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Tour Overview

An intimate all inclusive, all day sailing cruise on a large and spacious private sailing catamaran to Espiritu Santo Island; a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site since 2005 and a national Park since 2007. 

The island has numerous beautiful bays with turquoise crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and inlets abundant with marine life. From friendly sea lions to tropical fish, sea turtles, mobula rays and dolphins, the island has it all.

This premier island adventure is loved by all. Some prefer to stay aboard enjoying a variety of cold drinks while being pampered by the crew. Others enjoy boarding our large stable snorkel boat to explore remote beaches, bays, and coves. There are multiple quiet beaches, surrounded by mangroves, and fascinating rock formations. We include paddleboards, kayaks, snorkel gear, fishing equipment, water toys, wetsuits, even reef-friendly sunscreen, along with a chef, meals, and open bar, an island guide and so much more. We have private bathrooms, fresh-water showers, towels, snacks, bottled water, sodas, and just about anything you might want. We are truly:

THE PREMIER ISLAND TOUR

Island Adventure

Your tour with Baja Charters typically includes ground transportation from the Cabo area to La Paz. (Our primary offices are in La Paz, but we also have an office on the Cabo marina.)

The southern gulf islands have a fantastic history of pearl harvesting that was centered at Isla Espiritu Santo. Pearl farms were established in various bays of the surrounding islands. Queen Elizabeth II visited the city of La Paz in February of 1983 to receive a large local pearl as a gift. The huge pearl from Isla Espiritu Santo is now part of the Crown Jewels. A short review of areas of the island are included below. 

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Caleta Partida, Ensenada el Cardinal, Ensenada Grande, Los Islotes

Caleta Partida is the southern point of Isla Partida almost touching Isla Espiritu Santo. Caleta Partida is the crater of a large, extinct volcano that eroded below sea level with a large reef. A sand bar connects the two islands at low tide, making for an interesting walk about. At high tide taking a small service boat across to the west side of the island can be a real adventure. Ensenada el Cardinal is a long bay almost dividing the island. On both sides are steep cliffs separated by azure blue water and white sand. Ensenada Grande is reported to have been voted by two travel magazines as the most beautiful beach in all of Mexico. Los Islotes is a small island to the north of Partida. It is home to a friendly sea lion colony of over 200 permanent members. Because of the interplay these sea lions have with humans, and the clarity of the water, this is an oft visited spot by both cruising boats and charter boats.

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San Rafaelito, Balandra, San Gabriel, and Playa Bonanza

San Rafaelito hosts a friendly sea Lion colony, coral heads and tropical fish. Balandra is the first bay in Mexico to receive the rating of EXCELLENT. It includes five distinct beaches in its outer banks. San Gabriel is a former pearl and oyster-bay, with a pristine white sand beach. A short hike across the island from San Gabriel takes you to Bonanza Bay, the least visited and longest beach on the island. At one end of Bonanza bay there is a reef and outstanding snorkel areas with massive numbers of colorful tropical fish.

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Puerto Ballena, Isla Gallo, Isla Gallina, and Isla Ballena

Puerto Ballena, (Whale Port), is a subset of three separate bays: Ensenada la Gallina, Ensenada el Gallo, and Ensenada de la Raza. Puerto Ballena is stunning for its turquoise waters, coral heads, mangroves, and striated cliff sides. These three bays offer outstanding snorkeling options, and are beautiful beyond description. The Mexican Navy intentionally sunk the 184’ Fang Ming and the 118’ Lapas N03 a few hundred meters off shore in this area. Both have evolved into magnificent false reefs providing outstanding scuba options.

Why We Are The Premier Option

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Exclusive private yacht.

Not a tour boat​!

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You may bring your own cameras!

