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Navigating the Waters off the Baja Peninsula

Southern Baja’s Espiritu Santo Island, in the Sea of Cortez, is known as the Mexican Galápagos for its abundance of marine life, from dolphins to manta rays. And the Espiritu Santo Island Circumnavigation trip offers a chance to sea kayak, snorkel, and camp on the island’s sparkling beaches. Go in fall and you’ll avoid summer’s heat and winter’s strong winds; it’s also a time when the Baja desert is blooming and the water is warm and clear—just right for snorkeling. Between excursions you’ll hike through canyons and boulder up arroyos, surrounded by cacti, hanging fig trees, and Baja “lace”—where pink volcanic ash drips from the cliffs. At Los Islotes, a sea lion rookery, travelers get to swim alongside the local inhabitants.


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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

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