The islands of the Sea of Cortez contain 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 Baja kayaking, hiking and snorkeling. Abundant wildlife, massive whales, sunny weather and warm, crystalline waters make the Sea of Cortez in Loreto Bay National Marine Park one of the best winter sea kayaking and whale watching destinations in North America.

Imagine sea kayaking Baja in the warm, clear waters of Loreto Bay National Marine Park in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, paddling along a spectacular section of coastline and exploring desert islands which pierce the tranquil waters. The towering volcanic escarpments of the Sierra Giganta Mountains rising out of the sea create your backdrop. Red-hued desert colors, azure blue water and magical land formations give this area great aesthetic and photographic appeal.

These waters offer exceptional opportunities for viewing dolphins, sea lions and whales in the wild.  High-flying frigate birds, blue-footed boobies and squadrons of pelicans are your companions as you kayak past manta rays and brightly colored fish. The warm, crystalline waters of the Sea of Cortez host a breathtaking array of tropical fish - perfect for snorkeling.

Each winter endangered blue whales more than five times as long as your sea kayak migrate to these waters looking for tasty crustaceans. Encountering the largest animal on earth is a thrilling experience. Fin, Humpback and Sei whales also frequent the area. This video shows our guests mingling with these gentle giants at our exclusive whale camp which you can easily add to this tour.

Additional Information:

Our three- to six-day self-supported and motorboat-supported Sea of Cortez Islands expeditions explore the beautiful Islas Danzante and Carmen. All itineraries begin in Loreto, Day 1 is kayak departure day. Optional motorboat support carries camping gear, food and supplies ahead of the main group, for lighter kayaks. The panga also carries comfortable chairs and tables for dining as well as a cooler with ice for cold drinks. 

For the more adventurous, join our Isla Carmen Circumnavigation or Loreto to La Paz Expedition and experience a remote area few people see.  Also, check out our combination kayak and gray whale watching tours. View a video of kayaking in Baja's Sea of Cortez and whale watching in Magdalena Bay.

Note: Day 0 & last day on Baja dates are arrival and departure dates.

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Itinerary

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Day 0

Arrive in Loreto, Evening Orientation Meeting

Upon your arrival in Loreto take a quick cab ride to your hotel and check into your room (Not included in trip cost).  Spend your afternoon exploring the beautiful town of Loreto.  You can tour the historic Mission located in the center of town, stroll through the local market and dine on authentic Mexican cuisine before meeting your guides in the designated location for an evening orientation meeting.

See our Baja Travel Guide for tips on getting to and from Loreto.

ACCOMMODATION : Not Included
MEALS INCLUDED : none

Day 1

Kayak Orientation, Sea Kayak, Snorkel and Hike

Grab breakfast before meeting your guides for the start of your kayaking adventure.  You’ll board our van and ride to the launch site 20 minutes south of town.  Before launching our kayaks your guides will provide a basic paddling overview and thorough safety orientation.   We then push off for the start of our kayaking adventure, dipping our paddles into the turquoise water of the Sea of Cortez for the first time.  We make our first crossing before stopping for lunch, snorkeling and hiking.  Following lunch we jump back into the kayaks and head to our first campsite.  Spend your evening mingling with new friends, enjoying our hors-d’oeuvre hour and feasting on an authentic Mexican dinner.  As the evening comes to a close, retreat to your tent and fall asleep under a blanket of stars.

ACCOMMODATION : beach camping
MEALS INCLUDED : Lunch, Dinner

Day 2-5

Sea Kayak, Snorkel, Hike, Beach Camp, Whale Watch

Our days begin with spectacular sunrises and end with delightfully cool evenings. Expect to paddle about 4 hours per day, broken up by a long lunch break and floating rest stops. You'll have opportunities at lunch and after kayaking to snorkel, hike, swim or relax with a good book. Each day we will have the opportunity to encounter whales, dolphins, flying manta rays, incredible birds and the beautiful scenery surrounding the Sea of Cortez.  Evenings find us feasting on delicious fresh food and enjoying margaritas as the sun sets on the horizon.  On dark nights don’t forget to check for bio-luminescence before heading to bed.  We occasionally get the pleasure of witnessing this incredible phenomenon!

