Single and double kayaks are available for rent to qualified paddlers. The singles are fiberglass Nigel Dennis kayaks, primarily. Tandems are Seda Tango kayaks. P&H Delfin singles are available for shorter trips
To streamline your rental choices, Sea Kayak Baja Mexico offers three
different levels of service and suggests four trips.
A hotel package can be added to any of them.
To create and run your own expedition is exciting. However, there is significant risk involved. For your safety and our conscience, we hold high prerequisites and screen paddlers closely before renting kayaks. There is no rescue service in the Loreto area.
Strong winds can come up suddenly in the Sea of Cortez and blow hard for days. Popular paddling routes have currents and constrictions where the sea state is well rougher than the wind speed alone would create. There is no published information on currents or other hazard areas for kayakers. There is no rescue service. Although it is required to carry a VHF radio and an international cell phone, there are areas with no reception. Fishermen may be your best aid, but few speak English. Our performance kayaks have skegs, no rudders, and they require a high level of proficiency and experience to handle in the open sea.
At least one member must have a BCU 4-star sea leader or BCU 5-star sea leader award. It is highly recommended that all other trip members hold the new BCU 3-star sea award or the old BCU 4-star award. Similar certifications will be honored, for example in ACA: Open Water Instructors and IT's. We may ask to see relevant sections of your log book for paddling experience and ask for paddling references.
For rentals with motorboat support, some of the requirements may be reduced. Questions about prerequisites? Contact us.
If you have a company and would like to run your own Baja trip with our equipment and permits, please contact us.
Prices per person
Loreto National Marine
Park 6 days
|3-8 people||$475||3-8 people||$590||3-8 people||$800|
|2 people||$500||2 people||$720||2 people||$1000|
Tandem Kayak (6 days)
|4-8 people||$270||4-8 people||$390||4-8 people||$590|
|2 people||$310||2 people||$500||2 people||$760|
Loreto National Marine Park 8 days
|3-8 people||$550||3-8 people||$775||3-8 people||$1000|
|2 people||$625||2 people||$875||2 people||$1150|
Tandem Kayak (8 days)
|4-8 people||$340||4-8 people||$470||4-8 people||$710|
|2 people||$375||2 people||$600||2 people||$890|
Carmen Island Circumnavigation
|3-8 people||$600||3-8 people||$850||3-8 people||$1100|
|2 people||$700||2 people||$900||2 people||$1250|
Tandem Kayak (10 days)
|4-8 people||$410||4-8 people||$550||4-8 people||$830|
|2 people||$540||2 people||$680||2 people||$1020|
Loreto to La Paz 10 days
(Puerto Escondido to Punta Coyote) Single Kayak
|3-8 people||$800||3-8 people||$1000||3-8 people||$1260|
|2 people||$1050||2 people||$1250||2 people||$1700|
Tandem Kayak (10 days to La Paz)
|4-8 people||$595||4-8 people||$740||4-8 people||$1020|
|2 people||$750||2 people||$970||2 people||$1300|
Included in UNESCO's World Heritage list, the islands of the Gulf of California are biologically and geologically important, and absolutely stunning. Behind the Loreto National Marine Park, the Sierra la Giganta creates a mile-high mountain backdrop that layers itself with the angles of the desert sun. Clear water invites you to visit with the fishes and sea life.
The islands Danzante and Carmen are uniquely enjoyable by kayak. Paddle a 3-mile crossing to Danzante from our recommended launch, and another 2 miles to Carmen. The most outstanding arches, rock gardens, tidepools, sea stacks, seabird sanctuaries, fossils, shell middens, and a vast variety of beaches all concentrate in an area with about a 10-mile radius. There are 2 short hikes on Danzante Island and endless snorkeling. A 6-day trip allows for good exploration on a 1-week vacation, while an 8-day trip gives the chance to probe deeper into the Park's remoter areas.
Carmen Island Circumnavigation 10-days
Carmen Island 10-day is an absolutely breathtaking showcase of the Loreto National Marine Park. Mountain vistas, open sea, birds, a sea lion colony, spectacular geology, fossils, comfortable pebble beaches, white sand paradise beaches, and usually all to yourself!
This is a 60NM circumnavigation that is challenging for its exposure and remoteness. The north and east sides are little-traveled, and out of most VHF and cell phone range. Strong winds and big seas can pin paddlers down for days, so we plan most of the circumnavigation in the first half of the trip, then recommend layovers, shorter distances and exploration on the second half. In case of winded-in days, the island can still be rounded in 4-5 days of dedicated paddling. The crossing from Puerto Escondido is just over 5NM with Danzante Island as a handy waypoint in the middle.
Yes, it's the quintessential 1-way Baja expedition, and well deserving of the distinction! The journey passes long stretches of absolutely roadless coast. Dramatic mountains ensure that the only access is from the sea. Flying fish, sea turtles, whales, dolphins, pelicans and your kayaking friends are your traveling companions.
The most spectacular section begins at Puerto Escondido and extends to Punta Coyote some 80NM down the coast. Another 30MN of less stunning coast gets you to El Sauzoso, which saves on the transportation costs. The full Loreto to La Paz is some 140NM. Bold crossings of between 4 and 25 miles access and link the islands along the route. This journey is remote and exposed, but there are a couple fishing villages. Some staples can be purchased along the way, including water.