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Isla Espiritu Santo

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Address: Playa el Tecolote, La Paz 23000, Mexico
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+52 612 122 8885

Witness the beauty of ocean wildlife: this small island teems with...

Witness the beauty of ocean wildlife: this small island teems with dolphins, sea lions and all kinds of fish.

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Snorkel with Sea Lions at Espiritu Santo Island

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beautiful island and beaches

Make sure to book a boat to get to this island. It will take a full day. The beaches are lovely and a chance to swim with the sea lions is one you don't want to pass up. Water was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
central Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoy the encounter with these playful animals as it is a truly amazing experience, but do it wisely and prioritize well-being of the sea lions as these are wild animals. Below are some of the most important guidelines to follow - these should be a part of your briefing before you get into the warer: - the boat/ kayak should... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Make sure to book a boat to get to this island. It will take a full day. The beaches are lovely and a chance to swim with the sea lions is one you don't want to pass up. Water was very cold in February; I would suggest a wet suit. Several companies make this trip and our local host said... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I would love to do this again but would not go with the same guide - the ones that pick up from the hotel go all the way around so I think I'd rather go and meet the guide and get out earlier on the water (we didn't leave until after 11am). Other boats seem to go a lot earlier.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good way to enjoy being on the beautiful Sea Of Cortez. Will see abundant wildlife, eat lunch on beautiful beach swim with the sea liins.These adventure tours to swim with sea lions or whale sharks are a little more strenuous then you might know ahead of time. In Feb water is freezing cold even with we suit on. The swims... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cruised out to Isla Espiritu Santo with a sailboat from La Paz. I was impressed with the remoteness and complete absence of any sort of commercialisation. Vast bays with only a boat or two on anchor in what is supposed to be high season. Only dissapontment that tere wasn't much of the advertised wildlife to be seen. Excellent place to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arranged a tour out of Pichilingue Beach to Isla Espritu Santo. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke English. The trip was a nice mix of Spanish and English speakers. We snorkeled with some baby sea lions. And the ceviche served on a nearby beach was delicious.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You are looking at about 4 hours on a bumpy, uncomfortable, wet, cold (even on a hot day), windy boat. I talked to other travelers on other tours who had similar opinions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The sea Lions are beautiful creatures but should be protected. If you are going to go here and do it the right way please please pick Cortez Expeditions and have Luke Inman show you the ropes on how to interact with wild beneath the surface!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take a day trip to Isla Espiritu Santo. If you can combine it with a stop to swim with the whale sharks, even better! We did them separately. Our guide took us to a nice snorkeling beach, then on to swim with the sea lions, with a few birding stops along the way. There is a place where birds from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

swimming with the babies of sea lions is an incredible experience!! and the wonderful beach ! going with the boat and looking dolphins running around you!

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OCT 24, 2015... Paceño mafia has taken over Tecolote beach island tours. Just had a couple of tourists tell us some curly blonde representing island tours wanted $400 usd, let me spell this out for future victims... FOUR HUNDRED FEDERAL RESERVE DOLLARS for a 3 hour Espiritu Santo open boat trip WITHOUT SNORKELING TIME OR GEAR. Now all you Paceño mafia apologists, BE CLEAR

this is NOT a misunderstanding. La Paz has become the rip-off capital of Baja Sur. A month earlier a couple of tourists didi the same

Tecolote panga island trip and the ominous captain, employee of a well-known local trip operator, had an engine problem, and NO RADIO

to call for help AND when the Mex Coast Guard/Marina co-incidentally cruised by within shouting range, the pirate captain told the tourist to be quiet and and not to wave. BOTTOM LINE, they sent 8 hours in limbo, idiot paceño pirate fake captain, NO RADIO, NO OPERATOR's LICENSE, NO PARK PERMITS on hand and "head office" did not wonder why idiot paceño pirate fake captain did not return after a few scheduled hours either, a horror experience of idiot paceño pirate proportions that seems to become standard experience in this town of peace, WTF? and after that they got stopped by 2 transito cops in a white pickup and taken for $30 USD

for allegedly rolling thru a stop sign parallel to the cop car. SO you tell me, how many bad idiot apples does it take until you realize

this city is an unpleasant, ugly shi't pile infested by paceño pirates? The Holy Island Spirit would turn in its creepy catholic grave, if only

it existed. Amen.

over a year ago

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