Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez: A Paddler’s Dream

Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. A kayak is a boat where the paddler faces forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle. Most kayaks have closed decks, although sit-on-top and inflatable kayaks are growing in popularity as well.

This popular sport can be done in many places throughout Baja California. Wilderness kayaking among the islands of the Sea of Cortez, however, is a more challenging prospect. Avid paddlers know that the protected coves, white sand beaches and abundant wildlife in this area make it a paddlers dream.

But the islands location tens of miles from the mainland, combined with strong winds and unpredictable seas make it available only to the most experienced sailors, paddlers or organized camping groups.

Small ships however can safely transport guests to the islands, choose the most inviting or protected cove and allow ordinary travelers to enjoy the benefit of wilderness paddling.

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Stunning beaches, dramatic rock formations, azure waters and sunny skies await those who wish to paddle in the Sea of Cortez.

Sierra La Giganta (Photo: Mexico Desconocido)
Sierra La Giganta (Photo: Mexico Desconocido)

Here is the testimonial of an experienced paddler:

“The rugged cliff rising out of the water was a beautiful red ash with colorful rocks and the occasional shell fused into it, an ancient ash flow now being exposed by the erosion from waves.

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The upper crust of soil, if you could call it that, seemed to hang over the edge as if it were melting into the sea taking cactus, flowers and shrubs along with it. The water is crystal clear and we could see nearly 50 feet into the azure depths.

Isla Carmen money shot (or Oh my God I want to go there!).
Isla Carmen money shot (or Oh my God I want to go there!) Google.

As we glided along our guide was explaining how large rays would breach the surface and come flopping down with a pop, but I wasn’t really listening to her. I was overwhelmed by the incredible scene around me and as I gazed I did hear something, but it was not a ray.

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Cracks in the rocks had been exposed to the sea and warn through like narrow canyons. Waves were pushing in and out of the cavities and you could hear the air being expelled.

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The island was breathing! I yelled to the group to listen and soon it was so quite it seemed that the island was speaking directly to me.

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If you are looking to book a kayaking expedition in the Sea of Cortez, we recommend  “Aventuras de Kayaks” with bases in Loreto and La Paz.

They have permits to operate in Mexican waters including several National Parks and Preserves.

Their staff in Mexico is local, authentic and fully bilingual!  Many of their guides are graduates of the University of La Paz Marine Biology program. Chances are you probably won’t find a more professional, serious guide staff for Kayaking tours in Baja.

For more information on “Aventuras de Kayaks”, go to http://www.seakayakadventures.com/



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