Espiritu Santo Island Day Trip

Just 18 miles from La Paz, the 23,383-acre island of Espiritu Santo is the crown jewel in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the Sea of Cortez. Espiritu Santo has the most intact ecosystem in the region — and several of its plants and animals are found nowhere else in the world! Our Espiritu Santo Eco Camp is nestled in a spectacular cove of this island Natural Protected Area, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will stop for a visit as part of your day of island exploration. Swim with friendly California sea lions at the rookery, then choose your adventure at our Eco Camp: snorkeling, paddling a kayak or paddleboard or hiking up the arroyo. Be as active or relaxed as you like at our island base camp. Rest and enjoy the views, or hike up the ochre-colored arroyo to study cacti and desert plants — but go quietly if you want to spot lizards! Bird watchers will delight in the fishing practices of pelicans and magnificent frigate birds. You will also enjoy delicious catered snacks prepared with fresh local ingredients.

Baja Expeditions' founder Tim Means, together with a supportive community, played an instrumental role in the designation of the island archipelago as a protected area, supporting the health of its ecosystems and creating opportunities for responsible access and visitation for future generations of locals and visitors.


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Trip Details

Start/End Destinations
Start: La Paz
End: La Paz

Wildlife Viewing, Kayak, PaddleBoard, Snorkel, etc.

Expedition Type
Day Trip

Age Range
Little ones — Grandparents

Trip Rating
Easy — all fitness levels

Year Round

Trip Duration
8 hours
Leave at 8:30 a.m. October - March
Leave at 9 a.m. April - September

Naturalist Guide, Boat Captain, Chef, Camp Crew

Support Vessel
Panga Motor Skiff

Itinerary Details

  • USD $120/ guest
  • Minimum Group Size: 4; Maximum Group Size: 10 (Questions? Contact us!)
  • Visit our Eco Camp Base Camp - Espíritu Santo Island
  • Visit Los Islotes and snorkel with sea lions
  • Paddle remote coves of Archipelago Natural Protected Area
  • Island hike/nature walk at different sites
  • Session with naturalist
  • Panga boat ride to & from Espiritu Santo island

Gear Provided

Expedition gear, plus equipment for kayak, SUP, snorkel

Food & Drinks

  • Local seafood ceviche, snacks
  • Local fresh juices and waters
  • Cerveza by request — in moderation

Other Cool Stuff

  • Kayak and paddleboard use at camp
  • Birdwatching
  • Day hiking
  • Want to see more?  Visit our Photo Gallery
  •  Contributions to preserve Wild Baja are greatly appreciated and tax deductible!

What Should You Bring?

  • Personal clothes and gear: 
    ~ November — March: layers for sun, cold and wind*
    ~ April — October: layers for sun, heat and wind*
    (*detailed packing list in Welcome Packet)
  • Camera
  • Willingness to explore
  • Art supplies, if desired
  • Gratuities for BE team at your discretion


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