Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez

When visiting Todos Santos the Pacific Ocean offers many great adventures like surfing, fishing, whale watching and swimming. But when it comes to sea kayaking the place you really want to go is the Sea of Cortez, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to 39% of the world’s marine mammal species, 33% of the world’s marine cetacean species, 891 fish species and an easy drive from Todos Santos.

Kayaking is the perfect way to explore what UNESCO has said of the Sea of Cortez´s “striking natural beauty in a dramatic setting formed by rugged islands with high cliffs and sandy beaches, which contrast with the brilliant reflection from the desert and the surrounding turquoise waters.”

Three options are available for you to choose from:

Option 1 – Balandra Bay: This is a stunning natural bay with some of the bluest waters, whitest beaches and coolest rock formations you are likely to find anywhere. The trip takes you through the bay and into a mangrove swamp filled with a variety of birdlife. Enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch on a lovely beach that you access by kayak, with plenty of time to swim in the calm, clear blue waters and/or explore the sand dunes and cliffs. An easy day out suitable for paddlers of all skill levels and ages.

Option 2 – Pichilingue to Balandra Bay: It you are looking for a longer, more challenging paddle with great snorkeling then this is the trip for you! During this paddle along the coast you will pass three rocky islands which house rookeries for blue herons and blue-footed boobies. Snorkel in fabulous spots accessible only by kayak and have a celebratory lunch in the beauty of Balandra Bay. This is a great trip for fit paddlers of all skill levels.

Option 3 – Isla Espiritu Santo and Swimming with Sea Lions: This is a great way to combine the fantastic fun of swimming with the sea lions with the tranquility and beauty of kayaking in the Sea of Cortez. Start off the day by taking a motor boat to Los Islotes for the incomparable joy of swimming with sea lion pups. Then head to Isla Espiritu Santo for lunch, where the kayaks will be waiting for you on the beach. After some training and a safety review, paddle the gorgeous Bahia de Candelero, gaining a new vantage point from which to appreciate the volcanic beauty of Espiritu Santo and the Sea of Cortez.

OPTION 1 & 2: Balandra Bay or Pichilingue to Balandra Bay
Price (2 persons): $140 per person
Price (4 persons): $110 per person
Price (6 persons): $85 per person
Price (8 persons): $75 per person

OPTION 3: Isla Espiritu Santo and Swimming with Sea Lions
Price (2 persons): $175 per person
Price (4 persons): $135 per person
Price (6 persons): $125 per person
Price (8 persons): $120 per person


Your Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez includes the following:

  • Bilingual staff
  • Round trip transportation (optional)
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayaks
  • Lunch
  • Tour duration: 8 hours
  • Tour schedule: 9:00 AM daily
  • Tour departure: from selected hotels (details will accompany your reservation confirmation)
  • Clients who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to participate

Please bring the following to your Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez:

  • Biodegradable sunscreen/repellent
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Dry clothes
  • Full bottle of water
  • Small backpack
  • Camera
  • Extra $$ for tips etc…
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