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Espiritu Santo - Whale Watching

offered by supplier M07167 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 14 people
Destination(s): Mexico  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing   Marine Biology  
Season: January - March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1030 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1030 US Dollar (USD)

The absolute best of both seas with a day in between to relax and explore the enchanting seaside town of La Paz with its beautiful board walk and sensational dining.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in La Paz, check into your hotel room and at 9:00 pm meet your trip leaders for introductions and orientation.

Day 2: Transfer to Espiritu Santo Island in our 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.

Day 3: Continue sea-kayaking along the dramatic coastline and explore smaller off shore islands where numerous sea birds nest. Camp on another breath-takingly beautiful beach.

Day 4: Today's paddle will take us to the end of the island and our final night's camping beach. Our optional afternoon hike consists of an intriguing scramble up a boulder filled 'arroyo'. After 1.5 hours we are rewarded with a wonderful view of the east side of the island from our 'perch' several hundreds of feet above sea level.

Day 5: 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. After lunch we will return to La Paz and check into our hotel.

Day 6: A 'day off' to enjoy a leisurely stroll around our picturesque seaside town. Browse in many Mexican arts and crafts shops or if you would rather a more active day we'll set you up with a mountain bike, or a day fishing or wind-surfing. A margarita at sunset on the famous sea promenade is a La Paz tradition!

Day 7: Transfer in air-conditioned van to the shores of the Pacific Lagoons at Lopez Mateos - considered to be the finest whale-watching area in the La Paz proximity (transfer time is 3.5 hours). Typically within minutes of clambering aboard our motor skiffs we are out in the bay surrounded by Whales. The spectacle is quite amazing and close up encounters are practically guaranteed. Returning to the shore it is then just a five minute stroll to our accommodation. Relax and then freshen up before dining in our Palapa Restaurant with a buffet of fresh sea food.

Day 8: Arise to a Mexican cooked breakfast before our second whale-watching trip. We will venture out into the bay for a second opportunity to immerse our selves amongst the whales. For the last ten years many of our guests have been thrilled by the whales swimming right alongside our boats giving them the extraordinary opportunity to pet them. We will return to Lopez Mateos for a delicious lunch and then transfer back to La Paz arriving at around 4.00pm which gives time for anyone wishing to connect on through to Los Cabos the same day.

Day 9: Breakfast and depart. 'Every year The Gray Whale makes its annual migration from the Chirikof Basin to Magdelena Bay, a round trip of some 12,400 miles making it the longest migration by any mammal. During the Gray's winter visit, they calve and nurse in the shallow lagoons. These amazing Gray Whale nursing grounds are protected by strict Mexican environmental and ecological legislation. We are careful to observe these regulations by exclusively working with licensed cooperatives that have trained boat drivers. This in turn helps support local fishermen and their families.'

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price: Single Traveler Supplement - $175US.

Price Includes:
- Certified, bi-lingual naturalist guides
- Single and/or double kayaks
- All kayaking gear
- Camping equipment
- Transportation to and from your La Paz hotel to the island and to the Pacific Lagoons for whale-watching.

Notes:
- Bring or rent from outfitter:
* Sleeping bag
* Snorkel gear and wet suit
* Snorkel sets and wetsuits may be rented
- Meals: All meals are included (except 2 dinners and a lunch)
- Accommodation: 5 nights comfortable hotel/3 nights camping

Supplier Information
Location: Mexico
Joined InfoHub: Jan 1999
Client Request Served: 333

M07167 was founded in 1994 and has now become Baja's leading sea-kayak outfitter. They have an outstanding reputation for exceptional sea-kayaking and multi sport adventures. Most of their sea-kayaking expeditions journey around the UNESCO site of Espiritu Santo Island. They also explore the rugged wilderness...

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