There's nothing like sea kayaking in Baja's Sea of Cortez, particularly during the winter when the water's warm, the desert skies remain sunny and the astounding marine life is active. 

We've crafted our Isla San Jose Kayak tour to take you away from Baja's busy shorelines and into the secluded stretches few explore. This remote island paradise adventure remains obsure to most sea kayakers, making the views incredibly special for all of their rarity. Join us on this incredible adventure and kayak, snorkel and hike through the Sea of Cortez's stunning desert islands and waters.

 

Itinerary

Fly into La Paz (LAP) or into San Jose del Cabo (SJD); upon landing, drive north to La Paz by bus, shuttle or taxi (about 3 hours). Spend the night in La Paz at the Seven Crowns Hotel and spend your free time exploring the capital of Baja Sur and its restaurants and bustling promenade. Later, meet with your guides and fellow guests for an evening orientation where we hand out supplies. 

Rejoin in the morning after breakfast and set off for our first full day of adventure. As we travel, we stop for a tour of an artisanal factory to see how adobe bricks are made before continuing on our way through a rugged landscape shaped by mountains and looming cacti. Feel free to ask plenty of questions fromn our bilingual, local Mexican guides who can tell you more about the area. 

We reach a small coastal fishing village by mid-afternoon and set up camp on the land of a local family. There's plenty of time to snorkel, swim, or explore the surrounding desert region throughout the afternoon. Later, we set off for a short kayak paddle to make sure everything's set up for tomorrow's crossing. 

You have the excellent opportunity to glimpse into the lives of the locals here who live off the sea. If you wish, our host family teaches you the art of tortilla making, and you can taste some tequilla. As evening sets, enjoy an authentic, festive Baja dining experience full of fresh tortillas and seafood. 

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we set out on a morning paddle from the mainland to Isla San Jose, followed by a panga carrying our gear.  

Beach our kayaks on an island for a break, some lunch and an opportunity to stretch your legs. The islands studding the Sea of Cortez are perfect for beach combing with their long stretches of sun-burnt sand. After lunch we continue paddling to our camp. Uppon arrival, we set up camp and explore what adventures Isla San Jose has in store--including swimming, snorkeling and hiking. As the afternoon comes to a close, it's time for appertizers and a delicilous dinner under clear Baja skies. Relax, unplug, and enjoy the wild world around you!

Wake to the smell of coffee and Baja's fresh air before enjoying a hearty breakfast on the beach. We pack up camp before setting off back into the Sea of Cortez's turquoise waters and it's incredibly healthy marine ecosystem. Watch out for the massive blue whales, fin whales or orcas that may pass us by. Pods of dolphins may also come out to play alongside us as we paddle. 

Paddle for several hours before stopping at an idyllic, secluded beach for lunch. We take plenty of time to sunbathe, snorkel, and explore before settling back into our kayaks for anohter paddle. Enjoy another night of delicious food, great company and unbelievable views this evening. 

Today has the possiblity to be a "rest" day, depending on the group's interests, hiking possibilities and the weather. Fun and beautiful hiking trails dot Isla San Jose--one stretching across the entire island. Hiking to a viewpoint with sweeping views of the Sea of Cortez and any whales that might be passing by can often be a trip highlight. 

There's also plenty of time to dig clams at low tide or perhaps even do some fishing with the expertise of our guides. Later, indulge in appetizers and a sundowner before another dinner under the setting sun. 

 

Today is another day full of adventure. We get pack in our kayaks for a paddle along the coast. Cliffs, arches and secluded coves make for an excellent backdrop and there's plenty to explore. We take time to beach our kayaks, enjoy some lunch and explore the surrounding waters and land throughout the afternoon. Return to camp for another fun-filled night. 

We wake early and enjoy some coffee and breakfast before continuing our paddle from Isla San Jose back to the mainland. Once we reach our destination, relax with lunch joined by our village friends. After, we pack up our gear and return to our hotel in La Paz. Settle in and relax a bit before a farewell dinner at a favorite local restaurant.

 

Though our kayak adventure is over, we recommend you extend your trip and join our Swimming with the Whale Sharks half-day adventure before returning home. 

 

Dates & Rates

DatesAdult (USD)Child (USD) 
Feb 03, 2018 to Feb 10, 2018 $1,349£0€0$0$0$1,255£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Mar 03, 2018 to Mar 10, 2018 $1,349£0€0$0$0$1,255£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Mar 10, 2018 to Mar 17, 2018 $1,349£0€0$0$0$1,255£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Mar 17, 2018 to Mar 24, 2018 $1,349£0€0$0$0$1,255£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Mar 24, 2018 to Mar 31, 2018 $1,349£0€0$0$0$1,255£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Mar 31, 2018 to Apr 07, 2018 $1,349£0€0$0$0$1,255£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Apr 07, 2018 to Apr 14, 2018 $1,349£0€0$0$0$1,255£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW

Supplementary Information

ALL PRICES IN US DOLLARS. We will do our best to adhere to the itineraries and trip descriptions listed on our website. However, tour itineraries or sub contractors (such as taxi, cruise boats or hotels) may change slightly due to reasons beyond our control including but not limited to Acts of God, wind, waves, inclement weather or other. We always welcome you to call us to clarify any item - often this is the best way to fully clarify expectations - call us collect or on our toll-free number. You will be sent pre-trip email with latest details within a month of your tour - it is your responsibility to check in with us prior to your trip to see if you have all the information you need. We will always do our best to provide you with the best possible tour and to fully meet your expectations to the best of our ability.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: If you are a solo traveler and wish to have your own hotel room (or if we are unable to pair you up with another solo traveler), an additional single supplement of $105 USD is required.  Solo travelers will always have their own tent during kayaking tours, at no additional cost.

