On The Sea

Isla Espiritu Santos – UNESCO World Heritage Site

The words remote and pristine are appropriate for many places in Mexico, and this is one of them. The island, on the Sea of Cortez, is a natural sanctuary to sea lions, rays, turtles, dolphins, whales, blue footed boobys, frigate birds, pelicans and marine life found nowhere else.

Monster Cliffs Alongside Us

We took a tour to this large, beautiful, uninhabited island on one of the few crazy windy days. We had a body-slamming 90 minute boat ride, on a panga.

The cliffs along the eastern side of the island were amazing…simply amazing. We saw a geologist’s paradise, as our boat turned into caves and arches. It would have been a sin if we had come all this way and not seen that island.

Swimming with Sea Lions

We crashed our way through the waves up to Los Isolates, a sea lion colony at the tip of Espiritu Santos, where 300 sea lion families hang out. Here you can don your wet suit and snorkel mask to swim with these animals. The waves were too much, so rather than be smashed into the rocks, our small group of 4 opted to stay in the panga and watch a few determined snorkelers from the other boats. The sea lions are curious, and will pull on your flippers, zippers and masks.

Caves, Coves and Kayaks

The water was clear turquoise, and away from the windy sea, the inlets and caves were calm and shallow. Perfect for kayaking which I was happy to do when we stopped at a placid cove for lunch.

Turtles, Manta Rays, Dolphins

That afternoon the water calmed and we saw masses of turtles swimming all around us. Sometimes just heads popping up, but many full body swimming on top of the water. Cliffs on one side, turtles all around…clear turquoise water, then shades of dark blue. Dolphins are here, but the bay is so huge, that they are not frequently seen and tour groups are not allowed to swim with them

Not done yet…we saw dozens of mantra rays leaping out of the water (mating season)…one right after another, showing off and slamming belly first onto the water.

Tons of Birds

We were on the lookout for the blue footed booby along the cliffs, but instead found a nesting area for frigate birds that had taken over a 100-year-old pearl farm. These are large soaring seabirds with a forked tail, who spear fish – but can never get wet in the sea, or they will drown. (I know how they feel.)

Fact: The island gets less than an inch of rain per year. The tectonic forces that ripped the Baja strip off the Mexican mainland are still pushing the peninsula west, at two inches per year. The basin consists of sunken mountain ranges and grand canyons (and a sunken ship or two for diving sites).

We were Raemona’s first tour to Espiritu Santos – so she took a selfie to send to her mom.

14 thoughts on “On The Sea

  1. Linda and Erich April 26, 2019 — 8:31 pm

    Coastline photos are just so awesome…something you don’t always see! Love the mantra rays video…thanks for taking us there!

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    1. Marlene and Steve April 27, 2019 — 10:33 pm

      We were so lucky to see them!

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  2. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a day in Baja!

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    1. Marlene and Steve April 25, 2019 — 8:55 pm

      Isn’t the world grand? Your latest blog from the beach’s was a beauty.

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  3. Marlene and Steve April 25, 2019 — 10:47 am

    They are beyond cute! May have to come back for that.

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  4. The mantra rays are funny jumping out of the water. What a beautiful place and the picture of both of you is great. I’m enjoying your trip. Thanks. Keep it coming!

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    1. Marlene and Steve April 25, 2019 — 10:52 am

      A true highlight for sure. Thanks for staying in touch, my dear friend.

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  5. doloresa1a@aol.com April 24, 2019 — 1:14 pm

    VIA CON DIOS, DOLORES

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  6. DOLORES FIELDMAN April 24, 2019 — 1:13 pm

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS WONDERFUL TRIP I FEEL BLESSED AND AM RIGHT THERE WITH YOUALL EVEN THO I AM IN MARBRISA AND MY SHOULDER IS DOING GREAT…VIA CON DIOS ,,,ME AMEGIOS,,DOLORES

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    1. Marlene and Steve April 25, 2019 — 10:51 am

      Oh Dolores, thank you for checking in on us. So sweet! I am glad your shoulder is healing nicely. I would not want something to hold you back!

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  7. Great video of belly-flopping mantas!

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  8. Cool experiences. I want to see a blue footed booby though..

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  9. OMG, thanks for this blog.
    I feel like I’ve been traveling with you to places that I’d never be able to learn about….
    Donna

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    1. Marlene and Steve April 25, 2019 — 10:47 am

      Thanks! Any suggestions on where you would like us to go next?

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