Snorkeling at Gaviota Island & Balandra Bay

4.5 hours | La Paz | LAP-775
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$ 99.95
Max. age: 75 years | Min. age: 8 years | Max. weight: 280 lbs. | Medical restriction (See special notes)
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Points of Interest

  • Underwater Adventure
  • Beaches
Includes snack, Strenuous activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

The astonishing natural wonders of the rugged coastline and sparkling water of the Sea of Cortez is renowned throughout the world. With an average temperature of 60°F in the winter and 80°F in the summer it's the perfect spot for experienced and novice divers to jump in and explore.

During your half-day adventure you'll snorkel in the marine-rich waters of Gaviota Island then relax on one of the soft, sandy beaches around Balandra Bay. Remember to wear a bathing suit under your clothes, bring along adequate sun protection and don't forget to bring along an underwater camera to capture all the colorful marine life and extraordinary sights. The first part of your thrilling excursion begins at the pier where you'll board your awaiting snorkel boat.

Then, you'll travel 30 minutes across the turquoise waters to Gaviota Island. As you approach the island you'll notice that it's not full of swaying palm trees but covered with birds. The island is a massive volcanic rock, which makes it a natural refuge for hundreds of seabirds. Depending on the time of year, you may see blue-footed boobies, yellow-footed gulls, and great blue herons. After a brief orientation from a team of skilled trainers in how to properly use your snorkel equipment, you'll enter the water for an enjoyable 50-minute dive (snorkeling gear will be provided). What you see will amaze you - this underwater paradise is filled with an array of anemones in colors that rival a box of crayons. Little sergeant majors (distinctive with its five vertical black stripes) and lobsters are among the abundant sea life that you'll encounter.

Then, you'll surface and climb back aboard your vessel and head towards your next destination. Balandra Bay lies just a short distance from La Paz and is home to eight inlets, a coral reef, and beautiful beaches. But Balandra Bay is most famous for its unusual rock formation called Mushroom Rock, or El Hongo by the locals. Once you disembark, you'll have a snack of fruit, chips and cookies. Then, you'll have two-and-a-half hours to relax on the white sand beach, gaze out at the vivid turquoise water, take a hike in the low-lying mountains, or snorkel in the salt lagoon teeming with thousands of fish. You'll find that the water is so shallow here that you can walk across to the volcanic cliffs that run down to the shore or to the mangroves that encircle the bay.

Then, you'll return to your awaiting vessel, which will whisk you back to the pier.

Special Notes:

Please bring a towel, swimsuit, biodegradable only sunblock, hat and sunglasses. You must be able swim to participate. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old and maximum age is 75 years old. Maximum weight allowed is 280 pounds. Snorkeling equipment including snorkel vest are provided and must be worn. Guests with recent surgeries, heart or respiratory problems and pregnant women will not be allowed to participate. Once participants join their tour, they will be required to complete a liability waiver.

Medical Restriction:

Guests with recent surgeries, heart or respiratory problems and pregnant women will not be allowed to participate.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from the ship en route to Balandra Bay

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:10
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
50
Steps:
3
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Transfer to embarkation point

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:20
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
50
Steps:
10
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Gaviota Island for snorkeling activity

Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
00:50
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Balandra Bay for snack time and beach time

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
02:20
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Re-board your vessel and return to your ship

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:10
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
50
Steps:
13
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No