my body and inspiring others to do the same.
Dates & Rates
Note: Our Yoga & Kayaking Tours are currently priced consistent with our general Isla Espiritu Santo Kayaking Tour prices and follow the same basic itinerary, with the exception of morning and evening yoga sessions. If you have a group of 6 or more and are intereseted in an alternative depature date or tour, please contact us for possible Yoga itinerary options. We are happy to arrange a custom yoga depature for your group!
Single Supplement: If you are a solo traveler and wish to have your own hotel room in La Paz (or we are unable to pair you up with another solo traveler), an additional single supplement of $105 USD is required. Solo travelers will always have their own tent during kayaking tours, at no additional cost.
- Full services of our Adventure Consultants
- Professional naturalist and bi-lingual guides
- All meals and beverages as indicated on the itinerary
- All transportation while on tour
- All kayaking, camping and snorkeling equipment
- Panga supported kayaking tour
Tour Does Not Include:
- Hotels Before and After the tour
- Transportation to and from the airport
- $25 National Parks & Biosphere Reserves access fees required by itinerary
- Items of a personal nature
ALL PRICES IN US DOLLARS. We will do our best to adhere to the itineraries and trip descriptions listed on our website. However, tour itineraries or sub contractors (such as taxi, cruise boats or hotels) may change slightly due to reasons beyond our control including but not limited to Acts of God, wind, waves, inclement weather or other. We always welcome you to call us to clarify any item - often this is the best way to fully clarify expectations - call us collect or on our toll-free number. You will be sent pre-trip email with latest details within a month of your tour - it is your responsibility to check in with us prior to your trip to see if you have all the information you need. We will always do our best to provide you with the best possible tour and to fully meet your expectations to the best of our ability.
FAQ & More
Our instructors conduct twice daily sessions on the beach. Enjoy a sunrise morning session before breakfast, and relax with an evening session after kayaking.
The classes will be aimed toward novices as well as advanced practitioners, so all levels are welcome!
Please check out our Transportation Guide for our recommendations on how to get to La Paz.
We do not supply any yoga equipment for this tour. Please bring your own mat or towel and any other items you would like to have available, such as blocks and straps.
Yes, all of our tour pricing is in US Dollars.
Included: Skilled professional guide services, ground transportation, motorboat-support to carry gear, hotel nights as indicated on itinerary, snorkeling equipment, camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, liners, and sleeping pads. Our camping trips include all meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day.
Not Included: Airfare, transportation to and from airport, gratuities, $25 National Parks & Biosphere Reserves access fees required by itinerary, yoga equipment, and items of a personal nature.
For all of our Baja tours we use high quality, fiberglass kayaks, made by Seward. The majority of our fleet is comprised of tandems, as these boats offer the greatest stability, speed, and ease of paddling. There are typically a small number of single kayaks present on the tour, which will be utilized by the guides. Depending on weather conditions, and interest, they may allow guests to rotate into singles; however this will be at the guide's' discretion based on safety and the paddling objectives for the day. We also have a limited number of solo kayaks available to reserve and use throughout the trip (for an additional cost) for paddlers who have ocean kayaking experience.
Yes, if at any time a guest does not want to paddle they are welcome to ride in the panga instead.
We have single kayaks available to reserve and use throughout the trip (for an additional cost of $100) for paddlers who have previous ocean paddling experience. If you would like to reserve a single kayak for your trip you will need to contact our Adventure Consultants to add this to your reservation and provide a summary of your ocean paddling experience.
Whether you are an avid sea kayaker, or it is your first time, you’ll enjoy these incredible trips, and share in our passion for adventure, commitment to conserving the environment, and relishing unique experiences. For those new to the sport, kayaking is easy to learn in the sheltered waters that we visit, and we provide all of the camping gear, kayaking equipment and guidance needed. In addition, we keep our groups small to allow you to not only travel intimately among nature, but to ensure you receive the necessary attention from our guides.
