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SUP CLASSIC ISLANDS – SKIFF SUPPORTED

Warm, clear water and abundant marine life

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ADVENTURE TYPE

SUP

EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

Beginner

AGE MINIMUM

14

DESTINATION/LOCATION

Loreto, Baja California Sur

Trip Dates

TBD

Duration

6 days

Cost

$1,795

Highlights

  • Rich extended paddling over clear tropical waters.
  • Explore islands in the Sea of Cortez
  • Chance to see whales, dolphins, other aquatic life
  • Warm 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

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 the charming shops and rich selection of restaurants.

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. Depending on the conditions, we will either make the three-mile crossing to Isla Danzante, or be delivered to the north end of the island to paddle down its length.  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 to the northeast to Isla del Carmen. Keep an eye out for pods of dolphins or even a blue whale during the crossing.  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.

After two nights on Isla del Carmen, we’ll cross back to Isla Danzante in the morning to set up camp at a new location 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.

Our final crossing takes us back to the Baja Peninsula and our last 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 enjoyed a final snack or seaside lunch, it’s back to your hotel, your head filled with the past week’s experiences your heart looking forward to your next adventure.

This morning you’ll enjoy exploring our warm and magical pueblo of Loreto on your own time. Perhaps enjoy a delicious breakfast of Huevos Rancheros and fresh local fruit juices at one of the many outside cafes. Don’t miss visiting the 300+ year old Mision Nuestra Senora de Loreto and her museum right off the central plaza. Most flights home are mid day or later, so you’ll have plenty of time for discoveries and creating a list of things to see and do on your next visit.

For now, it is not goodbye…but rather Hasta Pronto!

Destination

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. Please consult your Sea Trek trip coordinator for details on available arrival and departure dates and times. 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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JOIN THE ADVENTURE

Covid Vaccination required of all Baja Trip participants.

Ages 14 years old and up. Please call for questions about kids under 14 years old.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us.+

READ SOME OF OUR REVIEWS

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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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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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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!

/5stars

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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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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!

/5stars

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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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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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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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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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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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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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