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Tour Overview

Diving is exciting, it´s an introduction to a whole new world. Most of us will never try it because it seems a little scary, too complicated, and we are not certain how best to go about it. Island Cat has changed all that.

Whether you join Island Cat on a private charter, a Remote Beaches excursion, or an Isla Espiritu Santo Adventure, (Holy Spirit Island), we can provide you with personal instructions by a PADI Dive Instructor in the shallows of a remote bay, and get you under water for your first dive. It´s easy, and the total cost is only $189.50 plus tax, per person, when booked in as part of a private charter or scheduled Island Cat excursion. This rate includes personal instruction, your dive equipment, and your first dive along a rock reef with a certified PADI Dive Instructor. (Two person minimum)

If you are already a certified diver we have some great WRECK DIVES to explore. The rate is the same, $189.50, plus tax, which includes two tanks, equipment, divemaster, and dive boat, provided you are a part of a private charter, or one of our excursions that permit scuba. (Sadly, it is against the law in Mexico to use scuba with whale sharks.)

To arrange local dives with one of our dive boats, WITHOUT going out on one of our regularly scheduled tours, the cost is $239.50, per person plus tax, with a three-person minimum. This includes the dive boat, all your equipment, a divemaster, national park entrance fees, a box lunch, sodas, and water. The dive tour is for five hours. If longer distances are required, the rate goes up.

If you have a private charter scheduled, or are booking one of our excursions that permits diving, consider adding scuba to your Island Cat experience. If you are an experienced diver and want to go straight to the dive spots without the entire sailing catamaran experience, we do that too.

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On Board

Private bathrooms

Showers

Full galley

Music

Air-conditioning

Inside and outside eating and resting areas

Observation Deck

Lay-out Deck

Trampolines
(Lay-out nets, NOT for jumping)
 

Ground Transportation

Typically, guests are picked up directly from the lobby entrance of their hotel or resort, but not always. Depending on a number of factors, guests may be requested to meet ground transport in a central location.

Pick-up Locations

We are generally able to provide pick-ups from most locations around Cabo San Lucas, the Corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, and on the way to La Paz through Pescadero and Todos Santos.

We do not provide ground transportation for guests from Los Barriles.

Discount Available

Returning guests receive a 10% discount. If you prefer to drive directly to our sailing catamaran, there is plenty of safe parking in Marina Palmira. Click on: Contact Us. Scroll to: Yacht Location.There is a $40 discount per guest, that drives on their own. If you are booking online, use Promo Code 37483. If you are calling or emailing, be sure to tell us if you are a returning guest.

Travel Times

The normal time to drive from the greater Cabo area to La Paz is about two hours, including a stop on the way over in Pescadero for coffee, restroom break, etc. After your Whale Shark encounter, on the return trip from La Paz, we stop at the Hotel California (of the Eagles Mythology), for restroom access, drinks, and brief shopping.

Departure Times

Pick-up time is approximately 7:00 AM. You will receive an email the day prior to your departure, to confirm a more precise pick-up time for the next day. The whale shark feeding zone has been taken over by CONANP, Mexico’s National Park System. Changes in guest pick-up times, and dock departure times, are subject to change based on directives from CONANP.

Boat Info

Captain, engineer, hostess, and chef

Chef prepared meals

Sodas and beer

Open bar

Full array of safety equipment

Powered dinghies

Two paddle boards

Two kayaks

Snorkel gear in various sizes

Portable seats, layout cushions, outdoor pillows and beach awnings.

Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and lay-out areas

Full galley-kitchen

Inside air conditioning

Sleeps 4 in 2 cabins

2 Queen Cabins

Additional sleeping arrangements available

2 complete bathrooms

Space for up to 30 day-time guests

Swim steps and stainless ladder for easy access to water

Ice and purified water

Beach towels

Adolfo

Adolfo is a Master Captain and yacht mechanic. He was captain of the 96`Pacifica cruising yacht for 13 years. He operates all types of vessels including Sports Fishers. Bi-lingual, he has extensive experience in the yachting industry.

Mariana

Mariana is a graduate Marine Biologist and Padi Master Scuba Dive Trainer. (PADI MSDT # 312632) Mariana is Baja Charter's primary hostess, teacher, and snorkel instructor.

Jesus

Jesus is a licensed, certified yacht captain. He has worked as a large yacht engineer for fourteen years. Jesus is in charge of yacht maintenance for Baja Charters. He has a friendly disposition, and is a highly competent seaman.

Maritza

Maritza is a marine biologist and whale shark expert. For six years she was in charge of whale shark research and conservation in La Paz for an NGO. She has her Mexican Seabook, is a Padi diver, and expert snorkel leader.

Sammy

Sammy is a licensed, certified seaman. He is also trained in Search & Rescue. Sammy is fluent in English, Spanish and German. He is a former lifeguard and a certified Whale Shark guide and has five years experience working on private yachts.

