Los Islotes sea lion colony snorkeling tour

Join us for a full day tour of Los Islotes, two small rocky islets, home to a colony of California Sea Lions. These majestic creatures are highly inquisitive and are a thrill to view in the water, often posing for photographs, chasing bubbles and will even gently bite and tug on fins and equipment. The Los Islotes sea lion colony is located at the northern tip of the Isla Espiritu Santo biosphere reserve and is inhabited year round by a large population of California Sea Lions, approximately 300 individuals.  During the tour we will have the chance to swim and interact with these playful animals and also enjoy snorkeling with the large amount of fish found at this shallow dive site.

The sea lion colony lies approximately 2 hours from the harbor of La Paz. As we cruise out of the harbor we will pass San Rafaelito, a smaller sea lion colony where mainly adult sea lions live. Another half an hour will bring us the to the San Lorenzo Channel which separates the mainland from the islands of Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida, a UNESCO Bio-reserve. After crossing the channel we will cruise up the west side of the islands, enjoying the desert scenery and keeping an eye out for sea turtles, manta and mobula rays and any other pelagic creatures that may be on the surface. During the whale watching season there is also a chance to see humpback whales who often breach and put on a good show.

Once we arrive at Los Islotes we will suit up and snorkel with the sea lions, an experience you won't soon forget. The juvenile sea lions are very playful and have no reservations about approaching humans. Los Islotes is also an excellent snorkeling site with varied topography and a large amount of reef fish and soft and hard corals. We will have time to snorkel both sides of the colony and see both the north side's deep reef and the shallower basin of the south side. After snorkeling with the sea lions we will begin our journey back to La Paz, stopping in picturesque Candalero Bay where we will have a picnic lunch. It's also a good spot for more snorkeling, to sunbathe or go on a short walk of the beach and explore some of the uninhabited island. The late afternoon is also a good time to spot the jumping mobula rays, a wildlife display unique to only a few areas in the world. These mobula rays are not very large but will often school in large numbers and can jump very high out of the water. 

The tour is about eight hours in duration and includes

  • Wet-suit and snorkeling equipment.
  • Lunch (vegetarian/vegan options), juices and water, snacks and fresh fruits.
  • In-water guide (Spanish/English)


  Please contact us for prices, we have single, couple and group rates available. This tour can also be booked privately. 


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