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Paddling South



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Loreto, Baja Mexico


November - April

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  • Customize to fit your time frame, desires and budget
  • Tour pristine islands in a protected National Marine Park
  • Opportunities for exploration, including hiking and snorkeling
  • Experienced guides with a local perspective
  • Stunning biological diversity in the sea and on the islands
  • Trip can be supported by a Panga – small motor boat or Expedition Style


Isla del Carmen and Isla Danzante are two of the five islands that make up the Loreto Bay National Marine Park. The campsites boast rugged coastal vistas, each more beautiful than the last, and the animals around the islands can include dolphins, whales, sea turtles, mobulas, and over 800 species of fish. Seabirds dot the sky above. Or paddle the rugged coast from Mulege to Loreto or Loreto to La Paz.

At Paddling South, we make sure to hire guides who know the area and work together well. We think of ourselves as one large family, and whether you are slicing your kayak through the bay’s turquoise waters, relaxing at a camp in an island paradise, or exploring the abundant lifeforms in or out of the water, you will feel that family spirit.


Your adventure begins with a Pre-trip orientation with your guides, on the afternoon before launch day. We will communicate and coordinate in advance with all guests the time and location for a comfortable outside meeting at a convenient location in town. At this orientation session, our guides will explain the trip in more detail, and answer any questions you may have. Afterward, you are free to explore Loreto for a place to get dinner—the guides will be happy to provide some recommendations!

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Our motorized 26' support boats (Pangas) allow you to enjoy comfortable camps, light nimble kayaks, and delicious meals and drinks.

The Panga carries all the camping gear, most personal gear, and provisions, leaving you to paddle light, empty kayaks. This also eliminates the repetitive task of squeezing all your gear into tiny compartments only to unpack again a few hours later. It is also physically easier to paddle a light kayak.

We are able to carry a much more comfortable camp in this way as well. Think upright chairs, tables, large shade structures, and private bathroom accommodations. This is not glamping, but it is definitely very comfortable!

Our panga driver (panguero) and guides will take care of providing you with 3 delicious and healthy meals and snacks each day, and they will do all the cleaning up. Also, having a motor boat along means that we are able to take ice chests allowing for a rich array of specialty foods and beverages. We are also able to offer a more flexible program. For instance, less energetic folks may choose to hitch a ride in the panga to the next camping beach. We can also provide side trips to otherwise inaccessible yet interesting locations. Please note that we still require your assistance to set up/take down your own tent and we appreciate any help loading and unloading the boat when we change camp.

These boats do not travel with us each day, so that we enjoy a true wilderness paddling experience, but they are always a quick radio call away should we need them for any reason. They are especially delightful to have around when we see whales in the distance, or dolphin stampedes from our camp. We will usually gather folks into the boat and head out for a special wildlife viewing experience, oftentimes getting as "up close and personal" as is appropriate!

All Paddling South trips start in the quaint little town of Loreto, located on the Baja peninsula about 600 miles south of San Diego. In most cases there is only one inbound and outbound flight a day, so our afternoon/evening meeting on day 1, and our end of trip logistics are built around that timing.

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Hotel accommodations are not included in the trip package. You will want to book accommodations for at least the night before the first published day of the trip, and then again for the night of the last published day of the trip.

For our confirmed clients, we are pleased to offer the services of our preferred Travel Planners, to assist with all of your flight and hotel needs. Although limited in number, visitors to Loreto have lodging choices that range from Luxury to budget. Our travel planner will assist you in determining lodging that fits your preferences. Our Travel planners are seasoned Baja veterans, and will help you find the best flight arrangements as well, so that your trip planning is smooth and efficient.

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To book a private or custom trip please contact us via email , phone: 415.332.8494 , or send us a message below.