"The island itself is spectacular. One of the best places I've ever visited. A cruise in the Galapagos was comparable, but I'd rate this trip much better. The staff was also extremely friendly and helpful."
--Charles Holum, Espiritu Santo
"This is a note to say how much we enjoyed our quick trip to Magdalena Bay. Everyone on your staff was enthusiastic, positive, informative and helpful. Marco was a wonderful guide; Mingo a seasoned boat driver and whale spotter; Miguel a careful and attentive van driver."
--Douglass Bradshaw, Magdalena Bay Whale Watching Overnight Trip
"The food was amazing. Every meal was exceptional. All of the camp staff worked very hard to please us in every way. Both guides were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Thank you for providing a great experience!!"
--Stan Knudsen, Espiritu Santo
"Chuy is an amazing cook. We had three vegetarians in the group, so being left with seafood was a pleasure to us all. A very well done event. Our thanks!"
--Bethany Koenig, Magdalena Bay Quick Getaway

Camps and Meals

Sea of Cortez trips

Skiff-supported moving camps (includes Island Hopping, Baja Coast and Espiritu Santo trips)

We camp on gravel and sand beaches on the waters edge along the coast and islands of Baja with the mountains and flora of the Southern Sonoran Desert as backdrop. A large kitchen tent is set up by our staff and used for cooking. A shade tarp is set up for taking breaks from the sun. Chairs are provided, but no dining tables. Quality 4-person crawl-in nylon dome tents are provided for double occupancy. A solar shower is set up on the beach at each camp for rinsing off the salt after you bathe in the sea with biodegradable soap. The toilet is a self-contained porta-potty that uses water to flush. It is placed in a secluded spot at each camp. It is available from when you arrive until you depart and is emptied daily.

Espiritu Santo Island base camps (includes Espiritu Santo Quick Getaway and Combination Trips)

We camp on a white sand beach sandwiched between a shallow, protected bay and the towering cactus of the Southern Sonoran Desert. Large kitchen and dining tents are provided complete with dining tables and chairs for protection from the sun and wind and feature solar-powered lighting in the evenings. A large tarp provides additional shade on the beach. High quality 4-person crawl-in nylon dome tents are provided for double occupancy. For the months of Dec, Jan, Feb through the first week of March we provide walk-in canvas tents with cots and pads included on all Espiritu Santo base camp trips. A private solar shower area is set up for rinsing off salt after you bathe in the sea with biodegradable soap. The toilets are self-contained porta-potties that flush with water. They are set up in private stalls behind camp and emptied daily.

Self-supported Espiritu Santo Island trips

We camp on white sand beaches along the west coast of Espiritu Santo Island between the shallow, protected bays and towering cactus of the Southern Sonoran Desert. Our guides cook fantastic meals on the beach. A shade tarp is provided, but no chairs or dining tables. High quality 4-person crawl-in nylon dome tents are provided for double occupancy and 2-person tents are used for single occupancy. Small porta-potties are used for toilets and are set up in a secluded area near camp.

Magdalena Bay Whale Watching base camp (includes Magdalena Bay Quick Getaway and Combination Trips)

We camp on the lee side of Magdalena, a barrier island on the Pacific coast of the Baja Peninsula. Nestled in sand dunes, our camp faces the bay and often provides a great view of whales and dolphins as they swim by. A small mangrove estuary is a 15-minute paddle from camp and provides a peaceful kayaking experience while you observe its abundant bird life. The Pacific Ocean is a 20-minute walk across the majestic windswept sand dunes and provides the lovely sound of waves caressing the beach 24 hours a day. The kitchen and dining area is comprised of large MASH-style wall tents that offer protection from the sun and the wind. The tents are furnished with tables and chairs for eating or relaxing, and feature solar-powered lighting in the evenings. Our guides give presentations here on the local ecology and the biology of the gray whale. Some chaise lounges offer the opportunity for sun bathing on the beach. Solar sun showers are available for showering in private shower stalls. Large (10'x12') walk-in canvas tents are provided for sleeping accommodations, each complete with two cots, sleeping pads and tables. These tents are provided for double occupancy. Smaller backpacking-style tents may be used for singles. The toilets are self-contained porta-potties that flush with water. They are set up in private stalls behind camp and emptied daily.

Meals

All skiff-supported trips

Our talented staff does the cooking but you are welcome to lend a hand at any time. It's a great way to practice your Spanish and learn some Mexican cooking secrets!

Meals are a combination of the best of Mexican and American traditions using fresh local ingredients. Breakfasts start with rich Mexican coffee, juice and tea. A typical breakfast might include fresh fruit with yogurt, eggs a la Mexicana with tortillas and beans, banana pancakes and bacon, or chilaquiles (corn tortillas in a rich, mild salsa with cheese and beans). Lunches include homemade soups, fresh salads or deli sandwiches all served with whole wheat bread or tostadas and cookies. Sunset each evening is celebrated with "happy hour." One evening, you might have ice cold freshly squeezed lime margaritas made with 100% agave tequila, or fresh pineapple and coconut laden piña coladas accompanied by guacamole or salsa with chips, popcorn or freshly caught "catch of the day" ceviche. Our typical dinners might include handmade tamales, fresh fish Veracruz style (in fresh tomato sauce with garlic, onion, black olives and mild local green chile), chicken mole or fajitas, fish, shrimp and/or grilled steak tacos accompanied by guacamole and a variety of salsas served with salad, rice, potatoes or beans and fresh, warm tortillas. Dinners are completed with home made flan, Baja lime pie or a cake baked in a dutch oven surrounded by hot coals nestled in the sand.

The skiffs allow us to bring large blocks of ice so we're able to store fresh produce, dairy products and meats and indulge in luxuries such as ice cold drinks. You will have the opportunity to purchase your own favorite beer or soft drink prior to leaving for camp and our crew will ice your daily choice of beverage in the drink cooler each day during the trip. We also bring plenty of purified fresh water and powdered energy drink mixes for staying well hydrated. Special diets are not a problem as we are stocked with a wide variety of produce, dairy products, grains, meats and tofu for vegetarians.

Self-supported trips

Our talented crew does the cooking but you are welcome to lend a hand at any time. It's a great way to practice your Spanish and learn some Mexican cooking secrets!

Meals are a combination of the best of Mexican and American traditions using fresh local ingredients. Breakfasts start with rich Mexican coffee, juice and tea. A typical breakfast might include fresh fruit with yogurt, scrambled eggs with vegetables and cheese and salsa, tortillas and beans, quesadillas or chilaquiles (corn tortillas in a rich, mild salsa with cheese and beans). Lunches consist of deli sandwiches and/or salads served with whole wheat bread or tostadas, and cookies. Our typical dinners might include handmade tamales, fresh fish Veracruz style (in fresh tomato sauce with garlic, onion, black olives and mild local green chile), chicken mole, fajitas, or grilled steak tacos accompanied by guacamole and a variety of salsas served with salad, rice, potatoes or beans and fresh, warm tortillas.

Plenty of fresh water is provided along with powdered drink mixes for staying well hydrated. Special diets are not a problem as we are stocked with a wide variety of produce, grains, meats and tofu for vegetarians.


Sea of Cortez camp


Sea of Cortez tent


Magdalena Bay tent


Interior Magdalena Bay tent


Port-a-potty


Sea of Cortez fresh water rinse


Fresh veggies and seafood