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Large, spacious, sailing catamaran

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Half-Day, Full-Day and Overnight Charters

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Marine Biologist as teacher, hostess and guide

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Attendant dive boat for easy access

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Educated, professional, english-speaking crew

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Many areas for relaxation

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Personal Service

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Chef on board

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Local farm fresh vegetables and fruits brought daily

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Two meals included

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Snacks, bottled water, soft drinks and beer

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Open Bar

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Fresh water showers

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Private Bathrooms

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Freshly laundered towels

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Clean, new snorkel equipment

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Snorkel vests (as opposed to bulky life jackets)

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Wetsuits included

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T shirts, Sweatshirts and Hats

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Quality ground transportation with video

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Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award

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Attentive Reservations Team

Video

On Board

Private bathrooms

Showers

Full galley

Music

Air-conditioning

Inside and outside eating and resting areas

Observation Deck

Lay-out Deck

Trampolines
(Lay-out nets, NOT for jumping)
 

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Ground Transportation

Typically, guests are picked up directly from the lobby entrance of their hotel or resort, but not always. Depending on a number of factors, guests may be requested to meet ground transport in a central location.

Pick-up Locations

We are generally able to provide pick-ups from most locations around Cabo San Lucas, the Corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, and on the way to La Paz through Pescadero and Todos Santos.

We do not provide ground transportation for guests from Los Barriles.

Discount Available

Returning guests receive a 10% discount. If you prefer to drive directly to our sailing catamaran, there is plenty of safe parking in Marina Palmira. Click on: Contact Us. Scroll to: Yacht Location.There is a $30 discount per guest, that drives on their own. If you are booking online, use Promo Code 37483. If you are calling or emailing, be sure to tell us if you are a returning guest.

Travel Times

The normal time to drive from the greater Cabo area to La Paz is about two hours, including a stop on the way over in Pescadero for coffee, restroom break, etc. On the return trip from La Paz, we stop at the Hotel California (of the Eagles Mythology), for restroom access, drinks, and brief shopping.

Departure Times

Pick-up time is approximately 7:00 AM. You will receive an email the day prior to your departure, to confirm a more precise pick-up time for the next day.

Boat Info

Captain, engineer, hostess, and chef

Chef prepared meals

Sodas and beer

Open bar

Full array of safety equipment

Powered dinghies

Two paddle boards

Two kayaks

Snorkel gear in various sizes

Portable seats, layout cushions, outdoor pillows and beach awnings.

Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and lay-out areas

Full galley-kitchen

Inside air conditioning

Sleeps 4 in 2 cabins

2 Queen Cabins

Additional sleeping arrangements available

2 complete bathrooms

Space for up to 30 day-time guests

Swim steps and stainless ladder for easy access to water

Ice and purified water

Beach towels

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Adolfo

Adolfo is a Master Captain and yacht mechanic. He was captain of the 96`Pacifica cruising yacht for 13 years. He operates all types of vessels including Sports Fishers. Bi-lingual, he has extensive experience in the yachting industry.

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Mariana

Mariana is a graduate Marine Biologist and Padi Master Scuba Dive Trainer. (PADI MSDT # 312632) Mariana is Baja Charter's primary hostess, teacher, and snorkel instructor.

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Jesus

Jesus is a licensed, certified yacht captain. He has worked as a large yacht engineer for fourteen years. Jesus is in charge of yacht maintenance for Baja Charters. He has a friendly disposition, and is a highly competent seaman.

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Maritza

Maritza is a marine biologist and whale shark expert. For six years she was in charge of whale shark research and conservation in La Paz for an NGO. She has her Mexican Seabook, is a Padi diver, and expert snorkel leader.

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Leo

Leo is a competitive Free-Diver, a certified commercial deckhand, he is PADI certified diver, he has his Mexican Seabook, and a certified whale shark guide. After seven years with Baja Charters, Leo has recently received his full captain's license. He is also a certified island guide for Isla Espiritu Santo. Leo is a trained photographer and has been continuously on the water since childhood. Bilingual

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Mari

Mari is a PADI Dive Master and certified whale shark guide. She has her marine Seabook and is a trained photographer. Mari has worked commercially as whale shark guide for six years. She is a Baja Charters hostess and loves to help guests both in and out of the water. Bilingual.