Tour Details

Season

Year Round                         

Vessel

Baja Cat 60' x 30' Catamaran

Included

Ground transportation, chef, meals, bottled water, sodas, beer, open bar, marine biologist, snorkel equipment, separate snorkel boat and certified helmsperson, paddle boards, kayaks, and sports fishing.

Duration

One full extended day, or two days and one night.

Accommodations

Two cabins: 2 beds and bunks
2 bathrooms with showers

Crew

Five crew members minimum, plus additions as guest count requires. Scuba personnel are extra, when this option is selected.

 6:45 AM

Leave Los Cabos (Bottled Water on Board)

7:30 AM

Stop in Pescadero (Coffee-Bathroom Break)

8:45 AM

Arrive at Marina Palmira

9:00 AM

Cruise Departure

2:30 PM

Return to Dock

3:45 PM

Hotel California in Todos Santos (Bathroom Break)

5:00 PM

Arrive in Los Cabos

Pricing

Public

$ 189.50    per person
    plus tax

Private

$ 239.50    per person
    plus tax

Four Person Dive Package

Sea of Cortez Diving
Seven Days – Six nights. Includes: all accommodations, rental car, dive equipment, sailing catamaran, dive boat, marine biologist-dive master, along with most meals, drinks, and extras. Price: $1,995.00 per person

Overview
Seven days, and six nights, on the Sea of Cortez, diving some of Jacque Cousteau´s favorite dive spots around Isla Espiritu Santo, (Holy Spirit Island). Cousteau himself named this area The World´s Aquarium, and according to Nature.Org, this inland sea is widely considered the second most diverse marine environment on the planet. Included in this top-of-the-line diving package is a day excursion on the world-famous sailing catamaran Island Cat. (www.IslandCatBaja.com) Also included is our resident Marine Biologist and Dive Master.

Sample Itinerary

Sunday:
Arrive to San Jose del Cabo International airport where our National Car Rental representative will greet you right outside the terminal door. You will be taken to your late model pre-paid mid-sized car, without the normal hassle of a car rental. From the airport, you will drive to the jewel of Mexico, Cabo San Lucas. The driving route is about twenty minutes on the new pay express way from the airport, about ten minutes longer if you take the beach route. Once in Cabo, proceed straight downtown to the world-renowned Cabo marina. Here you will be spending two nights in the Tesoro resort on the marina just steps away from 0everything Cabo San Lucas has to offer. (Double occupancy per room.)

Monday:
A free day to relax from your flight and roam Cabo, walk the marina, visit the Luxury Mall, see the dolphins, whale watch, walk, drive, or take a water taxi, to the famous Medano Beach, or sample some of the world-famous bars and restaurants that are all just steps away.

Tuesday:
7am departure for La Paz, the capital of Baja Sur, where along the beautifully appointed Malecon stands a large statute of Jacque Cousteau, inventor of the aqua lung and the entire scuba industry. Here you meet your Marine Biologist – Dive Master, as you board Island Cat for a dramatic cruise to Espiritu Santo. Once you arrive to the island, you will enjoy scuba diving, beach combing, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, or just lying out on this incredible 30´ wide sailing catamaran. Take a warm shower after diving and enjoy two delicious meals prepared fresh on board throughout the day. A stocked open bar is there to serve you for the return cruise to La Paz. After departing Island Cat you will be taken to La Concha, a lovely hotel and resort with a private beach, beautiful swimming pool, indoor and outdoor bars and restaurants, a full spa, and a host of other amenities. See: www.LaConcha.com (Two persons per each private room)

Wednesday:
9am board Island Kitty, or another of Island Cat´s service tenders, for the trip back to Espiritu Santo and your next two dives.

Thursday:
9am excursion to scuba dive with the Sea Lions of San Rafaelito, explore the outer bays of Balandra, and snorkel the rock reef of Lover´s Beach before returning to La Concha for an evening of your choice.

Friday:
A free day to enjoy the hotel grounds and visit downtown La Paz, walk the amazing Malecon, drive the peninsula, and enjoy dining at one of the forty plus restaurants facing the sea.

Saturday:
Make your leisurely drive back from La Paz to the San Jose del Cabo airport and your return flight home.

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We Sponsor

Mar Libre

is a non-profit, conservation and educational program focused on the restoration of reefs and mangroves in the Sea of Cortez. This is a volunteer organization with NO PAID personal. Each month, RNAM coordinates, directs, and participates in cleaning beaches, reefs, sea lion colonies, and mangroves. Volunteer marine biologists, divers, surfers, kayakers, paddle board enthusiasts and ocean lovers of every type, participate in these projects. Baja Cat is a RNAM sponsoring partner, providing funding, resources and personal, in support of these worthy projects.

Cabo Pulmo Reef Preservation

In 1995, an underwater national park was formed by the Mexican government at the request of the fishing families of the tiny village of Cabo Pulmo. Since then, no fishing or anchoring has been allowed. The reef sprung back to life in an amazing way. Fish returned, spawned, and grew to maturity in huge numbers, along with turtles, dolphins, sea lions, and sharks. Coral and sea life have become incredibly abundant. In addition to the fee Baja Charters pays to the National Park for every guest who visits with us, we also make a donation to the Cabo Pulmo Welcome Center for reef preservation for each of our customers. 

