Trip Overview


Meet early in the morning for the trip out into the Bay of La Paz in an outboard skiff with full shade. Along the way your naturalist guide will brief you on the natural history of Espiritu Santo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site site and home to turquoise waters, a sea lion colony, numerous fish species and marine birds. Navigate the waters around the island, and after roughly 1.5 hours, we will arrive at the sea lion colony. You’ll have plenty of time to swim, snorkel and interact with the playful sea lions* accompanied by your guide. Afterwards, our world-class nature guide will seek out a secluded beach for a tasty lunch (dietary restrictions taken into account). You’ll have time to relax, swim, explore the island and learn about the natural and cultural history of this unique place before heading back to La Paz in time for dinner.

*During the sea lion mating period, from June 1st through August 31st, sea lion observation takes place from onboard our boats. After observing the sea lions from the boat, we will travel to a snorkeling site away from the rookery to snorkel with tropical fish.

Trips length:

6-8 hours depending on weather and other factors.


Price from:

US $695 private trip (up to 4 travelers)
US $100 additional traveler

*6% Booking Fee will be applied on check out by Fare Harbor.

 

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Trip Type: Private – max 10 travelers
Departs from: hotel lobby  in La Paz. * We offer departures from Todos Santos, Los Cabos & others. Inquire for details



Dates:

Available year round.

Trip Details


* When booking online, a 6% fee will be charged at check out by Fare Harbor
Trip length: 6-8 hours depending on weather and other factors.
Maximum capacity per boat: Up to 10 travelers (COVID regulations dependant, please call to inquire)
Available: Year round.
Marine transportation: Outboard watercraft with full shade, cushions, dry storage, marine toilet, swim ladder
Departure: Times vary (recommended early morning) from Marina Costa Baja in Puerta Cortes. * We offer departures from Todos Santos and Los Cabos. Inquire for details.
Physical level: Light to medium including boat travel, snorkeling and hiking (both optional)
Minimum age: 5

Included: Marine transportation, lunch and drinks, snorkeling equipment and wetsuits, clean towels, taxes, bilingual naturalist guide, park entrance fee, insurance.

Not included: Gratuities, ground transportation (available at additional cost).

Optional Add-Ons

Stand Up Paddle Board (June 2022) & Kayaks

Double seat kayak

Private photographer

Rent a GoPro underwater camera

Ground transportation

Important Travel Information


  • Beginner/first time snorkelers are welcome, but must be able to swim to participate in snorkeling portion of the trip. Snorkeling in sea lion rookery is prohibited June-August.
  • All trips staffed by bilingual naturalist guides with WFR certification and a licensed captain.
  • Upon receipt of payment, RED will request specific passenger information and will provide departure specific information.

Notes on itinerary: We will make all efforts to adhere to the itinerary described above, but we may modify the itinerary due to wind, weather, and other factors. The safety and enjoyment of our travelers are our top priorities. Please see our terms and conditions for more information. We do not guarantee wildlife sightings, interaction or behavior. All travelers must comply with communicated protocols and regulations regarding activities within natural protected areas and interactions with wildlife.
Notes on Trip Insurance: All of our experiences are covered by an Emergency Medical Expenses insurance. In order to obtain coverage, each passenger MUST SIGN A LIABILITY WAIVER BEFORE DEPARTURE.

Climate and weather

La Paz is situated on the Gulf of California on the southern part of the Baja California peninsula. It is separated from the Pacific by a desert environment with low mountains in between. We get large temperature swings, typically in the late fall and spring, up to 40 degrees fahrenheit (40 degrees celsius). This can be true even during winter. Outside of summer, we recommend packing for HOT and COLD weather. Most importantly, be prepared for a sun that’s stronger than you may be used to due to our latitude. Remember, a sunburn takes just a couple hours to develop, but it can ruin the rest of your trip. Stay shaded and stay hydrated.

Luggage

For day trips, you’ll want to bring a small bag or backpack for your water bottle and personal items. Our boats have a dry storage space.

Clothing

Essential items include:

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Long sleeve shirt for sun protection
  • Bathing suit
  • Long pants and shorts
  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking and old tennis shoes or water friendly sandals
  • A windbreaker or other warm layer as it gets chilly when the wind picks up and the sun goes down

Gear and miscellaneous items

  • Water bottle
  • A dry bag or ziploc is handy to keep valuables dry but not necessary
  • Any personal medication you need
  • Waterproof sunblock
  • …And did we mention water bottle?

