Kayak Rentals Available To Experienced Paddlers
|Item||Full Day||1 night
|Each extra night|
|SB with pad||20||25||30||35/weekly||35/weekly||35/weekly|
|3 Person Tent||20||25||30||40/weekly||40/weekly||40/weekly|
The Espiritu Santo Island National Park charges a $5/person per day fee to visit the island. You can buy permit bracelets for this National Park fee from Mar Y Aventuras or from Semarnat. There is no charge for persons 65 or older.
Motorized boat shuttles from La Paz
For the windy months of Dec, Jan and Feb, we only offer skiff shuttles to Espiritu Santo Island due to safety concerns.
|One way skiff shuttle between La Paz and southern Espiritu Santo Island||$125 (1-2 persons, $25/each additional person)|
|One way skiff shuttle between La Paz and northern Espiritu Santo Island||$150 (1-2 persons, $25/each additional person)|
|One way skiff shuttle to sea lion rookery
(Los Islotes) with drop on Espiritu Santo
|$225 (1-2 persons, $25/each additional person)|
|One way vehicle shuttle between La Paz and Tecolote||$45 (1-2 persons, $10/each additional person)|
|One way vehicle shuttle between La Paz and Punta Coyote (near San Jose Island)||$200 (1-2 persons, $25/each additional person)|
|Driving shuttles to other destinations||.90/mile or.75/kilometer|
|Combinations of any of the above are no problema!|
|Maximum number of persons per skiff or vehicle is 6. With 7 or more another skiff or vehicle is required and the same prices apply. Please be prepared to be flexible when scheduling skiff shuttles, as all shuttle arrangements are subject to change depending on the weather.|
|If you would like us to provide shuttle service to the island but are not renting kayaks from us there is a 25% surcharge on the shuttle cost.|
More Information for Planning Your Trip - Please read ALL this information before confirming your reservation with a credit card.
The most popular destination for kayaking out of La Paz is the spectacular national marine and island park of Espiritu Santo. While we also provide services for self-guided paddlers to San Jose Island and the Baja Coast from Loreto to La Paz these areas are more logistically difficult to access and should be attempted by very experienced kayakers only. Meanwhile Espiritu Santo Island is easily accessed from La Paz and presents an ideal location for paddling with its beautiful white, sand beaches and protected bays as well as wonderful snorkeling.
We provide motorized boat shuttles to Espiritu Santo Island, located 18 miles north of La Paz (shuttles take from 1 to 3 hours depending on the weather) and prices are listed above. Paddling to the island is possible but requires a four-mile open water crossing from Tecolote beach to the island. This section of water is prone to 5-15 foot swells when the wind blows.
A camping guideline booklet for the island of Espiritu Santo is available via email from our La Paz office. Once you make your reservation with them it will be sent to you for your reading information.
There is no fresh potable water on the island and fires are not permitted. There are two "fresh" water wells on the island but they are somewhat saline and would likely damage filters and therefore should be used for showering only. Plan to bring 1 gallon per person per day of fresh water and a stove for cooking. Purified drinking water can be purchased from our office in La Paz ($3 for 5 gallons when you provide your own container) or you can buy one-gallon containers from the grocery store that fit well in the kayaks.
We no longer rent stoves, so you should bring one that burns white gas or uses regular Coleman propane bottles. Stoves are allowed in your checked luggage, but not in your carry on luggage. No fuel is allowed on board the plane. White gas or propane for your stove can be purchased from our office in La Paz. White gas is $5/liter and propane is $8/canister. We also have white gas bottles that are compatible with most MSR or other white gas stoves.
Espiritu Santo Island is a protected conservation area and therefore regulations require you to remove all human waste from the Island and dump it in a proper facility in La Paz. You are required to bring your own container or you can rent one from us. A porta potty for 20 uses is $40 and a 50-use size is $60 for any length of time and includes the dumping service.
Groceries can be purchased in La Paz from one of the many well stocked grocery stores offering a variety of foods both local and from the US. For information on where we are located as well as the location of Chedraui, one of the largest grocery stores in La Paz, go to the maps page and print out the La Paz city map. We also have maps of Espiritu Santo Island and Southern Baja that you can print from out web site. Other maps available for purchase are a laminated color topographical map of Espiritu Santo Island for $12 and a paddling map for the area from Isla Carmen (Loreto) to Espiritu Santo (La Paz) for $10. These can be purchased from our US office before your trip or from Mar Y Aventuras in La Paz.
For inexpensive, friendly and clean accommodations in La Paz we recommend our quaint hotel above Mar Y Aventuras, Posada LunaSol.
October through mid November and mid March through mid May usually provide excellent kayaking conditions in the Sea of Cortez with calm, warm days. Late November, December, January, February through early March is the season of the north winds and may not be so ideal for kayaking, although calm sunny days are common approximately 50% of the time. Late May through early October is extremely hot. Storms can hit the Baja at any time of year and kayakers should be prepared for strong winds and heavy rains at any time.
Approximate Temperatures by Month (in F degrees)
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Reserving Kayaks and Cancellation Policy
Contact our La Paz office by e-mail to request our secure online reservation form for kayak rentals. We offer a 10% discount for rentals between May 1 and September 30. An open credit card voucher is required to cover any loss or damage to the equipment. When paying in La Paz with VISA or MasterCard, there is a 5% surcharge. We accept cash in US dollars or Mexican pesos.
If you cancel one week or less before your reservation, there's a 50% cancellation fee unless we are able to rent your kayaks to another party. Once paid in La Paz, there are no refunds for earlier than scheduled termination of your trip.
If you require a shuttle to the island please include dates and number of people. Please be aware that if the wind blows, shuttles may have to be rescheduled, canceled or require an additional skiff to transport gear and people to the island safely. Due to safety concerns, for the windy months of Dec, Jan and Feb, we only offer skiff shuttles to Espiritu Santo Island, no shuttles to Tecolote.