Frequently Asked Questions about Sea Kayaking Adventures in Baja Mexico
Baja Mexico Sea Kayaking
Baja Mexico Kayak Tour FAQ
You likely have some frequently asked questions about your sea kayak tour in Baja Mexico that we answer in this Baja Kayaking FAQ.
Here at Sea Quest Kayak Tours, our goal is to make your kayaking adventure a fun and memorable vacation. If you don’t find your questions answered on this Baja Kayaking FAQ, please email us from our Contact page or call us at 888-589-4253.
Do I need experience in Baja or will you instruct me?
No experience is necessary! Mexico’s Sea of Cortez is a great location for learning how to sea kayak. The area is largely protected from surf and ocean swell although locally generated wind waves can occur.
Most guests have never been in a kayak before. If you are in average physical condition you can join a sea kayak adventure in Baja. Its comparable to hiking and bicycling. You don’t even need to know how to swim but you don’t want to miss out on the great snorkeling!
Regardless of age or experience, you will find that our Baja kayak tours are safe and fun. You will be instructed on proper sea kayaking technique and safety rules before leaving the beach. The experienced guides are great instructors who will be with you the whole time.
Is sea kayaking safe and what is your safety record?
Are the kayaks stable and do they capsize?
The tandem kayaks we use are over 20 feet long and are very stable. The “double” kayaks are fully loaded with gear during Baja kayak tours, and this ballast makes them even steadier than usual. Tandem kayaks are much more steady than solo kayaks. Fewer than 1 out of 1000 participants tip over, and this usually do to “horsing” around.
Will I be uncomfortable and wet during a Baja kayak tour?
What is the weather like on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula?
We recommend full length wetsuits throughout the kayaking season for people who want to really enjoy the snorkeling opportunities.Water temperatures are coolest in January and February, usually in the low 60’s, limiting naked swimmers to about 20 minutes in the water. These are good months for a 5mm wetsuit with a hood. By April the water has made it into the 70’s and serious snorkelers will be comfortable in 3mm wetsuits without a hood. The warmest water during the entire Baja kayak season occur in November.
What about other nasty things like insects and spiny plants in Baja?
Who are the kayak guides and what skill is their training?
What kind of people go on sea kayaking adventures in Baja Mexico?
Are there age restrictions for the Baja kayak tours?
Our Mexico kayaking tours to the Loreto Islands Park use roaming campsites and therefore have a minimum age limit of 14 and a minimum weight of 100 pounds (for physically fit children). This age/weight limit is imposed because smaller children under 100 pounds, and/or those who lack strength or fitness, will not be able to contribute much to paddling their tandem kayak and it may hinder safe group travel. Sometimes there are exceptions made on the Loreto kayak tours for younger/smaller children who are advanced in strength or maturity, such as kids who compete in swimming or gymnastics.
There is no upper age limit but if you are over 65 but it would be smart to inform us of your health before reserving a Baja kayak tour. The base camp kayak tours from La Paz are usually the best choice for those who aren’t in moderate physical condition. Custom kayak trips can sometimes be arranged for groups with physical limitations so call us or click here for custom kayaking tour options.
What condition do I need to be in for a kayak tour in Baja Mexico?
I already have sea kayaking experience. Will I improve my abilities?
Do we see whales on all of the Baja kayak trips?
Is it safe to be around whales in a sea kayak?
What is the food like on your Baja kayaking adventures?
Where will we camp on a Baja kayak tour?
Are there bathrooms and showers available on the Baja kayak tours?
What should I bring for the Baja kayak trip?
Is your sea kayaking equipment any good?
Do you supply one- or two-person kayaks?
Speed – When it comes to kayaks, length equals speed. The long waterline of a tandem makes it much speedier than a solo kayak. Speed is important when we are faced with crossing an open body of water when the wind is increasing.
Stability – Tandem kayaks are wide enough to produce excellent stability. This is great if we encounter any choppy water. This steadiness is also helpful when watching wildlife, photographing whales, or putting on more sunscreen. The extra stability of tandems gives us the freedom to kayak in a wider range of sea conditions.
Flexibility – When you come with a partner you can expect to share a tandem with them for the entire trip. But in certain circumstances, tandems give us the ability to temporarily pair kayakers of different strengths so the group can move at the same rate and prevent stragglers. Tandems are also helpful whenever someone needs a break from paddling because their partner can keep up with the group. Tandems can be most valuable in the wilderness if someone becomes ill or injured during the kayak tour.