6-18 people
Group Size

Activities: Sea kayaking, snorkeling (including with friendly sea lions), nature walks, fishing. Possible whale sightings (humpback, blue and fin) are possible 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 accommodation fee: $200 single hotel and walk-in tent – Limit 4 per trip / shared hotel and single walk-in tent $125 / single hotel and shared walk-in tent $150.
Approximate min/max paddling distances:5-15 miles per day. Please note this is an approximation and can vary greatly dependent on the winds, time of year and group size. During the fall months of October and November, following the rainy season, some beaches are undesirable for camping due to bugs but fine for spring trips. Other beaches are small and can only accommodate smaller groups of 6-10 people.

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Come experience all the wildness and beauty of the remote islands in the Southern Sea of Cortez on this unique journey! Explore the three islands of Espiritu Santo, San Jose and San Francisquito with 6 days of camping, paddling, snorkeling and fishing along their shores. This is an itinerary like no other with combining some of our favorite places into one comprehensive sea kayaking trip. Our crew grew up in this area and will literally take you on a journey through their “back yard”!

We will explore the best snorkeling areas around the islands where you’ll find abundant tropical fish, friendly sea lions and possibly even the largest fish to inhabit the ocean, the docile whale shark. Visits to local fishing communities will give you an opportunity to potentially meet some of our crew’s family and sample their incredible hand made tortillas. San Jose island features a mangrove estuary for a unique kayak tour while San Francisquito Island presents beautiful ridges for hiking with vistas of the clear blue ocean below where whales, dolphins and mantas can be spotted swimming by. Then there is the jewel of the Sea of Cortez, Espiritu Santo Island, with its turquoise bays and white sand beaches surrounded by volcanic cliffs.

Time will be spent as evenly as possible between the 3 islands depending on the winds and waves with the idea to camp on 2 to 4 different beaches. Days exploring these islands will be full of kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and fishing with nights spent sleeping in our comfortable mobile camp under brilliant starry skies.

Come join us on this exciting tour visiting what we believe are some of the Southern Sea of Cortez’s most wild and scenic regions…


Day 1

Arrive in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico and check into our hotel, The 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 (served from 7 to 9am) then meet your guide at the hotel lobby for orientation and the pick up of rental gear and PFD’s (time will be given in hotel welcome letter). Transfer by boat to the island of Espiritu Santo. Lunch upon arrival at camp with camp and kayak orientation followed by paddling in the bay. Happy hour and dinner, overnight first beach camp. B/L/D 

Day 3-6

Depending on the winds our guides will present a plan with moving camp to the other islands of San Jose and San Francisquito. At each island we’ll offer guided kayak excursions, snorkeling, nature walks or hikes and fishing excursions. The daily routine our guides and crew choose will be the best activity in accordance with the weather and your desires or abilities. They will choose the optimal days for snorkeling with the sea lions interspersed with paddling camp to camp, nature walks and snorkeling other spots. You will camp on 2-4 different beaches. Please note this itinerary can vary greatly dependent on the winds, time of year and group size. During the fall months of October and November, following the rainy season, some beaches are undesirable for camping due to bugs but fine for spring trips. Other beaches are small and can only accommodate smaller groups of 6-10 people. Fishing excursions by boat will be offered each morning and some evenings for those interested. B/L/D


Day 7

Enjoy a pleasant paddle or morning nature walk with the guides, early lunch at camp then transfer back to La Paz by boat arriving mid-day. Check into the hotel upon arrival in La Paz and enjoy a nice shower and relaxing afternoon enjoying this lovely seaside town, dinner on your own at one of La Paz’s many fine restaurants and overnight in hotel. 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 the presence of wildlife. Snorkeling with whale sharks is completely weather dependent (calm seas are necessary) so this activity will depend on the weather and presence of sharks when passing their feeding ground on our way to or return from Espiritu Santo Island. We will attempt to provide you with at least one encounter of snorkeling with whale sharks when they are present and the weather is calm during trips 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 Sea of Cortez Sampler (8 days)

Tour DatesDescriptionRate
Nov 17 - Nov 24, 20247 nights
Nov 23 - Nov 30, 20247 nights
(Private Charter)
Mar 23 - Mar 30, 20257 nights
Apr 13 - Apr 20, 20257 nights
May 4 - May 11, 20257 nights
(Private Charter)

What's Included

Two nights hotel accommodations and 5 nights camp accommodations complete with small walk-in nylon tents, cots, pads and pillows 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, airport transfers, 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.