ACCOMMODATION : beach camping
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Take Out, Explore Loreto, Evening Farewell Dinner

Wake up and enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea while taking in sunrise before your final day of kayaking.  We will spend the morning exploring the shorelines and watching for a final glimpse of marine life!   After lunch we break camp and paddle to our take-out site around 2 p.m. Upon arrival at the take-out site we quickly unload our kayaks before making the return drive to Loreto.  Once in Loreto you will check into your hotel room.  Enjoy a hot shower before joining your guides and your fellow guests for a no host farewell dinner at a favorite local restaurant.

ACCOMMODATION : Not Included
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Return Home or Extend Your Stay

Departure date. Say good-bye to lovely Loreto and head back to the airport to fly home, or extend your vacation in this charming village. If you choose to extend your vacation, please see our full list of trip extensions. 

Please note: The 3-, 4- and 5-day Itineraries will follow the same schedule as the 6-day itinerary, but with one to two fewer days of kayaking and camping. The Day 0 and last day remain arrival (fly in) and departure (fly out) days.

Featured Accommodation

Dates & Rates

DatesAdult (USD)Child (USD)
Apr 13, 2024 to Apr 16, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 4 Day
$1,290£0€0$0$0$1,220£0€0$0$0
Apr 13, 2024 to Apr 18, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 6 Day
$1,680£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Apr 20, 2024 to Apr 23, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 4 Day
$1,290£0€0$0$0$1,220£0€0$0$0
Apr 20, 2024 to Apr 25, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 6 Day
$1,680£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Apr 27, 2024 to Apr 30, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 4 Day
$1,290£0€0$0$0$1,220£0€0$0$0
Apr 27, 2024 to May 02, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 6 Day
$1,680£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Oct 12, 2024 to Oct 15, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Oct 12, 2024 to Oct 17, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0
Oct 19, 2024 to Oct 22, 2024
Lowest Tier Price - Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Oct 19, 2024 to Oct 24, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0
Nov 02, 2024 to Nov 05, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Nov 02, 2024 to Nov 07, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0
Nov 09, 2024 to Nov 12, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Nov 09, 2024 to Nov 14, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0
Nov 16, 2024 to Nov 19, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Nov 16, 2024 to Nov 21, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0
Nov 23, 2024 to Nov 26, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Nov 23, 2024 to Nov 28, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0
Nov 30, 2024 to Dec 02, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 3 Day
$1,110£0€0$0$0$1,030£0€0$0$0
Nov 30, 2024 to Dec 03, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Nov 30, 2024 to Dec 05, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0
Dec 07, 2024 to Dec 09, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 3 Day
$1,110£0€0$0$0$1,030£0€0$0$0
Dec 07, 2024 to Dec 10, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Dec 07, 2024 to Dec 12, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0
Dec 14, 2024 to Dec 16, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 3 Day
$1,110£0€0$0$0$1,030£0€0$0$0
Dec 14, 2024 to Dec 17, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Dec 14, 2024 to Dec 19, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0
Dec 21, 2024 to Dec 24, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Dec 21, 2024 to Dec 26, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0
Dec 28, 2024 to Dec 31, 2024
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Dec 28, 2024 to Jan 02, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0
Jan 04, 2025 to Jan 07, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Jan 18, 2025 to Jan 20, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Jan 19, 2025 to Jan 23, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 5 Day
$1,675£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Jan 21, 2025 to Jan 23, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Jan 25, 2025 to Jan 27, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Jan 26, 2025 to Jan 30, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 5 Day
$1,675£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Jan 28, 2025 to Jan 30, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Feb 01, 2025 to Feb 03, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Feb 02, 2025 to Feb 06, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 5 Day
$1,675£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Feb 04, 2025 to Feb 06, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Feb 08, 2025 to Feb 10, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Feb 09, 2025 to Feb 13, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 5 Day
$1,675£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Feb 11, 2025 to Feb 13, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Feb 15, 2025 to Feb 17, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Feb 16, 2025 to Feb 20, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 5 Day
$1,675£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Feb 18, 2025 to Feb 20, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Feb 22, 2025 to Feb 24, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Feb 23, 2025 to Feb 27, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 5 Day
$1,675£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Feb 25, 2025 to Feb 27, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Mar 01, 2025 to Mar 03, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Mar 02, 2025 to Mar 06, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 5 Day
$1,675£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Mar 04, 2025 to Mar 06, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Mar 08, 2025 to Mar 10, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Mar 09, 2025 to Mar 13, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 5 Day
$1,675£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Mar 11, 2025 to Mar 13, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Mar 15, 2025 to Mar 17, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Mar 16, 2025 to Mar 20, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 5 Day
$1,675£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Mar 22, 2025 to Mar 24, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 3 Day
$1,155£0€0$0$0$1,050£0€0$0$0
Mar 23, 2025 to Mar 27, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- High Season 5 Day
$1,675£0€0$0$0$1,570£0€0$0$0
Mar 29, 2025 to Apr 01, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Mar 29, 2025 to Apr 03, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0
Apr 05, 2025 to Apr 08, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Apr 12, 2025 to Apr 15, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Apr 12, 2025 to Apr 17, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0
Apr 19, 2025 to Apr 22, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Apr 19, 2025 to Apr 24, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0
Apr 26, 2025 to Apr 29, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 4 Day
$1,370£0€0$0$0$1,290£0€0$0$0
Apr 26, 2025 to May 01, 2025
Lowest Tier Price- Low Season 6 Day
$1,780£0€0$0$0$1,665£0€0$0$0

