|21 Nov - 27 Nov, 2021||
|28 Nov - 04 Dec, 2021||
|05 Dec - 11 Dec, 2021||
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Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life on this unique and unforgettable swimming holiday in Baja, Mexico
Discover pristine beaches and isolated coves on the uninhabited island of Espiritu Santo
Swim alongside sea lions and other incredible marine life in warm, clear waters
Camp in style in a UNESCO protected area of unspoilt natural beauty
Relax at the end of each day with cocktails, freshly-cooked meals and truly spectacular island sunsets
Explore an island paradise with open turquoise waters, incredible marine life and warm sunsets over the bay on this unique and unforgettable swimming holiday in Baja, Mexico. With water temperatures of around 26°C, this late-season getaway provides the perfect opportunity to discover the unspoilt beauty of one of Mexico’s natural wonders.
From the white sand beaches and dramatic cliff faces to the countless hidden bays that we’ll explore throughout the week, this is a swimming adventure like no other. The area is part of the UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve and offers the opportunity to discover this pristine natural environment.
Based on the uninhabited island of Espiritu Santo, our base camp is located right on the beach, just a few steps from the inviting waters we’ll spend our days exploring. The camp is completely ‘off the grid’ and includes glamping-style tents with camp beds and solar heated showers. It also offers kayaks and stand-up paddle boards which can be borrowed for your own use between our scheduled swims.
Our food for the week is prepared by our very own chef and cocktails are available for all guests to enjoy as we watch the sun go down at the end of each unforgettable day.
COVID UPDATE: As part of our ongoing review and update of COVID-19 protocols and procedures we are asking that all guests booked on this trip take a COVID-19 test (antigen or PCR) within 4 days of travelling to La Paz, and to only travel if you receive a negative result. Taking this test before you travel will minimise the chance of disappointment of a failed test on arrival.
For the safety of all at the camp on Espiritu Santo island you will also be required to take a complimentary Covid antigen test immediately prior to transferring to the island. Nobody providing a positive test will be permitted to board the transfer boat. This test is quite simple and we have results within the half hour and furthermore we arrange it for you without charge.
This mandatory testing and any additional measures required by local law, are intended to minimise the risk of transmission and so protect all of our guests, guides, local partners and the wider community in Baja California. For that reason we hope you will understand and agree to this requirement. By joining the trip you agree to make your SwimTrek guides aware if you test positive for Covid-19 or show symptoms at any point whilst on the trip.
Many guests will also be required to have a COVID-19 test (antigen or PCR) prior to their departure from Mexico back to their home country. Post-trip Covid test for those who need one in order to return to their home country will be arranged at the camp and taken on arrival back in La Paz. Antigen test results come out in 1-2 hours and cost around US$30 (currently required by USA). PCR test results take between 24 to 72 hours and cost around USD150.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is designed for swimmers who are looking for a remote escape from everyday life and experience a combination of coastal swims, crossings and circumnavigations. Guests should be comfortable being ‘off the grid’ throughout the duration of the trip, with no access to wifi or mobile reception on the island.
Swimmers should also have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 6km (split over a minimum of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.
We have given this trip a ‘Moderate’ grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.
- Fully guided swimming holiday in Baja, Mexico
- Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
- Technique advice
- One night's hotel accommodation in La Paz on Day 1
- Five nights' cabin-style camping on Isla Espiritu Santo
- All breakfasts
- All lunches
- All dinners (except Day 1)
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
- Dinner on Day 1
- Conservation fee of US$25 (payable on Day 1)
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
This was the best vacation ever! The location was stunning, the staff was incredible, the swimming was awesome, the fish were glorious, the weather was perfect, the food was great, and the facilities were perfect for those of us who like living an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Very well organised, and zero stress! I loved every aspect of the experience.Anne D, 2019 - USA
Great trip. Go with the flow!Ian R, USA - 2019
Baja California Sur is more perfect than you can imagine and Swim Trek is the best way to enjoy it. I will return each and every year that I can.Jeremy H, Mexico - 2019
Such a great adventure! Warm, clear waters for swimming. Sleeping with the sea at your tent door, the brilliant stars and the Milky Way above. Watching the never-ending movie of the pelicans diving near the shore, good friends, great food, it was heaven on earth.Kelly M, Canada - 2018
If you have a chance to go on the Baja SwimTrek, GO! You won’t be sorry!Marcia M, USA - 2018
Great swimming! Great food! Top notch staff! Left my heart with a green turtle that I swam along side, and the beautiful Isla Espirito Santo. Quite a trip!Cynthia S, USA - 2018
Baja was the best Swimtrek I have been on so far! The swims, the water, the wildlife, the guides and crew, the food and cocktails, the location and the other swim trekkers were all fantastic and made it a wonderfully unique and memorable experience which will be hard to beat!Sarah, R. USA- 2017
Swimming around Espiritu Santos Island was like swimming in a crowded aquarium full of rainbow colored fish and sea life.Laurie, R. USA- 2017
The Baja trip surpassed all my expectations. Every swim was like swimming in a beautiful aquarium and the scenery amazing. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly and enabled us all to enjoy swimming at our own abilities. I loved every moment.Nina. C. UK- 2017
This is one, I would suggest THE one, not to miss on the Swimtrek calendar.James, J. USA- 2017
I met a great bunch of people, had some amazing swims and was looked after by extremely knowledgeable and entertaining crew. I felt very privileged to be in such a completely unspoilt and special locationRuth B - 2016
A once in a lifetime experience I would do again in a heartbeat!John T, 2016
Go to Baja. Unplug. Unwind. Swim. Experience the beauty of this place and the people that make it possible.James J. 2016 - USA
This was a trip of a lifetime for me. My paradigm of pool swimming shifted and I am now an open water convert! The staff, the location, every swim - were perfect! Being off the grid was an unexpected bonus. I highly recommend going on this trip!Catharine S. 2016 - Canada