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Welcome to the wild and undeveloped Baja Peninsula in Mexico, to sea kayak in the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez, and watch the grey whales who have just arrived from Canada. We can expect close encounters with migrating grey whales, humpback and possibly blue whales.
Suitable for groups or individuals.
No previous kayaking experience necessary. Average fitness level required. Fully supported trip using double kayaks.
Sea Kayak rating and approximate min/max distances per day - Easy to moderate, 4 -10 miles. Extra kayaking is available every day if desired.
You will be required to sign a disclaimer on the day of your trip.
The first night we stay in Posada Luna Sol Hotel, a lovely hotel close to the marina on the seafront. We can relax on the rooftop palapa (outdoor room) with a drink and watch the beautiful and exotic Pacific sunset, and then perhaps take a stroll along the Malecon (boardwalk) for a margarita or a cold beer.
We begin our sea-kayaking odyssey with a transfer to the Island of Espiritu Santo, an uninhabited volcanic Island about 5 miles from the mainland. We will be based here for the next four days and three nights. Every day we combine our kayaking exploration with a little kayak learning.
By the end of the trip your personal proficiency will certainly have taken giant steps forward.
We will be camping on the island and the trip is fully supported which means you do not have to carry gear in the kayak. The trip is also fully catered. We will have local guides and cooks with us who will treat us to wonderful Mexican food. We will kayak in some amazing areas and share the seas with dolphins, whales, whale sharks, manta ray, turtles and exotic sea birds and look down on the colorful fish foraging in the blue depths below us. At the tip of the second island, Los Islotes, there is a sea lion colony which is habituated to people, and we will have an opportunity to snorkel amongst them, a truly unforgettable experience.
Transfer back to La Paz after breakfast on the island, and some more time with the marine life. We again overnight in the hotel and enjoy a free night in La Paz.
We will transfer to the Pacific coast the next day, across the desert landscape, stopping off for a taco and chilled beer on the way. A village of osprey nests lets us know that we are approaching the Pacific side of the Peninsula. Here we will be taken by panga (fast boat) out to the whale camp on the sand dune island in Magdalena Bay. We will have daily trips out in the panga to spend time with the grey whales and play with the calves. We will also be swimming, exploring the mangroves by kayak, and the sculpted sand dunes on the sandbar on foot, as well as beach combing in the Pacific Sunset.
After a morning at the whale camp and a fond farewell to the grey whales, we will return to La Paz where we again have a night in the Posada Luna Sol hotel. We will overnight in La Paz, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner together in the evening, and perhaps a margarita or two!
Airport transfer and departure. Sad goodbyes and promises of "we will be back", and secret thoughts of "I cannot wait for my friends at home to see my tan!"
The first part of the trip takes us out to Espirito Santo, an island in The Sea of Cortez, which is a Marine Nature Reserve. We will be swimming with sea lions, snorkeling with whale sharks as well as exploring coral shelves, hiking the dramatic desert landscape and pristine beaches, and witnessing magnificent sunrises and sunsets. We enjoy the best of Mexican food, fresh fish and fruit, cocktail hour,, and much, much more. not to mention waking up to flaming sunrises, pristine beaches, fresh fruit and seafood, beach combing, dune jumping and sipping margaritas at sunset. The camping is very comfortable with cots, cocktail hour and camp cooks who pride themselves in their culinary skills! After four nights camping it is great to get back to the hotel for a shower and a comfy bed, as well as an evening in the colorful, safe, friendly, and very Mexican city of La Paz.
The second part of the trip brings you to the Pacific side of the peninsula, to one of only two
mating and calving grounds for the grey whales who make their way from the Berring Sea to the warm waters of Mexico. Between December and March they can be seen in their hundreds, as they swim with their calves and breech, coming straight up out of the water. The campsite is on a sandbar between the Bay and the Pacific Ocean and the night time noises consist of whale songs and the odd coyote howling at the moon!
The thing that makes our tour so special is that on all of your adventures, we, Jim and Maria Kennedy, will take care of you in every way possible. Jim will also advise you on all aspects of your kayaking technique. i.e. forward paddling, rescues, correction strokes. So by the end of an amazing tour, not only will you have had a great adventure but your personal kayaking proficiency will also have reached new levels of excellence.
Here is a short video of our whale watching in 2014. Thank you Carlos our friend and guide for the video and memories.
Jim and Emily were great guides - both fun and patient - and they ensured we were stayed warm, safe, kept well informed, and were able to enjoy the experience to the maximum.
Kayaking the Irish Sea by moonlight on the summer solstice and watching the water light up beneath my fingertips was absolutely magical.
Great instructor (who gave us pointers for kayak purchase) great experience. 100%recommended for all levels of water confidence.
We spent 3 hours in the water and had a great time. Would definitely do this again.
Great fun day out for friends & families. Very safe for children and spectacular views on your trip. We really enjoyed it.
What a lovely way to spend the morning. I joined a group for a kayaking trip on Lochyne, waterproofs were provided and basic tuition was given where needed.
An excellent instructor but also just a great guy to have chats and banter with. We all left with a massive grá for Cork, for kayaking and for roll neck aran jumpers!
We would highly recommend it to anyone. Jim was very helpful and friendly. We had never been kayaking before and he was a great instructor.