Supplementary Information

Seasonal Rates and Departure Details

  • 3 Day Tours depart December thru March
  • 4 & 6 Day Tours depart October thru December  &  April
  • 5 Day Tours depart Mid January thru March

3-Day Tours Rates: (Saturday departures) - November and December:

  • 2- 6 Guests - Adults $1220/ Youth $1155
  • 7 - 14 Guests - Adults $1110/ Youth $1030

3-Day Tours Rates: (Saturday and Tuesday Departures) - January Through March:

  • 4- 6 Guests - Adults $1280/ Youth $1155
  • 7 - 14 Guests - Adults $1155/ Youth $1050

4 Day Tour Rates (Saturday Departures)

  • 2 - 6 Guests - Adults $1480/ Youth $1400
  • 7 - 14 Guests - Adults $1370/ Youth $1290

5-Day Tours (Sunday departures)- January-March

Low Season - January 1- January 10, 2025 Rates:

  • 2- 6 Guests - Adults $1730/ Youth $1640
  • 7 - 14 Guests - Adults $1570/ Youth $1460

High Season - January 19 - March 31, 2025 Rates:

  • 4 - 6 Guests - Adults $1790/ Youth $1685
  • 7 - 14 Guests - Adults $1675 / Youth $1570

6 Day Tours Rates (Saturday Departures) 

  • 2 - 6 Guests - Adults $2000/ Youth $1900
  • 7 - 14 Guests - Adults $1780/ Youth $1665

Single Supplement:

  • Single kayaks are available to reserve and use throughout the trip for an additional cost of $100. Please note, you must have previous ocean paddling experience to reserve a single kayak.
  • Solo travelers will be provided with their own tent during all of our kayaking tours, at no additional cost. Please note, a limited number of single tents are available per departure.

Private Charter Trips

Available for 8+ guests October 1st - December 15th, and again March 20th - May 1st.

  • Minimum required: 8 spaces paid at regular rate. *Or, pay for 10 at regular rate and one free space for an 11th person is provided.

Available for 10+ guests December 16th - March 19th

  • Minimum number guests required is 10 paid spaces at regular rate. *Or, pay for 13 and one free space for a 14th person is provided.

