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“Fantastic day tour of Isla Espiritu Santo”

Espiritu & Baja Tours
Ranked #7 of 65 Tours in La Paz
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Swim with the sea lions and snorkeling in the beautiful clear waters of the Sea of Cortes at Espiritu Santo Island.Reaching the island takes us around 45 minutes. Once We get there our activities are snorkeling with the playful sea lions, time to enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches of the area and sight seeing.
Reviewed February 3, 2013

I recently did the day tour of Isla Espiritu Santo and had such a good time. We were a group of 5 girls with our Captain Max and Eduardo as our guide. They were both super friendly and very informative. We set off in our life jackets and soon had to put on bright orange jackets to block out the wind - as the sun wasn't out and we were travelling fast it was actually quite cold. The tour consisted of a circuit around the island. We stopped a few times to look at different features of the island - rock formations etc. but the main highlight was when we went to see a sea-lion colony. We went in the boat and had a look, the youngest sea-lions are very curious and would swim up to the boat to check us out. We drove around the rocks and then got ready to swim with the sea-lions! We jumped in and Eddy dove down and got some star-fish from the rocks because he said that the sea-lions like them. So we swam along with the starfish in our hands and played with the sea lions. We weren't allowed to go too close to the rocks where the territorial machos hang out but there were plenty of sea-lions in the water to play with. We swam with them for just under an hour and then had to get going. Back in the boat we were cold and wet as we made our way to our next stop - lunch on the beach. The beach where we ate was stunning - clear, turquoise water, white sand and soft-pink coloured cliffs, there was no one else to be seen and to top it all off, the sun had finally come out.

We jumped out of the boat and sat on the sand as Eddy and Max prepared our lunch. We had ham, cheese and salad sandwhiches, ceviche and tostadas and drinks. It was all very nice and there was more than enough food. On the way back to La Paz we saw a humpback whale! We saw its tail a few times from a distance and then Max judged it perfectly and from quite close we saw it come up for breath - saw its back, fin and tail. Also forgot to mention that earlier we saw a manta-ray jumping out of the water, I'm not sure why they do it but it looks pretty funny.

Overall it was a really fun day, I would recommend this tour to everyone. The staff were fantastic and it was such a memorable experience. My only tip would be to get a wetsuit for swimming with the sea-lions, the water was pretty cold!

4  Thank Natasha K
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We went at the end of December 2012, and had a boat to oursleves - 2 people , their boat, equipment, lifevests and wetsuits were in great condition and the boat had radio contact to the office as well.

In December i would highly recommend wearing a wetsuit as you may be in the water for some time, at first i wasnt sure that we would see anything, but the boat captain found many whales and anticipated where they would swim to , so that we could get into the water close to them. We spent about 2 hours on the trip, but could have stayed longer, as the choice was always up to us. We managed to get within about 3 feet of a feeding whale and had an experience of a lifetime, the boat also got very close to the whales but always were careful of the whales and their safety. The water visibility is quite poor, I would estimate about 3 meters, but when you get close to a whale you see everything.

Highly recommended, and the wetsuit was extra cost but also fair price and in great condition.

Thank scotprague
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

It's a long way out in the boat, but it's worth the adventure of swimming with sea lions. (Be sure to borrow one of their wetsuits -- the water is cold!) Along the way you'll see great scenery, a magnificent frigate bird colony, unforgettable rock formation and will end up on one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world for lunch.

2  Thank Prairie0644
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Thanks to captain and our guide Eduardo we had a wonderful trip. The staff seems to really like they job, they were quite friendly and helpful and made us an excellent journey. an island, the animals, the beaches were wonderful, i got an excellent experience which i will never forget.

1  Thank Ekaterina S
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Spent one of the best days ever with our captain Carlos and guide Sergio. We were greeted in the morning by Jose Luis and outfitted with life jackets etc, and embarked to Espirtu Santo. The boat was clean and well cared for. We were very impressed with everyone involved, Carlos and Sergio were informative and good company, and we were very impressed by their efforts cleaning up any garbage and also instructing people on other boats,as well as us, that they should not be touching the whale sharks! They were very protective of the beautiful environment. We swam with the sea lions, a school of rays, and with whale sharks, and it was all incredible. Delicious ceviche served on a pristine beach on a glorious sunny day. The best $78US I have every spent. I look forward to returning and repeating the experience another year,

Thank JackandI
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