TOUR INCLUDES: 

  • Hotel night before and after the tour in La Paz
  • All camping equipment and paddling equipment
  • Transportation while on tour
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Instruction
  • Professional naturalist guides
  • All meals while on tour
  • All National Parks & Biosphere Reserve access fees required by itinerary (included in tour package price beginning in October of 2018)
  • Taxes
  • Full service of our Adventure Consultants.

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE: 

  • Transportation to and from La Paz
  • Meals before or after the tour
  • $25 National Parks & Biosphere Reserves access fees required by itinerary (for tours departing through spring of 2018)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity for guides.

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FAQ & More

How do I get to La Paz?

Please check out our Transportation Guide for our recommendations on how to get to La Paz.

Are your tour prices in USD?

Yes, all of our tour pricing is in US Dollars.

What’s included in this kayak package? What’s not included?

Included: Skilled professional guide services, ground transportation, motorboat-support to carry gear, hotel nights as indicated on itinerary, all National Parks & Biosphere Reserve access fees required by itinerary (included in tour package price beginning in October of 2018), snorkeling equipment, camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, liners, and sleeping pads. Our camping trips include all meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day.

Not Included: Airfare, transportation to and from airport, gratuities, $25 National Parks & Biosphere Reserves access fees required by itinerary (for tours departing through spring of 2018), and items of a personal nature.

What kind of kayaks do you use?

For all of our Baja tours we use high quality, fiberglass kayaks, made by Seward. The majority of our fleet is comprised of tandems, as these boats offer the greatest stability, speed, and ease of paddling. There are typically a small number of single kayaks present on the tour, which will be utilized by the guides. Depending on weather conditions, and interest, they may allow guests to rotate into singles; however this will be at the guide's' discretion based on safety and the paddling objectives for the day. We also have a limited number of solo kayaks available to reserve and use throughout the trip (for an additional cost) for paddlers who have ocean kayaking experience.

Are your kayak trips motorboat supported?

Yes, if at any time a guest does not want to paddle they are welcome to ride in the panga instead.

Can I paddle a single kayak?

We have single kayaks available to reserve and use throughout the trip (for an additional cost of $100) for paddlers who have previous ocean paddling experience. If you would like to reserve a single kayak for your trip you will need to contact our Adventure Consultants to add this to your reservation and provide a summary of your ocean paddling experience.

What if I don’t have sea kayaking experience?

Whether you are an avid sea kayaker, or it is your first time, you’ll enjoy these incredible trips, and share in our passion for adventure, commitment to conserving the environment, and relishing unique experiences. For those new to the sport, kayaking is easy to learn in the sheltered waters that we visit, and we provide all of the camping gear, kayaking equipment and guidance needed. In addition, we keep our groups small to allow you to not only travel intimately among nature, but to ensure you receive the necessary attention from our guides.

What are the physical requirements for this trip?

When stopping at shore, you should be able to climb in and out of the kayaks on your own. They will be floating in calf-deep water. Your guides are happy to assist, but balance and limberness are required. When you get to your evening campsite, all group members must to be able to help carry the kayaks above the high tide line, in teams of 6-8, before the group disperses. You will change camp sites almost every night, but may have a layover day. Camp sites are assigned by the National Park Service immediately prior to the tour.

What’s camp like? Are there toilets and showers at camp?

When you get to your evening campsite all group members must be able to help carry the kayaks above the high tide line. You will change campsites almost every night, but may have a layover day. Campsites are assigned by the National Park Service immediately prior to the tour. We endeavor to secure the very best campsites for the natural beauty and amenities of the area. Your guides will give a demonstration of how to set up and take down your provided dome tent. We also will provide you with a sleeping bag, liner sheet, pillow and an inflatable thermarest sleeping pad. There will be a kitchen/dining area and shade tarps where you can sit back and relax.

While kayaking, we can only carry enough fresh water for drinking and cooking. There are no fresh water sources on most of the coastline and islands we visit. You can clean up with saltwater and soap off above the high tide line, or bring disposable shower wipes. A porta potty will fit into a hatch of the kayak or on the panga support boat, and will be transported to each campsite and set into a sheltered area for solid waste. Liquid waste can be expelled below the high tide line, or in a separate porta-potty bucket.

Who will my guides be?

We know your Guide will make the biggest difference on your trip! Which is why we pride ourself on employing only the best local guides for all of the incredible locations that we visit. Part of this is to support our eco-tourism efforts, but we also believe that there is no better way to experience a new destination than through they eyes of a local! We find talented and skilled local guides, train and certify them, and provide a positive and consistent source of income to them and their families.

