Coasts and Islands 8 & 9-Day with Skiff Support
Kayak Adventure with Boat Support around Isla Danzante and along the Coastline
Kayak through the islands and coastline of Baja California
Explore with snorkeling and hiking
Experienced local guides who know the area and the people
Ranch and fishing village provide look at life in rural Mexico
22-foot skiff holds gear, food, water for group
Hotel and transportation from airport included in trip
8 and 9-Day Kayak Adventure with a Support Boat
The Coasts and Islands route gives you a good deal of time paddling your kayak through the islands of Baja and along its eastern coast. If you want to have the fun of kayaking on the ocean without the difficulty of moving your luggage along with you, Paddling South offers a few trips each year that travel along the coasts and islands with help from a support skiff.
Travelers on the Coasts and Islands adventure spend the first half of the trip exploring the isolated islands near Loreto, and miles of pristine wilderness. The second half takes you along the coastline giving you a close, personal look at the people of Baja and how they live, along with stops at a hot springs and a small fishing village.
When you arrive at Loreto, we will be there to greet you at the airport and arrange transportation to your waterfront hotel. Once you’ve settled in, we’ll have an orientation session, in which we explain the trip plan and answer any questions you may have. Afterward, you can take the evening to explore Loreto’s cobblestone streets. Feel free to ask us for local restaurant recommendations!
You’ll begin your day with a breakfast buffet, served either at the hotel patio or the put-in. Before leaving, you will have the opportunity to store any luggage or items that you will not need. Then, after a short lesson in kayak handling and safety guidelines, it’s off to either Isla Danzante or Isla del Carmen, nearby islands that give you the time and opportunity to explore after setting up camp. If you want to explore the water, we pack snorkeling equipment for you to use at the end of each day.
Everything you bring on the Skiff Supported trip is packed and loaded onto the 22 ft motor skiff. Each night, we provide quality tents to anyone who wants them, but usually the weather is so nice that people choose to sleep under the stars. The first morning that you wake up to the sound of the waves, you’ll know your trip has truly begun. We try to get back into the water early in the morning. This is the best time to kayak, with the greatest opportunity to view the local wildlife, which includes pelicans, dolphins, and even whales!
After spending the first few days exploring the majestic rock-cliffs and turquoise coves of the nearby islands, it’s time to head toward the coast. Your path may take you near the islets, craggy rocks where local birds make their nests. See if you can spot the brilliant blue of a booby's feet on its cliffside perch, or the distinctive red eyes and beak of an oyster catcher as it hunts along a reef. And if you’re interested in learning more about the local life forms, our guides bring along a complete natural history library for you to peruse at your leisure.
The strength and frequency of the wind can change the time you spend in your kayak. Our guides do their best to travel 3 to 4 hours a day, giving you plenty of time to swim, paddle, or hike around each camping destination. Around the fifth day, you can use this time to visit a small island hot spring near camp. Also nearby is a ranch belonging to a friend of Paddling South, where we’ll arrange to eat a traditional meal of beans, rice, fish, stew, and homemade tortillas.
With so much to do at this camp, we schedule a layover day to give you more time. You can take an early-morning birding walk, hike through the desert wilderness, snorkel around a nearby island, or even ride mules or horses down winding canyon trails. Or if you prefer, you can simply spend the day sleeping in and relaxing by the beach before the final full day of paddling.
We make the final push to Agua Verde in the morning. After days spent traveling between small islands and an untamed coastline, the village’s appearance signals a return to civilization. Camp is close enough for you to see the local fishing boats, and nearby reefs provide some final snorkeling opportunities as you spend one last night camping under the stars.
As the sun rises and pelicans circle the ocean for food, you have one more chance for a morning paddle in a kayak. By mid-morning, the van will have arrived, and it will be time to pack everything up and head back to Loreto for lunch and a much needed shower. Feel free to use the rest of your daylight hours exploring Loreto. You have another hotel night included in your trip, and Paddling South hosts your final dinner.
The next morning, you can find a spot for breakfast and leave on your own time. If you have an early-morning flight, the hotel can accommodate your schedule, and if you need more transportation info, the guides can help you out. Be sure to come back soon for another Baja adventure!
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