Baja Sea Whale Watching & Kayaking Trips

About This Trip

Baja Sea whale watching and sea kayaking has never been this exciting! The kayaking portion of this trip is spent exploring the beautiful island of Espiritu Santo in the Sea of Cortez. The other half of the trip offers close encounters with the Pacific gray whales in Magdalena Bay on the Pacific coast of Baja.

Our whale watching and sea kayaking Baha trips begin with kayaking from our base camp on Espiritu Santo Island and allows us the opportunity to explore beautiful white sand beaches, canyons adorned with hanging fig trees, boulder up arroyos, and snorkel among friendly sea lions and tropical fish.

In Magdalena Bay, daily excursions into the bay provide close encounters with the magnificent and friendly gray whale. The whales migrate here every winter from their feeding grounds north of Alaska to court, breed, give birth and simply frolic in the warm, calm waters of Baja’s Pacific bays. Motorized skiffs, skillfully and sensitively operated by local boatmen, are used for whale watching excursions. Other activities may include exploring the dunes and coast in search of whalebones, bird watching, kayaking in the mangrove estuaries, or playing beach volleyball.

Meals are a combination of the best of American and Mexican traditions prepared with fresh local ingredients. Barbecued chicken, fresh fish Veracruz style, grilled steak tacos accompanied by guacamole and a variety of Mexican salsas, plus fresh soups and salads are just a few examples of our tasty menus. The skiffs allow us to bring large blocks of ice to store fresh produce and indulge in luxuries such as cold sodas, juice and beer. Each evening we serve a cocktail and appetizer for “happy hour” so you can enjoy the spectacular Baja sunset while sipping an ice cold Margarita! Special diets are easily accommodated due to the variety of foods we are able to store with a skiff-supported trip.
This trip provides the experience of a lifetime for avid kayakers, wildlife lovers, whale watchers and outdoor enthusiasts as they encounter the magnificent gray whale and the wonders of the Sea of Cortez.

Trip Overview

Location: Baja, Mexico
Type: Sea Kayaking
Length: 10 Days
Dates: February
Meet At: La Paz, Baja
Rating: Beginner, Intermediate
Age Min: 6
Deposit: $500

Trip Prices

$1,545 per person

Single supplement fee additional
$195 hotel & tent, $75 tent only

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by Glenn Huffman on Holiday River Expeditions

Your people in the Baja were fantastic. The whale watching was awesome. Espiritu Santo Island was a paradise...the weather was fantastic. I could go on and on about the entire trip, but suffice it to say that it was one of the best run tours I've ever been on and everything was just perfect.

by Janet Broadbent Family on Holiday River Expeditions

Camping, kayaking, snorkeling with sea lions and hiking on the uniquely beautiful islands was, for this family of 14, an outstanding experience. It will be recalled with the greatest pleasure for the rest of our lives. Ranging in age from 5 to 75, every one of us loved it and our only complaint is that it was all over too fast. The campsite organization was faultless and the food delicious. We received unlimited care, kindness and encouragement from Miguel and his cool team of Manolo, Ramon, Angel and Martin. We were especially touched by the golden wedding cake baked by Ramon at the campsite. Miguel's knowledge of and love for his native land are inspirational. Thank you again for all your help.

by B. Lehto, UT on Holiday River Expeditions

Karen was our trip planner and she answered all of our questions. Carlos was an outstanding guide. He managed the guests with kind humor and enthusiasm. He was very knowledgeable. Allejandro was a very capable boat captain and lots of fun. Although we had hoped to kayak and snorkel more, the weather--wind--made it impossible. We also had hoped to see more animals--dolphins, rays, whales, etc. Ramon's cooking was delicious and creative. I've never eaten such fresh fish so often in one week. And his soups were wonderful.

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