Most of our guides are with us for the long-term, despite the seasonal nature of the industry. Our top-notch equipment, unique itineraries, and perfected operations attract extraordinary guides, many of whom are highly sought after in the industry. ROW Sea Kayak Adventures guides know their outdoor skills as second nature. Each trip will have 2-4 guides to assist, inform, and lead the way so you get the most out of your adventure. They love to share conservation, knowledge, games and laughter - and they’re great cooks!

When is the best time to go?

Spring and fall are the most ideal times for yoga on the beaches of the Sea of Cortez, as the seasons are characterized by warm days, glassy calm waters for paddling, and endless sunshine. Fall trips enjoy the chance for a desert in bloom and warm water snorkeling, while during spring, many cetaceans migrate into the Sea of Cortez and sightings may include blue, fin, and humpback whales.

What happens if it’s too windy to paddle?

If it’s too windy to paddle your guides will have alternative activities for guests to enjoy. There are opportunities to snorkel, hike or just relax on the beach with a margarita. We plan our itineraries to minimize risks posed by weather, but there is always an element of unpredictability in nature. The risk capsizing is reduced by our stable boats, but exists. All of our kayak guides are certified in kayak rescue.

Can I fish?

In general, fishing in allowed in Loreto. You would need to obtain a fishing license either before arriving or upon arrival. Our guides will not allow fishing if you are unable to produce a valid license. You will also need to bring all of your own fishing equipment. Along our kayaking routes there are areas where fishing is allowed, the guides will let you know where fishing is prohibited. Also, fishing is only allowed at the guide's discretion, as we have an itinerary, schedule and other group members that we have to take into consideration.

What gear do I need?

Sea Kayak Adventures will provide you with a detailed packing list prior to your trip. We provide all of the necessary camping, paddling and snorkeling equipment, which you will need to fully enjoy your adventure. If you are interested in more specific information, check out our general Baja packing list here! If you have any questions, or need help deciding what to bring, you can call or e-mail one of our friendly Adventure Consultants at any time for some extra advice!

What kind of food will I eat? Do you accommodate dietary restrictions?

Our renowned wilderness meals are prepared daily by our guides using local, fresh, healthy ingredients. In Baja you can expect an authentic dining experience, with savory dishes like chiles rellenos, tostadas, ceviche, and chicken mole. We even serve delicious desserts like brownies and pineapple upside-down cake! Each morning, we serve up freshly brewed coffee or tea. Throughout the day we provide an abundance of local fruits, vegetables, and other snacks. Wine and mixed drinks are served with hors d’oeuvres each evening for happy hour.

We do our best to accommodate special dietary requests, working within the parameters of the destinations in which we operate. If you have a very strict diet, we recommend packing extra snacks that you know you can eat.

How many guests per tour?

To keep our group size small and our impact minimal, we typically limit our tours to 14 people or less. Our standard minimum to confirm a departure is 4 guests for our San Jose kayak tour.

What’s the weather like in Baja?

Please check out this great website Weather Underground for temperature averages in Baja.

Is there a single supplement fee for solo travelers?

Our tour costs are based on double occupancy on any included hotel nights. Solo travelers who would like their own single hotel room can pay a single supplement (see "Dates & Rates" above for the single supplement price for this tour), or can be matched up with another solo traveler of the same gender if one is available and willing to share. If we are unable to pair you with another solo traveler, we must apply the single supplement charge to cover our hotel costs. Solo travelers will always have their own tent during kayaking tours, at no additional cost. 

Is there any extensions I can add to the beginning or end of my trip?

If you will be extending your stay in lovely LaPaz before or after your tour, consider joining us for a day to snorkel with Whale Sharks. La Paz is home to a unique and prolific Whale Shark population. We partner with a local research and non-profit organization to facilitate these tours. Don't miss the adrenaline rush of snorkeling with these gentle giants, while simultaneously learning about this unique species. Please inquire with the office if you would like to add on a Whale Shark tour to your reservation.

Where can I store my luggage while I’m on your tour?

You can leave your luggage at your tour hotel while you are on tour. We recommend getting a luggage lock if you are leaving any electronics in the bags. We’ve never had any issues with guests leaving their bags at the hotel but it’s always better to be safe just in case.

Is there a deposit required? Is my deposit refundable?

A deposit of $200 per person is required within 10 days of your reservation to hold your spaces. If the tour you are signing up for is a confirmed departure your deposit is non-refundable. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. US residents may purchase travel insurance directly through ROW Sea Kayak Adventures offered by Travel Insured International.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify ROW Sea Kayak Adventures in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately. If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of deposit. Deposits are not refundable. If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded. If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself. Please understand that once you've signed up, we are unable to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups. Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing a Travel Protection Plan to protect your vacation investment.

When is payment in full due?

Full payment is due 60 days prior to the launch date, as indicated on your invoice. Due to the high demand for these trips, please be sure to pay your balance on time so as to not jeopardize your reservation. Your final payment must be paid by check or bank draft in US funds.  Alternatively, you may pay your final balance with a credit card, but a 3% administrative fee will be added.

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