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

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Kayaking and Snorkeling in Los Cabos: Quality Eco-Tours with High Tide ExpeditionsLover's Beach is a romantic highlight of the kayaking tour. Chris Sands/Baja.com
Lover's Beach is a romantic highlight of the kayaking tour. Chris Sands/Baja.com

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By Chris Sands via Baja.com

Few companies in Cabo San Lucas can match the quality and diversity of eco-tours offered by High Tide Los Cabos. From surfing at Cerritos and Costa Azul to hiking and outback off-road jeep explorations of Baja Sur, this premier outdoor activities outfit delivers no frills thrills and spectacular interactive adventures in some of the region’s most unforgettable settings. For instance, take kayaking and snorkeling…

Kayaking and snorkeling in Los Cabos: Kayakers get up-close looks at El Arco and other Land’s End rock formations.

For my money, the best introduction to the natural wonders of Cabo San Lucas is High Tide’s kayak tour to the Arch. El Arco and the unique rock rock formations at Land’s End are the result of untold years of erosion, with the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean working on opposite sides to create the remarkably shaped and sculpted granite monuments like Neptune’s Finger and Pelican Rock that describe the southernmost point of the Baja Peninsula. Almost all the commercial boats here offer Land’s End tours, but for intimate, unhurried, up-close-and-personal looks at Cabo’s most recognizable geographic features, kayaks are the preferred mode of transportation.

Kayaking is one of the best ways to get up-close looks at El Arco and other Land’s End rock formations.

Although one of High Tide’s best amenities is round trip transportation, the tour itself starts at Playa Coral Negro, also known as Cannery Beach. Starting here seemed perfectly apt to me, since this spot is so historically significant locally. Before Cabo San Lucas was earmarked for tourism development in the 1960s, the old cannery was the most important structure in town. It served as the center of commerce, and at one point was the the most productive cannery in all of Latin America.

After unloading the kayaks and stand up paddle boards (SUP is the fastest growing water sport in Cabo, and the aboards are available as an alternative to kayaks), our guides Marco and Sergio gave us a rundown on our equipment and the the most efficient paddling techniques. The paddle is slightly concave at each end to help in the displacement of water, and to stop the kayak all you have to do is reverse your stroke. Because the water can get rough beyond Land’s End, it’s important to keep an eye on your guides, and make sure you follow their lead. Safety is a hallmark at High Tide, and life jackets are issued to all participants.

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