Trip Overview


In order to visit the bigger half of La Paz, you have to go underwater. Follow in the great Jacque Cousteau’s footsteps, or shall we say in his wake; and discover why the Sea of Cortez is the world’s aquarium. 

Head out into the Bay of La Paz in an outboard skiff with full shade, your naturalist guide will help brief you on the sites you will be diving, as well as the natural history of the island. You’ll have the chance to explore some of the top dive sites that surround La Paz, which range from two shallow wrecks, seamounts teeming with fish, and depending on the season, the sea lion rookery (the site selection will depend on group’s proficiency and will be determined by your guide and time can be accordingly allocated for snorkeling or SCUBA diving). Between dives you’ll enjoy a scrumptious lunch. You will return 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:

5-8 hours


Price from:

US $1,225 private trip (up to 4 travelers)
US$125 additional traveler

* When booking online, a 6% fee will be charged at check out by Fare Harbor

 

Book Now
 


Trip Type: Private – max 6 travelers
Departs from: hotel lobby  in La Paz. * We offer departures from Todos Santos, Los Cabos & others. Inquire for details



Dates:

Available year round with peak season between August to November

Trip Details


* When booking online, a 6% fee will be charged at check out by Fare Harbor

All participant should be certified SCUBA Divers. Open Water Diver certification required. Non divers are welcome to join this trip and depending on the sites we visit might be invited to snorkel diruring dive interval.

Trip length: 5-8 hours depending on weather and other factors
Maximum capacity per boat: Up to 6 travelers (COVID regulations dependant, please call to inquire)
Available: Trip runs year round with peak season between August to November
Marine transportation: Outboard watercraft with full shade, cushioned seats, and dry storage. Most of our boats are equiped with marine toilet
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, weight belt, 2 tanks (3,000 psi), open water certified diving guide, clean towels, taxes, bilingual naturalist guide, park entrance fee, insurance

Not included: Gratuities, ground transportation, diving equipment & wetsuit (both available for rent)

Optional Add-Ons

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 of SCUBA diving  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

Reducing our footprint

RED’s zero-waste goal for day trips and itineraries in our gray whale camp helps us minimize our environmental impact. We have eliminated single use plastic from our operations. Lunch and snacks are sourced from local providers focusing on fresh versus packaged food. Recyclables are separated onsite and transferred to a processing facility and all organic waste is composted.

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.

Preserving endangered sea turtles in Magdalena Bay

RED works with Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias to recruit, train and employ fisher conservationists, creating sustainable employment alternatives, funding the monitoring, and in the process generating important data about the health and movement of sea turtle populations. By putting the monitoring in the hands of local fishermen RED and funding the participation of students from surrounding communities in sea turtle monitoring, RED is helping to create local stewards of Magdalena Bay’s natural resources.

Building local economy

RED designs its operational model to include local residents in its operations, whether as microenterprises, or directly as individuals, helping to diversify incomes while providing training and skills building through RED’s capacity building programs.

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.

Reforestation in the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve

The Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere reserve is a natural paradise, boasting natural springs, oak trees, and one of the peninsula’s premiere spots for biodiversity. Mining, uncontrolled grazing and logging hasten desertification, threatening habitat and the natural process that makes this Reserve one of the principal water resources in the region. Working with CONANP and local rancheros, RED created a tourism based program focused on reforestation and soil restoration, along the way providing training and sustainable livelihoods.

trips length:

5-8 hours


Price from:

US $1,225 private trip (up to 4 travelers)
US$125 additional traveler

* When booking online, a 6% fee will be charged at check out by Fare Harbor

 

Book Now
 


Trip Type: Private – max 6 travelers
Departs from: hotel lobby  in La Paz. * We offer departures from Todos Santos, Los Cabos & others. Inquire for details



Dates:

Available year round with peak season between August to November

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.

  • Sun hat and warm hat in winter/spring months
  • Sunglasses
  • long sleeve shirt for sun protection
  • Bathing suit
  • Long pants and shorts
  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking and old tennis shoes or sturdy water friendly sandals
  • windbreaker and in winter months a warm layer or other jacket or sweater, rain jacket
  • Water bottle. Please bring your own reusable water bottle
  • A small flashlight or headlamp
  • dry bag or large ziploc is handy to keep valuables dry and the sand/dust out
  • Any personal medication you need
  • If you wear glasses or contacts you may want to bring a spare pair
  • Biodegradable sunblock
  • Ear plugs
  • Personal toiletries
  • Camera with protective case
  • towel or sarong is nice to dry off and help fend off the sun
  • Cash is handy for tipping guides, camp staff and and captains.
  • good attitude. Weather changes, food tastes different, speaking Spanish is harder than you remembered. Roll with it and have a good time!

trips length:

5-8 hours


Price from:

US $1,225 private trip (up to 4 travelers)
US$125 additional traveler

* When booking online, a 6% fee will be charged at check out by Fare Harbor

 

Book Now
 


Trip Type: Private – max 6 travelers
Departs from: hotel lobby  in La Paz. * We offer departures from Todos Santos, Los Cabos & others. Inquire for details



Dates:

Available year round with peak season between August to November

Book Now

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