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“The most friendly and helpful people ever!”

Explora Baja Activities Center
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We are a family of water people dedicated to provide excellent adventures and great experiences around the sea. Swim with Whale Sharks and snorkel with Sea Lions in La Paz area. (October through May) Explore the beauty of Espiritu Santo Island National Park, snorkel with friendly sea lions and walk through ancient paths. (Year round) Visit Magdalena Island for the Gray Whale annual migration. Get to explore the island and meet his inhabitants, know the whales and sleep listening to their blow at night. (December thru March) Fishing trips (Year around) Surf lessons (Year around) Hikings in Todos Santos cliffs
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Carlos and Paula are fantastic! They were not only amazing when we stopped in and also went on a whale shark tour but they were so keen to help us find any and all activities in the area. Paula even hooked me up with an amazing local cook, who taught me some delicious recipes, an experience I won't soon forget. I can't recommend these guys enough, really, we couldn't stop talking about their hospitality long after our return home. Thank you guys so much for all of your help!

1  Thank Erin R
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

We were referred to Carlos and Paola by a local contact and we couldn't have had a better time - truly a vacation highlight and great overall life experience. We appreciated the small group size - our family and one other couple (Yvee I think) - and the fact that we were on a safe boat with the proper equipment as I've been on a few in Mexico and Belize which weren't as well equipped. We brought our own snorkel gear but they provided shortie wetsuits, and offer all the gear if you need it. The magic of the Sea of Cortez was in full display when we came across a school of Golden Rays - absolutely stunning - and we spent a comfortable amount of time viewing them before resuming the search for Whale Sharks. Once we found the Whale Shark we snorkeled three times with it. The boat drops you in the trajectory of the shark and you swim along side for as long as you can then are picked up by the boat. We also snorkeled with Seal Lions by a lighthouse which was very cool. Bahia Balandra was absolutely beautiful and the boat Captain's ceviche for lunch was the best I've ever eaten. This is a full day trip and we enjoyed every minute of it. Would recommend bringing snacks and drinks in a small cooler. Carlos and Paola are passionate about what they do but most importantly, these are great people and we look forward to another adventure with them.

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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Swimming with whale sharks and sea lions in their natural habitat is a truly incredible experience. Our guides, Carlos and Paula, hold degrees in Oceanography and Marine Biology, therefore they have a deep understanding of the Sea of Cortez and it's thriving sea life. They created a safe, super fun environment for us to snorkel and explore the waters. We not only swam with the whale sharks and sea lions, but we were also amongst dolphins, coral reefs, pelicans, cormorants, and whales breaching off in the distance. We ate fresh ceviche that was made by our boat captain, Israel, on a private, secluded beach that rested upon a turquoise ocean. The whole day was OUTSTANDING, which is an understatement in comparison to what actually happened. Do not miss an opportunity to go on ANY trip with Explora Baja Activities Center! I have now done it twice!

1  Thank Kate M
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

We got to swim with a whale shark and sea lions. And as a bonus we ran across a group of golden rays! By far the most amazing thing I've ever experienced. We also went to a beach called Balandra for lunch which was heaven. Best ceviche on the planet. This was definitely the highlight of our vacation. Carlos, you were awesome! Thank you for making our trip so incredible.

1  Thank Yvee C
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Went snorkeling with Whale Sharks and Sea Lions and got to play around with some Dolphins as a bonus. Carlos (our guide) was great and you can tell he really loves what he does. This was by far and above the best experience of our vacation and is an absolute must.

1  Thank DrGonzo615
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