For over 38 years, Sea Trek has been leading trips on the Sea of Cortez from our home base in Loreto, Baja California Sur with adventurers like you. We offer a variety of Baja tours, from relaxing, boat-supported vacations to challenging, expedition style adventures.
AT SEA TREK, WE PROVIDE
- Experienced local guides
- High-quality camping and boating gear
- Delicious and healthy meals
- Safe and fun Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle adventures
Trips last 1-2 weeks, and run from late October through April. The peak of our season is February, March and April. During these times of year, the water is warm, the weather mild, and the sunsets unforgettable.
The Sea of Cortez is a breathtaking sight, with the southeastern landscape of Baja California Sur running into the bright blue ocean. The desert ridges and canyons around Loreto boast the richest variety of plant and animal life on the peninsula, and the nearby islands and reefs teem with marine life. From the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range to the idyllic coastline and islands, Baja California Sur is a natural paradise for adventurous travelers.
On your Sea Trek adventure, you may have the chance to:
- Paddle a kayak or SUP alongside dolphins and whales
- Visit a local fishing village
- Snorkel amazing onshore and coastal reefs
- View a centuries-old mission and hacienda
- Hike to the top of a nearby mountain
- Explore lush and tranquil desert canyons
Your Sea Trek expedition will let you do as many of these as possible. From paddling or snorkeling through the crystalline waters to hiking in the mountains and camping in isolated coves or the shores of uninhabited islands, we can help you experience the whole range of adventures that Baja Sur provides!
Better still, you will be in the company of some of the most knowledgeable and experienced guides around. Many of our guides grew up in the area, they have maintained connections with locals all along the coast, and they can tell you more about the natural and cultural history of Baja California than you ever knew. Others are skilled instructors, coming down after a season of teaching and guiding in Northern California. You will not find a more inclusive or more talented group of guides.
Adventure is right around the corner! Check out Sea Trek’s Baja trips and reserve a spot to get yours started today. We look forward to getting to know you.
Some of our trips are operated by Paddling South and Loreto Kayak Tours. They have been in business safely leading thousands of clients since the late 70’s. The Paddling South trips are primarily expedition style, meaning there is no Panga support boat. All of your gear is packed into the boats daily. It is an amazing way to travel the remote islands and coastlines of the Baja Peninsula. Sea Trek bought the sales side of Paddling South in October of 2015. We felt their expeditions were a great way to round out our Baja offerings. The Paddling South guides are the best in the business and we know you will love your time with them.
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KAYAK AND SUP PRIVATE AND CUSTOM TRIPS
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Custom Baja trip for you and your family and friends. Kayak or Stand Up Paddling. Expedition Style or Skiff Supported.
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FAMILIES BASE CAMP – Kayaking and SUP
Starting at $1,595
A 5-day/ 4 night family Trip to the Sea of Cortez with Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Hiking, and Whale Watching. Create your own private trip.
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ONBOARDSUP YOGA RETREAT AND CLASSIC ISLANDS – SKIFF SUPPORTED
Stand Up Paddle Board Trip and Yoga Retreat in the Sea of Cortez with Leigh Claxton
Basic Stand Up Paddle Experience RequiredLearn More
'21 - '22 Baja Schedule
DIRECTOR OF BAJA PROGRAMS
Steve has been our Baja Program director for 15 years now. Steve has been guiding, developing programs, and managing for Sea Trek for over 25 years. He has enjoyed paddling in Chile, Alaska, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Wales, BC, and Baja.
With the advent of SUP, Steve has been focused on developing exciting inter-island adventures via paddle boards, on our traditional kayaking routes down in Baja.
He is fully committed to “downwind” paddling during the tempestuous “el Norte” blows we see in the mid-winter on the Sea of Cortez, and enjoys free diving and sharing the many secrets of the unforgettable desert and marine environment of this unique and memorable part of Mexico on the calmer days.
He will usually be the first person you see when you step of the plane down in Loreto for our Baja tours, and if he shows up in your camp later in the week, you can be sure he will likely have something fresh and delicious from the sea to deliver!
Art Noll is an avid cyclist, mad mechanic, world traveler and attempted poet. Art spends his free time free-diving, tinkering or dreaming up his next big trip, be it bicycle touring, hiking in the Sierra Nevadas or threading a roadster through New Zealand mountain passes. His favorite paddling experiences include Baja, Thailand, The Mighty Mississippi and Backwater Bayous of SW Florida. Art defines a good day as one in which he spends more time in the water than on land.
Jose lives in Loreto with his wife Nina and children Jose Jr., Jessica and Chuyita. He has been a commercial fisherman in Loreto with his brother Alphonso. For four summers he worked at our base in Sausalito guiding trips, driving the Sea Trek skiff, doing boat maintenance and improving his English. His family, including six brothers has lived in Loreto for many generations and he is our second family during our Baja season.
