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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!

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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.

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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.

Paddling South Expeditions

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.

Beginner

KAYAK CLASSIC ISLANDS – SKIFF SUPPORTED

$1,795

Kayaking, Hiking , Snorkeling, Paddle Boarding, with Panga Support

Beginner

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SUP CLASSIC ISLANDS – SKIFF SUPPORTED

$1,795

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

Beginner

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WHALE WATCHING AND KAYAK CLASSIC ISLANDS – SKIFF SUPPORTED

$1,995

Sea Kayaking and Whale Watching in the Sea of Cortez

Beginner

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KAYAK COASTS AND ISLANDS – EXPEDITION STYLE

$1,595

Kayak Expedition down Baja California’s Sea of Cortez, Snorkeling, Hikes

No experience necessary

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KAYAK COASTS AND ISLANDS AND WHALE WATCHING – EXPEDITION STYLE

$1,795

Whale-Watching Kayak Trip in Baja California with Hiking and Snorkeling

Beginner

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KAYAK LORETO TO LA PAZ 10 DAY – EXPEDITION STYLE

$1,895

Sea Kayak Expedition with Hiking, Snorkeling, and Sightseeing

Beginner

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KAYAK MULEGE TO LORETO 10 DAY – EXPEDITION STYLE

$1,795

A Sea Kayak Expedition in Baja California Sur with Hiking and Snorkeling

Beginner

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FAMILIES BASE CAMP – Kayaking and SUP

$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.

No experience necessary

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MEDITATION RETREAT AND KAYAK CLASSIC ISLANDS – SKIFF SUPPORTED

$2,595 for 2022 | $2,795 for 2023

Kayak Tour based in Meditation, Self-Discovery, and More with Mark Coleman

No experience necessary

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ONBOARDSUP YOGA RETREAT AND CLASSIC ISLANDS – SKIFF SUPPORTED

$1,995

Stand Up Paddle Board Trip and Yoga Retreat in the Sea of Cortez with Leigh Claxton

Basic Stand Up Paddle Experience Required

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'22 Baja Schedule

'23 Baja Schedule

Dates

Trip

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January 2023

Jan 1 – 6Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure-Expedition Style$1,595
Jan 8 – 13Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure-Expedition Style$1,595
Jan 15 – 20Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure-Expedition Style$1,595
Jan 22 – 27Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure-Expedition Style$1,595
Jan 29 – Feb 3Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure-Expedition Style$1,595
Jan 30 – Feb 4Whale Watching and Kayak Classic Islands – Skiff Supported$1,995

February 2023

Feb 5 – 10Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure with Whale Watching$1,795
Feb 6 – 11Whale Watching and Kayak Classic Islands – Skiff Supported$1,995
Feb 12 – 17Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure with Whale Watching$1,795
Feb 18 – 23Whale Watching and Kayak Classic Islands – Skiff Supported$1,995
Feb 19 – 24Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure with Whale Watching$1,795
Feb 26 – Mar 2Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure with Whale Watching$1,795

March 2023

Mar 5 – 10Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure with Whale Watching$1,795
Mar 8 – 13Kayak Classic Islands Skiff Supported$1,795
Mar 12 – 17Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure with Whale Watching$1,795
Mar 15 – 20SUP Classic Islands Skiff Supported$1,795
Mar 27 – Apr 5Kayak Loreto to La Paz$1,895

April 2023

Apr 9 – 14Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure-Expedition Style$1,595
Apr 10 – 19Kayak Mulege to Loreto$1,795
Apr 12 – 17Kayak Classic Islands Skiff Supported$1,795
Apr 12 – 17SUP Classic Islands Skiff Supported$1,795
Apr 16 – 21Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure-Expedition Style$1,595
Apr 23 – 28Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure-Expedition Style$1,595
Apr 30 – May 5Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure-Expedition Style$1,595

May 2023

May 7 – 12Kayak Coast and Islands Adventure-Expedition Style$1,595

Baja Team

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STEVE HAYWARD

DIRECTOR OF BAJA PROGRAMS

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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!

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ART NOLL

LEAD GUIDE

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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.

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JOSE CRUZ

GUIDE

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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

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COCO MURILLO

PANGA DRIVER

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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!!

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GRAY CLAXTON

LEAD GUIDE

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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.

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GUIDE

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LEIGH CLAXTON

LEAD SUP AND YOGA GUIDE

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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.

JORGE SALAS

PADDLING SOUTH OWNER/LEAD GUIDE

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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.

ANTONIO HERNANDEZ

PADDLING SOUTH OWNER/LEAD GUIDE

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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

How much is the plane ticket?

From Los Angeles a plane ticket is approximately $450-$750 round trip. Add approximately $150 for the additional cost from San Francisco.

I’ve never kayaked before – can I do this trip?