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Mario

Mario is a licensed deckhand with his marine Seabook and small boat captain’s license. Mario is a certified whale shark guide, and helmsman. He has twenty years of experience working with yachts. Mario is a skilled and competent seaman. Bilingual.

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Sammy

Sammy is a licensed, certified seaman. He is also trained in Search & Rescue. Sammy is fluent in English, Spanish and German. He is a former lifeguard and a certified Whale Shark guide and has five years experience working on private yachts. Trlingual.

Tour Details

Season

All year                       

Vessel

Baja Cat 60' x 30' Catamaran

Included

Ground transportation, chef, meals, bottled water, sodas, beer, open bar, marine biologist, snorkel equipment, separate snorkel boat and certified helmsperson, paddle boards, kayaks, and sports fishing.

Duration

One full extended day, or two days and one night.

Accommodations

Two cabins: 2 beds and bunks
2 bathrooms with showers

Crew

Four crew members minimum, plus additions as guest count requires. Scuba personnel are extra, when this option is selected.

Trip Schedule

7:00 am

Depart Los Cabos Corridor

9:00 am

Board Baja Cat

Coffee, fruit, yogurt, pastries, soft drinks, beer, and mixed drinks

10:00 am

Sea Lions of San Rafaelito

Oceanographer review of the Sea of Cortez and the local marine environment. Snorkeling with tropical fish and playing with sea lions are available.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Arrive Isla Espiritu Santo

Power dinghy to shore, exploring remote beaches, hiking well-marked nature trails, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle board, water sports, tours of rock formations and prime snorkeling areas.

Freshly grilled chicken, steak, or fish dishes, accompanied by our own chef prepared salsas, chutneys, slaws, chips, guacamole, etc. The on board lunch, includes an assortment of snacks, soft drinks, and an open bar.

6:00 pm

Disembark Baja Cat for return trip home

Note 1: Time schedules are subject to tidal flow, weather, and traffic conditions

Note 2: When sea conditions make crossing to San Gabriel Bay uncomfortable, Baja Cat will anchor within the outer arms of Balandra Bay. The outer beaches of Balandra are only accessible by boat. They are likely the most beautiful of all the beaches in the area. All the amenities outlined above will be available.

Pricing

Adult
All Inclusive

$ 345 per person
    plus tax

Child under 12
All Inclusive

$ 245 per person
    plus tax

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We Sponsor

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Mar Libre

is a non-profit, conservation and educational program focused on the restoration of reefs and mangroves in the Sea of Cortez. This is a volunteer organization with NO PAID personal. Each month, RNAM coordinates, directs, and participates in cleaning beaches, reefs, sea lion colonies, and mangroves. Volunteer marine biologists, divers, surfers, kayakers, paddle board enthusiasts and ocean lovers of every type, participate in these projects. Baja Cat is a RNAM sponsoring partner, providing funding, resources and personal, in support of these worthy projects.

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Cabo Pulmo Reef Preservation

In 1995, an underwater national park was formed by the Mexican government at the request of the fishing families of the tiny village of Cabo Pulmo. Since then, no fishing or anchoring has been allowed. The reef sprung back to life in an amazing way. Fish returned, spawned, and grew to maturity in huge numbers, along with turtles, dolphins, sea lions, and sharks. Coral and sea life have become incredibly abundant. In addition to the fee Baja Charters pays to the National Park for every guest who visits with us, we also make a donation to the Cabo Pulmo Welcome Center for reef preservation for each of our customers. 

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Leave No Trace

Baja Charters is a contributing partner to the Leave No Trace association, and actively promotes its outdoor ethics programs.

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Rescatando Nuestros Arrecifes y Manglares

Environmental education. In addition to “hands-on” clean up, RNAM, provides marine science educational instruction in schools throughout Baja Sur. Recently, over 1,000 students were taught how to preserve habitat and reduce pollution in a single month. Baja Charters provides resources and direct experiential interaction for teachers and professors supporting environmental instruction and hosts an annual all day private charter for the top-performing 25 educators in this area.