Leave No Trace

Baja Charters is a contributing partner to the Leave No Trace association, and actively promotes its outdoor ethics programs.

Rescatando Nuestros Arrecifes y Manglares

Environmental education. In addition to “hands-on” clean up, RNAM, provides marine science educational instruction in schools throughout Baja Sur. Recently, over 1,000 students were taught how to preserve habitat and reduce pollution in a single month. Baja Charters provides resources and direct experiential interaction for teachers and professors supporting environmental instruction and hosts an annual all day private charter for the top-performing 25 educators in this area.

Project Aware

Project AWARE is a global movement for ocean protection powered by a community of adventurers. We connect the passion for ocean adventure with the purpose of marine conservation to create lasting change. Baja Charters has adopted a snorkel and dive site for continual clean-up and preservation.

Los Cabos Humane Society

Los Cabos Humane Society rescues and finds homes for dogs and cats. Don't buy, adopt! 

About Us

Yacht Charters, Excursions, Liveaboard

Baja Charters provides PREMIER Private Charters, Public Excursions, and Liveaboard exploratory cruises. Five-star rated we are NOT a typical tour company. We provide a private yacht experience with first class service and amenities. No one does it like we do for anything close to our prices.

Guests visit beautiful isolated locations experienced by only the fortunate few. Baja Charters provides ALL INCLUSIVE cruising to remote coves and beaches on the inside Sea of Cortez. This is the area famously known as the World’s Aquarium. According to Nature.Org, the inside Sea of Cortez is the second most biologically diverse marine environment on the planet. An intimate cruise features snorkeling with an array of tropical fish over shallow tropical reefs, swimming with sea lions, or whale sharks in season, strolling remote beaches, exploring, paddle boarding, kayaking, scuba, etc.

Baja Charters provides quality chef-prepared meals on board with an open bar, served by a skilled and educated crew. A marine biologist is typically your hostess and snorkel leader. Everything is included: snorkel gear, wet suits, kayaks and paddleboards, along with an assist boat for getting up close to sea life in its natural environment. Reef-friendly sunscreen, bottled water, beer, sodas, and a variety of snacks are all provided, along with private bathrooms, fresh towels, and private showers. Join us, for the Experience of a Lifetime.

Contact

Baja Charters Office - La Paz
Captains Marina Bar

US: 
214-974-0501 (English Only)
 
Mexico: 
(52) 624-128-5666 (Spanish, English, German)
(52) 612-152-9940 (English)

Captains Marina Bar & Dock 5

Driving Instructions From Cabo to La Paz

Coming from anywhere along the Cabo corridor, the easiest way to Marina Palmira is to take Highway 1 to Todos Santos. Go around Todos Santos via the Bypass road and continue on to La Paz. If you are coming from Los Barriles, take the road to La Paz, it will merge into the main road coming from Cabo.

When you reach La Paz, continue on the main road. It’s a few miles to downtown. Keep going and turn left at 5 February. Proceed straight towards the bay. At the last signal turn right. You are now on Alvaro Obregon, the road along the bay, which in about a mile will run parallel to the beach and bay. This area is known as the Malecon. (The "Malecon," in any Spanish-speaking country, means roughly: the esplanade along the water’s edge.)

Continue along the beach road about two miles passing through the remarkable waterfront area, until you see Marina Palmira on your left. At this point, the road has just divided into four lanes. Take the first turn across the green bicycle lane in the middle of the road. If you miss the turn, go slightly past the marina and take the one-lane turnaround and head back to the first entry area. There are three entries into the marina. The first one you come to is the closest to the boat. Technically, you can go into any of them, park and walk to the dock, but it is quicker to go back to the first entry area and double back, park in front of the Marine Waterfront Hotel, and walk straight through their complex to Captains Marina Bar. (It takes less than a minute.) It is directly across from the Dock 5 gate. Captains’ Marina Bar, is a Baja Charters facility where we meet with guests before boarding.

The parking is free in front of the hotel and at the south end of the marina. All the parking around the marina is safe and well protected.

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Come Sportfishing with us!

As we all know, the fishing doesn't get any better than Baja. Our captain knows where the fish are and our Sportfisher is equipped for one heck of a good time. What are you waiting for? Give us a call!

Life was made for this

The Aquarium of the World awaits! Let's go! Baja Pacifica and crew are ready. Come swim in the abundant waters of the Sea of Cortez and interact with sea lions, turtles, manta rays, giant mantas, dolphins and a whole cast of friendly colored fish.

Enjoying every second


Charter our most popular yacht! And it's popular for a reason. Boasting a ton of space to hang out, both indoors and outdoors, Baja Cat, let's you breathe! Come play, explore, or just sit back and take it all in! 

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