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Sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico

Kayakers on the Sea of Cortez © Craig FastWhy go?
Where do I start? So many reasons: the blow-your-mind sea to mountainous desert views; the whopping array of wildlife; that oh-so-close to nature feel; the health benefits of propelling yourself across ocean waters beneath soaring sea cliffs; access to white-sand coves; the possibility of sighting blue whales. I could go on…so I will.

I travelled with Sea Kayak Adventures who took me and eleven others paddling through Loreto Bay National Bay Marine Park for four days.

What happened?
Good question. You mean apart from getting stiff arms?

We spent the time exploring the Marine Park’s closest islands, Islas Danzante and Carmen, while the red tones of the aptly named Sierra de la Giganta towered above us on the mainland.

Kayaks lined up on the north of Isla Dazante © Craig FastIt was fairly relaxed – this isn’t a trip for hardcore sea kayakers although a measure of fitness is required. (Sea Kayak Adventures does have more challenging options are available; our group was made up of people of various fitness and experience levels.) Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and post-paddle snacks were cooked by the guides. We camped on the islands’ beaches and broke up the paddling with swimming, tide pooling, snorkelling, beachcombing and hiking.

The kayaks were doubles with guides in singles. And yes, one kayak did capsize. More about that below…

Our group was supported by a motorboat, which meant we didn’t have to carry all of our own food, water, toilet, other essentials and, arguably, not-so-essentials (one bottle of rum, whiskey, gin or vodka was on offer each evening). The motorboat didn’t hang around us all day – it travelled ahead of the group to lunch and overnight spots and was on the lookout for marine wildlife. Each group member had to carry their own clothes, wet suit, snorkel, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and tent, which really didn’t amount to much weight in those sturdy sea-faring kayaks.

And, thankfully, the painfully stiff arms quickly morphed into an urge to paddle on and on and on and on…

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