When you come for your morning coffee you will be greeted by Jose’s killer smile. Throughout the day he will be making sure that you are enjoying his home as much as he does
Geracimo (Coco) Murillo is another one of our support boat captains. He has lived in the small fishing village of Ligui, near the islands all his life. He knows these waters very very well. He is an expert boat captain, fisherman, and camp chef (not to mention a really nice person).Coco’s the one to see for those early morning fishing trips. Afterwards you can join him (and the seagulls) for a fascinating lesson on how to clean your catch. You’ll be in great hands with Coco as your captain!!
Gray grew up on the waters of the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. Competing at a national level for Sailing allowed Gray to gain an in-depth knowledge of the Bays winds and currents. His free time is now spent surfing, fishing, diving, and paddle boarding these waters. After earning a degree in Environmental studies Gray moved to Indonesia for three years, working as a green building consultant and project manager. He has spent the last four seasons living in Baja, Mexico working for Sea Trek as a guide and cook. In 2015 Gray went to Antarctica with Quark Expeditions to build and guide the first paddleboard program in the Antarctic Peninsula, and is now beginning his third season there. When home in the Bay Area, He guides day trips and teaches lessons with Sea Trek and OnBoardSUP. Gray has spent much of his free time over the past 8 years finding new ways to use paddleboards such as hunting, fishing, diving, and multiday day self supported trips. Gray is a nationally certified EMT, trained in Wilderness First Aid, PSUPA (Professional Stand-Up Paddle Association) Instructor Trainer, as well as holds a STCW -95, and California Boating License.
LEAD SUP AND YOGA GUIDE
Leigh founded OnBoardSUP Yoga in 2009. She has been teaching here in Richardson Bay since then. She is a founding member, Instructor Trainer and Advisor for The Professional Stand Up Paddle Association and has Stand Up Paddle Master Certificates with the PSUPA, US Coast Guard and WSUPA (World Stand Up Paddle Association). In addition to teaching Yoga, Pilates and Fitness classes on the boards, Leigh is a guide for Sea Trek, and teaches SUP Certifications, lessons, clinics and leads at least two Sea Trek Baja Retreats annually. OnBoardSUP.com.
PADDLING SOUTH OWNER/LEAD GUIDE
Jorge Salas,…raised in Loreto… is lead guide, and a partner in our local outfitting company, Loreto Kayak Tours. In 1997 he graduated from R.A.R.E., a natural history training institute, and went on to receive a Baja Guide Scholarship from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
In the Loreto branch of our state university he trains Alternative Tourism students in sea kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, birding and Leave No Trace concepts. He is highly trained in all aspects of trip leadership. Jorge’s professional and friendly attitude always keeps us smiling.
PADDLING SOUTH OWNER/LEAD GUIDE
Antonio Hernandez, … a local, born and raised in Loreto is one of our head guides, and also a partner in our local outfitting company since 2007. Excelling in sports and studying sports-education he has transferred his skills to the coast and mountains of his hometown and now works as leader on most all of our tours.
Many of our guests who have paddled with ‘Toño’ request him as guide on their return tours. Antonio’s enthusiasm is inspiring, his sense of humor, infectious, and… encourage him to sing a bit… you’ll be back too!
Frequently Asked Questions
From Los Angeles a plane ticket is approximately $450-$750 round trip. Add approximately $150 for the additional cost from San Francisco.
This trip is fine for beginners. Our guides are experienced kayak instructors in the off season, and they will enjoy teaching and sharing with you all of the skills and safety techniques that you will need and want to know. Many clients tell us that the time spent with them in the afternoons often is the richest part of their trip, with many folks advancing several levels during the course of their week with us!
That said, participants should be in reasonable physical shape and be ready to paddle for multiple (2-3) hours each day. More importantly, you should enjoy the experience of camping and “roughing it” outdoors. Signing up for a Baja trip lets you take our Intro to Sea Kayaking Class in Sausalito for half price.
This varies depending on the trip. On the Classic Islands or Whale watching trips our longest stretch is approximately 6-7 miles when we move camp. Family Base Camp we paddle and use the panga depending on the age and energy level of the kids.
The mileage listed is when we move as a group. Often afternoons are free for those who want more paddling time or you are welcome to take a boat out early and greet the sunrise. It’s the best seat in the house!
Baja is mostly sunny and the temperature is generally in the 70-80s during the day. At night it can cool down into the 50s in February and early March. We offer trips October through early May.
Loreto has a water treatment facility and the town’s water is drinkable, but to be extra safe, we recommend drinking bottled water when in town. Our hotel provides bottled water. Water provided on the kayak trip comes directly from a water purification plant.
Delicious and healthy backcountry cuisine is our specialty, and clients are consistently amazed by the variety and quality of our meals. After hors d’oeuvres and a cold beverage for happy hour, you will be treated nightly to original Mexican platters, seafood, local vegetables and fruits, and dessert. A nice hot drink like coffee and Kahlua (or perhaps herbal tea) is perfect for watching the nightly star show!
Breakfasts and lunches are likewise healthy and tasty, with local fare alongside familiar foods from the States. If you ever want a snack, energy bars, fruit juices, cold mineral waters, and local nuts and fruits are always on hand. Of course, the local tortillas, fresh handmade ceviche, and guacamole and chips with a Pacifico chaser are the most requested items on any trip, and you will never forget them!
