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Kayaking and Snorkeling in Los Cabos: Quality Eco-Tours with High Tide Expeditions

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High Tide Expeditions offers guided kayaking and snorkeling in Los Cabos.

The kayaks are tandem, making this is a great activities option for couples. The paddle out is occasionally hard work (depending upon the wind and current), but it is also very romantic – vistas of sand, sea, and surf as pelicans dive for fish, sea lions bark after the catch of incoming fishermen, tourists dance on the decks of party boats, and frigate birds sail gracefully overhead – with the salty sights accentuated by gently undulating waves and the misty spray from offshore breezes.

The highlight of the tour, at least in my opinion, is the stop as Lover's Beach. This beautiful stretch of sand is only accessible by water, and provides spectacular views of Cabo San Lucas and the luxury resorts which line Medano Beach. After pulling our kayaks out of the water and securing our belongings, Marco and Sergio gave us a walking tour of Lover's and Divorce Beaches (which cynical locals are always quick to note is five times the size of Lover's Beach). Divorce Beach is accessible through a break in the rocks at the back of Lover's Beach, and looks out over the dazzling blue waters of the Pacific. If the multitude of signs there don't impress you, let me point out that this is a very dangerous place to swim due to the exceedingly strong rip currents. The protected waters of Cabo San Lucas Bay, however, are perfect for swimming and snorkeling – calm, comfortable, and teeming with fish – and there is about 30 minutes set aside for those who wish to don mask and fins.

After snorkeling and a refreshment break for bottled water and granola bars, we set off on our return leg, dodging boats and buoy lines as we paddled for the finish line. This is the point, by the way – with the end in sight – that you seem to get in perfect sync with your partner… a bit like golf, where a superb fairway iron on the 18th hole erases all the poorly struck shots that preceded it, this is always the moment in a kayak tour where I start thinking about how much I want to this again…and soon.

General Information

Cost: High Tide's "Kayak to the Arch" tour is $70 U.S. per person.

The tours are three hours in duration, and start at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

In addition to their superb kayak and snorkel tour of Cabo San Lucas Bay, High Tide also offers twin bay kayak adventures at pristine sites in Chileno and Santa Maria Bays, as well as guided snorkel tours. Corporate outings and private excursions for families and large groups are also available.

Where to Go: Round trip transportation is provided to and from tour sites.

What to Bring: Sandals and beach towels are recommended, and sunglasses, sunscreen, and swimwear are also a good idea. Even if you to skip the snorkel option, expect to get wet up to the waist when getting in or out of the kayak. Kayak and snorkel equipment is included in the tour price, and wetsuits are available upon request. Bottled water and snacks are also provided, as are dry bags to keep phones, cameras, and other valuables safe and secure.

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