Baja Sea Kayaking
(5, 7, 8 & 12 days)
Join us for an exciting Baja kayak trip!
The Baja Peninsula is home to beautiful sandy beaches, seaside cliffs, towering coastal peaks and wilderness deserts. A span of hundreds of miles of intriguing coastline offers a world-class paddling experience. The Peninsula is bordered on its East coast by the gentle Gulf of California (also known as Sea of Cortez) and the wild Pacific Ocean pounds its west coast.
This desert wilderness is one of the best winter adventure destinations in North America and has won numerous awards and accolades from the travel industry. It is an ecological wonder and outdoor playground, an unlikely union of desert and sea.Â In addition to the warm sunny weather and awe inspiring scenery, Baja is world-renowned for close encounters with gray and blue whales. Our Baja kayak trips are an exceptional way to experience the stunning natural wonder and beauty of this environment.
The stable and easy to paddle sea kayaks are the perfect vehicle for exploration of the pristine waters of Baja and no previous paddling experience is required. This trip is perfect for individuals and families with all equipment and instruction provided.
Our days will be spent sea kayaking, exploring desert islands, and snorkeling in the refreshing blue water while dolphins, whales, frisky sea lions and colorful fish play in the clear, warm water. Evenings will be spent relaxing in comfort at our shore side camps under a star studded sky.
“After traveling the world for almost 30 years, it’s hard to imagine a more relaxing and scenic trip than kayaking in Baja with MGI. Watching the day slip away into a blazing multicolored sunset while enjoying a frosty beverage and plate of fish tacos, on a pristine beach in the Sea of Cortez”.-John S
La Paz All of our Baja kayak trips begin and end in La Paz: La Paz is located 800 miles south of the USA/Mexico border, on the Sea of Cortez. La Paz is the capital of Baja California Sur, and the largest city in southern Baja. It is located on a large, natural bay, and some of Baja’s most beautiful islands are just a short distance offshore. For a town of over 200,000 souls La Paz has a very nice, warm feel to it.
The waterfront area of La Paz (Malecon) is particularly beautiful, and the sunsets across the bay are usually quiet spectacular! Local families and tourists often gather along the recently remodeled Malecon at water’s edge to enjoy this nightly show. It’s the perfect place to walk before and after a meal at one of the many restaurants or sidewalk cafes.
It was on May 3rd, 1535, that Hernan CortÃ¨Â¸ first arrived at what is now La Paz, naming it Villa de la Santa Cruz. CortÃ¨Â¸ mounted the first of many attempts to conquer the Peninsula, but after several years of efforts the expeditions failed due to lack of food and water as well as the occasional ferocious attacks by natives. California has always resisted being conquered by force. Only the missionaries succeeded, utilizing spiritual force to tame this land, as well as those who came to work it.
Throughout its history, La Paz has endured numerous conquistadors, pirates, missionaries and entrepreneurs, creating a flowery historical mosaic of risk, daring, and adventure.
Espiritu Santo Island
Espiritu Santo Island
Espritu Santo Island and its protected waters are the site for this kayaking adventure.
Espiritu Santo is designated a global conservation priority by The Nature Conservancy because of its unique biological diversity. This area has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is protected by the ComisiÃÂ©Â±ÃÂ¿Å½acional de 2eas Naturales Protegidas of Mexico.
It is here that we will set up camp and start kayaking. Expert guides will provide instruction and soon we’ll be paddling the clear blue waters of the sea of Cortez. As we kayak along the island’s rocky shoreline, we’ll snack in sheltered coves and explore deserted beaches. This adventure also includes options for hiking in the island’s spectacular canyons, fishing, and snorkeling with the multicolored fish.
We may spot manta rays, pods of dolphins, doing aerobatics into the water, and on spring trips, possibly see blue or finback whales wintering in the Sea of Cortez.
Our most popular Itinerary: 7 days
Weâ€™ll meet you at the airport and orient you on the 20 minute drive to our hotel. After checking in there will be time to explore the town. In the evening we will have a Pre-trip meeting and welcome dinner to outline your upcoming Baja adventure.