*Maximum Trip Size: 14 guests

INCLUDED:

  • 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
  • All applicable taxes
  • Panga Supported Kayaking Tour. *NOTE: We require 4 paid spaces to confirm a trip. If a trip has only 2-3 participants we offer the option to run it as a "self-supported" trip meaning there is no panga (motorboat) to carry gear. In this case the guide and guests carry their personal gear as well as a portion of the community camping equipment, food and water. Our adventure consultants will discuss this option with you should it arise.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Hotel before and after the tour 
  • $30 National Parks & Biosphere Reserves access fees required by itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

WEATHER-CAUSED TRIP ALTERATIONS

Strong winds and/or rough water conditions sometimes prevent our trips from going as scheduled. We are at the mercy of nature, as well as the local Port Captains who determine if ports are open or closed.  In particular, on our La Paz-based trips, winds may prevent us from crossing from the Port to Espiritu Santo Island which may also be reason for the Port Captain to close the port or prohibit crossing.  In these cases there are different solutions.  Sometimes we have to delay the crossing by a day or two, or have to leave Espiritu Santo Island a day or two early.  In these cases we provide a substitute activity for the day(s) we cannot kayak.  If the weather forecast predicts a series of days with strong winds, we also reserve the right to transfer the trip to Magdalena Bay on the Pacific Coast, which is almost always in calm, protected waters.  We recognize this isn't ideal, however we have no control over nature.  Most people prefer to still have a trip going, versus no kayak trip at all.  Decisions to alter trips are not made until the last minute*, since we are basing our decisions on wind and weather forecasts that can change.  Your guides will inform you at the evening orientation meeting if the trip location has changed or the itinerary has been altered. We use apps like Windy or Windfinder Pro to monitor winds and forecasts.  The safety and security of our trips is the primary focus of our decisions.

 If you purchase Trip Insurance and wish to cancel on the day of the trip, the "Trip Interruption" coverage may apply if Mexican authorities have closed the Port.  If you have questions about your coverage, call the toll-free number on your Travel Insurance policy to ask.  Neither our guides nor our office staff can determine if coverage will apply. Sea Kayak Adventures does reserve the right to modify and alter trip itineraries and in these circumstances will not provide any refund of trip monies paid.  

  *Last-minute means no sooner than noon the day prior.  Final information will be provided at the evening orientation meeting.

    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.

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    5

    Absolutely amazing trip!

    We had an absolutely amazing trip! Our guides Diego, Jennifer, and Rafael were the absolute best. They built great rapport with all of the students, engaged them in the biology and geology of the place, and truly inspired them to ask questions and be curious. We could not have asked for a better team of guides. They consistently checked I with us about how things were going, and were on top of all the food allergies that accompanied our group!

    5

    Baja sea kayaking trip

    it was such a fun trip we had Diego Jennifer and Rafael. they were amazing they knew so much about the plants and animal around the area. I had and amazing time and I really want to do it again.

    5

    Phenomenal

    Our guides Diego, Rafa, and Jennifer were phenomenal. This trip was so enjoyable, and it was so much fun talking to all of the guides about the biology of the place and all of the sea animals. This was my second time doing this trip with sea kayak adventures and both were lots of fun.

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    FAQ & More

    How do I get to Loreto?

    Please see our Baja Travel Guide for tips on getting to and from Loreto

    What’s included in this kayak package? What’s not included?

    Included: Skilled professional guide services, ground transportation, motorboat-support to carry gear, 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, hotels before and after kayaking, gratuities, $25 National Parks & Biosphere Reserves access fees required by itinerary, and items of a personal nature.

    Are your kayak trips motorboat supported?

    Yes, if at any time a guest does not want to paddle they are welcome to ride in the panga instead.

    What are the physical requirements for this trip?

    When stopping at shore, you should be able to climb in and out of the kayaks on your own. They will be floating in calf-deep water. Your guides are happy to assist, but balance and limberness are required. When you get to your evening campsite, all group members must to be able to help carry the kayaks above the high tide line, in teams of 6-8, before the group disperses. You will change camp sites almost every night, but may have a layover day. Camp sites are assigned by the National Park Service immediately prior to the tour.

