Top three reasons to kayak in Baja California Sur
Explore Baja’s coastline, islands, desert, and mountain wilderness
Astonishing biodiversity makes this a natural aquarium
See more by snorkeling and hiking during your downtime
In Baja’s Sea of Cortez, it’s all about the interplay between azure waters, arid deserts and isolated islands. Add kayaking to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for a perfect holiday! Each day you’ll paddle these calm waters between hidden coves, secluded bays, and remote beaches. Along with unforgettable paddling over crystal clear water, you’ll also have time to snorkel amid abundant marine wildlife and hike into the surrounding Sonoran Desert, a hiking wonderland packed with rich flora—most notably the giant Cardon cactus. When the day is over, survey the night sky untouched by light pollution and discharge as you listen to the waves crashing against the shores—there is more to explore tomorrow.
October through May
Your adventure starts in Loreto, Mexico
Choose how you spend your days
Kayaking Adventure in Baja California Sur
Get in touch with nature with an active holiday on the balmy coast of Baja Sur. Spend your days kayaking and snorkeling in the calm Sea of Cortez and hiking in the Sonoran desert and the Giganta mountain. Camp on islands devoid of crowds and enjoy their unspoiled beauty. Sleep under the stars and wake up to the sound of waves on remote beaches. Find an escape from everyday life in Mexico.
Kayaking and Whale Watching in Baja California Sur
This adventure gives you a unique opportunity to combine kayaking with whale watching! Due to specific dates of this tour, there is a chance that you will encounter these magnificent creatures during your daily sea activities, but this adventure also includes an excursion that ensures it. It will take you to the Magdalena Bay on the Pacific side of Baja California Sur, where you will get a chance to view blue and gray whales as they migrate for calving season.
Day 0: Welcome to Loreto!
Your adventure starts in Loreto, a charming town in the southeastern part of the Baja California peninsula. In the afternoon, you will have a pre-trip orientation with the guides where you will go over the itinerary in more detail. Afterward, you can explore the town with its many historical sites and go out for dinner.
Days 1 and 2: Isla del Carmen and Isla Danzante
Your guides will pick you up at your hotel in Loreto in the morning. They will take your luggage and valuable possessions for safekeeping while you are on your adventure. Before loading the gear and food onto the boats, the guides will teach you the basics of kayak safety and ecologically-friendly camping. For the first couple of days you will be based on the del Carmen and Danzante islands, both of which feature excellent camps. While on the islands, you will paddle for 2 to 4 hours each day. Apart from that, you will also get familiar with the area’s vegetation and wildlife through hiking and snorkeling. The best thing about camping in the wilderness is the chance to connect with nature away from civilization.
Day 3, 4, and 5: Shores of the peninsula
After exploring the islands and its bays and beaches, it’s time to get back to the peninsula. You will kayak along the coast of the Gulf of California with the Giganta mountain range as your backdrop. The mountain provides a chance to go on longer hikes, apart from usual kayaking and snorkeling. Day 4 is usually a good time to take a rest day during which you can go on leisurely walks through the desert or try fishing! The next day you will visit a small self-sustainable ranch where you can get a glimpse of the lifestyle in remote areas.
Day 6: Back to Loreto
In the morning, you will get the last opportunity to kayak or snorkel before you leave the wilderness and go back to Loreto. Once you are in town, grab lunch with your guides and the rest of the group and celebrate your successful 6-day expedition in Baja. Say goodbye to Mexico or continue touring on your own.
Meet your guide
We had a fantastic experience on our 6 day kayak trip in El Golfo de California south of Loreto. Everything was perfect . Our guide David was an excellent guide and an all around good person. Many nights we dined on the fish he caught , sitting on a deserted beach at the sunset , the dolphins playing in the surf. Wow ! Gracias , David !
Our experience over the 5 day kayak trip was truly outstanding. Helena and Jorge were great guides: friendly, funny, knowledgeable (local culture and history, local flora and fauna (plants, whales ,etc), great camp cooks, high energy and, foremost, focused on client safety and enjoyment throughout the trip. The paddling was perfect and just the right amount. Organization of the logistics by the guides worked very well. We would love to return to Loreto and find the blue whales.
Our guide, David, was amazing! I felt very safe in his capable hands. He was knowledgeable, fun to talk to, and set a great, relaxed mood for the trip. He was clearly very experienced and had great recommendations for walks to go on and good places for snorkeling on the islands. He was also an excellent cook!
This was an outstanding experience. Our guides were fantastic – they were attentive, knowledgeable, friendly, etc. The scenery and pace were great – we were able to enjoy the scenery and never felt rushed. The kayaking wasn’t hard at all. We did some great snorkeling. We are hoping to go back and explore further.
Our group of 8 mature males spent 6 days in the Sea of Cortez in March of 2019. The weather was perfect and the quality of the guided kayaking experience was four star. The equipment, the training for kayaking, and the goodnatured professionalism of our guides was exemplary. We were treated to intimate encounters with dolphins, pelicans, turtles, a wide variety of bird life, and a blue whale. The snorkelling was as good as I have had anywhere. We also had a lot of pure relaxation and good food. I would go again in a heartbeat.
Things to know
Covid measures in Baja California Sur, Mexico
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Baja California Sur please refer to the US Embassy’s COVID-19 information site for Mexico.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Six days of kayaking and other activities in Baja California Sur
- All meals and snacks during the adventure
- Transportation during the adventure
- Sun shade
- Natural history books about the area
- Kayaking equipment
- Wetsuits and snorkeling gear
- First aid kit
Meals: Your guides can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and other diets, but due to the nature of camps and kitchens, they can’t guarantee an environment completely free of cross contamination, and as such, can’t accommodate those with Celiac disease.
What’s not included:
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from the guide for an additional charge of $30)
- Hotel accommodations before and after the adventure
- Transportation to and from Loreto, Mexico
How fit do I need to be?
The kayaking adventure in Baja California Sur is suitable for most people in fairly good physical condition. You don’t need any prior experience in kayaking and hiking to go on this trip, but you should be comfortable with 2 to 4 hours of paddling and a few hours of hiking each day (with breaks in between). The trip is not designed to be overly physically intense, but you will probably feel tired after a few days of daily physical activities—for that reason, there will be a possibility of taking a rest day during the adventure. The guides will adjust the daily amount of physical activity to meet your group’s desires and fitness levels.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Medium-sized bags totaling the maximum of 30 L (anything larger than that may not fit into the kayaks)
- Small day pack or belt pack
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Tennis shoes, sport sandals, or dive boots
- 1 pair of sturdy walking shoes (or hiking shoes if you are planning to hike a lot during the adventure)
- Synthetic long underwear, top and bottom
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Warm layer (fleece, sweater or jacket)
- A pair of long pants
- Lightweight long-sleeve shirt
- Quick-dry shorts
- Socks (1 pair synthetic or wool)
- Bathing suit
- Towel, medium size
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Insect repellent
- Biodegradable soap
- Personal medications, seasick medication
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Water bottle per person
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For the private adventures, the usual client to guide ratio is 4:1.
- The maximum number of people for this adventure is 14.
- The cost is per person and doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
Kayaking in Baja California Sur can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 12, you’re good to go.
- Children younger than 12 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis
If your group has children under the age of 12, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Deposits and cancellation policy
A 20% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure. Payments received by the guide are non-refundable.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Loreto, Baja California Sur most people fly into Loreto International Airport. Your guides will suggest the best place to meet, usually somewhere in the town center.