( all meals, 3 nights of lodging, 5 nights of island camping, boat support and all planned activities included)
I am pleased to welcome you to a fantastic adventure exploring remote islands in the Sea of Cortez and assisting a community based sea turtle project on the Pacific side of Baja. We have combined some of the very best wildlife experiences that Baja has to offer during the warm water month of November. Due to logistical considerations while camping, we can take no more than 14 women on this exclusive experience.
Our adventure will begin in La Paz where we will have an introduction to snorkeling in the soothing, clear water found in the Sea of Cortez. We will end our Baja Adventure near Todos Santos on Baja’s Pacific side where we will join a citizen science project assisting in data collection and release of baby Olive Ridley sea turtles into a forbidding ocean.
We will spend our first two nights in a quaint, comfortable, family owned and operated hotel in La Paz which serves as the headquarters for our Mexico based outfitter.
For five days we will be traveling by motorized skiff through the Sea of Cortez from one deserted island to the next, setting up our camp as we go. Our destinations may include the islands of Espiritu Santo, San Jose or San Francisquito. Each island has its own flavor, history and character. We may stop by the quiet fishing village of El Pardito. This experience offers a unique opportunity to converse with a handful of island residents, learning about their lives as fishermen in a remote corner of the world. Our days will be active although most activities optional~ kayaking, snorkeling, fishing and hiking surrounded by the exquisite beauty of the Sea of Cortez. We will break camp 2-3 times as we explore this vast marine ecosystem. Working as a team, everyone will help break down and set up our tents while the crew breaks down group gear and loads kayaks.
During the fall months, we could potentially encounter large mega fauna such as leaping mantas, pods of dolphins, schooling Pilot Whales or other cetaceans such as Fin or Brides Whales. From our support boat, we can fish and forage collecting seafood to compliment our evening meals. Each day will offer a new adventure as we explore the islands and vast marine ecosystem.
We will swim among sea lions and other marine life in the ruggedly beautiful Sea of Cortez. November is a delightful month to enjoy the exquisite desert landscape and underwater wonders of The Sea of Cortez. Typically the weather has cooled down a bit, but the water remains warm with visibilities often exceeding 60 feet. We are very excited to share Baja’s rich and varied wildlife together.
In order to snorkel with some of the wildlife we encounter, you should consider yourself a moderately strong swimmer, relatively fit and comfortable swimming in open water. Sometimes we will enter the water from our support boat which will require the ability to climb back up the boat ladder using your arms and upper body for strength. All activities throughout our program such as snorkeling, hiking and kayaking are optional.
COVID-19 UPDATE Due to the nature of this program traveling in vans and boats together and sharing accommodations, we will require everyone to submit proof of the COVID-19 vaccination. We encourage eligible travelers to be fully vaccinated by getting their Covid-19 Booster Shot.
Boat rides may be bumpy and jarring with the prevailing winds across the Baja Peninsula. Please review Medical Requirements and other important trip details at: More Info before you decide to join our adventure.
Our Sea of Cortez program takes us into a remote area of the world where a medical evacuation could be extremely costly. All costs for evacuations and/or medical treatments are the responsibility of each participant, a cost that travel protection should cover. Please review our cancellation policy and travel insurance options at: Travel Protection. Be sure to travel with a credit card in the event that payments are required for an evacuation or medical treatment.
Please call Kim Powell if you would like to hear more about this incredible experience at: 831 459 8548
The itinerary will provide a detailed account of our travels starting in La Paz and ending near Todos Santos. Our first two nights will be spent at the quaint and cozy, PosadalunaSol in La Paz where we will depart searching for wildlife. Five nights will be spent camping on islands in the Sea of Cortez. Our final night will be spent at a hotel near Todos Santos on Baja’s Pacific Side where we will help release baby Olive Ridley sea turtles. I first assisted newly hatched sea turtles into a forbidding ocean over 30 years ago. I will treasure this memorable experience for a life time. All hotel accommodations, activities, transportation (with the exception of airport transfers), and meals are provided throughout the itinerary.
Our group is limited to 14 women so please reserve your spot by sending a $100 check as a deposit to: Blue Water Ventures, 127 Mason Street, Santa Cruz, CA. 95060. Payment schedule and trip insurance may be reviewed at Deposits We only accept checks for the initial $100 deposit. Following trip deposits may be paid via a credit card on Pay Pal or a bank transfer through Zelle. For instructions, please visit our Payment Center
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Before sending a deposit, please email your interest and check trip status
(if interested, please ask about our single supplement option for a portion of your trip)
Includes: 3 nights of lodging, all restaurant meals, 5 nights boat supported camping with meals, spacious 2 person tents for double occupancy, all planned activities, snorkeling excursions, sea turtle release, guided snorkeling trips, guided kayaking excursions, natural history lectures, tip for our Mexican guides, donations to the sea turtle conservation program in Baja, entrance fees, permits and kayak instructional clinics.
The price does not include airfare, airport shuttles to our hotel in La Paz or back to the airport from Todos Santos, travel insurance, phone calls, unscheduled boat excursions, activities not described in the itinerary, personal liquor, personal equipment (sleeping bag, snorkel gear or wetsuit) or airport departure taxes.
In previous years we have suggested a per person gratuity that was shared among our Mexican guides, boat captains, cooks and hotel staff. However, the tip has now been factored into the total trip cost listed above.
Please give me a call or send me an email if I can be of any other assistance.
May the Baja Wild-Life be with us!
Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 459-8548
Santa Cruz, California
Monday – Saturday:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday CLOSED