Vegetarian and gluten free diets can be accommodated, with delicious and fulfilling meals for you at every turn being our goal and mission.
This is Baja, so a few changes of beach wear, some warmer extra layers for evenings and early mornings, some town clothes, and a sun protective long sleeve shirt and pant are all that you will need in the clothing department. For footwear, you will want water oriented sport sandals or booties that protect the bottom and sides of your feet for paddling, tide pooling and general water time. A light pair of walking or running type shoe is very good to have for your non water time on the islands. Heavier hiking shoes are overkill for the terrain we encounter on our route.
A shade hat is indispensable, along with a visor or baseball type hat for wearing while paddling on breezier days. Most folks enjoy the cultural interaction of going out in town on their first afternoon in Loreto and purchasing one of the beautiful and inexpensive handmade straw sombreros.
We’ll send you a thorough clothing and personal item list when you sign up.
Our standard protocol is to wash off in the sea with a biodegradable salt water soap such as Camp Suds, which leaves no salty sticky feeling afterwards. We bring a large amount of purified drinking water along. You’re welcome to use some of this in your water bottle to give your face a fresh water rinse off.
There are always two sanitary hand washing stations in separate locations in camp for maintaining general hygiene, cleanliness and personal comfort.
Every year our clients compliment us on the comfort, vistas and ingenuity associated with our toilet arrangements. We are proud to be camping in a pristine wilderness environment, on islands with almost no permanent structures of any kind. We remove all wastes that we generate, and leave no footprint or impact for those that follow us.
The panga carries our portable toilet system. Our staff sets up the bathroom in a designated site that is private and we have a system for communicating when it is occupied or available. The toilets are emptied and cleaned frequently, and there is a sanitary hand washing station nearby with disinfectant soap that everyone uses. Plenty of toilet paper is provided.
We reserve all our campsites in advance with the National Park so they are exclusively ours for the time we are there. They are all beautiful and remote with plenty of flat space for tents. They all have excellent waterfront views, with stunning snorkeling right in front of each spot.
If you would like to express your appreciation to the guides through a gratuity, please know that such recognition would be enthusiastically received. The industry standard for tipping is approximately 10-20 percent of the trip cost. All tips received will be collected and equally disbursed amongst your guides by the trip leader.
“Sea Trek Baja trip. Organized by Steve, led by Juve and Sarah as close to perfection as possible. Petting wild baby whales, paddleboarding across a glass like Sea of Cortez, sleeping under the stars. The perfect celebration with good friends, great fresh food and too much wine. This is a GREAT trip!!!!”Elizabeth S.Mill Valley, CA
“This is a terrific place to rent kayaks in marin but even better they also organize snorkeling, kayak, camping trips in Loretta Mexico in the Baja. I just took a trip there with my friend and it was a trip I'll NEVER forget. Turquoise waters , mind blowing snorkeling, The best guides , really cute panga drivers that cook delicious healthy meals. We felt reborn when it was finished. I can't recommend it enough. Loreto is a sweet authentic Mexican town.”Kathryn S.Sausalito, CA
“Sea Trek did a great job in organizing this trip, from meeting us at the airport, getting us set up at our excellent hotel on the water in Loreto, taking us out to Magdalena Bay to see the Gray whales, and organizing the kayaking and camping in Loreto Bay.”
“Everything was first class with Sea Trek in Loreto. The scenery was spectacular. There were times it felt surreal and we said to each other “are we really experiencing all this beauty?” The food was awesome — lots of it and great tasting. In addition everything was safe and clean with regards to the food. The guides were excellent.”
“I highly recommend taking the courses offered by Seatrek since they'll help you enjoy your kayaking experience that much more. I also think anyone who can, should go on their trip to Baja Mexico. I went a few years ago and still talk about how incredible an experience it was. The trip involves camping on beaches in the Sea of Cortez for a week. The guides will cook for you and you'll see a ton of marine life, I even had dolphins come up and swim beside me while I was snorkeling.”Bryan B.Brooklyn, NY
“This is a trip I’ll NEVER forget.pristine turquoise waters, a large variety of fish species to see, knowledgeable guides, whale watching and tasty food prepared by our guides.”kstrietmannSausalito, California
“The Sea Trek staff were excellent! Art and Grey were our guides; Talo was the Pangorero (drove the support boat) and Steve made sure everything done in the background was both perfect and seamless.
We couldn’t have asked for more knowledgeable, accommodating and entertaining guides and staff. With prime attention to safety and comfort, this supported expedition was appropriate for our group of paddlers whose kayaking skills ranged from novice to expert. The food was outstanding – with local fish periodically caught in the afternoon and served fresh for dinner.
We would highly recommend this Sea Trek supported kayaking expedition for anyone considering exploring the Sea of Cortez and the coast of Baja Sur California, Mexico by kayak.”trekayakGreenbrae, California
“The Classic Island and Whale Watch tour was an incredible experience. The guides were pleasant, organized, knowledgeable, accommodating, and excellent chefs! Each individual in our group was asked what they were most interested in doing/seeing during the tour and our guides delivered. We have already recommended Sea Trek to friends and family.”Greg