Sea Kayak Baja California

You’ll experience the rich diversity of the sea on this kayak adventure to Bahia de los Angeles, often called the "the poor man's Galapagos". Bahia offers an opportunity to get a historic look at Baja California culture, fishermen on their daily route, and marine life including bat rays, dolphins, huge schools of fish, and sometimes even whales.

No experience is necessary, as we will teach you all the skills needed to become a competent sea kayaker. We will kayak during cool parts of the day, snorkel and swim in the calm bay waters and camp on secluded beaches. There will plenty of time to build friendships and learn about the challenges and opportunities of college life.

The Trip

Sea Kayakers will travel through the rugged & majestic Baja California peninsula for seven days. While you are surrounded by natural beauty and pristine ocean views, you and your group will have the chance to learn new sea kayaking skills that include the basic paddle strokes and basic rescue techniques.

Upon arriving at each beach camp, you'll learn outdoor living skills that will help you learn to be comfortable in nature. While on this trip, you may encounter marine life while snorkeling, tide pooling, or exploring off-shore islands. Many impressive and beautiful species call Bahia home, and this trip offers the unique opportunity to be a part of that natural wonder.

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Course Area -  Bahía de los Ángeles

The Bahia de los Angeles ("Bay of Angels") is a beautiful costal bay located along the eastern shore of the Baja Peninsula in the state of Baja California, Mexico on the Sea of Cortez/Gulf of California. Outback Adventures has been conducting sea kayak trips in Baja California for many years. We have fostered many positive relationships with our friends in Mexico, and have developed an extensive working knowledge of the area.

Bahia de los Angeles sits in the rain shadow of the Baja California mountains, which give it it's very dry desert climate. At the north end of the bay lies Punta la Gringa and to the south is Playa Rincon. There are 16 islands off the coast. Although quite hot during the summer months, the Bay of LA is the perfect place for sea kayaking.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Meet at Outback Adventures Office / Rental shop.(10am) Meet group, check gear and depart for kayak destination. Beachfront camp on the Pacific on the first night.

Day 2 - Continue drive to kayak destination early in the morning. Arrive at Bahia de Los Angeles, set up camp and learn and practice paddle skills. Camp along the coast.

Day 3 -  Load the boats with gear, food and water and paddle away from shore. Camp along the coast.

Day 4-8 - Explore the Baja coastline, practice paddle skills, snorkel, swim, search for wildlife and get to know about life at UCSD. Drive back to campus on day 8 for trip clean up and a final celebration dinner. Camp at Outback Adventures for the final night.

Day 9 - Breakfast and closing ceremonies. Depart no earlier than 10am. Plan flights no earlier than 12pm (noon). For trips ending on move in day, Outback staff will help each student move into their residence halls.

Physical Demands

Everyone is capable of sea kayaking, you will travel great distances quickly. Though kayaking involves upper body strength, good technique will trump any muscleman. Our guides will assist you in being able to paddle for hours without your arms feeling like they will fall off. At times there will be opportunities to swim at the beaches; a swim test will be performed for anyone wishing to participate. Non-swimmers or those unable to pass the swim test will be required to wear personel flotation devices (PFDs). As with any physical activity, the better shape you are in the more comfortable you will be. It will be hot, so get used to drinking a lot of water and applying lots of suncreen. *We are more than willing to work with participants who may require adaptive solutions. Please call the Director for more information at a minimum of 30 days in advance of the trip start.

Useful Links

Baja Links

Bahia de los Angeles

Spanish for Travelers

Registration Fee Info

Registration fees cover transportation from UCSD to the trip destination, instruction, most food and all group gear (tents, cooking equipment, canoes, kayaks, surfboards, first aid supplies etc.). Participants provide personal equipment on the trip packing list, most of which can be purchased or rented at Outback Adventures.


Drugs, alcohol, tobacco and firearms are not permitted on any Outback trip. Presence of these items is grounds for immediate removal from the trip at the participant's expense.

Current emergency contact and medical information must be provided.

All participants must complete a Liability-Waiver (PDF) prior to the trip.

Cancellation Policy

Rental gear listed as provided above by Outback Adventures must be reserved and picked up at the Outback Rental Shop prior to the trip, during store hours. There is no extra charge.


Adventure travel has inherent risks of injury and/or death. These risks contribute to the "adventure" aspect of our trips. UCSD Outback Adventures and its employees assume no liability for any damages, loss, injury or death as a result of our trips. Some trips have a prerequisite fitness level, for which the participants are responsible. Any person participating in an Outback Adventures trip is personally responsible for his or her own safety.

WO DOES NOT REPLACE FORMAL COLLEGE ORIENTATION and students must schedule WO and college orientation without a time conflict.