Red is a hybrid organization that provides world class natural and cultural adventures that benefit conservation and community development. RED provides capacity building to rural communities in Natural Protected Areas throughout Mexico and supports regional models of sustainable tourism development.

Trip Impact

BUILDING LOCAL ECONOMY

At RED Travel México we see the operations of our trips as a chance to make a positive impact in our local economy. Martha and Juan live in one of the oldest fishing communities in La Paz, Barrio Manglito. We met them at their small restaurant that serves up a range of tasty dishes. As participants in a project to repopulate the La Paz Bay with scallops, Martha and Juan shared RED’s vision, and were open to receiving training as part of joining our operations. While you may never meet them, if you visit Espíritu Santo Island, Balandra Bay, or observe whale sharks with RED, Juan and Martha’s work contributes to your experience and makes up an important part of our operations and our value chain. Each day Martha and Juan prepare the food for our day trips, ceviche made from locally caught fish, quinoa salad, and naturally flavored waters made from seasonal fruit. They deliver the food in coolers and glass containers, returning in the afternoon to collect the containers which are washed and reused for the next trip (no plastic waste!). Any organic waste goes into their compost system at their home, where they raise some of the fruit and vegetables that end up on the menu. While we could probably find an easier or cheaper way to provide meals on our day trips, it is important to us to know that Martha and Juan put their heart and soul into their meals. Our travelers agree, commenting that our food sets us apart as a tour operator. Good food + community impact = a winning operational model.

Traveling Roots and whale shark ambassadors – Raising awareness with local youth

We can’t appreciate what we don’t know first hand. RED provides scholarships to underserved local youth to visit Espíritu Santo and to snorkel with whale sharks with a goal to foster stewardship and to promote equal access for all to the natural wonders that make La Paz such a unique destination.

Strengthening individuals families and microenterprises in rural communities

RED’s co-founders founded an independent, nonprofit arm, Red de Turismo Sustentable y Desarrollo Social AC, using our tourism expertise to create a micro-enterprise training program that benefits budding family enterprises throughout Mexico.

trips length:

6-8 hours depending on weather and other factors.


Price from:

US $695 private trip (up to 4 travelers)
US $100 additional traveler

*6% Booking Fee will be applied on check out by Fare Harbor.

 

Book Now

 


Trip Type: Private – max 10 travelers
Departs from: hotel lobby  in La Paz. * We offer departures from Todos Santos, Los Cabos & others. Inquire for details



Dates:

Available year round.

Terms, Payment & Aditional info.

Packing & luggage

You probably have everything you need for your upcoming trip with RED Travel México, so don’t worry about rushing out to buy the latest high tech gear. If you don’t, you can probably borrow it. That said, there are a few essential items that you should bring with you. We recommend bringing a medium sized duffel bag or suitcase and a small daypack. Pack for cold and hot as we get drastic temperature swings and wind and a setting sun can turn a hot day into a cold night quickly in the desert.

  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • long sleeve shirt for sun protection
  • bathing suit
  • long pants and shorts
  • sturdy shoes for walking/hiking and old tennis shoes or water friendly sandals
  • a windbreaker or other warm layer as it gets chilly when the wind picks up and the sun goes down
  • water bottle. Please bring your own water bottle, metal or plastic preferred
  • dry bag or ziploc is handy to keep valuables dry but not necessary
  • any personal medication you need
  • waterproof sunblock
  • did we mention to bring a water bottle?
  • cash for a post-trip ice cream or to tip your guide and captain (optional)
  • if you have a camera bring it! Also bring a case or bag to keep the sand and water out
  • a good attitude. Weather changes, food tastes different, speaking Spanish is harder than you remembered. Roll with it and have a good time!

trips length:

6-8 hours depending on weather and other factors.


Price from:

US $695 private trip (up to 4 travelers)
US $100 additional traveler

*6% Booking Fee will be applied on check out by Fare Harbor.

 

Book Now

 


Trip Type: Private – max 10 travelers
Departs from: hotel lobby  in La Paz. * We offer departures from Todos Santos, Los Cabos & others. Inquire for details



Dates:

Available year round.

Book Now

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