Baja Wildlife Extravagnaza: Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching

/Baja Wildlife Extravagnaza: Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching

Baja Wildlife Extravagnaza: Whale Watching & Sea Kayaking

2019 Tour Dates: Jan 25 – Feb 4 (10 nights), Feb 1-11 (10 nights)

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This is the ONLY time of year you can combine these extraordinary wildlife phenomenas for the most comprehensive Baja Adventure of all time! Snorkel with whale sharks and sea lions, release sea turtle hatchlings into the ocean and observe Pacific Gray Whales and abundant bird life all while enjoying activities such as sea kayaking, hiking and fishing.

Join us for the most extraordinary wildlife encounters and stunning scenery on this journey! We will bring you to both coasts of Baja including the beautiful Espiritu Santo Island in the Sea of Cortez as well as the remote shores of Magdalena Bay and Todos Santos on the Pacific Coast.

Get your snorkel gear ready because on the boat ride to Espiritu Santo Island we’ll take you to the whale shark feeding area to observe the world’s largest fish (a toothless, plankton feeding shark). Weather permitting you’ll have the chance to snorkel with these gentle giants. Our boats will then take you to a beautiful white sand beach where you’ll settle into our luxury sea view base camp on Espiritu Santo Island. From here you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel with sea lions and tropical fish and paddle below the island’s stunning volcanic cliffs. Upon return to La Paz we’ll take you to a beach north of Todos Santos to participate in releasing baby sea turtles into the ocean as part of a local turtle conservation organization.

In Magdalena Bay you’ll observe gray whales up close from locally operated boats twice daily as they frolic in the bay. In many cases you can observe the whales from your tent just in front of our luxury bay view base camp set high on the dunes. Other opportunities for exploring this unique area include paddling among the rich bird life of the mangrove estuaries and beach combing along and coastline of this remote Pacific Barrier Island.

We’ve put this trip together especially for the active, outdoor enthusiast who loves wildlife and wants to interact with as much of it as possible all on one trip to Baja! This truly is a one of a kind, comprehensive Baja journey!

2019 Price: $1595 pp for 10 nights

Price Includes:
  • La Paz airport/hotel transfers
  • 4 nights hotel stays
  • 6 nights at two different luxury base camps including tents, cots, pads, & pillows
  • All meals as noted on the itinerary
  • Expert naturalist guide & kayak instruction provided
  • Purified drinking water & evening cocktails at camp
  • Transportation to camps
  • National Park Fees
  • Motorized skiffs, captains, guides, and crew/cooks
  • Community camp equipment including kayaks and associated equipment, tents
Price Does Not Include:

Airfare, meals on travel days to and from Baja or in town, beer, wine or soft drinks (there will be an option to purchase these and we will provide coolers with ice for storing them at camp), personal gear such as sleeping bags, snorkel gear, wet suits (available for rent) and guide gratuities.

Single accommodation fee: $250 single hotel and canvas walk-in tent – Limit 2 per trip.* Shared hotel and single canvas walk-in tent $125 / shared hotel and single small crawl in tent $50 / Single hotel and single crawl-in tent $200.

* No previous kayaking experience is necessary, as we will be teaching all of the skills needed to paddle in this area. Our base camp is gorgeous and sunset watching will be a lifetime memory!

This tour will be a time of discovery and fun in the unique environments of the Sea of Cortez and Magdalena Bay. Each day you can choose from a variety of activities like paddling, hiking, whale watching, and snorkling to help build your appetite for a delicious dinner and relaxed evening. Our naturalist will provide interesting talks on the local flora and fauna of the area, and the resident coyotes may even serenade us as the stars blaze above. This is the experience of a lifetime!

Tour Difficulty

  • Rating: Easy – Moderate. We provide instruction in both double and single kayaks throughout the trip.
  • Approximate paddling distance per day: 1-8 miles

Tour Highlights

  • Multi-activity emphasis
  • Snorkeling with friendly sea lions & whale sharks (weather permitting)
  • Whale Watching
  • Kayaking in Mangrove Estuaries
  • Dune Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Great for families!

“I could not have asked for a better trip. I have been grinning for days since my return. Thank you for a great memory.”

~ Jackie T.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive La Paz, overnight Hotel Posada LunaSol. Enjoy exploring this lovely seaside city. Our hotel reception can recommend things to do and places to eat.

Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Espiritu Santo Island (ESI) luxury sea kayak (possible snorkeling with whale sharks en-route weather permitting) or Magdalena Bay (MB) whale watch camp. Activities at camp. B/L/D 

Day 3 – 4

Activities at ESI camp include sea kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and fishing. Activities at MB camp include whale watching from skiffs, sea kayaking in mangrove estuaries and hiking the coast and dunes of the barrier island. B/L/D

Day 5

Morning activities at camp (whale watching in MB or snorkeling with whale sharks en-route back from ESI) then return to La Paz, overnight Hotel Posada LunaSol. B/L 

Day 6

Breakfast at hotel cafe then depart shortly after for a morning of snorkeling with whale sharks, weather permitting. Mid-day free to nap or explore La Paz then late afternoon departure to Todos Santos (1 hr 15 minutes) for turtle hatchling release at sunset and dinner on your own. B

Day 7

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Espiritu Santo Island (ESI) luxury sea kayak (possible snorkeling with whale sharks weather permitting) or Magdalena Bay (MB) whale watch camp. Activities at camp. B/L/D 

Day 8 -9

Activities at ESI camp include sea kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and fishing. Activities at MB camp include whale watching from skiffs, sea kayaking in mangrove estuaries and hiking and beach combing along the coast of this remote barrier island. B/L/D 

Day 10

Morning activities at camp (whale watching in MB or snorkeling with whale sharks en route back from ESI) then return to La Paz, overnight Hotel Posada LunaSol. B/L

Day 11

Depart La Paz

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