After breakfast we’ll board our van for a short ride to the launch site. Here we’ll board a motor boat for the 1.5 hour ride to our first campsite at Espiritu Santo Island. After lunch we will go over the basics of paddling and safety procedures before launching kayaks. Snorkeling and hiking are optional activities before dinner. (b,l,d)
Days 3 -5
Our days begin with spectacular sunrises and end with delightfully cool evenings. We’ll spend our mornings kayaking and exploring. After lunch there is plenty of time to snorkel, hike, swim or relax with a good book. Evenings find us feasting on delicious fresh food and enjoying margaritas as the sun sets on the horizon. (b,l,d)
After a final lunch, we break camp and ride the skiff back to La Paz. After checking into our hotel and enjoying a refreshing shower we have the afternoon for shopping, exploring or simply relaxing. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner at our favorite local restaurant. (b,l,d)
Our staff will provide transportation to the airport for your flight homeward. Or join us for an additional whale watching trip Magdalena Bay. (b)
Included: Professional American Guides, 2 nights hotel accommodations, all sea kayak equipment, camping group gear, and other equipment, meals as noted (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), airport transfers on Days 1 and 7, motorboat transfer and support.
Not Included: Airfare to and from La Paz, sleeping bags and pads; snorkeling gear or wetsuit (available for rental); meals not noted on itinerary; guide gratuities, excess baggage charges, airport taxes, cost of medical immunizations; and items of a personal nature.
Travel Insurance: We highly recommend travel insurance. In many case travel insurance will cover medical expenses, evacuation costs, lost baggage, travel delays, and other costs in the event you need to cancel your trip. We have worked with almost every provider of travel insurance and feel strongly that the Adventure Travel Protection Plan from AIG/ Travel Guard is the best one available. It is one of the only plans that covers high altitude climbing and has significant benefits if purchased within 15 days of making your trip deposit. Details can be found on our website on our registration page.
Travel: All of our Baja kayak trips begin and end in La Paz which is located on the Sea of Cortez side of the Baja Peninsula and is accessible by road or by scheduled air service from Los Angeles and San Diego. Please call our office if you need assistance on deciding how to get to La Paz.
Entry into Mexico: Passports are required. No visa is necessary, but a tourist card will be issued during your flight.
Air Flights: Alaska Airlines, (800) 252-7522, provides direct service. Demand is high during the winter/spring season and it is essential to make reservations early.
Health: No immunizations or vaccinations are required for Mexico. Water on the trip is filtered for your extra protection. Fresh fruits and vegetables are good and plentiful. The restaurant food in La Paz is good and bottled water is easily available.
“Baja supplied the warm breeze, crystal blue waters, abundant marine life and stunning sunsets. MGI added the rest: expert guides, gourmet food, quality kayaks, and great times.”-Jim B
Weather: The weather in La Paz is generally mild in the winter with day-time temperatures averaging 70 to 85 degrees and night-time temperatures averaging 40 to 55 degrees between December and mid-March. La Paz is in a desert where the possibility of rain is very small, but it can happen. Winds can occur anytime but are more frequent from December through February. Magdalena Bay air temperatures are a little cooler than on the Sea of Cortez side of the Baja Peninsula. Water temperatures in the Sea of Cortez range from 65 degrees in December to 73 degrees in May requiring the use of a shorty 3mm wet suit for extended snorkeling. In October and November, air temperatures range from 80 to 90 degrees and water temperatures range from 75 to 80 degrees.
Kayaks: Our Baja kayaks are state of the art double and single boats. In general, everyone will get to try the different boats.
Activity Level: Our Baja trips are designed for flexible, energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of Adventure. This trip is easy in nature and is suitable for beginners who have never sea kayaked before. Hikes are optional and range from easy to moderate.
Hiking: We’ll have opportunities to go for short day hikes and explore the fascinating desert topography of the region. Our guides are experienced naturalists have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the Baja desert ecology.
Snorkeling: The Snorkeling in Baja is world class! In between your hiking and kayaking adventures, explore the colorful coral reefs with over 600 species of dazzling marine life in this underwater wonderland. You may rent equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit) but we recommend you bring your own for best fit.
Families: This is one of our very best trips for families. Children 8 and older are welcome.
Safety: Mountain Guides International set the highest standards for safety in all areas that we operate. In Baja, we have a support skiff with us at all times, have emergency contact via cell phone, carry expedition first aid kits, practice the highest level of sanitation, and provide medically trained American guides on all trips.
DATES/PRICES: Please see our schedule for current dates and prices information about Baja kayaking.