An intimate all inclusive, all day sailing cruise to Espiritu Santo Island, including snorkeling with tropical fish and swimming with sea lions. The premier tour of its kind. Includes outstanding organic meals on a large and spacious catamaran with a skilled and educated crew, marine biologist, snorkel gear, kayaks, paddle boards, powered support boat, bottled water, beer, sodas, open bar and private bathrooms with showers.
Ground Transportation from Los Cabos to La Paz and Back.
Breakfast on board Island Cat:
Fruit, Yogurt and Pastries
Chips, salsas, snacks, soft drinks, beer, bottled water, ice, and an open bar are available throughout the day.
Local farm fresh fruits and vegetables delivered daily. Organic chicken delivered daily and prepared on board in various ways, along with multiple side dishes.
Snorkel gear, Flotation vests, Kayaks, Paddleboards, Powered attendant boat, Beach towels, Layout mattresses, cushions and pillows.
PICK UP LOCATION
San Jose del Cabo:
Starbucks located in the La Comer shopping center. 6:30 a.m.
Designated location 6:45 a.m.
Cabo San Lucas:
Island Cat Office 7:00 a.m.
Depart Los Cabos Corridor
Board Island CaT
Coffee, fruit, yogurt, pastries, soft drinks, beer, and mixed drinks
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.
Disembark Island Cat for the return trip home 6:00 PM
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, Island 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.
Arrive Isla Espiritu Santo 11:30 – 12:30
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
In 2003, a consortium of Mexican and U.S. conservation organizations assisted the Mexican government in the purchase of the Isla Espiritu Santo island group. According to the Nature Conservancy, “…the Sea of Cortez is the second most diverse marine body in the world.” This is a truly remarkable place deserving of international preservation. The island chain of Espiritu Santo includes the main island, and five smaller ones.
There is way too much to experience here than can be savored in one or two days. So, Island Cat has outlined three distinct all-day Island Tours that make this area come alive for our guests. Included with our large spacious sailing catamaran, are mouth-watering meals, an open bar, a marine biologist, fresh water showers, towels, etc., plus snorkel vests, snorkel equipment, an attendant 22’ service boat, kayaks, paddle boards, and all our regular amenities.
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.
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.
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.
Price for adult:
Price for child under 12: $245 USD
does not include 16% IVA (mexican tax)
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