Why adventure with O.A.R.S. on the Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez in Mexico?
For more than 40 years O.A.R.S. has led travelers of all ages and abilities to some of the most beautiful places on Earth, never losing sight of one of our foremost goals: to make the joys of the wilderness accessible to everyone—no matter how experienced.
Traveling to international destinations can be tricky. It’s impossible to know everything about them and often difficult to verify the information—especially when traveling to off-the-beaten path locales. That’s where O.A.R.S. comes in.
All of our trips have undergone rigorous exploration, development and review by our knowledgeable operations staff. Requirements include true wilderness and cultural immersion, fantastic scenery, varied levels of adventure, environmentally-sound operating practices and the best guides in the region.
We believe it is a fundamental part of eco-tourism to work with local guides while at the same time bringing our wealth of experience to the table. Our like-minded partners in Baja realize they are accountable to O.A.R.S. high standards, so you can rest assured you will be in good hands.
O.A.R.S. has taken out the guesswork and added our guarantee. We hope you have an opportunity to join us and discover for yourself the unforgettable nature of an O.A.R.S. vacation.
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Baja, Mexico Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching
Dreaming of sunny days and casual warm nights, Baja's sandy beaches and warm waters, the isolated and rugged coastline of Mexico shared with interesting companions? Planning a mid-winter getaway to snorkel with sea lions, sea kayak with playful dolphins and enjoy whale watching for Gray's from the bow of a boat?
A vacation to Mexico's Baja peninsula, a mountainous finger of land separating the Sea of Cortez from the Pacific Ocean, provides a dream warm weather winter U.S. vacation easily accessible from mainland U.S. Baja is flanked on one side by the cool waters of the North Pacific and on the other by the warm nutrient rich water of the Sea of Cortez. This region, often referred to as the "Mexican Galapagos," offers some of the greatest diversity of sea life on the planet.
The Baja peninsula in Mexico was once a part of the North American Plate, the tectonic plate of which mainland Mexico remains a part. About 5 million years ago, the East Pacific Rise began cutting into the North American Plate, at which time the peninsula began to separate. It is believed the first humans came to the peninsula at least 11,000 years ago, most likely following the Pacific coast down from Alaska. At the time of European contact in the 1500s, two main native groups were present on the peninsula. The population of Baja today is estimated to be slightly more than 3 million with most of the population living in Mexicali or in Tijuana.
Luckily, Baja sea kayaking expeditions avoid densely populated cities in lieu of coastlines teeming with wildlife. A sea kayaker might hope to see, depending on the time of year, gray whales, dolphins, Manta Rays, sharks and sea turtles, as well as tropical birds including Blue-footed Boobies, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Red-billed Tropicbirds and a variety of hummingbirds.
O.A.R.S. offers unique sea kayaking trips in Baja, including Baja Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching tour, Espiritu Santo Island Circumnavigation, and Sea Kayaking the Baja Coast. On a fourth itinerary, Sea of Cortez Island Hopping, O.A.R.S. guests island hop through Sea of Cortez Islands in sea kayaks while also enjoy snorkeling, hiking, fishing and visiting local fishing villages.
Each of our Mexican adventure travel tours provides the experience of a lifetime for avid sea kayakers, wildlife lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and those simply in need of a little rest and relaxation, as they encounter the wonders of the Sea of Cortez. Guests on a Baja sea kayaking trip need not have prior experience. Each year Pacific gray whales migrate from the Arctic to the breeding grounds of Baja's western shore, and O.A.R.S. whale watching trips to Magdalena Bay offer friendly, gentle contact with these playful creatures.
Recently Mexico formalized the enlightened protection it has been extending to marine mammals for many years now-creating the world's largest single-nation sanctuary. Now in nearly 3 million square kilometers (1.15 million square miles) of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean, thirty-nine whale species, including the 17,000 grays that migrate to Baja's warm waters each year, will remain wild, free and unhunted, making Baja whale watching nothing short of world-class. Perceptions surround Baja-distant, somewhat mystical, beautiful, a frontier-as they do in Alaska. Which may explain why most of it has remained a pristine wonderland.