Swim with the Los Islotes Sea Lions in La Paz, Mexico

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Have you ever wanted to swim with sea lions?Believe it or not, there is a special place where you can swim with these playful and curious creatures. The Los Islotes sea lions live in the Espiritu Santo Biosphere Reserve near La Paz, Mexico. In the waters surrounding these rocky islets,young sea lions often swim right up to snorkelers。如果你是一个动物爱好者,你要添加到您的水桶名单这个体验!

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Swim with the Los Islotes Sea Lions in La Paz, Mexico

La Paz, Mexico is an up and coming ecotourism destination. The city sits on the Sea of Cortez, famously labeled the “aquarium of the world” by Jacques Cousteau. Its calm waters are brilliantly blue and teeming with wildlife. The weather is reliably sunny, with winter temperatures in the 70s and 80s and summer temperatures in the 90s.

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一位等待在关闭拉巴斯的水域家庭更独特的机会,是与海狮游泳的机会。浮潜在这个联合国教科文组织世界遗产生物储备洛杉矶Islotes海狮,家里调用太平洋家海洋动物的不同种类的85%以上,是难以抗拒。毕竟,海的那些俏皮的小狗已经被引诱我们与他们傻笑诱导树皮和顽皮的水下杂技多年。

Los Islotes Sea Lions La Paz Mexico
Photo by: Sharlene Earnshaw

Los Islotes Sea Lions with Fun Baja Eco Adventures

I happily joinedFunBaja‘s 90-minute trip out to Los Isolotes near Espiritu Santo Island so that I could get face to face with these inquisitive creatures. On the way out, we spotted a pod of dolphins playing in our wake and took time to observe a humpback whale feeding in the sea’s plankton-rich waters.

Up to 300 California sea lions call Los Islotes, a group of small rocky islets near Espiritu Santo Island, home. Mother sea lions lay on the rocks barking orders at their pups while proud alpha males bellow gruff calls to all who come within earshot of their harems, a barking reminder of who is running the show.

“Don’t get too close to the shore,” our guide reminded us as we zipped up our wetsuits, strapped on our flippers, and flopped into the water. The shore may have strictly belonged to the sea lions, but the waters surrounding Los Islotes were welcoming to us all.

它没多久的一对夫妇好奇的海狮幼崽超过游泳上,并作为我们的官方欢迎委员会。他们剪短在表面上俯冲下来之前短短的时刻,领导让我赶紧带我的呼吸管和同伴下水捕中的表演一瞥的希望。我共享海狮捻转的观点,滑翔,荏苒眼镜颜色鲜艳的鱼大量谁是忙着把自己的彩虹色调的盛会。

A Once in a Lifetime Snorkeling Experience

The coral reef surrounding Los Islotes most certainly lent itself to be a fine snorkeling destination in its own right. Still, the sea lions held our attention like nothing else; sometimes darting by like torpedoes on a mission and other times floating inches from our faces, perhaps wondering what sort of goofy looking animal we might be.

Sea Lions
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At one point, our guide called us over to a pup who seemed quite content bobbing lazily on the surface. Just like his human counterparts, this toddler only stayed in one place for a few moments before dashing off to play. Another nearby pup quietly floated on the surface, engaging in a midday siesta while us curious humans watched it blow tiny bubbles in the water with each breath. Our hour with the sea lions flew by, and the call to return to the boat was met with a few moans and groans (mostly by me) along with the buzz of excitement as fellow boat passengers shared their experiences.

Vista Ensenada Grande Beach

La Paz Mexico Bahia Grande
Photo by Sharlene Earnshaw

The buzz didn’t even have a chance to wear off before we reached Bahia Ensenada Grande, a little slice of paradise where we would be having lunch. This shallow bay is framed by one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Mexico. It was serene, spectacular, and entirely ours.

我们吃了饭就由FunBaja的天才厨师简单丙烷烤架熟练准备新鲜的鱼后,我决定,我绝对必须离开水面上。该皮艇看上去有趣,但站起桨板是什么在呼唤着我的名字。我划了到清澈的海湾,幻想着它必须是什么样加入岛上FunBaja的豪华露营之一。没有帐篷设立,没有饭菜,拟备─FunBaja做一切你。所有你的家庭有思考的是登山,划船,游泳,观星。当然,总会有海狮。

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The Details

Espiritu Santos Los Islotes Sea Lions
Photo by: Sharlene Earnshaw

The day trip to Espiritu Santo Island with Fun Baja includes a 90-minute boat trip out to the island, an hour of snorkeling with the sea lions, lunch and play time (including complimentary use of kayaks and paddleboards) at Ensenada Grande, and drinks on board the ship. Lunch is typically fresh fish from the Sea of Cortez but dietary restrictions can be accommodated when made known ahead of time.

Camping at Ensenada Grande includes round-trip transportation from your hotel in La Paz to the marina, meals, and beverages (water, sodas, beer, and tequila), camping equipment (tens, beds, sheets, and towels), snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking. Diving packages can also be purchased. Kids 5-10 will receive a 15% discount. Under 4 are free.

Getting There

Currently, most people get to La Paz by flying to Los Cabos and then either driving or taking a shuttle to La Paz which is about 2 hours north of Cabo San Lucas. The roads are safe and well maintained. If you choose to drive, be sure to stop by quaint Todos Santos on the way to see the infamous Hotel California.

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La Paz Mexico Costa Baja Resort

Costa Baja Resortis a destination unto itself. This luxury resort on the outskirts of La Paz featuresmultiple pools, a beach club, and sigh-inducing views of the Sea of Cortez. A kids club is available for children ages 3-10, perfect for keeping the kids busy while you enjoy one of the best margaritas on the planet at Mosaic, one of the resort’s restaurants. Costa Baja Resort sits on a Gary Player-designed golf course as well as the marina that Fun Baja uses which makes fishing, whale watching, diving, and sight-seeing trips on the Sea of Cortez a breeze.

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Disclosure: I was hosted, as a member of the media on assignment, by the La Paz Tourism Bureau for the purposes of reporting an unbiased story for Trekaroo. The hospitality was wonderful but all opinions are my own. Sony provided Trekaroo with an Action Cam so that we could bring incredible family adventure videos to you.

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About the author

Sharlene Earnshaw是Trekaroo主编。她住在阳光明媚的Orange County, CA, with her husband and 13-year-old son and daughter (twins!). She is a self-proclaimed National Park junkie and has the goal of visiting each and every one with her kids. When she isn't traveling to places like Norway, Peru, Disney World, and Hawaii with her family, she enjoys hiking, beach days, obsessively rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and planning her brood's next trip.

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