Espiritu Santo Island is the pearl of La Paz Bay and the perfect place for quick getaway kayak tours, and for families with small children. The spectacular western side of the island, as shown in this photo, is deeply carved by long finger-like coves that provide shelter from the winds and waves. This protection makes for easy kayaking and very comfortable camping. The coves lead into desert canyons with hanging fig trees, ripe for exploration on foot.
Isla Espiritu Santo kayaking tours feature stunning scenery. From a sea kayak the island looks like a layer cake of multi-colored volcanic material that depicts its interesting geological history. The many coves terminate in white sand beaches and are filled with turquoise waters full of tropical fishes that you can visit with mask and snorkel. We usually have the opportunity on every trip to snorkel with the friendly sea lions at Los Islotes, a remarkable and very memorable experience!
This is a base camp style kayaking tour that uses motor boats for support. We usually kayak 2 to 6 miles each day, and the support boats can “rescue” tired paddlers who want to return to camp early to read or snooze on the beach. This flexibility, and the high level of camping luxury, makes this tour ideal for those who want a more relaxed Baja kayak experience or want to take their kids on a Mexico kayaking vacation. The basecamp has large tents, solar showers, and even iced margaritas at happy hour!
Sea Kayaking La Paz – Espiritu Santo Island Kayak Trip Itinerary
Please note: The Isla Espiritu Santo Kayak Trip is available in both 6-day and 7-day versions. The itinerary below describes the 7-day tour. Simply subtract one day from the middle of the tour to obtain the 6-day trip itinerary.
Day 1 – Arrival in La Paz Mexico Arrival day in La Paz, Mexico. Enjoy the small seaside city of La Paz with its wonderful waterfront malecon walkway and local markets. You are responsible for your own accommodations and meals in La Paz.
Day 2 – First day of sea kayaking in Baja Meet at our local guides’ office at 11:30am to get outfitted for a boat ride to base camp on a remote beach on lovely Espiritu Santo Island. Lunch and all meals are provided from this point forward until returning to La Paz. There should be time for some snorkeling, hiking, or kayaking before dinner is served. Expect fantastic star-gazing every night and watch out for the nocturnal ringtail, a delightful mammal often confused with a cat but related to raccoons.
Days 3 to 5 – Depending on weather and your interests, we may explore in the kayaks, on foot, or underwater with mask and fins – all have much to offer. Sea kayaking is great for enjoying the scenery of multi-colored cliffs and turquoise waters, finding dolphins, and visiting sea bird nesting colonies. Hiking in the desert canyons is a botanical adventure and the hill tops afford stunning views of the Sea of Cortez and Baja Peninsula mountains. Snorkeling with the tropical fishes is superb and a highlight of most trips is the visit to the Los Islotes sea lion colony where we can cavort with the friendly sea lions. Some folks might want to try their luck with some fishing. We occasionally find whales on this kayak tour, too. Your guides will be available at all times to help you with these activities, identify flora and fauna, and discuss the natural and human history of Baja California.
Day 6 – Last day of kayaking in Mexico After snorkeling or kayaking, and a final breakfast at basecamp, the boat will return us to the civilized wonders of La Paz by 12:00 noon. Some people may flight out late in the day.
Day 7 – Departure from La Paz, Baja or continue your Mexico vacation Unless you have arranged to spend extra time vacationing in Mexico after your Baja kayaking adventure ends, you should get to airport at least 2 hours in advance of your flight.
Quick Tour Facts for Espiritu Santo Kayaking
Available from January through March. See our Kayak Tour Schedule page for dates. The 6-day Espiritu Santo kayaking adventure fee is $699; 7-day kayak tour fee is $899. There is no age limit and children aged 2 years or less go free! There is a single supplement fee of $25 for those who require a private tent. A mix of tandem and solo kayaks are available and we will be rotating among them. All meals are included at the Isla Espiritu Santo kayaking adventure basecamp; meals, hotels and airport transfers in La Paz are not included. Sleeping bags, pads, snorkel gear and wet suits are available for rent in La Paz if you choose not to bring your own.
Visit our Mexico kayaking map page to view or print a larger version of this Baja kayak tour route map.