Families Base Camp – Skiff Supported

A Family Trip to the Sea of Cortez with Kayaking, Hiking, and Whale Watching

Adventure Type

Kayaking, Hiking, & Stand Up Paddle

Experience Necessary


Age Minimum


Destination / Location

Isla del Carmen, Baja Mexico

Trip Dates

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

Most of Sea Trek’s trips are designed for people age 14 and up, and expects everyone to be able to keep up with the group. However, we realize that many parents want to give their children an appreciation of the outdoors, and a kayaking trip in Baja Mexico is an excellent way to do that.

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.


When you arrive at Loreto’s airport, we will be there to transport you to your waterfront hotel. Spend the afternoon exploring the town’s history and visiting its shops, then we’ll meet at 6:00 pm for a thorough orientation. Your guides will answer any questions you have.

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.


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

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:

Join the Adventure

Ages 9 years old and up. Please call for questions about kids under 9 years old.

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