Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Baja Sea Kayaking & Gray Whale Watching Combo:
Our most popular wildlife adventure in Baja combines sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez with whale watching in Magdalena Bay, one of the major calving lagoons for gray whales. This is the ultimate Baja trip, combining one of the most incredible wildlife encounters on the planet with the chance to experience by sea kayak the magnificent beauty of Loreto Bay National Marine Park in the Sea of Cortez. NOTE: First and last days for any Baja tour are arrival and departure days. Click on the BLUE TABS below for more details.
Overview
Duration 6-10 day itineraries
Length 4-8 days of kayaking/whale watching
Intensity Beginner to Intermediate
Season late January - mid March
Minimum Age 12-13
Begins In Loreto, Baja California
Ends In Loreto, Baja California
Airport Loreto - LTO
Wildlife whales, dolphins, sea lions, boobies
Details

Go eye-to-eye with gray whales in a calving lagoon on Baja's Pacific coast and then cross the Baja Peninsula to paddle a kayak alongside dolphins and blue whales in the clear waters of the Sea of Cortez.  Our Sea of Cortez Kayaking and Magdalena Bay Whale Watching Combo tours lets participants get close to whales, explore desert islands by sea kayak and snorkel along isolated coves in warm, turquoise waters.

Magdalena Bay is sheltered from the Pacific Ocean by a barrier of desert islands. The sandy barrier islands protect the lagoons from oceanic currents, creating a fascinating environment of twisting mangrove-lined estuaries, chaotic sand dunes and blooming desert plants. January through March, hundreds of gray whales mate and bear their young in these protected waters after traveling over 5000 miles from the Bering Strait. 

You can watch gray whales and their newly born calves up close from the safety of motorized skiffs in the deeper parts of the bay, where friendly whales swim up to the skiffs for a head rub!  Breaching, spy-hopping and fluking, the whales will captivate your attention with their behavior and we guarantee whale sightings.

You have the option of either a one-day whale watching excursion from a motorboat or staying three days at our exclusive whale camp located at a remote beach on a barrier island in the heart of gray whale activity.  In addition to whales, the lagoon is home to dolphins, sea lions, pelicans, and thousands of shorebirds. Your guides will introduce you to the desert plants, birds and other wildlife of Mag Bay on our Baja whale watching tour.

Then head back over to Loreto or La Paz for three- to five-days of Baja sea kayaking and camping on remote islands in Loreto Bay National Marine Park or Espiritu Santo, where the surrounding water is a sanctuary for blue-footed boobies, fin and blue whales, dolphins and sea lions. The Sea of Cortez is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers the perfect blend of Baja kayaking, hiking and snorkeling. Abundant wildlife, massive whales, sunny weather and warm, crystalline waters make the Sea of Cortez one of the best winter adventure destinations in North America and Mexico.

With each of these tours, your first and last nights will be hotel-based in Loreto or La Paz with an extra hotel night between kayaking and whale watching.  All activities are led by naturalist guides, who dish out tasty chile relleno and margaritas in tented beach camps at days end.  You'll bring home a lifetime of memories.

Read an article about this trip. View a video of kayaking in the Sea of Cortez and whale watching in Magdalena Bay.  View a video of a close encounter with a mother gray whale and calf. Vew a slide show of kayaking in Baja's Sea of Cortez. View a slide show of whale watching in Magdalena Bay.

In February 2009 while most of the US was freezing, we were enjoying a sea kayaking and whale watching adventure complete with warm breezes, desert scenery, crystal clear waters, whales, hiking, snorkeling, a heaven full of stars, great food, private campsites, competent guides and new friends. SKA’s Sea of Cortez/Mag Bay Combo delivered it all. From the minute we landed in Loreto until the final farewell dinner the adventure exceeded ALL our expectations. SKA offered the BEST vacation ever.
RBen and Karen Little - Sea of Cortez/Mag Bay Combo

Miscellaneous:
A video and DVD of this tour is available. Please call us for a copy.

Awards
PRESS COVERAGE
"Just want to write to say how great your trips are. Wonderful staff, food that is too good! And the whale kissing was the best. All you guys are pros and it shows!! "
Paul Fisher
Availability
Below you will find all available instances of this trip. Place cursor over View Dates to see available departures. Place cursor over the demographic icons to get a brief overview of the demographic group. To print all dates click here.
Title Intensity Departures Adult Youth For Whom?
2014 10-day Loreto Islands & Gray Whale Combo Beginner to Intermediate View Dates $1,995 $1,795 Everybody
2014 10-day Wonders & Whales of Espiritu Santo Beginner to Intermediate View Dates $1,995 $1,795 Everybody
2014 11-day Baja Panorama Beginner to Intermediate View Dates $2,175 $1,960 Everybody
2014 3x3 Loreto Bay & Gray Whale Combo Beginner to Intermediate View Dates $1,525 $1,370 Everybody
2014 8-day Loreto Bay Combo Beginner to Intermediate View Dates $1,495 $1,345 Everybody
2015 10-day Loreto Islands & Gray Whale Combo Beginner to Intermediate View Dates $2,095 $1,885 Everybody
2015 10-day Wonders & Whales of Espiritu Santo Beginner to Intermediate View Dates $2,095 $1,885 Everybody
2015 11-day Baja Panorama Beginner to Intermediate View Dates $2,275 $2,047 Everybody
2015 3x3 Loreto Bay & Gray Whale Combo Beginner to Intermediate View Dates $1,795 $1,615 Family Friendly Everybody
2015 8-day Loreto Bay Combo Beginner to Intermediate View Dates $1,575 $1,417 Everybody
Getting There

