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Boat ride to Isla Espiritu Santo

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Boat ride to Isla Espiritu Santo

Yesterday I drove to La Paz to snorkel with the lobos marinos (sea lions) on Isla Espiritu Santo. I arrived by 9:30, but the tour company was closed (in retrospect due to the high wind from the north). So I hurried to the first place I could find and just made the boat launch. It was a very small panga with seats for 5 guests: a middle-aged couple, an elderly couple, and me. I was stuck on the bow seat and subject to the most extreme bouncing on the waves. I thought it would be a 40-minute ride (as advertised on the other tour website). Every time we approached a point, we hung a left and kept going north. After 4 hours of being bounced around and slammed, the elderly couple understandably begged to turn around. So we did. No snorkeling with the sea lions for us.

Take-home lesson? Before booking a boat trip, ask yourself three questions:

1) How long will the journey take in the current weather?

2) How big is the boat (e.g. how much will you be tossed about by the waves)?

3) Where will I sit?

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4) Should I really go to sea on windy days when one tour company will not go?

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Good point. Unfortunately, I did not find out about the tour cancellation until that night, And bigger boats went there.

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