Baja Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching

Overview
Itinerary
Trip Information
Pack List

Kayak, Hike, and Camp in Mexico


WHAT WE LOVE

  • Multi-sport ocean adventures
  • Escape winter for a tropical climate
  • Swim with sea lions and whale sharks
  • Paddle next to massive grey whales

THE JOURNEY

Your week in Mexico will take you to some of the most beautiful ocean landscapes in North America as you kayak, hike, snorkel, and camp alongside stunning ocean wildlife. The journey will take you to multiple locations throughout the southern Baja California peninsula beginning with an evening of camping by a relaxing natural hot spring. The next day, there will be plenty of time to explore before traveling to La Paz for an evening at Hotel Catedral. From here, you'll venture to a deserted island on Espiritu Santo for three days of kayaking. Camp will be at a different and stunning location each night with plenty of time during the day to snorkel with sea lions, search for sea turtles, and swim alongside whale sharks. Your final adventure involves crossing the peninsula to observe massive gray whales off the west coast before a goodbye dinner of delicious sea food and your return home.


ITINERARY OVERVIEW

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Arrive in Los Cabos, transfer to Santiago, canyon hike, camp near natural hot spring.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Explore canyon, travel to La Paz, evening at Hotel Catedral.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Boat to Espiritu Santo, snorkel with sea lion pups, intro to kayaking, beach camping.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Kayak to Candelero area, explore canyon, beach camping.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

Kayak to Coralito, search for sea turtles, afternoon hike, beach camping.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

Swim with whale sharks, transfer to kayak center for showers, drive to Pacific Lagoons.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

Three hour boat tour to see grey whales, seafood banquet, transfer to La Paz.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

Transfer to Los Cabos and farewell.


​TRIP MINIMUM

Domestic adventure travel trips are confirmed two months in advance (December 24th) and require a minimum of six registrants. If your trip is not confirmed at that time, you'll receive a 100% refund. If you'd like to check a trip's status before purchasing flights, you can email [email protected]


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Itinerary

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FEB 26
FEB 27
FEB 28
MAR 1
MAR 2
MAR 3

Arrival, transfer to Santiago, canyon hike, camp near natural hot spring

Meet private taxi and transfer to rural town – Santiago (approx 1 hour). Here you will be joined by your local Baja guide for onward transfer to a remote camping area. A short hike takes us into a canyon where we will arrive at our picture perfect camp ground beneath an enormous wild fig tree. Here we have the convenience of a palm frond shaded area, log seating, grills for cooking on an open fire and a back country composting toilet. Within a stone’s throw of our camp site is a large natural hot spring – the perfect place to relax after a long day of traveling. Following a soak and a delicious dinner you will sleep in the peaceful serenity of our new home under a million stars

Explore canyon, travel to La Paz

Hike, scramble, swim  and explore  the canyon bathing in fresh water rock pools with crystal clear water.  Return to camp for lunch and then travel up to La  Paz to arrive at BOA and gear up with wet suits and snorkel sets etc. Check into Araiza Inn and then go for dinner together at Rancho Viejo. Lodgint at Hotel Catedral

Boat to Espiritu Santo, snorkel with sea lion pups, intro to kayaking

Take our motor boat shuttle to the north end of Espiritu Santo. Once on the island, you'll have time to snorkel with friendly sea lion pups. After lunch, you'll have a brief intro to kayaking before making camp for the evening. Dinner will be prepared by your guides over an open fire.

Kayak to Candelero area, explore canyon

Arise to the splendor of camping on a beautiful deserted island. Following breakfast we will pack up and sea-kayak to our next chosen beach for camping. Afternoon hike to explore canyon, Candelero area. There will be plenty of fascinating places to explore both by foot and boat.

Kayak to Coralito, search for sea turtles, afternoon hike

Continue your kayak voyage to Coralito stopping to search for sea turtles in their natural breeding ground along  the way. Enjoy a late afternoon hike to view point before your final night of camping under the stars.

