Overview

If you have only one free day in La Paz this is the trip for you. You’ll have the chance to snorkel with majestic whale sharks before continuing on to explore Espíritu Santo Island a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to turquoise water, multitudes of fish species, and resident sea lions. Snorkel with the sea lions*, explore the island on foot, and relax and enjoy a scrumptious lunch (we take your specific dietary needs taken into account). Every day at the island is different, and our captains and top naturalist guides will make sure you get the most of your experience. Our outboard skiffs are equipped with full shade, seat cushions, and even a private marine toilet.

Space available on shared trip Tuesday, December 18. Enquire now.

trips length:

8 hours


Price from:

$825 private departures

$165 additional passenger


Available: Oct – Apr
Trip type: Small group (max 11) and private trips available
Departs from: La Paz, Todos Santos, Los Cabos


Dates:

Itinerary


We meet early in the morning for the short boat ride to the observation zone where the whale sharks come to feed (enquire for specific departure times). Along the way, your bilingual naturalist guide will brief you on whale shark ecology as well as regulations for snorkeling in the observation zone. If you are lucky and feeling adventurous, grab your snorkel and mask and, accompanied by your guide, get in the water to see the whale sharks up close. The trip continues on to Espíritu Santo Island. As you navigate alongside the island, your guide will brief you on its natural history. Your captain will seek out a secluded beach for a tasty lunch before continuing on to the sea lion colony, where you can jump in the water accompanied by your guide to snorkel with the sea lions and observe tropical fish*. You’ll have time to explore more of the island 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.

Optional add-ons

Ground transport and airport transfers

Lodging in La Paz

Walking tour of La Paz

Included: Marine transportation to whale shark observation zone; Bilingual naturalist guide; Lunch, snacks and drinks (including; beer); Snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits); Clean towels; Whale shark conservation fee; park entrance fee; Taxes and insurance.

Not included: Gratuities; services not included in trip description; ground transportation (available at additional cost).

ADDITIONAL TRIP DETAILS:

  • Trip typically departs at 8:00 from the tourist pier in downtown La Paz. Departures from RED marina and Costa Baja marina available. Enquire for special departure times and hotel pick-ups.
  • Trip typically lasts 8 hours.
  • All trips staffed by bilingual naturalist guide and licensed captain.
  • Boats are outboard skiffs with full shade, seat cushions, and dry storage space.
  • Beginner/first time snorkelers are welcome, but must be able to swim to participate in snorkeling portion of trip.
  • Physical level: Light to medium including boat travel, snorkeling and hiking (both optional)
  • Whale sharks are an endangered species and passengers will be briefed on regulations for snorkeling in the observation zone. Passengers not complying with regulations (eg. touching or grabbing whale sharks) may be returned to shore and referred to proper authorities.
  • Upon receipt of payment, RED will request specific passenger information and will provide departure specific information and packing list.
  • Private itineraries available, enquire for Outdoor Team Building, event coordination and additional options.

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:

8 hours


Price from:

$825 private departures

$165 additional passenger


Available: Oct – Apr
Trip type: Small group (max 11) and private trips available
Departs from: La Paz, Todos Santos, Los Cabos


Dates:

Term, 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 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 clean and dry but not necessary
  • any personal medication you need
  • waterproof, reef-safe sunblock
  • did we mention to bring a water bottle?
  • cash for a post-trip ice cream or to tip your guide and captain (optional but highly encouraged)
  • 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:

8 hours


Price from:

$825 private departures

$165 additional passenger


Available: Oct – Apr
Trip type: Small group (max 11) and private trips available
Departs from: La Paz, Todos Santos, Los Cabos


Dates:


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