You'll love this route because it offers stunning scenery and amazing wildlife experiences. The islands of the Loreto National Marine Park are all listed by UNESCO, which calls the Islands of the Gulf "the richest and most varied of any island-sea property on the World Heritage list". If you only have a week to explore the world by kayak, come here! This trip is self-supported (carry everything with you), which means absolute freedom and self-sufficiency.
This is a very flexible trip, with time for snorkeling, relaxing, exploring the beaches, and messing about in boats. All SKBM's lead guides are British Canoeing 4-star Sea Leaders, and Level 1 or higher coaches.
At SKBM, they believe that supporting each other in work and play is a fun and effective way to be, and they include you in trip decisions. Like you, they love paddling and exploring the natural world. Let them share this amazing place and these lifetime experiences with you!
SKBM features professional-quality equipment! Their kayaks are single, British-style kayaks with skegs, such as the NDK Explorer, Romany, and Pilgrim Expedition, plus P&H, and Tide Race. Seda doubles are available upon request. Werner Paddles 205-220cm. Don Beale Greenland paddles. Kokatat, MSR, Therm-a-Rest NeoAir. Seals, Snapdragon. SKBM is the only Nigel Dennis Expedition Centre in Mexico! This means SKBM has excellent equipment and equally excellent safety standards.
SKBM trips are classified as “Primer”, “Builder”, or “Expedition”.
The "Primer" level trip is for paddlers with foundational experience (wet exit, basic steering). SKBM's goal is to get off the water before whitecaps become pervasive (12 knots of wind). Daily forecasts are received via satellite communicator to enable planning.
In December 2017, we (a group of 6 friends in their 60's ranging from novice to intermediate kayakers) paddled out to Isla Dazante and Isla Carmen on a 6 day Loreto Primer trip with Sea Kayak Baja Mexico, based in Loreto. Our guides, Marcos and Tuku, were highly skilled paddlers who worked well together. The lead guide, Marcos, was very experienced in this area and showed great judgement in finding windows of time in which it was appropriate for longer crossings, given the generally windy conditions. He also showed very good judgment in arranging a mix of paddling, hiking and snorkeling opportunities. The scenery, birds, fish and water were spectacular! The meals were generally simple, nutritious and tasty.
What most strongly impressed me was how Sea Kayak Baja Mexico focused upon the experience of paddling and camping. Their fleet of kayaks included Romany, NDK and TideRace kayaks. Their tents were first-rate MSR Hubba Hubba tents. Marcos and Tuku were highly skilled instructors and very enthusiastic in providing instruction in paddling strokes, bracing and rolling. (Sea Kayak Baja Mexico also offers courses including ACA level 5 courses). The quality of instruction compares well to George Gronseth's Kayak Academy in Issaquah, WA.
Videos of the trip can be found on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjG5IlWxAiU4)