Moving Ahead in a COVID-19 World

Updated February 1, 2021

In light of new, more contagious virus strains and surges of infection, Sea Kayak Baja Mexico is closing our spring season to international travelers who haven’t had a vaccine. It appears to us the responsible thing to do.

Covid testing for tourists leaving Loreto for the US is available 1-2 days before your flight by appointment from 8am to 12 and from 2pm to 6; Saturdays 8am-2pm; closed Sundays. Results are ready in 2 hours. The US test costs $1300MXN (about $86USD) and can be paid in USD, pesos or by credit card.

The test for Canada takes more time, requiring processing in La Paz. Results are ready 2 days after your test, from 7am. The Canada test costs $4500MXN (about $284CAD) and can be paid in USD, pesos or by credit card.

Tests are given by Medelab Loreto at their clinic on Calle Auyntamiento
For reservations call +52 613 109 4984. For registered clients of Sea Kayak Baja Mexico, we can help you out with this if you’d like.

Day trips * Instruction * Rentals * Private guided trips * Custom water adventures!

In Loreto

  • Our local services are available
  • For those already in Loreto
  • Masks are required
  • Islands are now open for day use and camping with a permit
  • Sanitary Alert Level 5 out of 6 for Loreto, with cases declining

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Please check this page for our updates, the Covid web page for official government information, or email us.

Prevention and Mitigation Measures

Participant Screening
SKBM requires a complete course of the Covid vaccine prior to leaving your country.

Transportation

  • Taxis run with reduced capacity and sanitize between each use
  • Driver and passengers wear masks during transport

Personal contact items

  • After washing, tents hang in sunlight for a full day and night, turned inside out and right side out
  • Sleeping bags are washed in a steam washer and dried in the sun
  • Guest drybags, skirts, life jackets, chairs and mattresses are washed with soap and hung to sanitize in the Baja sun for a day and a night
  • Hydrator and snorkel mouthpieces are soaked in a bleach solution, air dried in the sun, and plastic-wrapped, by workers with clean hands and face masks

Food

  • Surfaces and foods are sanitized before preparing
  • When preparing meals, guides wash their hands frequently and wear masks. Participants no longer participate in food prep
  • Plates are served and presented to participants instead of a buffet-style serving line
  • Guides hold food-health certificates
  • Clean-up follows a standard 3-sink wash-rinse-sanitize procedure

Activities
PRE-TRIP MEETING

  • Held outdoors when possible, with appropriate distancing, or masks if indoors
  • Pre-organized and orchestrated distribution of gear minimize contact
  • Hand sanitizer available

OUTDOOR BRIEFINGS

  • Distance and/or masks, appropriate to the situation

LAUNCHING

  • Wear masks when gathering to assist in moving laden kayaks or assist in entry or exit

PADDLING

  • We do not recommend wearing masks while paddling

Response and Care

  • Anyone showing symptoms will be removed from the trip to quarantine in Loreto and assisted in connecting with a local doctor

Guides and Staff

  • SKBM maintains a daily log of employee health and temporarily replaces employees who might pose a health risk

Small Group Trips

We’ve increased our lineup of customizable Getaway trips. They are affordable and ideal for family or small groups who want to keep it private.

Registration, Cancellation & Rescheduling

New Reservations – Delayed & Reduced Deposits
Because of the uncertain situation in the world, we are accepting deposits of less than half of the trip value. As little as $250USD will reserve your spot until 30 days before your trip. Sign up on the Waitlist and let us know you’d like to make a reduced deposit when the time comes.
See our full policy on our Booking page.
Upcoming trips are listed on our Calendar

Reschedule
If it is not prudent for you to come on your trip, you can reschedule to another trip within 12 months with a full credit. Please let us know at least 30 days before.

Applying Your Credit
For those who couldn’t make their trips due to Covid and took the credit option, here are 2 things to keep in mind:
1. No matter what expiration date your credit has, we will honor it through the end of 2022.
2. We will also extend our 10% repeat client discount in the coming season and on all your future trips.

If you’d like to reserve your spot on a scheduled trip, please register on the Waitlist. We will contact you within a few days to proceed. Your credit will be your deposit. We have a list of credits given, but hang onto your copy as well.

If you are not able to paddle with us in the foreseeable future, please consider donating your credit. It is a gesture we deeply appreciate and it will help very much!

Insuring Your Trip
What is the difference between Trip Cancellation Insurance and Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) Insurance?
Here are some informative resources:
InsureMyTrip.com
Travel Insurance Review
Forbes CFAR article

GEOS Medivac membership not only covers evacuations, it will provide repatriation coordination to travelers with Covid-19. This may be your only ticket home if you are infected abroad.

We are being as flexible and generous as we can while still hoping to remain in business. We are a small, homegrown company and simply do not have the financial reserves to act as an insurance company ourselves, so please insure your trip.

Extras
All extras (tents, snorkeling gear, etc) are completely refundable if you are unable to make your trip.

Balance and Vision

In lean times, priorities conflict and decisions become tough. You, our loyal and enthusiastic clientele, are of paramount importance to us, and we deeply honor the faith you have expressed in us. We assure you we are trimming everything we can from our expenses, while being as fair and generous as we can in the balance, not only to you, but also to the dedicated staff behind the scenes in Loreto without whom there would be no SKBM. We are all tightening our belts and securing our sandals for the journey ahead.
We look forward not just to survive the present, but with the vision to thrive into the future.

Thank you for your confidence in us!
As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments. info@seakayakbajamexico.com


 

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