Dancing with Sea Lions and Kayaking into Sunsets: Why Baja Always Delivers

Baja: An Untouched Paradise

If you’ve never been to Baja, you are seriously missing out. This is just not your typical beach vacation. Where else can you learn to paddleboard or surf, cook delicious Mexican dishes, get up close and personal with a whale, and snorkel with sea lions? And the best part is you learn so much about this unique destination within Mexico, a sparkling and still untouched paradise of desert landscapes, and marine life. Jacques Cousteau fell in love with the Sea of Cortez, calling it the “world’s aquarium,” as this area is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. Our guests love it, and so will you!

What makes this excursion to Baja so special? There are so many layers to this unique trip, and each day offers a new and exciting experience. From learning to surf in Todos Santos, a beautiful artists’ mecca known for its cuisine and colorful atmosphere, to swimming with sea lions in the turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez, this adventure in Baja is the perfect combination of active fun and relaxation. While you have some scheduled opportunities including yoga, hiking, and surfing, you have plenty of down time to be independent and choose how you want to spend your time – especially while staying on the Isla Espiritu Santo.

AdventureWomen Ambassador, Emily, on her travels in Baja last year:

“Imagine glamping on a private island and being able to wake up with the soothing sound of the waves gently lapping a few feet from your tent. After a delicious breakfast, you get to pick your favorite adventurous activity for the day. Jump in a kayak or on a paddleboard, or swim and snorkel to your heart’s content. I had never paddleboarded before and I couldn’t get enough of it. One of my favorite memories is paddling out just before sunset with a few of the other women on my trip and coming back just as the sun was setting across the ocean. You can even see the moon rising from the east across the Gulf of Mexico. It is absolutely breathtaking, and so peaceful.

I think for me, the sea lion experience was the absolute highlight of this trip. I have a healthy fear of the ocean, but the pull to see these majestic creatures up close allowed me to put that fear aside and dive right in. We had three incredible guides who made me feel so safe and cared for, and it made all the difference. I couldn’t believe how calming it felt to be underwater, and swimming with the sea lions felt like dancing. As these friendly animals twirled playfully around us, a few of the bravest pups came up to nibble our fins and swim circles around us. Amazing! When we swam back to the boat, we all had huge smiles on our faces. One of my new friends told me that this experience with the sea lions was worth the price of admission. I couldn’t agree more! Despite my fear of the ocean, I would go back and dance with the sea lions again, in a heartbeat.

Last but certainly not least, I should add that this trip to Baja was so special because of our three Mexican guides, Luli, Sergio, and Alejandra. From the very first day, we totally bonded with them and by the end of the trip, they felt like long-lost friends. They patiently helped us suit up in our wetsuits (many of us had never worn one before), taught us the right way to hold our kayaking paddles, and told us fascinating stories about growing up in Mexico. We learned a lot about Mexico through their eyes, and it was incredibly hard to say goodbye to them.”