Loreta, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR – Need a sunny idea for your bucket list vacation this year without breaking the bank? – how about a fully catered novice sea kayaking/snorkeling tour in Loreto, Baja? Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc’s Baja Sea of Cortez Islands tour itinerary was included in National Geographic’s book “100 Best Affordable Vacations” and “Every Day with Rachael Ray” December 2011 issue – prices starting at $895 US.
Savor gentle kayaking, snorkeling with tropical fish in this UNESCO World Heritge site, watching dolphins leap, sipping margaritas on the beach, marveling at the most incredible stargazing imaginable, having naturalist guides wine and dine you. Baja whale watching and sea kayaking tours also make a great gift idea for Christmas, milestone birthdays or even wedding registry for loved ones who enjoy soft adventure without having to fully rough it. Help your loved ones attain their dream travel “bucket list”! From October 25, 2011 through May 2, 2012, the U.S.-based outfitter offers weekly four to six-day guided kayak trips in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, and gray whale tours February and March 2012. We’ll bake a cake for you from scratch in our camp oven, celebrating on a sandy beach under the stars! And our guides have been known to whip out a guitar to serenade at sunset!
Surrounded by warm waters, the towering mountains of the Baja peninsula and cactus-dotted deserts, adventurers forget about all but the present, as they maneuver two-person kayaks through the winter gathering place of blue whales, and among pods of dolphins guided by our marine biologist sea kayak guides. Paddling alongside bus-size fin whales as they surface and sink mere yards from the kayak is the highlight of the tour.
Guests also explore the area’s islands on foot, snorkel in Mexico’s newest national marine park (Loreto Bay National Marine Park) also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and spend nights under the stars camping on secluded beaches in personal dome tents. Loreto is the site of the first mission in all the Californias, built by Jesuits in 1697, still in use today as a Catholic cathedral open to visitors. Sleepy Loreto is truly the UN-CABO of Baja. A portion of all proceeds go to conservation organizations in Loreto.
These all-inclusive tours include kayaks and instruction, all gear, sleeping bags, camping supplies, all meals at camp, two nights at a Loreto hotel and airport transfer for prices starting at $895 US dollars, featuring an outdoor island happy-hour, complete with hors d’oeuvres and margaritas each day at sunset. Airfare is extra. Excursions are limited to 13 guests. No prior kayaking experience is necessary; all gear provided.
The company also offers an extra one to three-day gray whale adventure in Magdalena Bay on Baja’s Pacific coast each Feb and March. Participants will get the chance to get eyeball to eyeball to gray whales in quiet lagoons. Cost is $150 for full day tour including snacks and lunch, to $895 for 5-day tour there.
Not included: air fare from Los Angeles on Alaska Air www.alaskaair.com, gratuities, meals in town, $25 national park fee. 10% off for youth age 8-17.