"Kudos and great thanks to Mar y Aventuras for providing an excellent adventure for me and my group of friends! Our chartered trip to celebrate my 50th birthday with fourteen friends was enjoyed by all! Carlos and Miguel were excellent guides, the crew was outstanding, the water warm, the beaches gorgeous, the sea lions friendly, the equipment in excellent condition, the sunsets breathtaking, and they even baked me a gluten-free birthday cake! (Thank-you, the diet accommodation was a huge relief for me!) This particular trip was challenging for guides and crew due to some weather conditions but we were still entertained, fed, and kept out of harms way all in a very professional manner. It truly was a magical voyage!"
--Rachel Fiegley, Island hopping, Oct 2009
"Definitely the 'trip of a lifetime.' I have already spent half-an-hour to see if I could find a short trip for Carolyn and I to return! I was worried about waking up for my early flight home but Sergio arranged for a wake-up knock-on-the-door as well as the taxi. Angel's helpfulness and friendliness was appreciated and commented on by those who went fishing. Miguel was so special that I would work a new trip around his availability. He knew exactly how to push and how to wait, and to look out for those of us who came down with something. Marco was great and is a real asset to your group. Confronted with my jest about Canada having Baja join our country, he responded with appropriate and subtle national pride! Thanks for this extraordinary trip!"
--John D. Holt, Combination trip, Feb 2010
Expeditions are 7-10 days long (including your travel days to and from Baja). Hotel accommodations are included at the start and end of the trip. In La Paz, we use our hotel, Posada LunaSol. We offer 8-9 day skiff-supported expeditions to Espiritu Santo Island, the islands between La Paz and Loreto, and along the remote coastline from Loreto to La Paz. We also offer a 7-day self-supported guided trip to Espiritu Santo Island.
During whale watching season (late January, February and early March), we offer our 10-day Combination Trip, which includes both whale watching at Magdalena Bay and kayaking on Espiritu Santo Island.
Quick Getaways are our shorter trips, from 2-5 days in length (not including your travel days to and from Baja). We offer Quick Getaways to our base camp on Espiritu Santo Island and our whale watching base camp on Magdalena Bay during the whale season from late January through early March. While our Quick Getaways do not include hotel accommodations we are happy to make reservations for you at our hotel Posada LunaSol, or you may select a hotel of your choice.
One or more 30-foot motorized skiffs accompany all skiff-supported trips. Having the skiff allows us to carry all gear, luggage, food and beverages (including large coolers with ice for fresh food and cold drinks) and supplies from camp to camp, leaving your kayak light and easy to paddle. Skiffs also offer an additional measure of safety for possible evacuations from remote locations.
This is the original classic sea kayaking trip where all the gear, community and personal, is packed and stowed in the kayaks and carried from camp to camp via your muscle power.
This varies from skiff-supported expeditions to self-supported expeditions and quick getaways so check specific trips for this information.
We offer guided overnight trips from October through May. During the summer months, we offer guided day trips.
We also offer kayak rentals to experienced paddlers all year. For more information visit the rentals page.
For detailed information on getting to your destination in Baja visit the Getting There section of the Planning page.
You can leave extra luggage and other items that you won't need on your trip at our office in a safe storage room.
Kayaking and camping on the Sea of Cortez: Coffee is usually ready between 6:30-7:00 AM and breakfast usually served around 8:00 AM. Folks interested in fishing take off just after coffee is served and return before breakfast. After breakfast, we embark on our morning activity which may include sea kayaking, hiking or snorkeling or combination of any two. We break for lunch anytime from noon to 1:00 PM, enjoy an hour or so of siesta, then embark on our afternoon activity with the same options as the morning. We settle into camp for the night by late afternoon and enjoy happy hour with a cocktail and appetizer at sunset then dinner shortly afterwards. Once the sun has set and dinner is completed with dessert, we enjoy stargazing, entertainment by the guides and crew, or friendly conversations with our fellow traveling companions.
Whale Watching on Magdalena Bay: Coffee is usually ready between 6:30-7:00 AM and breakfast is usually served around 8:00 AM. After breakfast, we embark on our morning activity of whale watching in our 30-foot motorized skiffs for about 2-3 hours. Other choices of activities might include walking along the beautiful beach at our base camp or across the dunes to the Pacific Coast, kayaking into the nearby mangrove estuary, clamming when tides allow, or visiting a local fishing village. We break for lunch anytime from noon to 1:00 PM, enjoy an hour or so of siesta, then embark on our afternoon activity with the same options as the morning. We return to camp for the night by late afternoon and enjoy happy hour with cocktail and appetizer at sunset, followed by dinner shortly afterwards. Once the sun has set and dinner is completed with dessert, we enjoy a presentation by our guides on the ecology of the area and biology of the gray whale, stargazing, or conversations with our fellow traveling companions.
We have a recommended clothing and equipment list on our website. Click here to view and/or print out the list.
Each trip is different as to its physical demands. No previous kayaking or camping experience is required for any of our trips although we recommend you have at least tried kayaking prior to joining one of our more strenuous paddling trips such as the Baja Coast or Espiritu Santo Circumnavigation. It is also a good idea to do some basic physical training before your trip if you are not used to getting much exercise.
There are opportunities for fishing on our kayak trips. Licenses are required and you need to secure these ahead of time through our La Paz office. Visit the Fishing section of the Planning page for instructions on arranging your license.
Air and water temperatures vary month by month. Visit the Weather section of the Planning page to see the approximate temperatures you can expect on your trip.
Portable toilets in secluded locations and washing facilities are set up at each camping location. Your guides will give you basic instructions on their operation.
Our guides are certified WFR (Wilderness First Responder) professionals and carry an extensive first aid kit recommended by the Wilderness First Aid Association. Most all our 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.
We will provide you with a contact number for our office in La Paz, Mexico prior to your trip. If someone needs to reach you, he or she can phone our La Paz office. If is an emergency, our office staff can attempt getting a message to you on the trip as they are in touch with our camps regularly.
For restaurants, shuttle drivers or taxis the gratuity scale in Mexico is much like that in the US at about 10-20% of your payment depending upon the service given. For gratuity guidelines on tipping your guide and crew on a trip visit the Gratuity section of the Planning page.
If traveling single a single supplement fee usually applies. This fee varies by trip. You can find this fee on our website by clicking on the trip you're booking then clicking on the trip details tab.