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Sea Turtle Island Getaway

Do something great for the planet on your vacation!

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This is an opportunity to get some hands-on conservation work with sea turtles in Baja and to enjoy an accessible kayak-camping vacation with likeminded folks. Start with a 3-day kayak trip in the Sea of Cortez. Get to know your teammates and bond in the scenic beauty of the Loreto National Marine Park. Snorkeling is amazing in the warm water this time of year, and sea turtles are occasionally seen, both from the kayaks and underwater.

The day after we return from our island kayaking trip, we will meet with some local conservation enthusiasts and travel across the Baja Peninsula to the village of Lopez Mateo, on the shore of Bahia Magdalena. Here we do shifts through the night of monitoring sea turtles. We take turns in small groups going out periodically to check the nets for turtles, then weigh them and note their condition. You will also have a hotel room so you can sleep when you are off shift.

Single kayaks are provided, and doubles available upon request.

The paddling portion of your trip takes place in the Loreto National Marine Park on Carmen and/or Danzante Islands. These islands are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage listing of the Islands of the Gulf, which calls this listing the richest and most varied of any island-sea property on the World Heritage list.

Bahia Magdalena where we monitor the turtles is the meeting place of two significant ocean currents—the cold California Current coming from Alaska, and the warm Equatorial Countercurrent from across the Pacific. This vortex creates a massive upwelling of nutrients, which supports astonishing biodiversity. It is one of the largest lagoon systems and richest estuarine waters in the world.

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