Gray whales, more than twice the length of a kayak, migrate over 5,000 miles from their Arctic feeding grounds to mate and bear their young in the protected waterways of Baja California's Magdalena Bay. On Sea Kayak Adventures' eight-day Baja's Desert Whales excursion, guests can get close to, and with luck, touch a whale from the safety of a motorized skiff.
Guests paddle kayaks four to five hours a day along a narrow 35-mile stretch of peaceful lagoon waters, bordered by mangroves teeming with colorful birds and sandy barrier islands. Onshore, they can trek across shifting sand dunes to whalebone-littered beaches, visit a sea lion colony, and look for spouting grays. Spend nights camping in sheltered coves where you can hear the sounds of whales breathing. Guides lead the way, sharing their knowledge of the area and preparing all meals. A trip highlight is two afternoons of whale watching from a skiff for a close encounter with the California Gray Whale in the deeper waters of Boca de Soledad.
Six departures are scheduled. January 29 through March 6, 2006 beginning and ending in Loreto, Baja California, Mexico. No previous kayaking or camping experience is necessary. Stable two-person kayaks and instruction, all paddling gear and camping supplies are provided.
Cost: $1,295.00 US dollars per person, including two nights of lodging, airport transfers, meals, motor boat whale watching, guides and transportation from Loreto to the launch site; airfare not included. Participation is limited to 13 travelers. Non-kayaking, 5-day whale watching tours are also offered for $799.00 for adult, $719.00 youth, February and early March, 2006.
Contact Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. at (800) 616-1943, or visit http://www.seakayakadventures.com for more information
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