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La Paz Nature Tour: Snorkel, Hike, and Observe Endangered Species

Explore the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Espíritu Santo Island and the protected waters of Balandra Bay on this full-day La Paz nature tour. With your professional naturalist guide, snorkel with sea lions, tropical fish, and endangered whale sharks. Hike along Espíritu Santo Island’s winding seaside trails. Enjoy a picnic lunch on a secluded beach, and more!

USD $825.00

Per Person
Number of TravelersPrice Per Person
1USD $825.00
2USD $412.00
3USD $275.00
4USD $206.00
5USD $169.00

Snorkel alongside Endangered Whale Sharks and Hike on Espíritu Santo Island on this Full-Day La Paz Nature Tour

Explore the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Espíritu Santo Island and the protected waters of Balandra Bay on this full-day La Paz nature tour. Through the efforts of conservationists, non-profits, community activists, and others, Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula is home to spectacular wildlife and richly bio-diverse waters.

On this La Paz nature tour, snorkel with sea lions, tropical fish, endangered whale sharks. Hike along Espíritu Santo Island’s winding seaside trails, marvel at turquoise water and white sand beaches, and relax on hidden shores. Your captain and naturalist guide will introduce you to local flora and fauna, the region’s natural history, and make sure you get the most of your experience.


  • Discover massive whale sharks — the world’s largest fish, and famous gentle giants
  • Take a boat tour along the coast for spectacular views of Balandra Bay
  • Dive in, with 3 guided snorkels in Balanda Bay’s protected waters, famous for abundant wildlife and rich biodiversity
  • Explore Espíritu Santo Island, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch on a secluded beach

Tour Information

Duration: Trip typically lasts 8 hours

Start/End Location: La Paz Tourist Pier

Availability: October – April

Miscellaneous: Beginner/first time snorkelers are welcome, but participants must be able to swim to take part in snorkeling portion of the La Paz nature tour.

Physical level: Light to medium including boat travel, snorkeling and hiking (both optional)


Your La Paz nature tour begins early in the morning at the La Paz tourist pier for a short boat ride to the whale shark observation zone. Whale sharks come here to feed on plankton, krill, and other small marine life during their summer migration.

Along the way, your naturalist guide will introduce you to whale shark ecology, natural history, and the ongoing conservation efforts to protect these gentle giants. Upon arrival to the whale shark observation site, you’ll have the awesome opportunity to see the world’s largest fish up close. If you’re feeling adventurous, join your naturalist guide in the water for a guided snorkel alongside the whale sharks!

From the whale shark observation zone, hop back in the boat and continue onward to Espíritu Santo Island. As your captain navigates along the island’s shores, your bilingual guide will brief you on the history of this important UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Dock along a secluded beach for a delicious seaside lunch, then continue onward to visit the resident sea lion colony.

Here, jump into the water with your guide to watch these friendly and curious sea lions up close! During sea lion mating period (June – September), sea lion observation will occur from aboard the boat. From the sea lion rookery, travel to a third snorkeling site to swim with spectacular tropical fish. Return to the island for free time to hike trails and explore the island.

What’s Included

  • Marine transportation to whale shark observation zone
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Lunch, snacks and drinks (including beer for travelers 18+)
  • Snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits)
  • Clean towels
  • Whale shark conservation fee
  • Park entrance fee
  • Taxes and insurance

What’s Not Included

  • Gratuities
  • Services not included in trip itinerary
  • Hotel pick-up/ground transportation (available upon request at an additional cost).

Important Notes

  • Trip typically departs at 8:00 from the tourist pier in downtown La Paz. Departures from RED marina and Costa Baja marina available. Inquire for special departure times and hotel pick-ups.
  • All trips staffed by bilingual naturalist guide and licensed captain.
  • Boats are outboard skiffs with full shade, seat cushions, and dry storage space.
  • Whale sharks are an endangered species and passengers will be briefed on regulations for snorkeling in the observation zone. Passengers not complying with regulations (e.g. touching or grabbing whale sharks) may be returned to shore and referred to proper authorities.



Espíritu Santo Island

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Espíritu Santo Island 24.488700, -110.344000

What Happens After I Book?

After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.

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