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One of the most popular, practical, and eco-friendly ways to explore the pristine coves that dot Los Cabos' western shoreline is by kayak. Daylong package tours that combine kayaking with snorkeling cost anywhere from $70 to $125. Single or double kayaks can be rented by the hour for $15 to $20.
Baja Wild. For a combined kayak and snorkeling trip, try Baja Wild. Daylong outdoor trips include surfing; hiking; ATV; and whale-watching trips (November through April), as well as baby sea turtle release excursions (September through November). All trips include transportation, equipment, and lunch; you can substitute scuba diving for snorkeling. Plaza Costa Azul, Hwy. 1, Km 28, s/n Local 5, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/172–6300. www.bajawild.com. $140.
Most vendors are at the Marina Cabo San Lucas. Ships tend to depart from sportfishing docks at the south end of the marina, near the Puerto Paraíso Mall, or from the docks at the Wyndham Hotel. It's very important to get specific directions and departure times, since it's hard to find your spot at 6:30 in the morning.
Omega Sports. Omega Sports has good rates on single and double kayaks. They also offer jet-skis. Playa Médano, on beach in front of Hotel Casa Dorada, next to Mango Deck, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410.
Tio Sports. Tio Sports was one of the original water-sports companies on El Médano Beach about 20 years ago and it's still a major operator with a sports palapa located on the beach at the ME Cabo Resort, plus stands and offices throughout Los Cabos. It provides aquatic tours, kayak rentals, stand-up paddleboards, and packages that include scuba and snorkeling. Playa Médano, Marina, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–3399. www.tiosports.com.
If you have your own transportation, it is well worth driving out to Cabo Pulmo, where you can rent snorkel gear and a kayak or arrange a dive or fishing trip with one of the operators in this tiny, super-tranquilo village. In these incredible waters, you'll be able to check out everything from the smallest sea horse to a giant black sea bass.
Cabo Pulmo Sport Center. Cabo Pulmo Sport Center has the gregarious César at the ready. He is a wellspring of knowledge and will happily advise you on the best spot to paddle your kayak, depending on the conditions of the day. He's also an expert birder. The center has a couple of very clean, simple casitas for rent ($95 per night) should you decide to extend your stay. Hwy. 1 at La Ribera turnoff, at the end of the road in the waterside palapa, Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, 23500. 624/130–0235. www.cabopulmosportcenter.com. $60.