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Isla Espiritu Santo
Isla Espiritu Santo

Isla Espiritu Santo

Playa el Tecolote, Mexico

The Basics

Only reachable by boat, Isla Espiritu Santo features unspoiled beaches and dozens of bays teeming with tropical fish and marine life. It’s most often visited on a day trip from La Paz, and the only way to spend any substantial amount of time here is to camp. Multi-day camping trips allow for the freedom to explore the island’s hiking paths and terrain. One of the highlights of a visit to Isla Espiritu Santo is a chance to snorkel with sea lions at Los Islotes.

Most visitors arrive as part of a snorkeling tour from Todos Santos or La Paz that includes hotel pickup and drop-off. Full-day tours from Los Cabos visit Todos Santos, Isla Espiritu Santo, and Balandra Beach. There’s also a popular glamping tour to consider.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Los Cabos

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Excelente
gaby_j, Jul 2021
Snorkeling Adventure at Espiritu Santo Island National Park
The best experience. Great service food was fantastic tour was a great 6 hour tour snorkel great and the beach is a great nice private place
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Wonderful Day!
Cindy_N, Jun 2021
Snorkeling Adventure at Espiritu Santo Island National Park
The entire day was well done and all had a great time. We were a little disappointed about not being able to swim with the sea lions since it was nursery season. I’m thinking that should be part of the event description. Our guide (Dellis) was fantastic, the food was good, and we really enjoyed the beach. Highly recommend!
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Experience of a lifetime!
Cheryl_H, May 2021
Snorkeling Adventure at Espiritu Santo Island National Park
Delis and Memo were amazing! Delis was so patient and helpful with my 70 year old dad with his first time snorkeling! We are definitely doing this again! The sea lions were right beneath us and the beautiful coral and fish were amazing! Thank you!
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Excellent
LINDA_K, May 2021
Snorkeling Adventure at Espiritu Santo Island National Park
Elise was an excellent host. Very personable and efficient and knowledgeable Would recommend. Sea lions were awesome
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Outstanding
Francisco_L, May 2021
Snorkeling Adventure at Espiritu Santo Island National Park
Swimming in the ocean next to the seals, exhilarating fun and nerd raking. One in a lifetime experience.
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A Must Do!
Daniel_A, Sep 2021
Snorkeling Adventure at Espiritu Santo Island National Park
Highly recommend! First off the guides where very friendly and informative throughout the whole tour! The boat that took us to the island was the nicest boat that I saw compared to the rest of the tour boats that where out there, it had a restroom and a fresh water hose to rinse off after swimming. The tour itself is a must do if you’re in La Paz, the beaches are the nicest beaches I have ever been too and also the snorkeling with sea lions is a lifetime experience! Sun riders also have us great ceviche and great subways once we got to the beach. Overall we had a great experience and will do it again!
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Highly Recommended!!!!
Maureen_M, Jun 2021
Snorkeling Adventure at Espiritu Santo Island National Park
It started early with our tour guide Delisa (I think that’s her name) greeting us with a smile and kindness. Our entire trip with her made this our favorite part of the tour. She was amazing, funny, knowledgeable, accommodating, and patient with the ninos. When one of the guests lost there iPhone in the water and she dove in and found it! The most memorable was the gorgeous clear blue water. Absolutely amazing! Oh and the lunch you get. Holy moly! Delicious!!! I have friends going at the end of this month and I told them it’s a must to book with Viator. They reached out to us the day before to tell us they didn’t have enough people to go out but not to worry they will take care of us and they sure did! Absolutely amazing.
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Wow!
Liubov_I, Dec 2020
Snorkeling Adventure at Espiritu Santo Island National Park
Such a great experience!!! we saw dolphins so close that I’ve never seen in my live. we snorkeled with sea lions!!! wow! and as a bonus - beauriful beach for lunch with homemade seviche. Thank you so much!
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Bucket List .....Check!
Lisa_M, Oct 2020
Snorkeling Adventure at Espiritu Santo Island National Park
Guide team were very good and the experience was amazing! The sea lions were playful and the water was clear and warm. We had calm waters and great weather.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Isla Espiritu Santo is a must-see for nature and wildlife lovers.

  • Choose a half-day or full-day snorkeling tour with hotel pickup and drop-off.

  • Arrive early if you want to beat the crowds, especially during high season.

  • Remember to bring sun protection and plenty of water, as the island offers little shade.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to visit Isla Espiritu Santo, located in the Gulf of California off Baja California Sur, is on a boat tour from La Paz. Or, if you’re visiting independently, there are motor boats (pangas) that leave from Tecolote Beach, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of La Paz.

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When to Get There

Isla Espiritu Santo can be visited year-round. Winter sees large numbers of tourists, whereas other times of year are less crowded. Spring and fall strike a nice balance between pleasant weather and manageable crowds. During summer, expect daytime highs of 95°F (35°C) with higher-than-average humidity and a chance of wet weather.

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Isla Espiritu Santo Wildlife

Isla Espiritu Santo is one of the best places in Mexico to view wildlife. The surrounding waters are teeming with tropical fish, and visitors have a chance of seeing sea turtles, manta rays, sea lions, dolphins, and blue or humpback whales. It’s also a popular bird-watching destination for blue-footed boobies, reddish egrets, great blue herons, and yellow-footed gulls.

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