Playa Dispensa on Espiritu Santo Island
French explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau put on the international map the wonders that hide in the depths of the Sea of Cortez. He baptized this sea with some words that any submariner worth his salt would be unable to ignore: “the largest natural aquarium in the world“.
In Baja California Sur they recognize the work that the French researcher developed to highlight the treasures of the Sea of Cortez and on the Malecon of La Paz we can find a beautiful statue dedicated to his legacy.
During our last stage in Baja California a very special day awaited us. Together with the BOA company -Low Outdoor Activities- we set out to perform a kayak ride around Espiritu Santo Island a few kilometers north of La Paz.
BOA is a family business that has been based in Mexico for 20 years. Ben, Welsh married to a Mexican, settled in La Paz and opened this business that you will find at the end of the boardwalk in its southernmost part. They make kayak excursions mainly around the Espiritu Santo Island with some crossings that last a week in which the seven islands that cover this Unesco protected archipelago are crossed from end to end where we will find sea lions, turtles, whales, frigate birds and a very high variety of marine fauna.
Espiritu Santo Island has a fairly defined geography with cliffs mainly on its east side and a procession of bays and beaches on its west side.
We did not have so much time and made a full day getaway with boat, kayak and a good time snorkeling under the transparent waters of the island.
From La Paz we depart by car to Puerto Balandra, where we start by boat until we reach the beginning of Espiritu Santo Island. It is a journey of just over half an hour where an arid terrain is crossed with multiple cactus forests that give an exotic and scenic touch to the road.
With @aitor_vca about to submerge us to the Sea of Cortez