WHALE WATCHING AND KAYAK CLASSIC ISLANDS – SKIFF SUPPORTED
Sea Kayaking and Whale Watching in the Sea of Cortez
Kayak, Whale Watching
DESTINATION / LOCATION
Loreto, Baja California Sur
Feb. 12-17, Feb 19-24
- Kayaking around Isla Danzante and Isla del Carmen
- Day trip to Magdalena Bay to view the “Friendly” Grey whales and calves.
- Regular panga excursions to the Blue Whale Triangle
- Base camps provide helpful central location
- Experienced guides know good times/places for sightings
- Beautiful campsites and delicious food
KAYAKING WITH WHALE EXCURSIONS
In February and early March of each year, the whale migration comes to Baja California Sur. Humpback whales, blue whales, gray whales, sperm whales, fin whales, and other species have been seen in the Sea of Cortez, but near Loreto, the most common sightings are blue and humpback whales. In fact, a triangular section of water just south of Isla del Carmen is known as “the blue whale triangle” owing to the large numbers of blue whale sightings there.
At Sea Trek, we combine our Classic Islands kayaking trip with daily excursions in our panga, a motorized support boat that can get us into the Blue Whale Triangle in a short time. These majestic creatures are the largest animal on earth, and viewing them close-up is a breathtaking experience, to say the least.
To increase the viewing possibilities during the week, in addition to hopefully seeing whales while we are paddling, we will utilize our support skiff throughout the week for regular motorized small group excursions. This greatly increases our range and viewing opportunities.
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.
Depending on the weather forecast for the week, we may go today to Magdalena Bay, located on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula. We board our panga, and for the next 2-3 hours watch mother gray whales and their young swimming together under the guidance of our boat captain and guide. The whales often get close enough to touch you, or look you in the eye. Lunch at a local restaurant in the fishing village of Puerto Lopez Mateo is included, and afterwards we head back to the Sea of Cortez to begin our kayak adventure. We will be transported to our first nights Island camp. (If the forecast calls for good paddling early in the week, we will likely save our Magdalena Bay adventure for the end of the week on Day 6.)
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. Blue whales and pods of dolphins have been spotted in the channel between the two islands, so on our shakedown paddle this morning, we’ll be sure to keep a good look out! The afternoon can be spent snorkeling teeming reefs and shorelines, enjoying more paddling, or going out in our panga for more extended whale watching.
Today we’ll cross over to Isla Carmen. We make camp on the southwestern tip of the island, and we’ll have plenty of time in the afternoon for hiking, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, or a trip into the Blue Whale Triangle.
After a delicious breakfast of Mexican eggs, tortillas, fresh fruit, and fresh coffee, we’ll go on a day trip to the coves of Isla del Carmen, then return to the campsite for more activities. You’ll have another opportunity to go see whales.
We have spent two nights at the Isla del Carmen campsite, so it’s time to cross back to Isla Danzante for a new campsite, one surrounded by massive rock formations. We’ll spend some time exploring Danzante’s shoreline, with its many tranquil coves, until we finally reach the cove where our camp is located.
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 seaside lunch or snack, it’s back to your hotel or the airport, your head filled with the past week’s experiences, your heart looking forward to your next adventure. (again, depending on the weather for the week, we may have chosen to make this our Magdalena Bay/Grey Whales day.)
While you can fly home on the afternoon that we come off of the water, on Day 6, many folks will want to spend a little more time in our warm and friendly Pueblo of Loreto. We’ll be happy to share with you some of the many wonderful side excursions and discoveries available to you if you decide to extend your visit.
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.
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. 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. 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:
“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