Espiritu Santo Island Expedition

La Paz

Swim with sea lions and explore an island nature preserve

Espiritu Santo Island Expedition is an outdoor lover´s dream! Snorkel with sea lions, explore the island’s strange wildlife, and swim with countless tropical fish. Taste the culture of Baja as you sample traditional local cuisine. When you join Cabo Expeditions on this day-long, guided adventure, you’ll discover why Espiritu Santo Island is called the “jewel of the Sea of Cortez.” Could it be for its pristine beaches, rich and diverse ecosystem, or mysterious history? You decide!

Cabo Expeditions, the leader in Los Cabos tourism for over 15 years, brings you the exciting Espiritu Santo Island Expedition. This day trip is packed with treats for nature lovers, old and young. We will pick you up at your hotel in our chauffeur-driven, air-conditioned van. From the modern port of Cabo San Lucas, you’ll drive north up the coast to the low-key city of La Paz. Your guide will fascinate you with the historical background of Baja and Espiritu Santo Island. Group size is kept small to make this tour personal and your day comfortable. You will stop along the way for a typical Mexican breakfast before continuing. Once in La Paz, your guide will take the group on a short boat ride across the bay to Espiritu Santo Island, where your eco-adventure begins.

Of the nearly 1,000 islands scattered all the Sea of Cortez, Isla Espiritu Santo (Holy Spirit Island) is by far the jewel of them all. It is only 31 square miles in area, with twelve protected bays. Yet it’s home to numerous endemic flora and fauna. You’ll find out why the black jackrabbit and wild fig are unique and important. UNESCO designated Espiritu Santo and some 200 other islands a Biosphere and World Heritage Site for its biodiversity and stunning natural scenery. Surrounded by the turquoise blue of the Sea of Cortez, this protected area is home to coral reefs, colonies of sea lions, dolphins, whales and over 800 species of fish. The waters actually are home to 39% of the world’s fish species.

Your experienced guide will lead you on an adventure of a lifetime. You’ll snorkel and swim with sea lions in their colony at Los Islotes – we provide all the gear and instruction. You can join the 300 resident sea lions as they swim, play and dart around. Don’t forget your waterproof camera!

On a nature hike, your guide will relate the inspiring story of how the island became a protected reserve. It was actually privately owned until a coalition of leaders persuaded the government to purchase it in 2003. It was the first such conservation purchase for the Mexican government. Take in some of the sights: 2,000-foot-high mountains, sheer rock dropping off into the water, and white sandy beaches dotting the coast. See why Espiritu Santo is one of Baja´s and La Paz´s most amazing attractions. You’ll never forget its riches and untouched beauty.

Enjoy a traditional Mexican lunch out on the beach as you relax, snorkel or just take in the scenery. There are also optional activities – SNUBA® or scuba diving for an extra cost (to cover transporting the gear). We will drop you back at your hotel at the end of the day.

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TOUR DURATION: Full-day activity

7:00 a.m. Monday-Saturday April through September

Some walking/hiking is involved; guests should not be mobility challenged, and basic swimming skills are necessary to snorkel.


We require a minimum of 4 individuals to run the trip and we can accommodate up to 10 persons at a time.


You will be picked up directly from your hotel by your guide and a chauffeur in our air-conditioned van.

  • Round-trip ground transportation from your Los Cabos hotel in our air-conditioned chauffeur-driven van
  • A certified guide
  • All snorkel gear (wetsuit, snorkel, mask, fins, snorkel vest)
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Soft drinks and bottled water while in transit
  • SNUBA® and scuba diving gear are available at an additional fee
  • Gratuities
  • Minimum age is 8 years old. Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This tour is not allowed for guests who are pregnant or those with heart, back and/or neck problems.
  • No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs is allowed on the tour.
  • Depending on weather and wind conditions, the ride can be bumpy.
  • No previous diving experience needed for SNUBA®.
  • Those guests who want to book scuba diving must be certified with current dive card in hand.
  • SNUBA® and scuba diving must be requested when tour is booked.
  • Wear your bathing suit under your clothes.
  • An extra change of clothes is suggested along with sun protection, a towel, bio-degradable sunscreen, a waterproof camera, and comfortable shoes to walk in.
  • Don´t forget to bring any medications or personal items you might need for the day.

Three islands actually make up what is known as Espiritu Santo – Isla Partida (6 square miles) and Espiritu Santo, which are connected by a small sand strip at low tide, and the sea lion rookery Los Islotes to the north of Isla Partida. Even though uninhabited now, it once was home to the indigenous Pericu people. In 2007, UK Travel Magazine named Ensenada Grande Beach on Espiritu Santo as one of the 12 most beautiful beaches in the world.