4-16 People
Group Size
Easy – Moderate

Activities: Kayaking, snorkeling (including friendly sea lions), hiking, fishing, visiting local fishing villages, whale watching (spring trips only).
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights: 6 nights camping, 2 nights hotel
Begins in La Paz and Ends in Loreto
Number of guides/crew: 3-5
Minimum age: 5 – 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: $125 hotel and tent, $25 for tent only and shared hotel.
Approximate min/max distances per day: 4-10 miles

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Day 1

Arrive La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico. Transfer to our hotel, Posada LunaSol where you will receive a welcome letter with information about renting equipment and the procedure for the following morning. Evening on your own to explore La Paz. Consult our in-room notebook for restaurant ideas.

Day 2

Group breakfast and orientation at the Posada LunaSol cafe  with your guides. After fitting PFD’s we transfer to Espiritu Santo Island via boat (1 to 2.5 hours). Lunch upon arrival at camp. Afternoon camp and kayak orientation followed by a short paddle, snorkel or swim. B/L/D

Days 3-7

We motor from island to island in our 30-foot passenger boat and support skiffs with kayaks on top as we travel north to Loreto. Each transfer from camp to camp takes approximately 1 to 3 hours depending on the winds and possible wildlife encounters. Once at each new camp activities include kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and/or fishing. We use from 4 to 5 camps allowing for some layover days. No two trips are ever the same as we often vary the itinerary and camps we use. This variation can be due to weather, a possible encounter with wildlife that causes a delay in getting to a certain place, avoidance of certain beaches following the rainy season due to an abundance of bugs or other unpredictable circumstances.

Our first camp is on the beautiful island of Espiritu Santo where we will visit the sea lion rookery of Los Islotes and snorkel with these friendly, playful creatures. From here we travel north visiting and camping at some of the following places depending on the circumstances mentioned above, San Francisquito Island, the fishing village of El Pardito, Isla San Jose, the red sandstone beach of Puerto Gato on the Baja coast, the small ranching and fishing village of Tembabichi then continuing north to visit Monserrate Island (weather permitting) then onto our last nights camp on Danzante or Carmen Island in the National Marine Park of Loreto. B/L/D


Day 8

Morning option of paddling or snorkeling from our last camp. After lunch, transfer to Puerto Escondido via boat and take a van (45 min.) to Loreto. Check into the hotel. Afternoon on your own to explore the tranquil town of Loreto before our evening farewell dinner. B/L/D

Day 9

Morning on your own, transfer from hotel to airport for flights or stay on in Loreto.

B/L/D indicates meals included with trip cost.
It is of utmost importance you pack light for this trip in particular! We prefer NOT to overload our boats with lots of excess baggage. Bring only what you will use. If you have extra gear you will not need on the trip our re-supply truck can transfer your gear between Loreto and La Paz and have it waiting for you at the hotel in either place. Bring a small to mid-sized duffle (approximately 14x14x24inches or 35x35x60cm) for clothing and personal items. If bringing your own sleeping gear bring another duffle of similar size for your sleeping bag, pad and pillow OR you can combine them into one larger duffle approximately 18x18x35inches or 45x45x90cm. Plus you will want to bring a day-pack for extra clothing, water bottle, sunscreen and camera to have with you daily. Snorkel gear and a wetsuit is yet another bag you may have while on the trip.

Tour Calendar for Island Hopping, La Paz to Loreto (9 days)

Tour DatesDescriptionRate
Mar 17 - Mar 25, 20188 nights
Mar 31 - Apr 8, 20188 nights
Apr 14 - Apr 22, 20188 nights
Apr 28 - May 6, 20188 nights
Oct 13 - Oct 21, 20188 nights
Oct 27 - Nov 4, 20188 nights
(Private Charter)
Nov 10 - Nov 18, 20188 nights

What's Included

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. Transportation to all camps, national park fees, 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, 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.