Photo Credit: Bruce Kirkby
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Terry Parker
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Bruce Kirkby
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham
Photo Credit: Bruce Kirkby
Photo Credit: Terry Parker
Photo Credit: Tyler Garnham

Sea Kayak Pacific Lagoon – Baja

Sea Kayak Pacific Lagoon – Baja

pacificmangroovesThis is an exceptional adventure in a very remote and spectacular part of Baja, virtually untouched by human impact. We paddle along a narrow channel in the relatively calm waters protected from the turbulent ocean by Isla Magdalena.

Sand dunes situated on the island provide a contrast to the labyrinth of mangroves along the Baja coastline. Nesting amongst the thick groves are prolific numbers of exotic birds. The La Florida estuary and a maze of other channels offer a view into another vibrant ecosystem. The bay is also the winter home of Gray whales who migrate 6000 miles to mate and give birth in these protected waters.

This expedition is a 40-mile journey and will average approximately three hours of paddling a day, including some longer days.

This is a unique expedition exclusively offered by CRE and their partners.

Certified bilingual naturalist guides.


  • Single and double kayaks, all kayaking gear
  • Camping equipment
  • Transportation to and from your La Paz hotel and Magdalena Bay
  • All food and beverages during the expedition
  • Farewell banquet

Guests are responsible for bringing their own sleeping bags.

pacificscottAccommodation: Your expedition includes 2 nights in a comfortable hotel in La Paz and five nights camping on sand dunes.

SPECIAL NOTE: This trip is scheduled during January to avoid the breeding season of the Gray whales as at that time of year the Mexican authorities restrict sea kayaking on these waterways. Since we began these trips in 2006 we’ve had close encounters on every expedition except in January 2010 when there were none sighted. Therefore, we don’t advertise this trip as a whale watching tour.

Quick Facts

Cost: $1148.98 CAD USD
5% GST tax included
Duration: 8 Days
Trip Type: Tropical Expedition
Skill Level: Intermediate
Rendezvous Point: La Paz, Mexico

Upcoming Trip Dates

  • Sun Jan 07 - Sun Jan 14, 2018   Book Now

To get more information or book a date call us at 1-800-297-6927


Day 1: Please arrive early so that you have a chance to visit the quaint town of La Paz. Then bring your enthusiasm to our 9:00 p.m. expedition orientation meeting.

Day 2: The expedition begins with a journey across the Mexican desert, through the agricultural town of Constitución until we reach the Pacific coastal town of Lopez Mateos. After a group meal of Baja’s famous fish and shrimp tacos we’ll pack all supplies needed for the expedition. A short voyage the first day enables the paddling muscles to awaken from their dormancy. This is the first of camping on sand dunes under the stars.

Day 3: Waking with the majestic sun, we stroll across Isla Magdalena to beachcomb along the surf of the Pacific Ocean. Today is a great opportunity to view Gray whales (January dates). We travel a lagoon where calves train against the current for their 6000-mile migration north to their summer home in the Bering Sea. Dolphins and sea lions also visit the region and provide additional entertainment along the way. Our camp spot has a convenient hill to watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean.

Day 4: Today we’ll begin with a paddle through the narrowing Curva Del Diablo. The day is further highlighted by the opportunity to venture through a labyrinth of mangrove thickets. This amazing ecosystem is home to an exciting variety of marine and bird life. It’s also fun to paddle in a place so narrow that few but kayakers can access them. The sand dune campsite across the bay contrasts with its semi-desert conditions as far as the eye can see.

Day 5: Our layover means the potential for a sleep-in or relaxing day as we won’t be moving campsites. Instead, those that don’t want to chill out can join the guides in exploring the habitat of the White Ibis, Yellow-crowned Night Herons and a large variety of other birds living in the vast ecosystem a short paddle from our campsite. In addition, (if improving your paddling skills is a goal) this is a perfect day to utilize our guides’ teaching background and improve your strokes.

Day 6: The expedition continues along the channel taking us to our final and most spectacular campsite. We are presented with a beautiful backdrop of mile upon mile of sand dunes leading to the mountains of cape San Lázaro.

Day 7: At last, we round the final point of Punta Edie and pull out at the town of Puerto San Carlos, just shy of where Magdalena Bay empties into the Pacific Ocean. That night in La Paz, after soaking away all traces of the pacific coast, we’ll celebrate our adventure with a farewell group dinner. We leave with magnificent memories and fantastic photographs.

Day 8: You are free to go! Hasta luego until our next adventure together.

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