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Los Barriles Paddleboard & Snorkel Tours

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Looking for an exciting, action-packed and hassle free Baja Sur vacation where you can practice, learn or improve your favorite adventure sport in the glorious Baja sunshine and scenery? That’s where we come in.  From 15th November to 20th March each year our team of dedicated, experienced and friendly personnel are here with one goal in mind – to ensure your vacation not just lives up to but exceeds your expectations.

Located in the charming village of Los Barriles on the East Cape of the Sea of Cortez, Vela Baja offers the perfect location for a magical SUP and snorkeling experience. Snorkeling in the sea of Cortez is one of the top things on everyone’s “to-do” list. Paddleboarding is one of our favorite things to do, so it only made sense to create unique tours so you can experience the best of both.  Our paddleboard and snorkel coastal tours are suitable for 4-8 people, and prior SUP experience is recommended but not required.  All you need to bring is your sense of adventure!  Our guides will tell you all about the marine life that you will see as you snorkel and paddle along our beautiful shores.

Los Barriles is situated on the Tropic of Cancer where the foothills of the ‘Sierra De La Laguna’ mountains reach the Sea of Cortez. This spectacularly scenic, sparsely populated region of  sub-tropical thorn forest boasts unpolluted air and a plethora of natural plant, bird and animal life that thrives in the sunny, arid climate.

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Vela Baja offers a flexible approach to our tours to suit all customer requirements. We’ll bring everything you need – snorkeling gear, paddleboards, paddles and refreshments.  We’ll even pack our GoPro to take some action shots of you on and in the water.

Our home base tour departs from the Playa del Sol Hotel.  You will paddle along the coast towards the rock spot with opportunities to view a tremendous amount of exotic marine species along the way. We also provide customized adventure tours to paddle and snorkel in some spots that aren’t easily accessible from land. These tours are great to get a new perspective of the pristine Baja waters.

Los Barriles SUP & Snorkel Tours Price Per Person
Coastal SUP & Snorkel Tour $65
Customized SUP & Snorkel $85

Looking for more outdoor adventure in Los Barriles?  Check out all of our activities in Los Barriles, Baja Sur!  We also offer kayak and standup paddleboard rentals, mountain bike rentals, kiteboarding and windsurfing lessons and rentals!

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Stand up Paddleboard Tours

The Sea of Cortez is a magical place to paddle and snorkel, and is one of the top things on everyone’s “to-do” list. Our base near the Playa del Sol Hotel is the perfect place to launch our tours, and we paddle along the coast towards the rock spot while spotting a tremendous amount of exotic marine species.  All you need to bring is your sense of adventure and our guides can tell you all about the marine life that you will see as you snorkel and paddle along.

Hear the distant singing of humpback whales and the occasional clap of a mobela ray as it leaps from the water.  Along the coastline, myriad varieties of fish are visible in the crystal clear waters.


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Q What type of equipment is available?

We carry SUPs from JP Australia, Starboard and Imagine brands.

Q Why Pre-book?

We recommend pre-booking to secure priority of tours and equipment versus “walk-up” clients.

Q Do I need to reserve a specific item of equipment?

We carry a wide range of equipment to suit all shapes, sizes and ability levels. We prefer to offer an open pool system whereby the clients have the flexibility to try a range of equipment to suit varying weather conditions.

Q Is equipment or personal insurance included?

Personal insurance is not provided. All activities are undertaken entirely at the customer’s own risk. SUP, Kayak, Snorkel equipment are not insurable. Loss or damage will be charged at replacement or repair cost.

Q What are the opening hours of the business?

The Center is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm seven days per week from 15th Nov to 20th March.

Q What other amenities are at the center?

All customers may use the free wifi, outside shower, hotel pool, hotel bar.
There is on-site Cafe Grill Bar with excellent menu and expresso style coffee.
There is an on-site shop which stocks clothing and gloves and other accessories
A weekly beach bonfire is held to which all customers are welcome.

Q How may I pay?

Activities Payment may be made locally in Cash in $USD or Mexican peso calculated at current exchange rate. We offer a 5% discount for cash payment. Payment may be made via Credit Card for minimum transaction amount of $50 USD. Credit Card payments incur a 5% Card handling surcharge.

Q What is Los Barriles like?

Los Barriles is a great little town with a mix of friendly locals and permanent ex-pat residents.

The town retains its charm but has developed sufficiently to offer a good range of services. For example there are

Health Centres including emergency services
Wide range of restaurants and bars
Car rental services
Quad/ATV rental services
Yoga Studios
Saturday Market
Los Barriles is typically very safe and free from both petty and organised crime.

The town is small enough to explore on foot.

Free wifi is widely available.

Q What else should I bring?

Good sunscreen (hard to find locally)
Eye glass retainers

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