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4-Day Kayak Coasts & Islands - Skiff-Supported

Kayak baja's nearby islands and coastline

Nov 10, 2024 - Nov 13, 2024
Nov 17, 2024 - Nov 20, 2024
Nov 24, 2024 - Nov 27, 2024
Dec 1, 2024 - Dec 4, 2024
Dec 8, 2024 - Dec 11, 2024
Dec 15, 2024 - Dec 18, 2024
Dec 22, 2024 - Dec 25, 2024
Dec 29, 2024 - Jan 1, 2025
Jan 12, 2025 - Jan 15, 2025
Jan 19, 2025 - Jan 22, 2025
Jan 26, 2025 - Jan 29, 2025
Mar 9, 2025 - Mar 12, 2025
Mar 16, 2025 - Mar 19, 2025
Mar 23, 2025 - Mar 26, 2025
Mar 30, 2025 - Apr 2, 2025
Apr 6, 2025 - Apr 9, 2025
Apr 13, 2025 - Apr 16, 2025
Apr 20, 2025 - Apr 23, 2025
Apr 27, 2025 - Apr 30, 2025

Highlights

  • Explore Baja’s nearby islands and coastline
  • Enjoy snorkeling, hiking, sea kayaking
  • Local guides with cultural, historical, ecological knowledge of area
  • Learn about ranch and village life in Mexico
  • Amazing food cooked for you

4-DAY ADVENTURE THROUGH THE ISLANDS AND COAST OF BAJA

This 4-day kayaking trip through the islands and along the coast of Baja California offers a little of everything. You will spend the trip exploring the isolated islands near Loreto and miles of pristine wilderness along the coastline. These scenic landscapes are teeming with life above and below the water, and you will have an unprecedented chance to witness the wildlife first-hand. You’ll often get to experience the cultural aspects of nearby ranches and fishing villages as well.

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.

Have a hearty breakfast and prepare to check out of your accommodations. Your guides will pick up you and your gear, and take possession of your leftover luggage for safekeeping during the week while you are out with us. At our launch spot, after loading our gear and food in our boats, your guides will teach you the basics of kayak safety and ecologically-friendly camping. For the first paddle day, it’s off to either Isla Danzante or Isla del Carmen, both of which have excellent camps. We provide high-quality tents, but the lack of rain or bugs makes sleeping under the stars an excellent option.

When you first wake up to the sound of the waves lapping the shore, and the sight of the sun piercing the horizon, you’ll know your trip has truly begun. On the average, guides allocate 3 to 4 hours a day to traveling by kayak, typically a couple of hours before lunch, and often 1-2 more after lunch, leaving you the rest of the day to explore each campsite. Day 1 will usually be slightly shorter. You can hike the arroyos and desert hillsides discovering the rich flora of the Sonoran desert, take your snorkel gear and marvel at the abundant and exotic marine life in the waters, or learn more about all the area has to offer from the complete natural history library we bring along on every trip. Feel free to ask our guides about Baja’s weather, geography, natural history, or anything else. As locals, they know a lot about the area, and are happy to share their knowledge. They are also good at getting you out of camp and into the water early in the day, when the water tends to be calmer and the paddling more pleasant.

After a day or two exploring the coves, bays, and beaches of the islands, we’ll cross back over to the shores of the peninsula.  The coastal route, with the majestic Giganta mountain range over our right shoulder offers longer hiking trails that reveal the inland wilderness, among other attractions. Your guides, who know the route well, can show you the hidden secrets of the peninsula, including many areas worth exploring by fin, foot, or paddle.

There’s time for one early morning paddle into the sunrise, and by mid-morning it’s time to load up and head back. Our van arrives at the take-out to bring everyone back to town. We’ll experience a beautiful rugged and dramatic drive up from the coast into and through the majestic Giganta mountain range, as we work our way back north towards Loreto. You’ll have the evening in town to enjoy the soft culture of Loreto and a nice local meal, your head filled with the past week’s experiences and 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 Misión Nuestra Señora de Loreto and her museum right off the central plaza. Most flights home are midday 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!

ABOUT MOTORIZED SKIFF SUPPORTED TRIPS

Our motorized 26′ support boats (Pangas) allow you to enjoy comfortable camps, light nimble kayaks, and delicious meals and drinks.

The Panga carries all the camping gear, most personal gear, and provisions, leaving you to paddle light, empty kayaks. This also eliminates the repetitive task of squeezing all your gear into tiny compartments only to unpack again a few hours later. It is also physically easier to paddle a light kayak.

We are able to carry a much more comfortable camp in this way as well. Think upright chairs, tables, large shade structures, and private bathroom accommodations. This is not glamping, but it is definitely very comfortable!

Our panga driver (panguero) and guides will take care of providing you with 3 delicious and healthy meals and snacks each day, and they will do all the cleaning up. Also, having a motor boat along means that we are able to take ice chests allowing for a rich array of specialty foods and beverages. We are also able to offer a more flexible program. For instance, less energetic folks may choose to hitch a ride in the panga to the next camping beach. We can also provide side trips to otherwise inaccessible yet interesting locations. Please note that we still require your assistance to set up/take down your own tent and we appreciate any help loading and unloading the boat when we change camp.

These boats do not travel with us each day, so that we enjoy a true wilderness paddling experience, but they are always a quick radio call away should we need them for any reason. They are especially delightful to have around when we see whales in the distance, or dolphin stampedes from our camp. We will usually gather folks into the boat and head out for a special wildlife viewing experience, oftentimes getting as “up close and personal” as is appropriate!

Destination

All Paddling South 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 per 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.

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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.

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