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Sea of Cortez Island Hopping

9 Days from $1350
Trip Highlights
  • Sea Kayaking from Espiritu Santo Island through the Sea of Cortez
  • Baja whale watching in Magdalena Bay
  • Snorkel at Los Islotes sea lion rookery
  • Visit Santa Catalina Island, camp on five islands
  • Paddle with dolphins and mantas leaping from the water
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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 Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)

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Departure Dates

2015: October 17, 31; November 14
2016: March 5, 19: April 2, 16, 30; October 15, 29; November 12


2015: $1350
2016: $1400

Based on double occupancy
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Deposit: $500
Single Supplement: $125 hotel and tent; $25 tent only
Optional Rentals: Wetsuit $15, Snorkel Gear $15, Sleep Kit $20 | Tent included

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Sea of Cortez Island Hopping in Baja, Mexico - Overview

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Our most popular excursion for those who want to experience the best Baja, Mexico has to offer, this O.A.R.S. adventure includes Baja whale watching, sea kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, fishing & visiting local Baja fishing villages. Traveling between destinations by boat, we’ll camp on five different islands and visit a number of others as we make our way from La Paz, Mexico to Loreto. We see dolphins by the hundreds, sea lions sunning on rocky pinnacles, mantas leaping from the water and on spring trips very possibly blue, humpback, sperm or fin whales as we cruise from island to island.

Sea of Cortez: Itinerary at a Glance

  • Arrive in La Paz, Mexico and shuttle to the hotel. Evening on your own to explore La Paz
  • Boat transfer to Espiritu Santo Island and enjoy a casual lunch before an afternoon orientation of the camp and a short paddle, snorkel or swim
  • Moving from island to island via motorized boat each day, we explore the islands by kayak and on foot and snorkel the pristine waters
  • From Espiritu Santo to San Francisco we anchor at Los Islotes, a sea lion rookery, for a fantastic snorkel with these friendly, playful creatures
  • Travel to the islands of San Francisco and San Jose and the beautiful beach of Puerto Gato on the coastline of Baja, visit Santa Catalina Island and continue on to camp on Monserrat and Danzante Islands
  • Morning options of paddling or snorkeling
  • Transfer from Danzante to Loreto via boat and van and enjoy the afternoon on your own to shower and explore the tranquil town of Loreto before the evening farewell dinner at a local restaurant
  • Transfer from hotel to Loreto airport for afternoon flights

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

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“The destination was everything we had imagined and more. Secondly we enjoyed the service of the local guide (Carlos) and his staff of Mar y Adventures. We were impressed by their personability, their knowledge of the area, their pace of traveling from one place to another, and their culinary ability and menu selection. Thirdly, we enjoyed the group size and the people in our group. We truly appreciated the guide’s ability in making the overall trip one of the most memorable travel experiences we have had. Thank you for a wonderful trip.”
Charles Lovely ~ Anchorage, AK

“Just got back from the Baja trip and can not tell you what a wonderful experience it was. The scenery and environment and the hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking (not to mention the star gazing) was so memorable. What a terrific trip. I am planning to do the same trip again as soon as possible. It greatly exceeded my very high expectations.”
Steve Sorenson ~ Reston, Virginia

“We had a great time. Trip was perfectly well organized, food was delicious, and best of all, our guide Carlos was the most knowledgeable naturalist I've ever met on a trip of this kind. He knows the birds, plants, fish, marine invertebrates and marine mammals well enough to have something interesting to say about virtually everything we saw, heard, or hoped to see. That was just wonderful: exactly what I want in an outdoors trip. He is of course friendly and funny and easy to be around, too.”
Tricia Bell ~San Francisco, CA

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January 80° 50°
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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Seasonal Average: 60° - 75°

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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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