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Baja Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching

10 Days $1500
Trip Highlights
  • Sea Kayaking Espiritu Santo Island in the Sea of Cortez
  • Baja whale watching in Magdalena Bay
  • See birds, dolphins, Manta Rays, sharks & sea turtles
  • Pacific gray whales migrate from the Arctic to Baja
  • Explore dunes & coastline, birdwatch, sea kayak in mangrove estuaries
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January 25 29; February 1, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 20, 26


Based on double occupancy
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Deposit: $500
Single Supplement: $250 hotel + walk-in tent, $175 walk-in tent only, $25 camp tent only
Optional Rentals: Snorkel Gear $15, Wetsuit $15, Sleeping Bag $15 | Tent included

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Baja Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching in Mexico: Overview

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Explore the best of both Baja, Mexico coasts on an O.A.R.S. sea kayaking and whale watching adventure. Our 10-day mid-winter adventure, Sea Kayaking Espiritu Santo Island in the Sea of Cortez and Whale Watching in Magdalena Bay, offers the experience of a lifetime for avid kayakers, bird and wildlife lovers, whale watching enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers.

Each year Pacific gray whales migrate from the Bering Sea and Chukchi Sea in Northern Alaska to the breeding grounds of Baja, Mexico’s western shore, traveling up to 12,000 miles each year. This yearly round trip makes the Gray whale migration the longest annual migration of any mammal.

A portion of our Baja sea kayaking vacation involves exploring the exotic Island of Espiritu Santo in the Sea of Cortez. Guided sea kayak excursions from 1½-4 hours are offered daily along the coast and to outlying areas. The whale watching portion of this O.A.R.S. adventure begins in Magdalena Bay. We stay in safari-style beach camps and enjoy evening educational lectures, slide shows and dining under the stars. We head into Magdalena Bay each day via a motorized skiff (skillfully and sensitively operated by local guides) where we can experience Pacific gray whales in close proximity. Our days also include exploring dunes and the Baja coastline, birdwatching, sea kayaking in mangrove estuaries, playing volleyball or simply enjoying a good book in the warm Baja sun.

Baja Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching: Itinerary at a Glance

  • Arrival in La Paz, Mexico and transfer to the hotel
  • Transfer by boat to Espiritu Santo Island. After a hearty lunch, partake in a sea kayak orientation and brief paddle. Relax and explore camp
  • Spend 3 days kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, fishing and relaxing. Guided kayak excursions are offered daily along coast and to outlying islands. Camp is in a large protected bay, allowing additional kayaking time to explore the area. Additional guided activities include skiff excursions to nearby snorkeling areas, including a sea lion rookery. Hike and fish for sea bass and red snapper
  • Return to La Paz and indulge in a hot shower, dinner and overnight in your hotel
  • Transfer to Magdalena Bay to whale camp. Take motorized skiffs into the bay and spend up to 2-3 hours per day observing the magnificent gray whales. Other activities include sea kayaking, bird watching and hiking. Each evening, knowledgeable naturalists present slide shows on gray whale behavior and natural history
  • After a morning spent whale watching, transfer to your La Paz hotel. Enjoy the afternoon on your own: explore historic museums or shop for authentic Mexican arts and crafts.

*Please be advised that the sea kayaking and whale watching portions of your trip may be reversed

Our Baja trips are run by an affiliate company and arranged through O.A.R.S. International, Inc.

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“Our guides did a good job. The food was good and the whale watching was everything and more than we enticipated.”
Jim Ewing ~ North Canton, OH

“It was a wonderful trip. It was very well organized, lots of things to do and simply beautiful.”
Amy Zanzig ~ Missoula, MT

“I thought the structure of the trip was very good between Sea of Cortez & Bahia Magdelena. The tour company was very well organized, providing excellent accomodations, food, naturalist guides and crew. It was exceptional fun to see the wildlife up close.”
Jeanne Eisele ~ Madison, NJ

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February 85° 65°
March 75° 58°
April 80° 63°
May 80° 63°
October 90° 80°
November 80° 70°
December 80° 70°
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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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