Southern Baja

Sea Kayaking Espiritu Santo Island

About the Trip

Our Espiritu Santo Island Circumnavigation Trip is the quintessential, classic Baja sea kayaking trip for paddlers looking for a challenging kayaking experience and wanting to get a glimpse of this island's spectacular east coast. This desert island paradise has over 20 white sand beaches with shallow bays of turquoise waters gently sloping toward giant cactus along the west coast and towering cliffs dropping into deep, blue waters along the east coast.

Kayaking and camping along the shores of this island paradise, an attempt to circumnavigate it, allow us the opportunity to explore ancient archeological sites, canyons adorned with hanging fig trees, freshwater wells, classic desert arroyos, prime fishing holes, snorkel among friendly sea lion pups and tropical fish as well as paddle its unique east coast of sheer rock walls.

This is the perfect escape for the novice to advanced sea kayaker seeking to challenge their paddling skills with the goal of circumnavigating this 12 mile long and 6 mile wide island. Our goal on this trip is to paddle south at the base of the extraordinarily steep cliffs of the east coast ending up on the beautiful 3-mile long Bonanza beach on the south east coast of the island, weather permitting of course. Our professional guides evaluate each participant's paddling and fitness abilities to provide the appropriate activities accordingly so each person can paddle, hike and/or snorkel to their desire in a flexible and relaxed environment.

We will camp on 2 to 3 beautiful white sand beaches, depending on the weather, while exploring the island. Motorized, support skiffs are used to carry heavy equipment from camp to camp so your kayaks are light and easy to paddle. While kayaking, one skiff will accompany the group for safety or to accommodate tired paddlers with a ride, yet remains out of earshot so you'll forget it's even there while enjoying the serenity of the island. The motorized skiffs also come in handy when a whale blow is sighted in the distance for a speedy ride out to opportunistically whale watch in the spring months or for transport to distant snorkeling and fishing "hot spots".

There is no other island in the Sea of Cortez like Espiritu Santo! It is truly a paddler's dream, offering unique scenic beauty combined with abundant wildlife viewed from above and below the water's surface.

Trip Details

Duration 8 days, 7 nights: 5 nights camping, 2 nights hotel
Activities Sea kayaking, snorkeling (including the friendly sea lions), hiking and fishing
Begins in La Paz (LAP)
Ends in La Paz (LAP)
Group size Minimum 4, Maximum 16
Number of guides/crew 2-6
Minimum age 8 - This is a generalization of age appropriateness for this trip, but please note we make exceptions depending upon your child's personal experience.
Single supplement fee $100 hotel and tent, $25 for tent only and shared hotel
Sea kayak rating moderately strenuous
Approximate min/max
distances per day
5-12 miles


Day 1 Arrive in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Evening on your own to explore La Paz and dine at one of its many fine restaurants.
Day 2 Breakfast at hotel. Pick up rental gear and transfer by boat to the island of Espiritu Santo (approximately 2 hours). Lunch upon arrival at camp. During lunch we will give a camp orientation followed by sea kayak instruction and paddling. B/L/D
Days 3-6 Guided kayak excursions of 5-12 miles are offered daily as our guides and crew lead you around the island in an attempt to circumnavigate it. We'll move camp most days over-nighting on a variety of beaches with one or two layovers depending upon the winds. Other guided activities from the various camps include hiking, fishing and skiff excursions to nearby snorkeling "hot spots" including a sea lion rookery where we join these graceful creatures, swimming alongside them while enjoying their playful and curious nature first hand. B/L/D
Day 7 After lunch we transfer back to La Paz by motorized boat, check into the hotel where you can enjoy a hot shower and have time to take a walk into downtown La Paz or an afternoon siesta before meeting for the farewell dinner that evening. B/L/D
Day 8 Travel day for getting to the airport to return home or continuing your trip in Baja.

B/L/D indicates meals included with trip cost.
Although we do our best to adhere to the above itinerary, it is subject to change for reasons beyond our control including weather.

Dates and Rates

Dates Rates  

Mar 25-Apr 1

Apr 8-15





La Paz airport/hotel transfers, 2 nights hotel accommodation based on double occupancy, all meals from breakfast day 2 through a farewell dinner in town the last evening of the trip, purified drinking water with powder drink mixes and an evening cocktail. Community camp equipment including kayaks and associated equipment, tents, motorized skiffs, captains, guides and crew/cooks.

Not included:

Airfare, meals on travel days to and from Baja, Loreto airport/hotel transfers, beer or soft drinks (there will be an option to purchase these and we will provide coolers with ice for storing them at camp), personal gear such as sleeping bags, pads, snorkel gear and wet suits (available for rent in Baja) and guide gratuities.

Accommodation Single Supplement:

If traveling single a single supplement fee usually applies. This fee varies by trip. You can find this fee by clicking the trip details tab.

* Discounted trips
Trip full