Do you seek warm beaches, sunny skies, uninhabited islands, and dazzling desert starscapes? Would you like to swim among colorful tropical fish, kayak with playful dolphins, and have a close encounter with a colossal whale? Then join a sea kayak tour along the spectacular coast of Mexico's Baja Peninsula.
A collision of two opposing realms: desert wilderness and fertile sea. Perhaps this best describes Baja California’s remote beaches and islands we visit on our Mexico sea kayaking trips. We offer sea kayak tours on both sides of this narrow peninsula - kayaking in regions that are amazingly different despite their nearness. On the Sea of Cortez side we visit the "Blue Triangle", the only location in the world where blue whales and other huge species may be commonly encountered by sea kayak. Many of the campsites we use here are part of an international biosphere reserve and marine national park. Over on the Pacific side we explore lagoons famed for vast herds of breeding gray whales, some friendly enough to be petted!
This is the classic Sea of Cortez kayaking tour route that parallels the spectacular Sierra de la Giganta - translated as “Range of the Giant”. Campsites are located on remote beaches at the foot of this incredibly rugged Sierra. Its multi-colored volcanic layers steeply plunge into sea, punctuated by lovely coves and arroyos. No support boat or basecamp are used on this adventurous, free-ranging 12 day Baja kayak tour.
Three wilderness islands, Danzante, Carmen, and Monserrate, form the corners of the "Blue Triangle" right in the heart of Mexico’s Loreto Islands National Park. Regarded as crucial winter habitat for blue whales, the islands are part of an International Biosphere Reserve and remain uninhabited by humans or livestock. This kayak trip is very similar to our other Sea of Cortez kayaking tour, except that it is only 8 days and we remain within the offshore islands of the National Park for the entire kayak trip.
Spectacular Espiritu Santo Island - "Island of the Holy Spirits" - is an amazingly sculpted geological structure with many deeply carved finger-like bays piercing its western shores. This pearl of La Paz Bay is the perfect location for shorter Sea of Cortez kayak tours. White sand beaches, turquoise waters, excellent snorkeling, and friendly sea lions make for a memorable kayaking vacation. The super-comfortable basecamp is ideal for families and those who want a less vigorous kayaking adventure that can be either 6 or 7 days. Motor boats provide support and add luxuries such as ice for your desert drinks!
Vast Magdalena Bay is home to thousands of breeding gray whales. Dolphins and more than 100 bird species also overwinter, including flocks of white pelicans. Countless shipwrecks stud the seemingly infinite outer beach beyond the dunes and a maze of mangroves lines the lagoon. These 4 to 6-day whale watching tours use motorized boats to get to the remote basecamp. Motor boats also take us out for close encounters with the gray whales. Sea kayaking is done in the mangrove estuaries.
This is offered as an extension to the kayak tours that originate from Loreto, Mexico. Whale sightings are virtually guaranteed on this one day whale watching tour that uses a 22 foot motorized skiff. It is a stable vessel and cameras are welcome to photograph the whales as they breach, spy-hop, fluke, nurse and mate. Other common wildlife include dolphins, sea lions, pelicans, and thousands of shorebirds. Your naturalist guide will do his best to find the freindly whales that like to get petted!
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