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.

How much do we paddle each day?

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!

What’s the weather like?

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.

Can I drink the water in Baja?

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.

What’s the food like?

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.

What sort of clothes do I need?

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.

What is the bathing situation?

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.

What is the toilet setup on these trips?

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.

What are the campsites like?

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.

Should I tip my guide?

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.

READ SOME OF OUR REVIEWS

RudiDundas
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

RudiDundas

Seatrek provided a memorable experience! Joey Heusler, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable about whales and with the Seatrek staff, took us to Magdalena Bay, where we had two trips out to see the Gray whales with their calves, and then on to the Sea of Cortez for a four day kayaking and camping trip on the islands. We saw eight Blue Whales, including one passing right by our island camp! A first time for most of us. The food prepared by the staff was wonderful and everything was done for our safety and comfort. Could not recommend this trip more highly!

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bill3west
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

bill3west

We took the SUP option for paddling out to and around these beautiful islands in the Sea of Cortez. I was very glad we did, as SUPing is what we’re used to when paddling at home, and it provides a great vantage down through the clear water, a full-body workout, and for me more comfort than sitting. We definitely weren’t slowing down the group, and several others wanted to try it out from camp. It was easy to hop on the SUPs just to get a little morning exercise, to find the best snorkeling, and for an absolutely amazing Bioluminescence paddle.
This was a wonderful trip. And a side benefit was how pretty, friendly and easy Loreto is.

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hhlleeo23
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

hhlleeo23

Excellent food, excellent guides, excellent experience, excellent gear, excellent camping, excellent snorkeling, excellent camaraderie — everything was wonderful!
I had a great time! I feel like a new person! The whale watching was great, we also saw dolphins, pelicans and a variety of other animals. I highly recommend Sea Trek Baja trips for solo, couples and families — you will be thrilled that you did it.

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Barbara Maher
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Barbara Maher

Three friends and I were dazzled by this group of professional, safety minded people. Advice is freely given by all and it is good advice. Amazing food – think fish caught and made into scrumptious meals like clams on the half shell and ceviche. Star gazing with stories about the constellations, going to sleep with the sounds of blue whales, jumping into the boats and racing to get in the middle of a school of dolphins who played in the wake. Kayak trips at different levels for those of us who are not as skilled but still want the adventure. It was all fabulous. I would recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys paddling, sleeping on the beach, and good company. As a group of over sixties, we felt well taken care of and safe. Keep up the good work, Sea Trek. You are a jewel.

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Mark S
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Mark S

This was my 3rd trip with Sea Trek in Baja. My wife and I have gone twice and I went once by myself. I love this place. Beautiful water, desert mountains, cool wildlife and it is in Mexico, a warm and charming culture. Steve, the Baja Big Cheese, has a knack for picking awesome staff. These are the kind of people I wish I had here at home to hang out with. My only complaint is that the trip is too short.

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Leeanne Ford
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Leeanne Ford

I did a sea trek meditation retreat in Baja this season. From the very start all communication was timely, friendly and organised. Once I arrived in Loreto they were very accommodating. The kayaks were good kayaks and the guides incomparable. Cannot recommend Sea Trek and Baja enough. Thank you for helping making this experience the trip of a life time for me.

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Suzy W
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Suzy W

The guides were amazing; the scenery breathtaking; the food outstanding. Can’t say enough good things – I HIGHLY recommend it!!

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Gringa D
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Gringa D

Sea Trek makes you feel welcomed and cared for as soon as you arrive in Loretto. Actually, as soon as you call them months in advance to ask about trip details. The kayaking is beautiful, the sea life swimming beside and below you – whales, dolphins, eels…. The food fresh and tasty, changing each day. An incredible, experience; easy to make the trip what you want… adventurous or relaxing, you choose… they make it happen.

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Greg
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Greg

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.

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Curiosity60282304734
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Curiosity60282304734

Our kayaking camping trip from Loreto Mexico was an amazing nature experience. Sea Trek did a great job with answering all the pre-trip questions from my wife and I. The trip itself from Loreto to the islands of Danzante and Carmen was rich in marine and bird life and seeing the blue whales (again and again!) was life altering. The guides were truly experts and a pleasure to be with whether in the water or on a day hike. The meals were yummy, often including a fresh catch of the day. And then there is that celestial night sky…..We want to go back!

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Lisa W
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Lisa W

Words cannot express how wonderful this experience was. I went on the paddleboarding excursion with a friend in November. The weather was perfect! The paddling was amazing. The guides were helpful, knowledgeable professional and made sure that every camper got what they were expecting from the trip. We camped on the most beautiful beaches, snorkeled some beautiful spots, went fishing and diving and hiking. Such a full featured experience. I am changed forever. Can’t wIt to go back and do it again!!! Worth every penny!!!!

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