These kayak and whale watching combo tours will depart out of Loreto or La Paz, in Baja.

A complete guide to traveling to Loreto may be found here [.pdf download]

A complete guide to traveling to La Paz (via San Jose del Cabo airport - SJD) may be found here [.pdf download]

Please call our office at 1-800-616-1943 or 1-208-765-3116 if you have any questions about flights or travel, as we have decades of experience in ensuring our guests have smooth transit to their destinations.  We cannot book flights for you, but a recommendation for a travel agent is located in the guide above.

Awards
PRESS COVERAGE
"Just want to write to say how great your trips are. Wonderful staff, food that is too good! And the whale kissing was the best. All you guys are pros and it shows!! "
Paul Fisher
FAQ

Please review our FAQ section for general questions and details about our Baja kayak tours. See below for specific questions relating to this particular tour.

When is the best time to go & see whales?
Our Combo tours are offered late January through mid-March, when the gray whales are present in Magdalena Bay to calve. We GUARANTEE gray whale sightings on our combo tours! This time of year in Baja can have cooler days (75-80*F/23-27*C) and a chance of wind, with temperatures rising in late February and March. As an added bonus to spring trips, the islands of Loreto National Marine Park, located in the Sea of Cortez (where you will kayak), are home for 6 different species of whales including Blue, Fin, Sei, Humpback, Bryde's and Pilot whales. They swim up into the Sea of Cortez from late January through April. There are few other places that harbor such a concentration and diversity of whales.

Awards
PRESS COVERAGE
"Just want to write to say how great your trips are. Wonderful staff, food that is too good! And the whale kissing was the best. All you guys are pros and it shows!! "
Paul Fisher
Itinerary

3x3 Loreto Bay & Gray Whale Combo: This 8-day itinerary includes 3 days/2 nights of Baja sea kayaking and camping in the Sea of Cortez, and 3 days/2 nights at our exclusive gray whale basecamp. 3 nights of hotel are included in the trip cost. Arrive and depart out of Loreto, Baja. Read the full itinerary for the 3x3 Combo.

8-day Loreto Bay Combo: This 8-day itinerary includes 5 days/4 nights of Baja sea kayaking and camping, plus a one-day gray whale watching excursion. 3 nights hotel are included in the trip cost. Arrive and depart out of Loreto, Baja. Read the full itinerary for the 8-day Loreto Bay Combo.

10-day Combo (Loreto or La Paz): 10-day itinerary includes 5 days/4 nights of Baja sea kayaking and camping, and 3 days/2 nights at our exclusive gray whale basecamp. 3 nights hotel are included in the trip cost. Tour can kayak either out of Loreto or La Paz. Read the full itinerary for the 10-day Loreto Islands & Gray Whale Combo here.

11-day Panorama: Baja Kayaking, Whales, Whale Sharks, & Sea Lions: 11-day itinerary includes 4 days/3 nights of Baja sea kayaking on Espiritu Santo, plus 3 days/2 nights at our exclusive gray whale basecamp, and a whale shark snorkel trip. 4 nights hotel included in the trip cost. Arrive and depart out of La Paz, Baja. Read the full itinerary for the 11-day Baja Panorama here.

Awards
PRESS COVERAGE
"Just want to write to say how great your trips are. Wonderful staff, food that is too good! And the whale kissing was the best. All you guys are pros and it shows!! "
Paul Fisher
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Awards
PRESS COVERAGE
"Just want to write to say how great your trips are. Wonderful staff, food that is too good! And the whale kissing was the best. All you guys are pros and it shows!! "
Paul Fisher
ALL PRICES IN US DOLLARS. We will do our best to adhere to the itineraries and trip descriptions listed on our website. However, tour itineraries or sub contractors (such as taxi, cruise boats or hotels) may change slightly due to reasons beyond our control including but not limited to Acts of God, wind, waves, inclement weather or other. We always welcome you to call us to clarify any item - often this is the best way to fully clarify expectations - call us collect or on our toll-free number. You will be sent pre-trip email with latest details within a month of your tour - it is your responsibility to check in with us prior to your trip to see if you have all the information you need. We will always do our best to provide you with the best possible tour and to fully meet your expectations to the best of our ability.
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