Baja Quick Escape for Families
The "Family Baja Quick Escape" is a 4-day holiday on beautiful Isla Espiritu Santo (Espiritu Santo Island), in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California). Espiritu Santo is a nature reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and offers great sea kayaking, beautiful campsites on white sand beaches, encounters with marine wildlife, and the peace and power of nature. This is one of the premier sea kayaking destinations in North America.
The rugged shoreline, off-shore islands, and series of headlands with deep bays make each day a new adventure. The west coast is studded with some of the most spectacular white, sandy bays you can imagine, while the east coast has enormous towering cliffs, bizarre rock formations, and alluring sea caves. After paddling 3-4 hours each day, we will have plenty of time to enjoy fantastic snorkeling, 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 schools 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!
The “Quick Escape” is an ideal choice for those with limited time, or as component of a longer visit to southern Baja. If you are coming a long way to get to Baja, you might also consider the all-inclusive, 8-day “Circumnavigation of Isla Espiritu Santo” trip that includes hotel accommodations on the first and last night.
We offer 2 types of trips:
Self-Contained Trips: Like most Black Feather trips, we will carry all our food and gear in our kayaks. We all help set up camp, cook meals, and clean dishes. There is a pre-set meal plan, and while the guides take overall responsibility for the meals, everyone will take turns helping with the food preparation, etc. We find that this shared catering enhances the feeling of comradeship and brings the group together to discuss the day's experiences and the next day's plans. The rewards of this style of expedition lie in the feeling of self-sufficiency, a bonding team spirit, and a real sense of accomplishment.
Fully-Catered, Motor-Skiff-Assisted Trips: The itinerary remains very much the same. You will paddle from camp beach to camp beach - exploring the island as you go. However, a "Panga" (motor boat) carries all the camping gear and provisions, leaving you to paddle light, empty kayaks. This alleviates the task of squeezing all your gear into tiny compartments, only to unpack again a few hours later. It is also physically easier to paddle a light kayak.
The Panga driver and guides will take care of providing you with 3 great meals a day, and they will do all the cleaning up. Having a motor boat along means that we are able to take ice chests full of cold beer and other refreshing beverages, and some extra food items. We are also able to offer a more flexible program. For instance, less-energetic folks may choose to hitch a ride in the Panga to the next camping beach. We can also provide side trips to otherwise inaccessible snorkeling locations and/or go on fishing trips to try and catch dinner. Please note that we still require your assistance to set up / take down your own tent, and help in loading and unloading the boat every time we change campsites.
Family Trips: There is a 20% discount for kids under 14.
Recommended Skill Level And Dates
March 20, 2016 to March 23, 2016
|$ 770.00 US|
March 23, 2016 to March 26, 2016
|$ 770.00 US|
4 days of kayaking and 3 nights of camping
Guides 6:1 ratio
Kayak Expedition Supplies
• single or tandem sea kayaks, paddles, PFDs, etc.
• kitchen equipment, sun shelter, dishes, utensils, etc.
• excellent meals, safe fresh drinking water, snacks
• cocktails, wine with dinner
• first aid and repair kits
• emergency, communication, and safety equipment
• dry bags, water bags, etc. for group equipment and food
• a shared tent, a sleeping pad, and a dry bag may be reserved without charge
• ground transfers to/from your hotel and the motorboat dock
• boat shuttles between La Paz and Isla Espiritu Santo, and to and from the sea lion colony
• meal preparation and clean-up
• extra menu items
• extra group camping gear and amenities
• re-supply of food and water by motorboat
• full-time motorboat (Panga) support
• transport of group gear, camping equipment, and food between campsites
• option to ride in the Panga