When you get to your evening campsite all group members must be able to help carry the kayaks above the high tide line. You will change campsites almost every night, but may have a layover day. Campsites are assigned by the National Park Service immediately prior to the tour. We endeavor to secure the very best campsites for the natural beauty and amenities of the area. Your guides will give a demonstration of how to set up and take down your provided dome tent. We also will provide you with a sleeping bag, liner sheet, pillow and an inflatable thermarest sleeping pad. There will be a kitchen/dining area and shade tarps where you can sit back and relax.
While kayaking, we can only carry enough fresh water for drinking and cooking. There are no fresh water sources on most of the coastline and islands we visit. You can clean up with saltwater and soap off above the high tide line, or bring disposable shower wipes. A porta potty will fit into a hatch of the kayak or on the panga support boat, and will be transported to each campsite and set into a sheltered area for solid waste. Liquid waste can be expelled below the high tide line, or in a separate porta-potty bucket.
Spring and fall are the most ideal times for yoga on the beaches of the Sea of Cortez, as the seasons are characterized by warm days, glassy calm waters for paddling, and endless sunshine. Fall trips enjoy the chance for a desert in bloom and warm water snorkeling, while during spring, many cetaceans migrate into the Sea of Cortez and sightings may include blue, fin, and humpback whales.
If it’s too windy to paddle your guides will have alternative activities for guests to enjoy. There are opportunities to snorkel, hike or just relax on the beach with a margarita. We plan our itineraries to minimize risks posed by weather, but there is always an element of unpredictability in nature. The risk capsizing is reduced by our stable boats, but exists. All of our kayak guides are certified in kayak rescue.
Our renowned wilderness meals are prepared daily by our guides using local, fresh, healthy ingredients. In Baja you can expect an authentic dining experience, with savory dishes like chiles rellenos, tostadas, ceviche, and chicken mole. We even serve delicious desserts like brownies and pineapple upside-down cake! Each morning, we serve up freshly brewed coffee or tea. Throughout the day we provide an abundance of local fruits, vegetables, and other snacks. Wine and mixed drinks are served with hors d’oeuvres each evening for happy hour.
We do our best to accommodate special dietary requests, working within the parameters of the destinations in which we operate. If you have a very strict diet, we recommend packing extra snacks that you know you can eat.
To keep our group size small and our impact minimal, we typically limit our tours to 14 people or less. Our standard minimum to confirm a departure is 4 guests for our Espiritu Santo kayak tour.
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If you will be extending your stay in lovely LaPaz before or after your tour, consider joining us for a day to snorkel with Whale Sharks. La Paz is home to a unique and prolific Whale Shark population. Don't miss the adrenaline rush of snorkeling with these gentle giants, while simultaneously learning about this unique species. Please inquire with the office if you would like to add on a Whale Shark tour to your reservation.
Our tour costs are based on double occupancy on any included hotel nights. Solo travelers who would like their own single hotel room can pay a single supplement (see "Dates & Rates" above for the single supplement price for this tour), or can be matched up with another solo traveler of the same gender if one is available and willing to share. If we are unable to pair you with another solo traveler, we must apply the single supplement charge to cover our hotel costs. Solo travelers will always have their own tent during kayaking tours, at no additional cost.
You can leave your luggage at your tour hotel while you are on tour. We recommend getting a luggage lock if you are leaving any electronics in the bags. We’ve never had any issues with guests leaving their bags at the hotel but it’s always better to be safe just in case.
A deposit of $500 per person is required within 10 days of your reservation to hold your spaces. If the tour you are signing up for is a confirmed departure your deposit is non-refundable. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. US residents may purchase travel insurance directly through ROW Sea Kayak Adventures offered by Travel Insured International.
If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify ROW Sea Kayak Adventures in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately. If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of deposit. Deposits are not refundable. If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded. If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself. Please understand that once you've signed up, we are unable to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups. Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing a Travel Protection Plan to protect your vacation investment.
Full payment is due 60 days prior to the launch date, as indicated on your invoice. Due to the high demand for these trips, please be sure to pay your balance on time so as to not jeopardize your reservation. Your final payment must be paid by check or bank draft in US funds. Alternatively, you may pay your final balance with a credit card, but a 3% administrative fee will be added.