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Baja Wildlife Tour 2020 - 11 days

Baja Wildlife Tour 2020 - 11 days

POS: ITBT2020
1929.00

Call us on +353 28 21058 for information or to book this trip!

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, and possibly humpback and blue whales.

This trip includes 4 hotel nights in La Paz and 6 glamping style camping nights, three on the magnificent sand dunes of Santa Domingo Island in the Pacific. We also camp on Espiritu Santo Island, an Unesco Marine Nature Reserve in the Sea of Cortez. The camping is very comfortable with army style tents you can stand up in, cots with sleeping pads, cocktail hour and camp cooks who pride themselves in their culinary skills! After three 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.

  • Dates: 27th February - 8th March 2020
  • Price: €1929 p/p sharing

Suitable for groups or individuals.

No previous kayaking experience necessary. Average fitness level required. Fully supported trip using double kayaks.

  • Begins and ends in - La Paz
  • Number of Guides /crew to clients- 1:4
  • Minimum age - 16

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. 

Disclaimer

Price

TRIP PRICE includes:

All activities, all meals while on the expedition, three nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, camping, end of tour dinner, all kayaking equipment, all kayaking instruction and guiding

NOT INCLUDED:

Airfare, lunches and dinners in La Paz (except for final dinner), sleeping bags,pads, snorkel equipment (all of which can be rented in La Paz),

EXTRA COSTS:

Single supplement for a single hotel room and tent at camp €225. Sleeping bags and pads (€20), Single Kayak €50. Snorkel equipment (€15) and wetsuits (€15) are available for rent in La Paz or you are welcome to bring your own.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

The deposits are non-refundable and there are no refunds for clients cancelling less than 30 days prior to trip departure once final payment has been made. 

Itinerary

Day 1

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.

Day 2,3,4

We begin our wildlife odyssey with a transfer to the Pacific coast, 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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

Today we will journey out of the bay to spend some time snorkelling with whale sharks, a truly awesome experience. The rest of the day is free for exploring La Paz. Overnight Posada Luna Sol hotel.

Day 7,8,9

We will continue our wildlife 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 rays, 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.

Day 10

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 hosted by Jim and Maria Kennedy, and perhaps have a margarita or two!

Day 11

Airport transfer and departure. Sad goodbyes and promises of "we will be back”.

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La Paz

The seaside city of La Paz is the perfect blend of tourism and local culture. Unlike Cabo San Lucas, Xtapa or Cancun, La Paz is NOT just a string of luxury resorts clustered along white sand beaches catering to tourists. In La Paz (population around 250,000) you’ll find Mexican families, Latin lovers, trend setting teens and tourists alike enjoying a stroll along the waterfront boardwalk known as the Malecon. This tiled boardwalk sports a variety of sculptures stretching 2 miles from east to west along the Sea of Cortez.

Our hotel Posada LunaSol and the Mar Y Aventuras office is conveniently located behind the Marina La Paz only two blocks from the west end of this picturesque sea side walk where you’ll find the perfect blend of culture, art, music, food, drink, fun and beauty. On your visit with us don’t miss a stroll, run or bicycle ride under the palm tree lined Malecon.

Whether you’re in La Paz for a day or week there is plenty to see and do in and around this safe, friendly, scenic, bay side city on the edge of the Sea of Cortez.

Magdalena Bay

On the Pacific side of the peninsula is the 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. Once in Mexico’s protected bays, the whales are safe from their predators, the orcas and large sharks. They are also now under the protection of a natural reserve.

Between December and March they can be seen in their hundreds, as they frolic 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!

We will also kayak in nearby mangrove estuaries teaming with birdlife. You can see brown and white pelicans, frigate birds, ring-billed gulls, herons, egrets.

Espiritu Santo Island

For three nights and four days we will be on Espiritu Santo, an island in The Sea of Cortez, which is a Marine Nature Reserve. We will be swimming with sea lions, snorkelling 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.

FAQs

What makes this tour unique?

We, your group leaders, will facilitate and take care of you in every way possible. We are excited to share 20 years worth of knowledge and experience in this uniquely special place, one of our favourite corners of the Earth. We will also advise you on your kayaking technique. i.e. forward paddling, rescues, correction strokes, so that 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.

What weather can I expect?

The temperatures in February/March vary from around 10°C at night to 20°C - 26°C by day. It rarely rains, but can be windy at times. Water temperatures are 15°C - 20°C. The weather in Magdalena Bay on the Pacific Coast can be windy and chilly although calm, sunny days are common.

The sleeping bags provided are warm and extra blanket and pillow are supplied.

Toilet facilities at camp

There are two private tents in camp with portable toilets. Meticulously clean and fresh smelling, they bear no resemblance to typical outhouses.

