Kayak Trips in Mexico’s Blue Whale Triangle & Loreto Islands Park

Baja Mexico Sea Kayaking



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Three wilderness islands, Danzante, Carmen, and Monserrate, form the corners of the “Blue Triangle” right in the heart of the Mexico’s Loreto Islands National Park. All three islands are part of an International Biosphere Reserve and remain uninhabited by humans or livestock. Dubbed the “Blue Triangle” by one of the world’s foremost blue whale scientists, this special area is the most important wintering habitat for blue whales currently known. They are most often seen from January through April.

This 8-day Sea of Cortez kayaking tour is offered four “flavors”. First, choose between a self-sufficient or motor-supported kayak trip. Then decide if you prefer a trip that includes a one-day gray whale-watching trip to the Pacific lagoons or one that utilizes this day for more sea kayaking among the Loreto Islands. No base-camps are used on this kayak trip so regardless of which option you choose we are free to camp at a variety of stunning locations.

We usually spend from two to five hours sea kayaking each day. Frequent stops are made to explore coves and beaches and to stretch our legs and eat lunch. There is ample time for hiking the rugged desert terrain, snorkeling, photography, or just playing on the beach. Your Baja kayaking guides will be available to lead hikes and snorkeling trips, identify flora and fauna, and discuss the natural history of Mexico. This exploratory style Baja kayak trip does not use motorized boats or basecamps.

Sea Kayaking Mexico – Blue Whale Triangle Kayak Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Arrival in Loreto Mexico Arrival day in Loreto Mexico. You are escorted by our ground agents to a van headed for the Desert Inn, located right on the Loreto beachfront. Your kayak guides meet you in the hotel lobby at 8 PM for an orientation on your adventure in Mexico. Dinner this evening is a no-host affair at a nearby restaurant.
  • Day 2 – First day of sea kayaking in Mexico Kayak trip guides meet you at 7 a.m. to drive to the launch site, enjoy a quick beach breakfast, and learn basic sea kayaking skills. Once prepared, we depart for one of the islands rising from Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Our first campsite is usually on Isla Carmen, an extinct volcano with its caldera now level with the sea and filled by a giant salt pan. A long shelf of coquina limestone, made of recently fossilized marine creatures, extends underwater with a turquoise glow. Formerly paved in pearl oysters, the shelf historically attracted pre-Columbian natives and Spanish pearl harvesters. Fossils and artifacts litter the desert surface in this area. Fortunate snorkelers have frolicked with the bottlenose dolphins that hunt these shallow flats. The limestone shelf eventually plunges into the deep indigo waters of the Sea of Cortez where whales of many varieties frequently swim past.
  • Day 3 – 4 Striking out for a new camp on the east side of the island, our destination will likely be remarkably different as the geology of Isla Carmen alternates between red and gray volcanic flows and peaks, with lower lying layers of white sedimentary rocks. White coquina cliffs dominate the foreshore where erosive forces have sculpted exquisite overhangs and caves. Ancient streams, now dry, carved ancient arroyos into the red and white bedrock. These arroyos have created some excellent beaches and snorkeling sites.
  • Day 3 – 4 Besides colorful tropical fish, you may find spiny lobsters, sea fans, sponges, anemones, and more. Sharp eyes will discover survivors of the pearl oysters that once paved the limestone flats in enormous numbers. Native people feasted on these shellfish and later were forced by the Spanish to pearl dive until they became too scarce. Many of the same creatures you see while snorkeling are found perfectly fossilized in the coquina limestone.
  • Day 5 -6 Today we cross the channel that separates Carmen from Isla Danzante. The geology here is completely different from Carmen’s, as Danzante was formerly attached to the Giganta Range and split apart into the sea by the spreading crust. Our route will take us to the northern tip of Danzante where we stop at the picture perfect Honeymoon Cove for a chance to snorkel, hike, and watch for whales. Later, we sea kayak to our last campsite and watch the sun set behind the Sierra de la Giganta.
  • Day 7 – Last day of sea kayaking in Baja Up early for our final crossing back to the Baja peninsula with perhaps one last snorkel or swim on the inviting beaches of Danzante before leaving. Our vans will be waiting to return us to Loreto in time for lunch. The remainder of the afternoon is free for exploring this old mission town. We traditionally convene for a no-host farewell dinner at a Loreto restaurant.
  • Day 8 – Departure from Loreto, Mexico After bidding a final farewell to all the new friends you made sea kayaking in Mexico, you take a taxi to the Loreto airport.

Suggested Add-on: Enjoy a one-day whale watching excursion in Magdalena Bay. It’s the perfect compliment to this kayak trip and an experience that every Baja vacation should include. You may be able to pet a friendly gray whale and its calf!

Blue Whale Flukes Up Before Diving in Baja MexicoQuick Tour Facts

Available from late November through early May. See our Baja Kayaking FAQ page for details on age limitations, generally set at a minimum of 14. This Baja kayaking adventure uses tandem kayaks to accommodate all experience levels, including beginners. On the motor-supported tours if you are an experienced kayaker that wants to use a solo kayak, give us a call as we may be able to accommodate you. In addition on the motor-supported tours there will be SUP boards available to use.

Join us Sea Kayaking in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez this Winter!


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Frequently Asked Questions​


The best paddling season in Loreto is October through May. Kayaking between May and September is often uncomfortable because of the summer heat.
The best time of year for blue whale watching in Loreto is between February and March. This is the season when the blue whale populations are highest. Blue whales migrate down the gulf of California between January and March.

Loreto has amazing wildlife viewing opportunities from a kayak. You can see some of the following species and sights on your kayak tour:

  • colorful tropical fish
  • spiny lobsters
  • sea fans
  • sponges
  • anemones
  • fossilized creatures
  • bottlenose dolphins
  • Blue whales
  • coquina limestone
  • pearl oyster



We provide the following:

Sea kayaks, all related sea kayaking trip gear, safety equipment, transportation to and from Loreto International Airport and the hotel/launch beach, instruction and expert guides. While camping, all meals are provided. Our all inclusive listing price includes spacious tents to ensure you will be well rested for adventure. Sleeping bags and pads can be rented for an additional nominal fee – but feel free to bring your own!

What you need to bring:

Beach clothing, beach foot wear, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and other miscellaneous camping gear.

detailed packing list of camping related household items will be provided after you book your tour!



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We partner with a sister company in Baja. Based off our availability we may refer you to them. Our prices and itineraries are similar but not identical.

The Blue Whale Triangle Kayak Trip is available with or without a one-day gray whale-watching tour to the Pacific lagoons. The itinerary below describes the kayak tour without the one-day excursion. Tour dates that include it will have one less day of sea kayaking in the islands. The trip to Magdalena Lagoon will take place either before or after the sea kayaking portion but the overall length of the tour will be the same!