Baja Sea Kayaking & Whale Watching

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Estado de Baja California, Mexico

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Estado de Baja California, Mexico

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Explore the best of both Baja, Mexico coasts on an OARS Baja sea kayaking and whale watching adventure.

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Our 9-day mid-winter kayaking adventure in the Sea of Cortez with 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 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 are offered daily along the coast and to outlying areas. The whale watching portion of this OARS adventure takes place 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, kayaking in mangrove estuaries, playing volleyball or simply enjoying a good book in the warm Baja sun.

  • 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

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. 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 and snorkeling with whale sharks. 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 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 Espiritu Santo Island and Magdalena Bay portions of your trip may be reversed.

January - February


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