Carmen Island Circumnavigation - 10 Day Kayak Expedition

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For Intermidiate to Advanced Paddlers.

This exciting tour is back by popular demand! We created this route because it’s one we really like and one that people have been asking for again and again. It’s designed for moderate to advanced paddlers. It’s a nice mix of a few long days along some exposed coastline, and a few days near the end relaxing on some of the beautiful beaches at the south end of Isla Carmen. If time permits, we'll spend a day or two exploring Isla Danzante on the way home.


October 30 - November 8, 2017

March 12 - 19, 2018 - PRIVATE TOUR (FULL)


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Day 0:  The day before we start our journey will involve shopping for food and drink supplies. Once we have met the group we will walk to El Pescador Supermarket to do the groceries together and load all the food into the Taxi shuttle van. This night we stay in Loreto, so you will need to book a hotel, bungalow, or campsite.

Day 1: At 8:00 a.m. we pick you up from your hotel and drive 30 minutes out to our launch site near Puerto Escondito. We will paddle past Isla Danzante to Isla Carmen where we will stop for lunch at one of the beautiful southern beaches.

Day 2: From here onward the trip is entirely weather dependant, but we will most likely be paddling north along the eastern side of the Island first. After breakfast we’ll head out and aim for Arroyo Blanco or Punta Colorado for our next camp spot.

Day 3: There is a really nice spot called Punta Gavilones, or ‘P-14’. There is a fresh water source here for those who want to cool off or rinse the salt out of your clothes.

Day 4: Our next campsite will be Salinas. This is the site of an old sea salt works, and has an old ghost town we can explore.

Day 5: We’ll try to get somewhere near Punta la Launcha. This will set us up nicely to make our run around the northern point.

Day 6: The camp spots on the northern tip of Carmen are few and far between so we may need to wait for some nice weather before heading out, but the goal is camp at Bahia Oto.

Day 7: Puerto Balandra is our next campsite. This beautiful bay is named after the first boat ever constructed (by the Spanish) on the Baja Peninsula.

Day 8 - 9: In the morning we’ll keep paddling south past the cliffs towards the southern tip of Carmen. There will be options for the last 2 nights: Stay and visit the white sand beaches of Carmen, or explore the beautifully rugged Island of Danzante.

Day 10: Pick-up at Playa El Quemado (sunburn in Spanish) by 11:00am and then drive back to Loreto for a cold drink and some fish tacos! (transportation included in cost).


Price Includes:

- All Kayaks and Equipment, all fiberglass kayaks, mostly singles [Necky, Nimbus, Seaward, Current Designs, Seda] PFD, One 20L. Dry Bag
- Cooking Equipment
- Coffee, Tea, Drinking Water
- 2 Certified Guides (with a group of 6 or more)
- Guide's Emergency Gear: First Aid Kit, Flairs, VHF Radio, GPS, Satellite Phone
- Transport to and from the kayak lunch / pickup site

Price does not include:

- Flights to/from Loreto
- Taxi to/from Loreto Airport
- Meals and Accommodations in Loreto before/after your trip
- Personal Camping Equipment
- We share meal preparation and purchase, each guest provides a few meals for the group (depending on group size)
- Gratuity for guide (optional)

Participant Requirements:

Meals on this trip are "Communally Catered"; that is, each guest and guide will be responsible for planning, purchasing and preparing a few meals for the group. This participatory system extends through all aspects of the trip, allowing each person to feel a part of the group, and helps us to continue to offer low-cost, but very rewarding and fun experiences.

On Day 0 (the day before the trip) we will have our pre-trip meet and greet.  Your guides will take the group to the many local markets, where together we will do the shopping for the trip. The guides will be there to assist you every step of the way: menu planning, reading food labels in Spanish, purchasing the food, and assisting with the cooking and preparation.

Be aware that there can be some challenging days on this route.  You can expect to paddle between 2 - 4 hours each day, but there may be a few days of 5 or more hours kayaking.

It is not uncommon to have a few days with a bit of wind and waves. As you are with guides, your safety is assured. However, we recommend that if you choose to book this trip, that you are comfortable in a kayak, even in waves, and have some familiarity with self-rescues. If you are a beginner, this trip may not be the best fit for you.



  1. Loreto
  2. Puerto Escondido
  3. El Faro
  4. Marques
  5. Balandra
  6. El Refugeo
  7. Las Casitas
  8. P-14
  9. Arroyo Blanco
  10. Punta Baja
  11. El Faro
  12. La Vantna
  13. Puerto Escondido