Mexico: Baja California, Loreto - Sea Kayak Adventures -Two Great Trips for Families.
Consider a whale watching family adventure in Baja’s Magdalena Bay with guaranteed whale sightings, chance to touch a whale. Or plan a spring break to Loreto on the Baja’s Sea of Cortez with whales, dolphins, and sea lions.
I have read with pleasure the descriptions of two exceptional trips available from Sea KAyak Adventures. Kayaking (second only to river rafting) is the ideal way to share an adventure with a child and bond with your whole family. One–on-one kayak time cannot be beat for making small talk easy and laughing seems to come naturally.
Our family has shared Baja moments and I can say firsthand it is an awesome part of the world not yet altered by electronic support systems and man’s commercial imprint. The water ,clear and cool, is framed by rugged rocky terrain making for dramatic photos even if your child is making a funny face. Sea life is abundant and will cause daily squeals but our favorite activity enjoying the night sky filterd with an almost lace like star blanket. Add to that the sound of waves lapping along the rocks and whales breathing just off shore - Mother Nature at her best.
With my opinion out of the way I am sharing the trip descriptions provided to us by Sea Kayak Adventures. Beginning in January and concluding mid March they are conducting 5-day whale watching trips from Puerto Lopez Mateos, Baja California which provides parents with an opportunity to share an exciting whale watching experience with their children. Here's the scoop.
The actual location on the planet is Sea Kayak Adventures’ Isla Santo Domingo base camp located right in the heart of the largest gray whale calving area. However, this family adventure offers much more than simply seeing whales. On Sea Kayak Adventures’ five-day whale watching base camp excursion in Baja California’s Magdalena Bay, adults and children can often actually touch one of the 20,000 gray whales that calve in the waters each winter.
“It’s the moment of a lifetime,” says SKA president Terry Prichard, “and whale sightings are guaranteed.” Each day motorized skiffs take participants out to the deeper waters of Boca de Soledad, where ‘friendlies’ swim up to the boat. In our exclusive safari-style beach camp in the heart of gray whale activity, as whales breach and spy-hop just offshore, guests can explore whalebone-littered beaches and look for herons, egrets, dolphins, and spouting grays. That hollow sound after nightfall? It’s whales breathing! Guides versed in whale natural history lead fun activities for kids, point out wildlife, and prepare all meals. Whales enjoy full protection of the Mexican federal government and one must be with a licensed guide to go whale watching here which means no crowds and responsible people in the area. Here's the scoop.
In March & April Sea Kayak Adventures is offering a selection of 6 and 8-day (includes air travel days) sea kayaking trips for families with kids ages 11 and older. This awesome water adventure is ideally suited for families with teens. The trip’s starting and ending point is Loreto and parents have the chance to paddle a sea kayak and bond with a teenager (hopefully your own) as endangered blue whales - more than four times as long as your kayak - plumb the depths for tasty crustaceans in Baja’s Sea of Cortez. Participants paddle six miles per day ( 3 to 4 hours) looking for the world’s largest animals and explore desert islands in Mexico’s newest national marine park – Loreto Bay National Marine Park.
Along the way you’ll also spot dolphins and sea lions, snorkel with angelfish in 72-degree water, and search for rare blue-footed boobies. Spend nights camping on white sand beaches in sheltered coves and dining on Dutch oven brownies under starry skies framed by volcanic rock cliffs. Bonus points:
No previous kayaking or camping experience is necessary. Stable two-person kayaks, paddling gear and instruction, gear, meals and all camping supplies (including sleeping bags) are provided. Their naturalist guides are enthusiastic experts at activities helping families have fun together. Make it happen.
Sea Kayak Adventures toll-free 1-800-616-1943 or www.seakayakadventures.com
Comments by Nancy Nelson-Duac, editor and founder of FTF. Content and images provided by Sea Kayak Adventures. Copyright 2011.