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Have you ever dreamed of exploring the desert islands that dot the Sea of Cortez? Exploring their uninhabited shores and wildlife-rich waters? Well this trip can take you there! We’ll camp on five and visit more than 10 different islands as we travel between La Paz and Loreto. Travel from island to island will be via motorized boats while exploration of the islands will be by kayak, snorkel and on foot.

Expect to see dolphins by the hundreds, sea lions sunning on rocky pinnacles, mantas leaping from the water’s surface and on spring trips very possibly blue, humpback, sperm or fin whales as we cruise from island to island. Upon arrival at each island camp, we’ll launch our kayaks, don our masks and snorkels or hike to a pinnacle for a look at each extraordinary new island. Espiritu Santo, Los Islotes, San Francisco, Pardito, San Jose, Puerto Gato, Santa Catalina, Monserrat and Danzante are just a few of our destinations.

Explore the giant barrel cactus of Santa Catalina and the fossilized shell beach of Monserrat, snorkel with the playful sea lions of Los Islotes, kayak below the smooth, red sandstone cliffs of San Jose and into the hidden coves and white sand beaches of San Francisco. Visit the tranquil fishing villages of Pardito and Tembabichi. On this trip you’ll see it all so don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore the magic of the islands in the Sea of Cortez with your local Baja experts, Mar Y Aventuras.

2014 Dates: October 18-26, November 1-9, 15-23 2015 Dates: March 7-15, 21-29, April 4-12, 18-26, May 2-10, October 17-25, October 31-November 8, November 14-22

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a multitude if activities each day
  • Marine life, warm water and serene beach coves
  • Great choice for families

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A-1

Jan 31, 2012 by Janie, Sally, and "Skippo"

Another great excursion! La Paz quarters were A-1! The crew was super and Carlos did just a wonderful job! Food was excellent, water superb, weather was just a touch hot but sure beats smog! Even caught a few fish. Last nights dinner was good too! Our compliments to Mary and Ricardo for selecting and training such a great group of guys! It\'s really been fun seeing you two grow your business and we thoroughly enjoy being a part of it. Well, back to re-entry! Looking forward to next year! Thanks again. Good job, very well done!


so easy

Apr 04, 2010 by Kris Larson

As someone who has done self-supported trips for 30 years, I cannot imagine how I could replicate the trip we did without support. How could I carry enough water in my own kayak? I suppose I could, but it certainly wouldn't be the pleasant, playful experience that I was able to have. And to go to several islands...If I wanted to kayak from point A to point B, who would drive my motor boat from point A to point B? And if I COULD find someone to drive my motor boat, who would be as skilled at driving in the ocean as Chuy? But even if I just kayaked up the coast & was willing to lug all my own water... really...at this age, I am just UberAppreciative of ice in my cocktails. And perhaps the biggest point – our trip changed on the fly almost hourly to adjust for weather. Too windy to kayak? We'll go for a walk in the desert and kayak later. Too hot to walk? We'll motor over to a protected cove and snorkel. The thing is, too, that the guides are SOooooo GOOD. Many people in our party had NEVER kayaked. I have years of kayaking experience, but it is all whitewater. Ocean kayaking is different. The guides were very safety conscious and made everyone feel comfortable. They worked with each individual to give support where needed and then allowed as much independence as desired. On top of that, they were unbelievably knowledgeable about the local flora, fauna, geology & culture. If it were possible at all, it would take YEARS of experience to replicate this trip without guides.


Excellent for families

Mar 20, 2010 by Kris Larson

The big selling point for all of us on the trip, was that it is an opportunity for families/friends of dissimilar athletic abilities to get together in a fabulous setting. Someone can run a 50k in the desert, kayak 20 miles, and snorkel, while another one might lay on the beach & read novels/drink margaritas, and even though the guides speak impeccable English, another one could use the trip as an intensive Spanish class. One can do any group activity or go off on one's own. It is one of the few opportunities that I've seen where families could get together in a fabulous setting so inexpensively and not be on top of one another, as they might in a big beach house. There's also a ton [***A TON***] to be said for not having the burden or stress of organizing activities or food for a large group."
--Kris Larson, Island hopping, 2010


memorable vacation

Apr 20, 2009 by Gina Ferialdi

We just got back today from our trip to La Paz. I just had to let you know what a great time we had! For me, it was my second time, but it was so different than the first!! It completely surprised me. Miguel our guide showed us things I did not see on the first trip!! He was excellent!! So knowledgeable and friendly. He did everything he could to make sure we had a great time!! Again, thank everyone for us for making our vacation a very memorable one!


YUMMY FOOD

Apr 03, 2009 by N. O'Conner

Gear was clean and in good condition and the guides were fantastic, way better than we imagined. The hikes and the activities were perfect, so many different ways of looking at a single spot. Food was great, cooks were great. It was mostly regular food, tasty, hearty, plenty of it, and served with lots of smiles. Our Baja trip exceeded our expectations from every angle. We ran out of superlatives, and we're still talking about it.


Bike Raft , USA 5.0 5.0 5 5 Another great excursion! La Paz quarters were A-1! The crew was super and Carlos did just a wonderful job! Food was excellent, water superb, weather was just a touch hot but sure b