FAMILY BASE CAMP
Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Hiking, and Whale Watching on the Sea of Cortez
Kayaking, Hiking, & Stand Up Paddle
DESTINATION / LOCATION
Isla del Carmen, Baja Mexico
8 Paddlers – $1,795
9 Paddlers – $1,695
10+ Paddlers – $1,595
Call for dates
- Take your family on an unforgettable adventure
- Kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding all available
- Fewer camps gives everyone more time to play
- Kid-friendly staff helps keep children engaged
- Beautiful campsites and delicious meals
FAMILY KAYAK TRIP ON THE BAJA PENINSULA
To book your custom family base camp trip we do require a minimum of 8 guests. If your family group is smaller, consider flying down with favorite friends or extended family members to share the adventure of a lifetime. Just call us to discuss what dates work best for your group.
Most of Sea Trek’s trips are designed for people age 14 and up, and it’s expected everyone can keep up with the group. However, we realize that many parents want to give their children an appreciation of the outdoors, and a custom family base camp trip in Baja is an excellent way to do that while allowing a pace that works for your family.
The family base camp trip provides a little bit of everything: some whale watching, some kayaking, some stand up paddling, some snorkeling. The major difference is that, rather than breaking camp and moving to a new location every day, family trips will stay at two of the best campsites on Carmen and Danzante. We have found that families get more out of the week if they are allowed to settle into a few places.
On Carmen and Danzante Islands, our kid-friendly staff will make sure that the children are as active as they want to be. They can go snorkeling, fishing, paddling, beachcombing, make sand castles or hang out. Parents can be off duty or involved depending on their inclination at the time, and of course our staff provides food and drinks.
Your adventure begins with a Pre-trip orientation with your guides, in the afternoon before launch day. We will communicate and coordinate in advance with all guests the time and location for a comfortable outside meeting at a convenient location in town. At this orientation session, our guides will explain the trip logistics in more detail, and answer any questions you may have. Afterward, you are free to explore Loreto’s 300+ year old history and enjoy our charming shops and rich selection of restaurants.
We will pick you up from your hotel and transport you to our launching point. We will load all of our gear into a Mexican motor boat called a Panga. We will then paddle, depending on conditions, to our first camp. 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, snorkeling equipment, and relaxing chairs are all available.
After a hearty Mexican breakfast, it’s time for a day trip! We explore the coves around Isla del Carmen, and eventually make an afternoon stop at a secluded beach, which you are free to explore via hiking, paddle boarding, or snorkeling. 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 meditation among these rocks, and another delicious meal as the sun sinks beneath the turquoise-colored waves
Another day on Isla Danzante will give you additional time to contemplate the natural beauty all around you. The waters of the Sea of Cortez are breathtaking, often appearing a light turquoise color, and the desert landscape is a sharp red, especially the cliffs and rocks that dot the island. Spend your time snorkeling, paddle boarding, or hiking to a promontory that gives you an excellent 360-degree view of the islands and Baja peninsula.
Today is our final crossing, back to the Baja Peninsula. The sun rises over the Sea of Cortez one last time, making fiery colors briefly appear on the turquoise-hued water. 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 and your hotel.
Your guides can help you arrange transportation so you show up at the airport on time. If you need to leave early to make a flight, you can leave right away. If you leave later, you can take some more time to explore La Paz before saying adios.
This trip begins at Loreto. Located on the lower part of the eastern gulf coastline, this town has long been a destination for people seeking a wilderness adventure.
While many people with the time and patience enjoy driving into Loreto from San Diego via Federal Highway 1, the easiest way is to fly into the nearby international airport. Alaska Air/Horizon flies directly to Loreto from Los Angeles, and AereoCalafia offers direct flights into Loreto from Tijuana. You can also try reaching the town by flying to La Paz or Cabo, and getting a connecting flight or other form of transportation from there. Contact us for more information on traveling to Loreto.
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. On some trips you are welcome to fly out on the same afternoon that the trip ends, as long as the flight departs at 4 pm or later. 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.
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:
“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