Sea Kayak Builder

With skills and stamina we can get beyond where most outfitters and casual tourists go. The Builder is for paddlers with strong personal paddling skills and a willing group attitude. The rewards for going further are many, including a rugged exposure that answers that wild call inside! Find more remote beaches. Take learning to the next level. Join us for a Builder if you’re ready for that satisfied buzz of coming in at the end of a day having expanded your comfort zone. Even though we get out and do some real paddling, there is still plenty of time for snorkeling, hiking, improving skills, relaxing, and pursuing personal interests.

December through February are typically windier months. Expect the Builder challenge to come in the form of rougher conditions. During the calmer months of October, November, March, April, and May, the challenge may come in the form of longer days.

Builders

Coronados Coast Builder
Short scenic builder ending with a stay on the volcano island of Coronados with it’s stunning white sand beaches.
Six days.


Carmen Island Builder
A longtime favorite Builder around the Loreto National Marine Park’s largest and most varied island.
Ten days.

Loreto to La Paz Builder
The jagged spine of Baja’s Giganta mountain range follows this coast, and so do we, admiring a colorful tour de force of geology’s colors.
Ten days.



Isla San Jose Builder
A remote and fascinating island featuring marine fossils, granite sea arches, a defunct salt works, and a mangrove maze, Isla San Jose is a special trip we offer occasionally.
Ten days.


Loreto Islands Geology Epic
Explore the islands with some fun-loving retired geologists.
23 days. Available in half-sandwich, too.


Custom Builders
What’s your dream? Let’s make it happen!
Any length.

Equipment and Prerequisites

Our Builders are self-supported trips in single kayaks, although doubles are available to pairs of paddlers by request. Prerequisites include a calm wet exit and assisted deep water re-entry; stamina to paddle strongly for 2 hours at time, and up to 5 hours in a day; and experience paddling in whitecaps. Builders are ideal for building intermediate skills. Please be sure you are ready for this level of learning. Sea Kayak Primers and Sea Paddler Trainings are perfect for developing the foundation to enjoy a Builder trip.

Builder Conditions

Average Daily Distance: 8-12nm (3-4 hours of paddling)
Max Daily Distance: 15nm
Wind: calm to 16kts; force 4; prevalent whitecaps
Seas: up to 4′
Crossings: up to 7nm
Surf Landings: up to 3′
Rescue Skills: learning to assist others
British Canoeing standard: 2-star intermediate to 3-star sea paddler

Please ask us if you have questions about the conditions and how you can prepare if you’d like to train up for the trip.

Paddlers and scenery between Loreto and La Paz

Along the Sierra la Giganta Coast towards La Paz

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