Planning Your Trip
Alternatively, you may prefer to fly to Los Cabos and shuttle up to La Paz. Note that Cabo is also referred to as Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, and San Jose del Cabo. To avoid confusion look for the airport code: SJD. Los Cabos is one of Mexico´s premiere resorts so there are numerous airlines offering low cost flights from many different US and Canadian cities. Airlines include: AeroMexico, Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Virgin America, West Jet, Spirit, United, US Air and Virgin America.
Ground transportation between Los Cabos airport and La Paz
There is only one shuttle service from SJD to La Paz and it is offered by this company: www.ecobajatours.com It takes 3 hours to reach La Paz. From there, it is only a 5-minute cab ride to most hotels. Please note that we are unable to assist you with the booking of your shuttle. Alternatively you can rent a car and leave it with us while you are out on your trip. Also for groups of 6+ it is worth considering a private taxi that can be booked through us.
Fall: This is our favorite time in Baja. October thru November the weather is usually perfect - hot in the day but cooling down in the evening for a good night´s rest. This is also the best time of year for snorkeling- warm water and excellent visibility.
Winter: December - February is often windy and offers some exciting / challenging sea-conditions. Great for intermediate paddlers that want to increase their paddling skills. February is also the whale-watching season for viewing the Gray whales in their natural breeding grounds.
Spring: March to May the temperatures get progressively warmer but cool evenings make camping ideal. Also the later in the spring the less you see other kayak groups - note: Spring Break is the busiest time of year so book early.
Baja is well known for gorgeous aquamarine tranquil seas with stunning beaches for camping and world famous marine-life. In fact during the winter months, it is one of the most popular sea-kayaking destinations throughout the northern hemisphere.
However "northerlies" are particularly present between late November and early March and can sometimes blow for three days at a time, though more commonly they are limited to being strong afternoon breezes. Espiritu Santo's deep fjord-like bays provide relatively safe protection from these prevailing winds but there may be day(s) when it is simply too windy for us to go kayaking. It may still be possible to practice kayak skills - rescues, the Eskimo roll even surfing but not possible to advance from one bay to another. Your guides are highly experienced and they will always offer alternative activities if it is not considered safe to kayak-ie. Hiking, snorkeling in a protected bay etc.
On the rare occasions that the weather is definitely not going to allow us to provide the itinerary that you have signed up for, we will take alternative routes i.e. take you kayaking in the protection of the Pacific Lagoons on the west coast of Baja or if that is not possible due to inclement weather, we may offer an alternative outdoor adventure.
Below is a guide to the temperatures that are typical for the time of year. However the global "climate change" occasionally creates unexpected weather. You are welcome to contact us to check on the forecast the week before your trip.
in the last 5 years
Fully Catered Trips: These trips have a more relaxed feel as a motor boat (panga) escorts the group and transports all our gear from one camp to the next. This means that your kayak is light and of course, there is no need to pack and unpack it each day.
Cooperatively Catered Trips: The main feature of this type of trip is that there is no motor boat support. Therefore, you are kayaking fully loaded kayaks and participating in all the camping and cooking duties, under the leadership of your guides.Read More
If you are on a Cooperative Catered Trip: All the expedition gear is packed into our kayak hatches so your personal belongings should not exceed the capacity of one medium dry bag (9"dia x 30" approx). Your tent, sleeping bag, Therma rest and snorkel gear can be packed separately. These items can all be loaded directly into your kayak in their respective bags. If your sleeping bag is in a stuff bag it's a good idea to line it with a trash bag.
If you are on a Fully Catered Trip: All your gear will be carried in the motor boat so you DO NOT NEED to pack your personal gear in a dry bag. Instead, we recommend you to pack everything into one or two duffel bags. However, you can bring your belongings pretty much in any kind of bag that you do not mind getting sandy. Bags with wheels are not recommended.You might want to have a small dry bag for your phone or small items, we have some 1 and 5 lt dry bags for sale at the office or you can bring your own. We can also lend you our expedition dry bags (when available) but please be aware that they are 30lts and bigger. This is what you will need to pack for your trip with us. List
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Whale Watch Combos
If you are keen to participate/fish, please come prepared with your own rod and lures. The telescopic type of rod is ideal for travelling and to transport on our trips. Green and yellow medium size (4-5") Rapalas http://rapalaworld.com/ are the most popular lures. We also have a limited number of rods available on our fully catered trips. At times you may be able to fish from your kayak and/or from the rocky shoreline. Also on the skiff supported trips there is usually an opportunity to fish with our crew.
You will need a fishing permit which can be purchased on-line.
Permits cost $17/day - $30/week - $40/month - $52/year (US dollar prices)
Alternatively you can buy one in our office before the trip.
We require a 50% deposit to reserve a place on any of our trips. Full payment is then due 60 days prior to the departure date.
Refund and cancellation policy:
100% refund with 2 months notice prior to the trip. (Less $100US per person admin fees).
50% refund with 1 month written notice prior to the trip.
NO refund is given with less than one month´s written notice prior to the trip.
Separate terms apply to private group trips.
*BOA strongly advises you to purchase travel insurance in case you suddenly need to cancel your trip due to unforeseen circumstances.*
In the highly unlikely event that BOA has to cancel a trip, due to lack of participants or some other uncontrollable factor, we will give at least 1 month's notice prior to the departure date. A full refund is given. BOA is not responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in preparation for the trip (e.g., non-refundable airline tickets, personal gear bought for the trip etc
BOA will charge for the costs incurred to arrange an evacuation if there is an accident or illness where it is decided that an evacuation is necessary. This is "only" to cover costs and sometimes is provided at no charge if we can combine with other logistics.