Geneva Kayak Center

Expeditionary Trips

Baja – Three Islands Expeditionary Trip

National Marine Park of the Bay of Loreto
Baja California Sur, Mexico

Dates: January 14-22, 2012
Days: 8 days, 7 nights
Price: $1899
Trip Level:3
Includes: Fiberglass Sea Kayaks, Transport to/from La Paz to Loreto, Cook Gear, 1 Nights Accommodations in Loreto, Training, Guidance
Group Size: 5-10

Trip Description

Escape the cold this January and join us in Baja, Mexico for this intermediate paddling trip in the rugged and beautiful National Marine Park of the Bay of Loreto. While others are shoveling snow, we’ll be paddling with whales, dolphin and sea lion as well as camping on pristine islands with white sand beaches, and snorkeling aqua blue waters.

On July 19, 1996, the National Marine Park of Loreto Bay was established. Called "Bahia de Loreto Parque Nacional" in Spanish, the park encompasses 2,065 square kilometers of uninhabited island jewels such as Carmen and Danzante and the deep rich pristine Sea of Cortez just off shore of the little seaside town of Loreto. Blue, fin, humpback and other whales, dolphins, sea lions and all kinds of fish and sea life thrive there.

The Three Islands Expeditionary Trip is rated Level 3 - and incorporates a significant open water crossing (7 mi), paddling days of up to 15miles, and layover days for custom coaching. We’ll focus on building competence in open water conditions through development of paddling technique, seamanship, and group management while visiting three spectacular islands - Coronados, Carmen, and Danzante. Designed for paddlers with reliable boat-handling skills, and overnight experience, this 8-day, 7-night paddling adventure will be lead by Ryan Rushton (BCU 5 Star Leader, ACA L5 Adv Open Water Instructor Trainer). Some of the skills we will cover include: engaging the core, refining boat control in conditions, navigation, food and meal management, paddling in 10-20kts wind (as available) situation management in conditions, expedition decision-making, contributing to group safety, and sharing in group leadership.

Included in the price of the trip are fiberglass boats and kayak gear (you may choose to bring your own) such as paddle, spray deck, and pump. It also includes 2 nights of lodging in Loreto, 1 on either side of the kayaking portion, and meals while paddling.


Day 1
We’ll be meeting participants at the airport in La Paz and transporting to our hotel accommodations in Loreto Participants can also fly directly into Loreto for pick-up. That evening, we’ll have a trip orientation and pack gear for the adventure before settling in for the night.
No meals are provided
Days 2-7
Paddle, learn, explore, and practice. Exact route depends on beaches available, weather, and group ambition. We do expect to paddle between 12 and 20 nautical miles per day. As the date for the trip draws closer and we are able to arrange beaches within our permit, we will update the site with a more exact itinerary. Beaches (which determine our route), will be chosen for their remoteness and exposure to the type of paddling we are looking forward to (Level 3/4-). We have arranged for a night of hotel accommodations upon return to Loreto on day 7.
Food for all meals is provided while out paddling.
Day 8
Transport to airports in Loreto and LaPaz.
No meals are provided