How physically demanding are the trips?

The physical demands of each trip varies as can the conditions day to day. In general no previous kayaking or camping experience is required for any of our trips because all our guided trips are accompanied by motorized support skiffs. If you get tired OR uncomfortable just hop in the boat and your kayak goes onto the top rack. To ensure a more pleasant experience for yourself we do recommend you have at least some experience in a kayak prior to this trip. We are happy to take you out on “Baja training trips” in West Cork.

What other activities are included in this trip?

You will have opportunities to snorkel, swim, go for beach walks and short desert hikes, do some fishing, bird watching, stargazing, and exploring.

What happens if there is an emergency on the trip?

The guides are certified WFR (Wilderness First Responder) professionals and carry an extensive first aid kit recommended by the Wilderness First Aid Association. All of the trips are accompanied by motorized skiff, so in case of serious injury, evacuation by skiff will be arranged. Patients will be transported to a hospital in La Paz. Guides and crew members have cell phones and marine band radios on hand.

 

Additional information:

Health Information

The country of Mexico, including Baja, has a high incidence of Hepatitis A, a contagious liver disease. While all precautionary steps are taken at the hotel and on the trips, for complete protection it is recommended get vaccinated for Hepatitis A.. Check with your doctor for more information.

As of November 2016, there have been less than 10 reported cases of Zika in Baja. We always recommend insect repellent or insect repellent clothing. Mosquitoes in Baja are known to carry Dengue fever and we encourage you to take steps to avoid getting bitten, both in town and on the island. Fortunately, mosquitoes aren’t too plentiful most of our winter season or tenacious and deterrents are very effective.

Delays

If you are delayed en-route to Baja please notify Atlantic Sea Kayaking directly through email info@atlanticseakayaking.com, or by phone Jim (0866065973) or Maria (0876556491).

Atlantic Sea Kayaking is not responsible for any costs incurred due to delays that may occur due to transportation (airline), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies for which we are unable to control.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that you purchase personal travel insurance.

 

Reading List

Field Guides

  • *A Field Guide to the Common and Interesting Plants of Baja California – Jeanette Coyle
  • *Field Guide to the Birds of North America, by The National Geographic Society – Jon Dunn and Erik Blom
  • OR, Birds of North America, Golden Guide
  • *Sierra Club Handbook to Cetaceans – Steve Leatherwood
  • *Marine Animals (includes fish and invertebrates) of Baja California – Daniel Gotshall
  • *Fishes of the Pacific Coast – Gar Goodson

Natural History and Travel

  • Almost an Island, Travels in Baja California – Bruce Berger
  • A Desert Country Near the Sea – Ann Zwinger
  • The Log of the Sea of Cortez – John Steinbeck
  • Miraculous Air

Adventure

  • Baja Adventure Book – Walt Peterson
  • Into a Desert Place – Graham Mackintosh
  • *Sea Kayaking in Baja – Andromeda Romano-Lax

Sport Fishing

  • The Baja Catch – Neil Kelly and Gene Kira

Fiction

  • The Pearl – John Steinbeck
  • The Girl of the Sea of Cortez – Peter Benchley

Whale Watching

  • *Field Guide to the Gray Whale – The Oceanic Society
  • Friendly Whales – Roy Nickerson
  • Delicate Art of Whale Watching – Joan McIntyre
  • *Pod of Gray Whales – Francois Gohier
  • Eye of the Whale – Rick Russell

Maps

Baja Almanac – Detailed Topographic Maps

Sea of Cortez Paddling Charts – For ordering info call us at 1-800-355-7140

For Fun

  • Spanish Lingo for the Savvy Gringo – Reid
  • Mexican Slang Guide – Robinson

*Books included at the camp library.

"One of the most magical experiences you can have anywhere in the world"

The Irish Times

Testimonials

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.

NewZealandMidWife , New Zealand

Kayaking the Irish Sea by moonlight on the summer solstice and watching the water light up beneath my fingertips was absolutely magical.

Taylor E, East Hartford, Connecticut

Great instructor (who gave us pointers for kayak purchase) great experience. 100%recommended for all levels of water confidence.

Stephen Duffy, Navan, Ireland

We spent 3 hours in the water and had a great time. Would definitely do this again.

Liam Springwell, Cork

Great fun day out for friends & families. Very safe for children and spectacular views on your trip. We really enjoyed it.

Conal Granite, Cork

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.

Jill T, Cardiff, United Kingdom

An excellent instructor but also just a great guy to have chats and banter with. We all left with a massive grĂ¡ for Cork, for kayaking and for roll neck aran jumpers!

Katie G, Wexford, Ireland

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.

Justin D

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