    What’s camp like? Are there toilets and showers at camp?

    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.

    Is it safe to be around whales in sea kayaks?

    As with all adventure travel, there is certainly an inherent risk that comes along with this sort of travel, as well as multiple external factors and variables that are outside of our control.  However, we do take every measure to ensure that you and your family are in a safe situation while paddling. We paddle large, expedition style Sea Kayaks. Their size, girth, and weight make them very stable to paddle. We have never experienced a situation in which a whale has harmed a kayaker in the water. The whales are very aware of their surrounding, and we maintain a safe distance at all times.

    What happens if it’s too windy to paddle?

    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.

    What are the highlights of this tour?

    The Islands of Loreto Bay are high traffic areas only to whales, dolphins, and other marine life! Boats are few and far between, and even other kayakers are seldom encountered. A few coves are popular lunch sites for passing boats or local fisherman, but otherwise you may feel as if you're alone in the wilderness. The Loreto Bay National Park Service assigns campsites on these islands, and only allows one group per site. Barring mix-ups or weather emergencies, your tour will have the beach to yourself.

    When is the best time to go to see whales in the Sea of Cortez?

    The islands of Loreto National Marine Park, located in the Sea of Cortez, are home for 6 different species of whales including Blue, Fin, Sei, Humpback, Bryde's and Pilot whales. From January through April look for spectacular sightings of Blue, Fin and Humpback whales in the warm, calm waters near Loreto on our Sea of Cortez Islands tours. Magdalena Bay and San Ignacio Lagoon, on the opposite side of the peninsula, are both world-renowned winter nursery grounds of the Gray whales. From late-January to mid-March is the best time to see gray whales. We operate both Gray Whale Base Camps and Kayak/Whale Watching Combos during this short season.

    Can I fish?

    In general, fishing is allowed in Loreto/La Paz. You would need to obtain a fishing license either before arriving or upon arrival. Our guides will not allow fishing if you are unable to produce a valid license. You will also need to bring all of your own fishing equipment. Along our kayaking routes there are areas where fishing is allowed, the guides will let you know where fishing is prohibited. Also, fishing is only allowed at the guide's discretion, as we have an itinerary, schedule and other group members that we have to take into consideration.

    When is the best time to go?

    Spring and fall are the most ideal times for enjoying the Sea of Cortez. The strong northerly winds blow longest and strongest from late November through early March so spring and fall trips are characterized by calmer, warmer days. Fall trips (October & November) offer warm and clear waters for great snorkeling and little chance of strong winds. An added attraction is the opportunity to observe the Baja desert in bloom following the rainy season in August and September. Winter trips (December, January & February) tend to be cooler with more chance of wind. Spring trips (March, April & May) offer warmer waters with warm calm days being common. As an added bonus on spring trips many cetaceans migrate into the Sea of Cortez at this time and sightings may include blue, fin, and humpback whales.

    What’s the difference between Loreto & La Paz?

    If you are having trouble deciding between the two destinations we suggest reading this Blog detailing the differences between Loreto and LaPaz.

    What gear do I need?

    Sea Kayak Adventures will provide you with a detailed packing list prior to your trip. We provide all of the necessary camping, paddling and snorkeling equipment, which you will need to fully enjoy your adventure. If you are interested in more specific information, check out our general Baja packing list here! If you have any questions, or need help deciding what to bring, you can call or e-mail one of our friendly Adventure Consultants at any time for some extra advice!

    What kind of food will I eat? Do you accommodate dietary restrictions?

    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.

    What’s the weather like in Baja?

    Please check out this great website Weather Underground for temperature averages in Baja.

    Is there any extensions I can add to the beginning or end of my trip?

    If you will be extending your stay in lovely Loreto before or after your tour, we are happy to arrange a Tour Extension option to help you explore Baja. Please inquire with the office if you would like to add on a tour extension to your reservation.

    Where can I store my luggage while I’m on your tour?

    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 than sorry.

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