ContentsWHERE IS ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND?WHAT WE LIKED THE MOSTWHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE THAT MUCHOUTDOOR GEARCAMERA GEARCLOTHING (PER PERSON)OTHERSVIDEO: KAYAKING IN ESPIRITU SANTO ISLANDFINAL THOUGHTS We spent one week exploring the beautiful Island of Espíritu Santo by kayak in the Sea of Cortez, about 20 km from La Paz, Baja California. We thought one week would be enough but in the end it was too short. May is the off season for kayaking which allowed us to have the island to ourselves. The wind was not strong but the mosquitoes were in full force. The Sea of Cortez is one of the bodies of water with the most variety of wildlife, 31 different species of marine mammals make this sea their home. We spent the week paddling amongst pods of dolphins, sea turtles, jumping manta rays and sea lions. Camping in the islands many bays where the clear, warm turquoise water meets secluded fine white sand beaches. cloud-downloadCLICK HERE to Download our FREE Quick Starter Guide to Kayaking. WHERE IS ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND? WHAT WE LIKED THE MOST Camping in caves Swimming in pristine clear waters Plenty of wildlife: dolphins, turtles, mobula rays, sea lions… WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE THAT MUCH Mosquitoes at night Heat during the day EQUIPMENT CHECK LIST OUTDOOR GEAR 2-Seater Sea Kayak Spray Skirts (x2) Kayak Paddle (x3) MRS Mutha Hubba Tent Thermarest Z Lite Matress (x2) Exped 500 Sleeping Bags (x2) Sea To Summit Silk Sleeping Liner (x2) PRIMUS OmniLite Camping Stove PRIMUS Gourmet Cooking Set Cutlery Petzl Head Torch (x2) Exped Dry Bag MSR 10L Water Sack (x4) CAMERA GEAR GoPro Hero3 Canon 1000D Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II Lens Sony NEX6 Manfrotto Full-size Tripod CLOTHING (PER PERSON) Arc’teryx Rain Jacket Arc’teryx Epsilon Soft Shell Fleece Icebreaker Base Layer T-shirts (x3) Shorts Swimming Suit Salomon Waterproof Hiking Pants Icebreaker Socks (x3) Icebreaker Undies (x3) Teva Sandals Icebreaker Beanie Buff Hat Costa del Mar Sunglasses OTHERS Food & Water (1gallon per person/day) Sunblock Mosquito Repellent Toiletries Towel Gear up for kayaking, without breaking the bankGet the Latest Deals on Kayaking GearSent right to your inbox...GEAR UP FOR KAYAKING Duration of the TripWhen To GoLogisticsTravel Tips You can paddle around the 2 islands, Espíritu Santo and Partida, in 3-4 days. But we would recommend to give yourself a week and you will enjoy it much more. There are plenty of isolated bays to explore and many sandy beaches to camp. The overnight trips run from October to May. This is when the weather is best for kayaking. However, kayak rentals to experienced paddlers are available all year round. You can start paddling from La Paz or take a ride to Tecolote beach and start from there. Shuttle service is also provided if needed. You can check their rates here. Go around May, when the crowds are gone and it’s still not too hot to enjoy the paddling. Try to make the crossing at around noon. The wind dies almost every day between 12pm and 2pm. VIDEO: KAYAKING IN ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND FINAL THOUGHTS If you like enjoying the nature in solitude, exploring areas where there is no civilization and feeling conected to the surroundings, then Espiritu Santo Island is for you. We absolutely loved the week we spent there. It was one of the highlights of Baja California. Pack your tent, bring plenty of food and water and get ready to enjoy one of the most beautiful and incredible places in the Sea of Cortez. MORE INFORMATION Location: La Paz, Baja California Sur. Mexico Price: 200 USD (double sea kayak weekly rental fee) Useful Notes: Although the conditions for sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez are exceptional, you need to be experienced to perform this adventure independently. Tours are available for less experienced travelers. KAYAKING RESOURCESTABLE OF CONTENTSKAYAKINGTABLE OF CONTENTS 1. BASICS 5. KAYAK SAFETY 2. KAYAK SKILLS 6. DESTINATIONS 3. KAYAKING GEAR 7. KAYAK FISHING 4. KAYAK CLOTHES 8. SUP 1. BASICS 2. KAYAK SKILLS 3. KAYAK GEAR 4. KAYAK CLOTHES 5. KAYAK SAFETY 6. DESTINATIONS 7. KAYAK FISHING 8. SUP Disclosure: The Adventure Junkies is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost for you. We also use other affiliate programs like REI, LeisurePro, Diviac and Liveaboard.com.