Classic Islands Stand Up Paddle Board – Skiff Supported

Stand Up Paddle Board Trip from Loreto to Isla del Carmen, Isla Danzante

Adventure Type

Stand up Paddle

Experience Necessary

No Experience

Age Minimum

14

Destination / Location

Loreto, Baja California Sur

Trip Dates

Nov. 11- 16, March 31 - April 5, April 21-26

Highlights

  • Try stand up paddle boarding over long distances
  • Explore islands in the Sea of Cortez
  • Chance to see whales, dolphins, other aquatic life
  • Follow local guides with great knowledge of the area
  • Beautiful campsites and delicious meals
  • Trip is supported by a panga

Weeklong Stand Up Paddle Board in the Sea of Cortez

After more than 30 years of leading sea kayak trips down the Baja Peninsula, we are offering stand up paddle board trips as well. While we have been bringing a few stand up paddle boards along on kayak trips for quite some time, this trip is meant to have everyone on the boards as much as possible while following our Classic Islands route.

The mode of transportation may be different, but Sea Trek’s commitment to provide a wonderful experience in an inclusive, friendly environment is the same. Our trip leaders are full-time guides who approach every season with an enthusiasm and sense of family spirit that inform every SeaTrek trip.

Itinerary

When you arrive at Loreto’s airport, we are there to transport you to your waterfront hotel. Spend the afternoon exploring the town’s history and visiting its shops, then meet back at the hotel at 6:00pm for a thorough orientation. Your guides will answer any questions you have, and map out the upcoming days and their flow for you.
The day begins with breakfast at our favorite local café. You’ll then take a van to the launch at Puerto Escondido, 16 miles south of Loreto, where you will receive lessons in kayaking and stand up paddle board as well as our safety orientation. Afterwards, we’ll load a light day bag on our board, leaving the rest for the panga, and make the three-mile crossing to Isla Danzante, or be delivered to the North end of the island, depending on the conditions, for paddling down the length of it. We set up our first camp on the island.
The sun rising over the Sea of Cortez and casting its light on the jagged promontories of Isla Danzante and the Giganta Range to the West, is a sight to behold. Your guides will point out Los Candeleros Islands, small rocks jutting above the water that serve as a home to cormorants, boobies, and ospreys.After paddling along the coast of Isla Danzante, we make a second crossing, this time to Isla del Carmen, located northeast of Danzante. Keep an eye out for pods of dolphins during the crossing, or even a Blue whale! After setting up camp on Isla del Carmen, the afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. Stand up paddle boards, sea kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and relaxing chairs are all available.
After a hearty Mexican breakfast, it’s time for a day trip! We explore the coves, reefs, and cliffs around Isla del Carmen, and eventually make an afternoon stop at a secluded beach for an afternoon of snorkeling and sunbathing. Upon returning to camp for the night, your guides prepare a feast of yellowtail, herbed rice, mixed green salad and tortillas.
We have spent two nights on Isla del Carmen, so in the morning we’ll cross back to Isla Danzante to set up camp at a new location, this one surrounded by massive rock formations. There’s more opportunity for exploration and relaxation, and another delicious meal as sunset changes the colors on the rock faces of the Sierra de la Giganta range.
Today is our final crossing, back to the Baja Peninsula, and our final campsite. Much of this trip takes place near an area known to scientists as “The Blue Whale Triangle” due to the large numbers of Blue whales sighted in the area, so keep an eye out throughout the week!Once we make it across the channel to the peninsula, you’ll have one last afternoon to explore the campsite’s rocky shoreline, dotted with enormous boulders. The snorkeling is excellent, and at night you will have the opportunity to paddle out and view bioluminescent sea creatures beneath the mirror like waters.
The sun rises over the Sea of Cortez one last time, making fiery colors briefly appear on the turquoise-hued water. Bid goodbye to this magnificent piece of the planet. We’ll have breakfast, pack up, and paddle back to Puerto Escondido for the take-out, where a van will be waiting to take us back to Loreto. Once we’ve all showered and enjoyed a final snack or seaside lunch, it’s back to the airport, your head filled with the past week’s experiences, your heart looking forward to your next adventure. For those fortunate enough to have planned an extra day or two with us in Loreto, we’ll deliver to your hotel in town.
This is the earliest day to depart from Loreto.

All Sea Trek Baja trips start in the quaint little town of Loreto, located on the Baja peninsula about 600 miles south of San Diego. In most cases there is only one inbound and outbound flight a day, so our afternoon/evening meeting on day 1, and our end of trip logistics are built around that timing.

Some people choose to drive to Loreto down Federal Highway 1, but the easiest way to get there is to fly into the international airport. Direct flights are available from Los Angeles and Tijuana, or you can fly through one of the nearby Mexican cities. Talk to us for more information on traveling to Loreto.

More Info

Accommodations
Hotel accommodations are not included in the trip package. You will want to book accommodations for at least the night before the first published day of the trip, and then again for the night of the last published day of the trip.

For our confirmed clients, we are pleased to offer the services of our preferred Travel Planners, to assist with all of your flight and hotel needs. Although limited in number, visitors to Loreto have lodging choices that range from Luxury to budget. Our travel planner will assist you in determining lodging that fits your preferences. Our Travel planners are seasoned Baja veterans, and will help you find the best flight arrangements as well, so that your trip planning is smooth and efficient.

Packing List
You’ll be provided a detailed, official packing list upon reserving a trip with Sea Trek, but you may wish to keep the following list in mind while you prepare:





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