This is my story of how I got to live and work at the Kayak Paddling Paradise of the Bay of Loreto. It’s only been a few years since I lived in La Paz, the capital of the state of Baja California Sur. Where I began my career in Geology.  It was indeed a very natural decision that required little thought — since I was a kid I liked mountains, maps, and compasses; and sitting opposite to a bonfire, looking up at the stars was addictive.

In all those years of camping and hiking, there was nothing like the moment in which I met the landscapes of the Baja California peninsula. Literally, it was like getting to know another planet, when I saw the impressive Sierra de la Giganta, with the great variety of reds and browns, and the contact with the blue waters of the Bay of Loreto. Those moments are the best photographs displayed on the screen of my memory.

Kayak Paddling the Bay

Kayak Paddling the Bay

I do not know if it was faith (or employment opportunities), but I was lucky enough to move to this paradise, and began with a job that allowed me to know almost all the corners of our Bay of Loreto National Park, in addition to observing its marine secrets, as well as the many of its inhabitants through doing SCUBA diving.

Then finally, I got the opportunity to work in one of the most pleasurable activities that can be done in Loreto — I become a kayaking tour guide.

Just to be every day in an “office” where the sun illuminates your face, the sea allows you to watch its beauties, and being surrounded by people who love your work; is an experience that has no price.

Now a little bit of History about Kayak Paddling..

The origin of  kayaks goes back to the Aleut people, residents of Northern Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Siberia, from about 3000 years ago, who created one of the oldest boats known to man.

Kayaks were originally built with whale bones and seal skin.

The word kayak means “man-boat” and some other historians describe it as “clothes for walking on the water.”  Whatever the precise meaning, the more a sea kayak is customized in its construction, the more comfortable it will be.

Kayak: By Edward S. Curtis Collection

Kayak: By Edward S. Curtis Collection

Modern kayaks are becoming more accessible to everyone. So, if you have a river or a body of water near your home, don’t miss the opportunity.

Look for the boat that matches the conditions in your area and start enjoying this wonderful sport.

The art of paddling a kayak is one of the most relaxing and amazing sports, and one that you can practice almost year-round in the waters of Loreto. There is nothing more reassuring than being connected to nature in a kayak — watching a thousand shades of orange, paddling under a spotless blue sky with the sea as a mirror.  When paddling at sunset the pink shades paint the surroundings, and each

There is nothing more reassuring than being connected to nature in a kayak — watching a thousand shades of orange, paddling under a spotless blue sky with the sea as a mirror.  When paddling at sunset the pink shades paint the surroundings, and each

When paddling at sunset the pink shades paint the surroundings, and each paddle-stroke at night reveals phosphorescent waves below your kayak and alongside your paddle.

There is nothing more reassuring than being connected to nature in a kayak — watching a thousand shades of orange, paddling under a spotless blue sky with the sea as a mirror.  When kayak paddling at sunset the pink shades paint the surroundings, and each paddle-stroke at night reveals phosphorescent waves below your kayak and alongside your paddle.

There is nothing more reassuring than being connected to nature in a kayak — watching a thousand shades of orange, paddling under a spotless blue sky with the sea as a mirror.  When paddling at sunset the pink shades paint the surroundings, and each paddle-stroke at night reveals phosphorescent waves below your kayak and alongside your paddle.

kayak experiences connect to nature

kayak paddling experiences that connect you to nature

And at the same time that the serene landscapes drift by, crossing below you are hundreds of Sea Rays or massive schools of glittering fish. Dolphins may leap out of the water in your wake; a peaceful whale shark may glide silently nearby; you may hear the blow of a fin whale or watch a blue whale in front of you.

You realize that only you have the opportunity to witness this and save it in your memory. Hundreds of birds without fear of you or your boat take a rest, then continue their flight.

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Your experience as a paddler will mark the rhythm of your adventure, but all levels from beginner to expert have a place in this vast bay. You can sign on for kayak camping from one day to more than fifteen if you desire.

The proximity of the coast to some of the islands, small estuaries as in Nopoló, or more protected places such as Puerto Escondido, all offer the opportunity for unforgettable adventure.

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At first sight, the activity may look easy, but the truth is that there is more to it than meets the eye. It is important to take into account the safety rules from the experts, in addition to choosing the boat suitable to your experience, or requesting a class of introduction to the kayak. It is also important if you do not know the area, that you request information on the weather, the currents, and tides. Whether you paddle alone or are accompanied by an experienced guide, be careful to follow all your instructions —  your safety always takes first priority.

Another important point is that you must register your trip in the offices of the Marine Park, whether for a few hours or several days. These regulations are to ensure your safety and to give you the opportunity to paddle in areas that may be unique to you and your group or your family. Also in conjunction with the registration, you must pay a user fee for your registration bracelet from the Bay of Loreto National Park. Money from user fees helps preserve protected areas like the Park.

Kayak Paddling at Coronado Island

Kayak Paddling at Coronado Island

Loreto has very professional tour operators, who can help you to prepare your trip, and provide  appropriate equipment and advice. Adventure awaits, whether paddling from a stand-up paddleboard, an open kayak, a sea kayak, or sharing the adventure with a companion in a double kayak. So, if just a couple hours off the coast of Loreto, or visiting for a few hours the beaches of Coronados or Danzante Islands, or several days on a camping trip, the choice is yours.