4-16 People
Group Size
Moderately Strenuous


Activities: Sea kayaking, snorkeling (including with friendly sea lions), hiking, fishing and turtle release (on late October & November trips only). Snorkeling with whale sharks is also included on October, November, March and possibly early April trips, dependent on weather and presence. Possible whale sightings (humpback, blue and fin) on March and April trips.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights: 5 nights camping, 2 nights hotel
Begins and Ends in La Paz
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
Approximate: min/max distances per day 5-12 miles.

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Espiritu Santo Island is the quintessential paddling paradise! We combined this with some of Baja’s extraordinary marine wildlife for the journey of a lifetime. Paddle, hike, fish, snorkel with whale sharks (October through mid-March, presence and weather permitting), sea lions and tropical fish and release sea turtle hatchlings into the Pacific (October, November and December) or witness humpback, fin or blue whales (March and April) and manta rays flying from the sea’s surface!

This extraordinary, desert island national park has over 20 white sand beaches, volcanic cliffs with towering cactus all surrounded by the wildlife rich waters of the Sea of Cortez. Kayaking and camping along the shores of this island paradise allow us the opportunity to explore ancient archeological sites, canyons adorned with hanging fig trees, freshwater wells, classic desert arroyos, prime fishing holes as well as snorkel among friendly sea lions and tropical fish. Weather permitting we’ll attempt to paddle its unique east coast of sheer rock walls, caves and towering spires.

This is the perfect escape for the novice to advanced sea kayaker seeking some scenic paddling combined with snorkeling, hiking and fishing. Our skiff-supported trips allow our professional guides some flexibility in providing each participant the level appropriate activity they desire in a flexible and relaxed environment. If you want a challenging day of paddling, they’ll provide you with that experience. If you prefer to take a day off from paddling and want to snorkel, hike or hang at camp that can also be arranged!

We will camp on 2 to 3 beautiful white sand beaches while exploring this island paradise. Our motorized support skiffs are used to carry heavy equipment from camp to camp so your kayaks are light and easy to paddle. The motorized skiffs also come in handy to pick up tired paddlers (we throw your kayak on a roof rack). We also use the skiffs to take folks snorkeling with whale sharks and sea lions or for opportunistic whale watching in the spring months when a whale spout is spotted off shore.

There is no other island in the Sea of Cortez quite like Espiritu Santo! If you love to camp at the water’s edge, paddle, snorkel and/or hike and fish while enjoying a spectacularly scenic national park with abundant wildlife, this truly is your dream vacation!


Day 1

Arrive in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico and check into our hotel, Posada LunaSol. Evening on your own to explore La Paz and dine at one of its many fine restaurants. 

Day 2

Breakfast at our poolside cafe for a meet and greet with your guides and other fellow passengers. Pick up of rental gear, orientation and loading of boats. Transfer by boat to the island of Espiritu Santo with possible whale shark snorkeling en-route, (fall through early spring, weather and whale shark presence permitting). Lunch upon arrival at camp with camp and kayak orientation followed by paddling in the bay. B/L/D 

Day 3-6

Guided kayak, snorkel and hiking excursions are offered daily as our guides and crew choose the best activities each day in accordance with your desires, abilities and the weather. We’ll move camp some days and over night on 2-3 beaches and attempt paddling the island’s east coast calm seas permitting. Other guided activities from the various camps include hiking, fishing in the mornings 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

October through December trips: After breakfast we transfer back to La Paz by motorized boat, with possible whale shark snorkeling en-route IF not able to do this on day 2, (fall through early spring, weather and whale shark presence permitting). Check into the hotel upon arrival in La Paz late morning. Take a few hours to shower and eat lunch while exploring this lovely seaside town with a stroll along the Malecon (waterfront boardwalk). Late afternoon departure for Todos Santos for the sea turtle release at sunset (on Oct, Nov and Dec trips only) and return to La Paz that evening. B

March through April trips: Depending on the presence of whale sharks we may leave camp after breakfast and snorkel with the sharks en-route back to La Paz (IF we were NOT able to do this on day 2) OR stay on the island for a morning activity of paddling or snorkeling, lunch at camp then return to La Paz early afternoon. B/L


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 and presence of wildlife. Snorkeling with whale sharks is completely weather dependent (calm seas are necessary) and wildlife predictability so this activity will depend on the weather and presence of sharks on the days and time we have scheduled to do this. We will attempt to provide you with at least one encounter of snorkeling with whale sharks when they are present (in general this is from October through mid to late March, sometimes even into April).

Upon the chance the port is closed due to high winds and we can not get a group to the island on departure day we will provide a land based activity for this day.

Tour Calendar for Island Kayaking & Marine Wildlife (8 days)

Tour DatesDescriptionRate
Oct 20 - Oct 27, 20187 nights
Oct 28 - Nov 4, 20187 nights
Nov 3 - Nov 10, 20187 nights
Nov 11 - Nov 18, 20187 nights
Nov 17 - Nov 24, 20187 nights
Nov 25 - Dec 2, 20187 nights
Mar 17 - Mar 24, 20197 nights
Mar 24 - Mar 31, 20197 nights
(Private Charter)
Mar 31 - Apr 7, 20197 nights
Apr 6 - Apr 13, 20197 nights
Apr 14 - Apr 21, 20197 nights
Apr 20 - Apr 27, 20197 nights

What's Included

La Paz airport/hotel transfers, 2 nights hotel accommodations and 5 nights camping based on double occupancy, all meals as noted on the itinerary, purified drinking water with powder drink mixes and an evening cocktail while at camp. Community camp equipment including kayaks and associated equipment, tents, motorized skiffs, captains, guides and crew/cooks.


What's Not Included

Airfare, meals on travel days to and from Baja, 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, wet suits (available for rent in Baja) and guide gratuities.