Considered the jewel of the Sea of Cortez, Isla Espiritu Santo is an unspoiled island paradise, home only to an abundance of spectacular wildlife. Discover this uninhabited and UNESCO-protected idyll on our brand-new kayaking adventure! Spend four full days paddling, playing, and glamping along the island's beautiful coastline, gliding through sparking azure water rich with marine life. Snorkeling, swimming, hiking, and unwinding are on tap here, as are camp evenings filled with delicious meals and endless stargazing. Topped off with the unparalleled experience of swimming with whale sharks, this trip showcases Baja at its very best.
Paddle to pristine beaches and hidden coves on this blissful kayaking adventure-a favorite winter escape!
Get up close to marine life including playful sea lions and a variety of marine life
Camp comfortably on cots in dome tents, be dazzled by azure waters and starry night skies, and bookend your adventure in stylish boutique hotels
Arrive in San Jose del Cabo. Meey your guides and transfer to Todos Santos and Los Colibris Casitas. Get settled into your lovely room with beautiful ocean views, then join your guide for a gourmet taco welcome dinner at Iker's Colibris Café, followed by a trip briefing, outlining the adventures to come.
Start the day with a delicious Mexican breakfast, then head to La Paz to gear up at the bodega. Then it's into the boats and out into the Sea of Cortez! Arrive at Isla Espiritu Santo where the guides will lead a kayaking demonstration and safety class. After a quick picnic lunch, set off for your first paddle!
Isla Espiritu Santo is in a National Marine Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the best marine life viewing destinations in the world. Whales, dolphins, whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and plenty of beautiful tropical fish call the surrounding waters home, while a terrific range of bird species including Blue-footed Boobies, Reddish Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Magnificent Frigatebirds frequent the island's skies and shores. The island itself is stunning, with magnificent towering cliffs, spectacular sandy bays, amazing lava rock formations, and rock art left by the now-extinct Guaycura and Pericu Indians. There's even an endemic ring-tailed cat, the babisuri. Plan to explore both above and below the ocean's surface and see some of the many marvels of land and sea.
In the afternoon, arrive at camp and enjoy a happy hour and wonderful dinner prepared by our camp chef.
Today will be a great day! Paddle to Los Islotes, the permanent sea lion colony. Los Islotes is a very successful colony of about 600 individuals. Playing with the sea lion pups is truly one of life's great joys. Los Islotes doubles as a Blue-footed Booby colony as well. Paddle to many of the beautiful bays and inlets of the island, look for a Magnificent Frigatebird colony, and/or hike up from one of the beautiful beaches to get some spectacular views. Close out the day with another joyful happy hour and fantastic dinner by our camp chef.
On this last full day of paddling, stop in to check on the Blue-Footed Boobies at La Gaviota, then head back to shore and on to Todos Santos and Los Colibris Casitas. Get settled back into your room at Los Colibris Casitas, rest up, then head out for a terrific dinner in town.
If you're feeling ambitious, early this morning you can grab a yoga mat and head up to the Los Colibris Yoga Sky Deck before breakfast. With sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, it is an absolutely stunning place to do sun salutations! Enjoy a terrific Mexican breakfast then head to Los Cerritos, widely considered one of the best surf breaks in Baja. No experience? No problem! Our instructors guarantee that you'll ride the waves - at least for a moment - during your first hour of instruction. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the balance of the day simply enjoying the beach. There will be time in the afternoon to walk into town to check out the shops and art galleries of Todos Santos.
This evening local lawyer turned chef Iker Algorri, author of Cooking Adventures in Baja California Sur and chef-in-residence at Los Colibris Casitas, will lead a wonderful Mexican Survival Cooking Class. The emphasis is on having as much fun as possible, learning to make the perfect margarita, and gaining the skill to make some truly delicious Mexican dishes following Chef Iker's cooking philosophy, the Magnificence of Simplicity. Listen to and learn about some great Latin music you may never have heard before. Be warned - dancing is often known to follow this class!
Transfer from Todos Santos to San Jose del Cabo for departure.
MT Sobek Regional Specialist
Please fill out your name and email and a Regional Specialist will be in touch shortly.
MT Sobek has been leading active adventures in Baja since 1997, always working closely with local experts on Isla Espiritu Santo to tread carefully and maintain the pristine environment.
This is expertly crafted 6-day adventure blends kayaking and island exploration with ample opportunities for rest and relaxation. It's perfect for the short-on-time traveler.
You can join a variety of activities on Isla Espiritu Santo, a national marine park and part of a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Kayaking through an island paradise, swimming, snorkeling, marine wildlife encounters, optional surf lesson, and plenty of opportunities to unplug and recharge.
Two nights beach camping on Isla Espiritu Santo, and three comfy nights at the boutique Los Colibris Casitas hotel.
Baja experiences hot summers and mild winters. Temperatures in Mexico surpass 120°F in summer, but cool to the 80°s in late autumn.
We will kayak in calm waters, close to shore. We will not kayak if conditions are unsafe.
Our pace will be easy, but strong headwinds will require more upper body strength. We recommend that you prepare physically for this adventure.
Yes! You will be able to spy on sea turtles, octopuses, reef fish and whales.
The weather from November through April is generally perfect, with highs during the day in the mid to upper 70s and lows at night in the upper 50s to mid-60s.
All United States citizens and permanent residents visiting Mexico must have a valid US passport and/or permanent residency card to enter the country.
Our hotel in Todos Santos has Wi-Fi. There is no internet or phone service available at our beach camp on Isla Espiritu Santo.
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
"I've taken six MTS trips and they have all exceeded my expectations. The staff, the food, the logistics and the communications have always been exceptional. Thank you for being my "go to" adventure travel company!"
MT Sobek Guest
"I have traveled extensively around the world. The experience with MTS was by far the best I have ever had. Thank you for such excellence."
MT Sobek Guest
Be the first to hear about exciting new adventures, last minute trip opportunities, special events and more.
Need help picking your next adventure? Call us or your travel professional to answer your questions.1.888.831.7526