This expedition is one of North America’s favorite winter sea-kayaking trips, and deservedly so. It offers the adventurer 7 glorious days voyaging around one of the most appealing islands anywhere, in state of the art expedition sea-kayaks. The rugged shoreline, off-shore islands and series of headlands and deep bays make each day a new adventure. The west coast of Espiritu is studded with spectacular white sand bays while the east coast has enormous towering cliffs, bizarre rock formations and alluring sea caves. After paddling approximately 3-4 hours each day we will have plenty of time to enjoy fantastic snorkeling, to swim with sea lion pups, hike intriguing volcanic arroyos, bathe in the glorious Baja sun, watch manta rays leap up out of the water, admire a school of dolphins, explore hidden inland lagoons, sip a margarita and relax in great company….. Isla Espiritu Santo really is paddling in paradise ~ just ask anyone that has been there!
Saturday: Arrive in La Paz, check into your hotel room and at 9.00pm meet your guides for a trip briefing.
Sunday: Transfer from your hotel in La Paz to Espiritu Santo Island in BOA’s high speed motor boat. Guides discuss points on safety and provide beginners with the basics of sea kayaking and correct use of gear and kayaks. In the afternoon we embark on our first paddle beneath spectacular volcanic cliffs and arrive at the first of many beautiful beaches to set up camp.
Monday: Continue in our kayaks exploring a new section of coastline with small off shore islands where numerous sea birds nest. Camp on a new beach.
Tuesday:Continue voyage to the end of the island, stopping off to take a refreshing well water shower, hike up a wonderful canyon to discover fascinating rock formations. Continue paddle over to Isla Partida and set base camp for two days on north end of the island.
Wednesday: This is our lay over day – time to relax those paddling muscles! Today we take a fast motor boat ride to a beautiful off shore island which is home to a large sea lion colony. Experience the amazing thrill of swimming with sea lion pups and snorkel amongst thousands of tropical fish.
Thursday:Continue around the north end of the island for our first paddle along the east coast. A sharp contrast in scenery with spectacular towering. We will paddle through a narrow channel between Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida to discover an exquisite setting with high cliffs enclosing the bay and natural turquoise “swimming pool”.
Friday: A remarkable paddle beneath towering cliffs rising up to a high point of 2000ft. There are also two natural caves which skillful navigators can paddle right through. In the afternoon we arrive at our favorite camp spot ~ a magnificent 2 mile stretch of superb sweeping white sand. Last night of camping.
Saturday:Final morning sea-kayaking to complete our circumnavigation. Lunch and return to La Paz. Check in to your hotel. Time to shop for souvenirs before a farewell dinner together.
Sunday: Breakfast and depart.
session I: 11/23-30 2013 $825 (does not include airfare)