4-16 People
Group Size
Moderately Strenuous


Activities: Sea kayaking, snorkeling (including the friendly sea lions), hiking and fishing
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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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 (weather permitting), allow us opportunities to explore ancient archeological sites, canyons adorned with hanging fig trees, freshwater wells, classic desert arroyos, prime fishing holes, snorkel among friendly sea lions and tropical fish as well as paddle its unique east coast of sheer rock walls and towering spires.

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 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. 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.


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 

Day 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.

March 2017

25 - Apr 1
Kayaking Espiritu Santo Island Circumnavigation (8 days)


April 2017

8 - 15
Kayaking Espiritu Santo Island Circumnavigation (8 days)


What's Included

La Paz airport/hotel transfers, 2 nights hotel accommodations and 4 nights luxury camp accommodations complete with walk-in tents, cots, pads and pillow 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, snorkel gear, wet suits (available for rent in Baja) and guide gratuities.