Kayaking Eco Camp

Our Espiritu Santo Island Eco-Camp offers comfortable amenities in a natural protected area. You customize your trip dates, length, itinerary and level of difficulty. Using our eco-camp on the island of Espiritu Santo as a base, each day will bring new adventures as you opt to kayak in a paddler's paradise, hike up ochre-colored canyons, or swim and snorkel with schools of tropical fish.

Perfect for beginners, families, active sport people, or real vacationer, this expedition takes place in the protected waters of Espiritu Santo Island, the perfect place to master the basics of kayaking, stand-up paddling, snorkeling and even diving.

Our flexible itinerary facilitates a variety of activities to match your interests and abilities. Because we use a base camp, the schedule can be as active or as relaxing as you choose.

Novices will learn easy-to-master kayaking skills from our expert guides, and soon be paddling three to four hours per day along the western shoreline—exploring caves, rock gardens, hidden inland lagoons and deserted beaches. You'll hike up ochre-colored arroyos to explore cave art, cacti and other amazingly adapted plants. Bird watchers will delight in the antics of pelicans or colorful frigate birds.

Be sure to watch for mobula rays or dolphins leaping out of the water as our skiff speeds you to the best snorkeling spots, where you can swim with sea lions and hundreds of tropical fish. You can also expand your range of experiences with our optional activities, which include SCUBA diving, massage and yoga sessions and even a class in Mexican camp cooking (for an additional fee).

Our friendly crew and added creature comforts—such as cabin-style tents, single and double raised platform beds, comfortable bedding, and Jicara-style showers—make your days and nights in camp effortless. You’ll dine on tasty Mexican food and enjoy happy hour each evening from our cantina as sunny days turn into luminous nights filled with stars.

Activities included

Kayaking, Stand-up paddle, hiking and snorkeling. Optional activities include scuba diving, night snorkeling, whale shark searches (depending on the season), and Mexican cooking classes (additional fees apply).

Sample Itinerary

Expedition Day 1

La Paz to Espiritu Santo Eco Camp

Please take a taxi to our warehouse to pick-up your snorkeling gear. A morning boat ride takes you to Espiritu Santo Island, designated a global conservation priority by The Nature Conservancy because of its unique biological diversity. Once you arrive at camp, we take care of everything! (L/D)

Days at Camp

Each day will be a new adventure, with different possible activities. Here's an example of a typical day on the island:

The “early birds” can participate in a morning hike up the ochre- colored canyon to see the first of the many great bird sightings. Rinse off in the historic well built by the shark fishermen of the 20th century.

Around 8 am, we eat a hearty breakfast and we will paddle to La Partida, the isthmus of the volcanic archipelago. After our paddle, the support skiff arrives with our hot lunch and a cooler full of refreshments (cervezas included!).

Our cooks know how to please the active body, beginning with a healthy vegetable soup, then a main course of freshly caught fish prepared in the Veracruz style, accompanied by a salad with fresh greens, and finishing with dessert!

Expedition Information

Trip rating:

Customize your itinerary and level of difficulty, based on your preferences.

Ideal for all ages: kids and parents, grandkids and grandparents.

Trip dates:

Our eco-camp is open from October 2013 through April 2014. Please check directly with our office for an accurate update of the availabilities.

Trip length:

Customize your trip length- minimum of 2 nights, no maximum!

*Price does not include the park conservation fee @ $5 per day (max $25).

After a short siesta in the shade, we will leave our kayaks and load up in the skiffs to head out to Los Islotes, the northern island and home to hundreds of playful sea lions and species of tropical fish and invertebrates. Los Islotes is sure to thrill even the most experienced snorkelers and divers.

Immediately upon submergence, you will be amazed by the diversity of the marine life. Schools of herring and anchovies pulse through the open waters, parrotfish, surgeon fish, and hawkish graze the coral and sand below, and sea stars and sea urchins dot the rocky underground cliffs.

If conditions permit, snorkel or dive through the passageway; its walls are filled with gorgonians, coral and sea stars, and curious sea lions swim right by your snorkel. You'll emerge feeling like you have visited a sanctuary of highest design.

Enjoy cold refreshments and some snacks as we head back to our kayaks. You choose if you would like to paddle or ride in the skiff back to camp. We have solar showers waiting and happy hour comes often at camp.

The beach becomes a stage set for the dining pelicans, watch as they dive-bomb in unison and miraculously bob up to the surface to swallow their freshly caught fish.

As the sun dips into the sea, we are preparing yet another culinary delight. Special celebrations in Mexico are not complete without the traditional Carne Asada (grilled beef dinner).

Before you stumble to your safari style walk-in tent, take a second to appreciate the never ending array of stars. Picking out the old stand-bys, Orion, the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia become a lot more difficult when every inch of the sky is illuminated. Finally, as you melt into your comfy raised cot, take a moment to relive the day’s adventures and start dreaming of the day to come.

Departure Day

Espiritu Santo Island Eco Camp to La Paz

The morning finds you kayaking, swimming, hiking or snorkeling to savor the last moments of this incredible getaway. We return to La Paz by boat at mid-day after lunch for flights out or check-in to your hotel. (B/L)

Conditions

A non-refundable 20% deposit is required to reserve space in the camp. Final balance is due at 60 days prior to departure date. A charter agreement will be sent to you upon confirmation of your charter date.

Price Includes

  • Comfy single or double platform beds, bedding, and safari-style tents.
  • Snorkel gear and single or double kayaks are provided on the island
  • All meals in camp beginning with lunch on first day and ending with lunch on last day.
  • Services of knowledgeable guides and caring crew members.
  • Detailed pre-departure information to help you plan your trip.

Price Does Not Include

  • Transfers.
  • Gratuities.
  • Hotel Accomodations.

All our trips can be customized to your needs

Contact us to find out more and plan your trip of a lifetime. Contact

Our Kayaking Expeditions

Choose between our various kayaking trips or call us to book a persnalized itinerary

Island Sea Kayaking Trip

10 Days / 9 Nights in March, April, October and November. Trip begins in La Paz and ends in Loreto.

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Coastal Sea Kayaking Trip

10 days / 9 Nights in March April, October and November. Trip begins in Loreto and ends in La Paz.

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Espiritu Santo Eco Camp

Two or more nights from October through April. Trip begins and ends in La Paz.

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Flexibility

The intrepid traveler wishing to see more sides of Baja can fly into Loreto, La Paz, or Cabo and rent a car or charter transport to the lagoon. Flexible packages based on your desired amount of whale watching excursions make it easy to create your ideal trip.