Swim with whale sharks, transfer to Pacific Lagoons

Pack up and then transfer to the area of the bay where we can swim with whale sharks, a unique and humbling experience encountering the largest fish in the world. Return to BOA kayak center, shower and then afternoon van ride (3.5 hours) to Pacific Lagoons ready for whale-watching the following morning. Evening at Mangrove Inn.

Grey whale watch, seafood banquet, transfer to La Paz

This is the culmination of an exciting week. The anticipation of being ‘‘up close and personal’ with 40 ton whales is about to be rewarded as we embark on a 3 hour boat ride amongst the Gray Whales. During this time it is not uncommon to have the whales “visit us.” Following a delicious, fresh seafood banquet we will return to La Paz. Farewell dinner and hotel night in Hotel Caterdral.

Final depature

After a delicious group breakfast, you'll be transfered to Los Cabos for your final goodbye!

Trip Information

FLIGHTS

Please plan to arrive to Los Cabos (SJD) on Saturday, February 24th in the late morning or afternoon before 2PM. Transportation will be arranged for the afternoon and all travelers will take the same transfer.

Flights departing SJD should depart in the afternoon on Saturday, March 3rd at 12PM or later. If you'd like to arrange an extra day on either end of your trip, please note that you will be responsible for a taxi to or from the airport for the transfer.

YOUR GUIDES

As you learn new skills, you will be led by professional trail guides, dedicated to providing safe and educational experiences. Local guides are bi-ligual. Our guides are trained in wilderness medicine and are seasoned leaders, demonstrating good judgement, technical expertise, and environmental consciousness. Our guides are ever aware of their clients' needs and work hard to make your trip successful.

CLIMATE

Daytime temperatures in Baja are typically in the high 70s or low 80s in February. Evenings may get down to the mid 50s or high 40s by the ocean.

LODGING

Lodging will vary from night to night with some being spent in hotel accommodations and some spent camping on the beach. Night one is spent at a remote campsite with log seating and a composting toilet. Campsites during the multi-day paddle (Monday through Thursday) will be at primitive campsites on the beach. Tents are double occupancy expedition tents (unless a single supplement is purchased) with therm-a-rest mats provided. Guests are asked to bring their own sleeping bags or one can be rented for $30. Meals at camp will be prepared by guides. Nights in La Paz will be spent at Hotel Catedral.

MEALS

Meals are provided from dinner on day one to breakfast on day eight. Meals will consist of fresh and local ingredients. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please make sure your user profile indicates dietary restrictions and contact the office at [email protected] if you have a specific dietary request.

All beverages (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) are provided on camping nights. Alcoholic drinks are not included during hotel stays.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Professional guides and instructors
  • Transportation from/to SJD and throughout expedition
  • Two nights at Hotel Catedral, one night at Mangrove Inn
  • Four nights camping
  • Meals for duration of trip (noted above)
  • Expedition equipment (sea kayaks, snorkel sets, wet suits, camping gear, etc)
  • Whale watching and whale shark boat trips
  • Entrance fees to biosphere reserve and national parks
  • Taxes and fees

DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to Los Cabos
  • Meals on travel days
  • Incidentals
  • Sleeping bags
  • Visa fees
  • Gratuity for your guides

EXTENDING YOUR TRIP

You may opt to extend your vacation by either arriving early or staying late. Discover Outdoors can arrange lodging and transportation as well as additional activities for an additional fee.

Pack List

REQUIRED

  • Comfortable athletic clothing for all days
  • Windproof shell
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Hiking boots and lightweight wool socks
  • Shoes or sandals for camp
  • Day pack
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Water bottles (3 L capacity)
  • Rain gear
  • Warm layer for cool nights
  • Compact sleeping bag in stuff sack (40 degrees recommended)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat or visor
  • Sunscreen
  • Small first aid kit
  • Bugspray
  • Necessary prescriptions
  • Toiletries
  • Lip balm
  • Passport

SUGGESTED

  • Swimming goggles
  • Paddling gloves
  • Extra snacks
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Packable camp chair or foam pad
  • Book
  • Baby wipes
  • Camera

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