Baja, Mexico: Loreto to La Paz via Isla San Jose

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Join us in April 2025 as we head out kayaking for twelve days in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez). We take care of all the planning needed to come and explore the ultimate Baja coastline. We pick you up at the airport, and arrange a shuttle into town from Loreto International Airport and back again at the end of the trip. The following day we head out on our twelve-day trip down the coast. Everything except your personal camping items for the expedition, accommodation in Loreto for three nights, and your personal in-town meals in Loreto is covered.

Your group, along with OSKC senior guides James and Dympna, will meet up in Loreto Airport on April 4th. We will accompany you into town and show you around. You will have the afternoon on Friday and all-day Saturday to acclimatize and sort your gear before our pre-trip briefing Saturday evening. We depart the following morning!

This expedition is from Loreto to La Paz trip.  We will put-in at Ensenada Blanca, just south of Loreto and add a 12th day to the trip. This should then give us enough time to paddle, snorkel, and explore the coast. Our plan is also to head out and around the outside of the rarely paddled Isla San Jose. The whole shoreline is stunning and we will be paddling high-end fibreglass kayaks. The trip is around 200 kms so we paddle 20kms/day giving us time for hikes and snorkeling!

We end the trip on Thursday, April 17th. On April 18th we will drop you at the airport in Loreto for your flight home…or perhaps you’re going to rent a car and head out to explore some of the rest of Beautiful Baja. We have traveled to many other places in Baja so we are happy to help you with your plans if we decide to extend your holiday. We are also happy to help direct you to the most conveniently located accommodation providers right in the heart of Loreto.

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April 6–17, 2025

Trip Length

12 days / 11 nights

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 Trip Route Map

To help put things in perspective, here is a map of our travel route.

 Trip Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey ahead. Just keep in mind that it may change due to weather or group needs.

Fly into Loreto (LTO) airport. We shuttle guests to the provided accommodation in town. Settle in, have our pre-trip meeting and then enjoy dinner in town.

Rest in town, cervezas, check out the historical town of Loreto.

Shuttle with our gear to our launch point Ensenada Blanca. Start paddling down the coast.

Take out at El Portugues. Shuttle back to provided accommodation in Loreto. Shower! Dinner in town.

Shuttle from Loreto accommodation to the airport to fly home.

  Meet Your Guides

James Roberts

James started kayaking at 18. Since then his paddling career has taken him all over the world as an expedition leader and senior kayak instructor.

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Dympna Hayes

Dympna is co-owner and operator, of Ontario Sea Kayak Centre along with her partner and husband James. She loves sharing her craft with others through her coaching on skills courses and through her guiding while on kayaking trips.

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Marcos Simental Saldaña

Born and raised on the Baja peninsula, Marcos has been working on the ocean since 1998. A talented sea kayaker and fisherman he is our Baja local knowledge and super-guide.

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Amazing trip. One of the most beautiful parts of the country, and how better to see and explore it than in a kayak? Great company. Fabulous food, and abundant fish. One of the true remaining wilderness experiences in Canada, far away from civilization. Rugged, unspoilt landscape where we could trace billions of years of history in the rocky cliffs and also spot a few bears.

Gerard M.

 What's Included

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  • Shuttles from Loreto Airport to Loreto town
  • 12-day Sea Kayaking Expedition including shuttle from Loreto Town to launch point.
  • Shuttles from trip take-out back to Loreto town
  • High-end Nigel Dennis sea kayaks and equipment for trip
  • Group cooking and camping gear for 12-day expedition
  • All meals and snacks, for the twelve days while on trip, including the chance to sample mouthwatering Mexican food! (Once informed, we can accommodate most food allergies and preferences.)
  • All Loreto National Marine Park passes
  • Expedition First Aid Kit. Guides are Wilderness Medical Associates First Responder Certified.
  • Communication devices. Guides carry VHF Marine Operators License. We travel with a satellite messenger device on all OSKC trips.
  • Your guides, James and Dympna, are Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia trained, they are also senior level Paddle Canada instructors.
  • Ou local guide Marcos, from Baja, Mexico, on our trip as our host to share local knowledge, history and the best camping and snorkelling spots!

What's Not Included

  • Flights to and from "LTO" (Loreto International Airport)
  • Accommodation in the town of Loreto pre-trip.
  • Accommodation in the town of Loreto post-trip
  • Meals before and after expedition while in Loreto.
  • Travel, Medical and Evacuation insurance. (Required)

What You Should Bring

A detailed gear list is sent before the start of the trip but this can get you started.

  • Sleeping Mat
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag in a dry bag no larger than 15 L
  • Personal clothes for on land, in a dry bags no larger than 15 L, maximum 2 bags
  • Personal on-water garments
  • Hiking shoes and water shoes
  • Other personal items for comfort
  • *A detailed gear list is sent pre-trip


April 6–17, 2025

Trip Length

12 days / 11 nights

Price From


per person plus taxes