This all-inclusive trip takes care of all the planning needed to come and experience this world-class UNESCO biosphere reserve in Baja, Mexico. Airport transfer into town from Loreto International Airport and back again at the end of the trip is included. Accommodations in town on March 26th, 27th and 28th before your trip and after the trip on March 8th are included.  All but personal camping items for the expedition, and your personal meals and fun in Loreto is all covered. You just need to book your flight!

Your group along with OSKC senior guides James and Dympna and our local Mexican guide Marcos will meet up in Loreto Airport.

Our eleven-day expedition is in The Loreto National Marine Park which encompasses 5 major islands. We will circumnavigate Isla Danzante as well as Isla del Carmen which is the largest, at about 60nm around, and has the most variety.

From white-sand beaches and marine fossil deposits to volcanic cliffs of startling colors; from protected coves to ruggedly exposed points, the scenery keeps changing. Rock hopping and sea caves number among the paddling delights. The eastern side faces the open sea, the distant islands of Santa Catalina and Monserrate, and of course the brilliant Baja sunrise. The western shore faces the Sierra la Giganta, a sheer mountain range rising from the sea nearly a mile high.

Isla del Carmen has the only ghost town in the park. Salinas once employed the majority of Loreto’s workforce in harvesting sea salt from a vast inland lagoon. Isla del Carmen also has a freshwater spring, refreshing for rinsing off the salt halfway through your trip, and an essential resource for a self-supported circumnavigation. Daily paddling distances vary but average about 10nm on this trip. One to two layover days are built into the itinerary in case of wind, and to explore special areas in more detail.

At the start of the trip, we have a few extra days to explore the beautiful town of Loreto. We’ll head out on a day trip expedition, which may include hiking in the Mesquite Canyon. On our other day, we will all do whatever we feel like, perhaps cruise the art galleries and shops, or go on a whale watching tour or go explore the San Javier mission in the mountains outside of Loreto. We will come up with some ideas and decide a little closer to our trip when we know what is available to us. In the evenings we will gather to enjoy delicious meals and margaritas under the starry Loreto night skies.

11 days / 10 nights

Price p.p. from:

$3,700 

plus taxes

Dates

March 26–April 9, 2022

Participant Skill Level

Please contact us with any question related to these trip prerequisites.

  • Ability to paddle for up to 20km/day
  • Paddle Canada level 1 or equivalent skills

 Trip Route Map

Here’s a map of our travel route, to help put things in perspective.

 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.

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Fly into Loreto, Baja, México

Fly into Loreto (LTO) airport. We shuttle guests to the provided accommodation in town. Settle in, head out for dinner.

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2 Days in Loreto

Acclimatize to your surroundings and explore Loreto. We will plan a fun hike into the mountains on one of our days in Loreto. Evening pre-trip meeting to organize last-minute gear and choose kayaks.

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11-days on Trip

Shuttle with our gear to our launch point. Start paddling out to the Islands, (Isla Danzante and Isla Carmen) in Loreto National Marine Park, to explore, paddle, snorkel and camp on pristine beaches.

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Final trip day

Head back to the take-out, shuttle back to provided accommodation in Loreto. Shower! Dinner in town.

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Fly out of Loreto

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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 What's Included

Don’t worry, we’ve got this covered.

Included

  • Shuttles from Loreto Airport to Loreto town on Mar 26th and back on April 9th.
  • 11-day Sea Kayaking Expedition
  • 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 11-day expedition
  • All meals and snacks, for the eleven days while on trip, including the chance to sample mouthwatering Mexican food! (Once informed, we can accommodate most food allergies and preferences.)
  • Accommodation in the town of Loreto pre-trip from March 26-28th 2022
  • Accommodation in the town of Loreto post-trip from April 8th 2022
  • All Loreto National Marine Park passes
  • Expedition First Aid Kit. Guides are Wilderness Medical Associates First Responder Certified.
  • Communication devices. Guides have obtained their 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.
  • We also have our 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

  • Meals before and after expedition while in Loreto.
  • Flights to and from "LTO" (Loreto International Airport)
  • Travel Medical, Trip Cancellation 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, one can be provided if needed
  • 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
  • *A detailed gear list is sent pre-trip
11 days / 10 nights

Price p.p. from:

$3,700 

plus taxes

Dates

March 26–April 9, 2022

I love exploring new places from my kayak. Thank you Dympna and James for making this opportunity possible, yet a second time (previously BC). I feel so safe traveling anywhere with you guys.

Mary-Jo H.

 Nearest International Airport

Each guest is responsible for travel to and from Loreto airport (LTO). Westjet and Alaska Airlines service this airport.

 Pre and Post-Trip Accommodation

We arrange accommodation in town before and after your expedition. We also arrange all airport transfers to and from the airport and the start and end of the trip.

The Small Print

$300 deposit due on booking. 2nd Payment Dec 1st 2021. Final payment Jan 15th 2022

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about this trip or about any of our other trips or courses.

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