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Project Aware

Project AWARE is a global movement for ocean protection powered by a community of adventurers. We connect the passion for ocean adventure with the purpose of marine conservation to create lasting change. Baja Charters has adopted a snorkel and dive site for continual clean-up and preservation.

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Los Cabos Humane Society

Los Cabos Humane Society rescues and finds homes for dogs and cats. Don't buy, adopt! 

About Us

Yacht Charters, Excursions, Liveaboard

Baja Charters provides PREMIER Private Charters, Public Excursions, and Liveaboard exploratory cruises. Five-star rated we are NOT a typical tour company. We provide a private yacht experience with first class service and amenities. No one does it like we do for anything close to our prices.

Guests visit beautiful isolated locations experienced by only the fortunate few. Baja Charters provides ALL INCLUSIVE cruising to remote coves and beaches on the inside Sea of Cortez. This is the area famously known as the World’s Aquarium. According to Nature.Org, the inside Sea of Cortez is the second most biologically diverse marine environment on the planet. An intimate cruise features snorkeling with an array of tropical fish over shallow tropical reefs, swimming with sea lions, or whale sharks in season, strolling remote beaches, exploring, paddle boarding, kayaking, scuba, etc.

Baja Charters provides quality chef-prepared meals on board with an open bar, served by a skilled and educated crew. A marine biologist is typically your hostess and snorkel leader. Everything is included: snorkel gear, wet suits, kayaks and paddleboards, along with an assist boat for getting up close to sea life in its natural environment. Reef-friendly sunscreen, bottled water, beer, sodas, and a variety of snacks are all provided, along with private bathrooms, fresh towels, and private showers. Join us, for the Experience of a Lifetime.

Listed below are a number of websites addressing various nautical adventures.

Contact

Baja Charters Office - La Paz
Captains Sunset Bar

US: 
214-974-0501 (English Only)
 
Mexico: 
(52) 624-128-5666 (Spanish, English, German)
(52) 612-152-9940 (English)

Captains Sunset Bar & Dock 5

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Driving Instructions From Cabo to La Paz

Coming from anywhere along the Cabo corridor, the easiest way to Marina Palmira is to take Highway 1 to Todos Santos. Go around Todos Santos via the Bypass road and continue on to La Paz. If you are coming from Los Barriles, take the road to La Paz, it will merge into the main road coming from Cabo.

When you reach La Paz, continue on the main road. It’s a few miles to downtown. Keep going and turn left at 5 February. Proceed straight towards the bay. At the last signal turn right. You are now on Alvaro Obregon, the road along the bay, which in about a mile will run parallel to the beach and bay. This area is known as the Malecon. (The "Malecon," in any Spanish-speaking country, means roughly: the esplanade along the water’s edge.)

Continue along the beach road about two miles passing through the remarkable waterfront area, until you see Marina Palmira on your left. At this point, the road has just divided into four lanes. Take the first turn across the green bicycle lane in the middle of the road. If you miss the turn, go slightly past the marina and take the one-lane turnaround. There are three entries into the marina. The first one you come to is the closest to the boat. Park in front of the Marine Waterfront Hotel, and walk straight through their complex to Captains Marina Bar. (It takes less than a minute.) It is directly across from the Dock 5 gate. Captains’ Marina Bar, is a Baja Charters facility. You will be met there or directly in front of gate 5.

The parking is free in front of the hotel and at the south end of the marina. All the parking around the marina is safe and well protected.

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addressing various nautical adventures

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Come Sportfishing with us!

As we all know, the fishing doesn't get any better than Baja. Our captain knows where the fish are and our Sportfisher is equipped for one heck of a good time. What are you waiting for? Give us a call!

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Life was made for this

The Aquarium of the World awaits! Let's go! Baja Pacifica and crew are ready. Come swim in the abundant waters of the Sea of Cortez and interact with sea lions, turtles, manta rays, giant mantas, dolphins and a whole cast of friendly colored fish.

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Enjoying every second


Charter our most popular yacht! And it's popular for a reason. Boasting a ton of space to hang out, both indoors and outdoors, Baja Cat, let's you breathe! Come play, explore, or just sit back and take it all in! 

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