Kayaking in Baja
Ocean Kayakers

Baja California is a land of extreme contrasts. Bright blue skies and shimmering heat descend upon craggy mountain tops and endless expanses of dry earth and cactus plants. The azure waters which surround this delicious peninsula can be refreshing, powerful and challenging on the Pacific Ocean side; mellow, warm and soothing in the Sea of Cortez. A wide variety of flora and fauna from both land and sea engage the senses of each Baja explorer and naturalist. The few major cities dotting the coastline fill annually with excited, energetic vacationers of all ages. Yet most of Baja remains isolated, pristine, untouched.

There may be no better way to experience the extraordinary balance between rugged beauty and serene calm in Baja California than from the seat or cockpit of a sea kayak. Your muscles will thrive from physical activity even while your mind unwinds and relaxes away from the stresses of urban living. Baja sea kayaking expeditions offer adventurers the opportunity to explore many unique opportunities of the region including: whale watching, camping, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, swimming, experiencing sea lion rookeries and dolphins, bird watching, receiving environmental education from biologists and conservationists, exploring islands, and even taking yoga classes on the beach; all the while experiencing the startling cliffs, arroyos, coves, dunes, mangroves, and glorious climate of the region.

A number of exciting Baja routes await kayakers of all skill and experience levels. Experienced ocean paddlers can create their own kayaking and camping itineraries throughout the famous Rock Gardens of the northern Baja coast, Punta Banda, San Felipe to Puertecitos and Puertecitos to Huerfanito. For travelers that prefer to go with a group and have their tour arrangements organized professionally, a number of smaller companies offer great deals for tours around Arbolitos/La Bufadora and Las Islas de Todos Santos which also include Grey Whale watching, sea cave exploration, and ACA certified guides.

Travelers who wish to drive a little further to the south will enjoy the gorgeous beaches and tranquil waters of the Sea of Cortez and its islands. A wide variety of tours operate out of Mulegé, Loreto and La Paz and many of them specialize in unique trips ranging from eco-expeditions led by experienced biologists to yoga and kayaking retreats with certified yoga instructors. Many tours also capture the wonders of whale watching and interacting with marine life in Magdalena Bay.

Whether you are traveling on your own, joining friends and family or participating in an organized tour, by the end of your sea kayaking trip you will find yourself tanned, toned, relaxed and reinvigorated and when you return home, we would not be surprised at all if you discover images of vibrant Baja sunsets nestled permanently in your heart.

Numerous companies offer organized sea kayaking trips throughout Baja California. Popular options range from brief one-day adventures to four and seven-day kayaking expeditions including food, beverages, camping and hotel accommodations. Prices generally range somewhere between $79/day and $1299/week per person based upon double occupancy. Single supplements are available for solo travelers.

Here are brief descriptions of and links to a few of our favorites:

ENSENADA

Baja Blue Diver
Phone: 011-52 (646) 120-3040 from the U.S.

Destinations Include:

  • Arbolitos Cove
  • Explore the shoreline, coves, bluffs, and open ocean

Baja Blue Diver offers "sit on top" style kayaking. Sal, the owner of Baja Blue Diver, caters to all visitors to Ensenada and wants to ensure you have a memorable experience. Contact him for kayaking, diving, snorkeling, day trips, and rentals. You may make reservations via the Baja Blue Diver website.

LORETO

Sea Kayak Adventures
Phone: (800) 616-1943 or (208) 765-3116

Destinations Include:

  • Single Day Kayak Tours Magdalena Bay
  • Multi-Day Wildnerness Camping Magdalena Bay
  • Sea of Cortez featuring Islas Danzante and Carmen

Sea Kayak Adventures offers several unique options out of Loreto Bay for travelers looking for a more individualized experience. Yoga enthusiasts will love the Yoga and Kayaking series, where kayakers practice yoga under the guidance of certified instructors on gorgeous sandy beaches for 45 minute sessions twice per day (dawn and sunset). The rest of their week-long excursion is spent enjoying wonderful kayaking and whale watching experiences. Sea Kayak Adventures also offers great camping and kayaking opportunities for families traveling with teens aged 12-18. Although most trips are designed for kayakers 15 or older, these 6 day kayaking trips offer a 20% discount for teenaged children. Repeat guests receive discounts!

Sea Quest Expeditions
Phone: (888) 589-4253 or (360) 378-5767

Trips offered include:

  • Whale watching in Bahia Magdalena
  • Blue Whale Triangle beneath Sierra de la Giganta
  • Sheltered Lagoons of Pacific Side

Other trips along Sea of Cortez Sea Quest Expeditions limit their group size to 12 participants and can have up to three staffers per trip, creating a highly favorable staff to client ratio. Experienced guides and biologists lead expeditions along both the western and eastern shores of Baja. Kayakers with varying levels of skill can choose trips that offer motorized support, or self-sufficient options. They may also choose journeys that involve a single base camp or multiple camp sites. Best of all, as a small non-profit organization, Sea Quest Expeditions promotes scientific investigation, financial support for conservation groups, and provides environmental education opportunities for its clients.

LORETO AND LA PAZ

Sea & Adventures
Phone: (800) 355-7140 or (406) 522-7596
Email: visit website to submit online form

Trips offered include:

  • Circumnavigating Espiritu Santo Island
  • Whale Watching in Magdalena Bay

Sea & Adventures brings you a truly authentic Baja experience as a Mexican company supported by locals. Its leaders are trained in sea kayaking, marine biology, archaeology, geology and history. All expeditions are supported by motorized boats equipped with marine band radios. Some special highlights: This "green" company recycles and makes a strong effort to leave little human footprint behind. Meals are prepared with fresh local vegetables and fruits, and people may choose to catch part of their dinner if they like. Sunset is celebrated with cold fruit juice, soda or Mexican beer. Camping nightly on sand and gravel beaches, equipment including tents is provided. Snorkeling equipment and sleeping bags may be rented prior to travel.

KAYAKING TOURS

Aztec Adventures
Phone: (619) 594-6958

Destinations Include:

  • Los Arbolitos
  • Bahia de Los Angeles
  • Wilderness Resort, Bahia de Los Angeles

Small groups embark on one to eight day adventures. Some are wilderness resort trips, others are camping trips. Los Arbolitos/La Bufadora trips include round trip transportation, guides, camping and kayak gear, two breakfasts, one dinner, campsite fees and permits and personal equipment outfitting. For the more elaborate Bahia de Los Angeles Wilderness Resort trips, tour includes transportation to and from San Diego, rustic cabin lodging, permit fees, gear, meals and opportunities to snorkel, fish, hike and relax.

Humboats Kayak Adventures
Phone: (707) 443-5157

Destinations Include:

  • Arbolitos/La Bufadora
  • Las Islas de Todos Santos

Humboats Kayak Adventures run out of Redwood Coast, a kayak and canoe specialist catering to paddlers of all skill levels. ACA certified guides have extensive training and experience. For trips to Arbolitos/La Bufadora, whitewater and sit-on-top kayaks are provided, in addition to spray skirt, life jacket, wetsuit, paddle and tents. Kayakers opting for the Isla de Todos Santos tour will camp on the beach at night, and paddle around seastacks and rock gardens during the day before making a four mile open water crossing. Double kayaks are available, taking a comprehensive weekend kayaking class is strongly advised.