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!
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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.
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.
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.