Firm slates whale-watching treks

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LORETO, Mexico -- Sea Kayak Adventures announced the dates for its eight-day kayaking and whale-watching trip to Baja California's Magdalena Bay, one of the operator's most popular Mexican itineraries.

"Whale sightings are guaranteed," said Sea Kayak Adventures president Terry Prichard, whose company has exclusive permission to journey through Magdalena Bay's remote northern waters.

Each year, gray whales migrate more than 5,000 miles from their Arctic feeding grounds to mate and bear their young in the protected waterways of Magdalena Bay.

Guests, led by guides, will paddle kayaks four to five hours a day between island campsites. On the sixth day of the itinerary, clients will ride motorized skiffs for three hours of whale watching in Boca de Soledad.

In addition to whales, the lagoons are home to dolphins, sea turtles and thousands of migrating birds.

Back on shore, clients will have an opportunity to trek across shifting sand dunes to whalebone-littered beaches, visit sea lion colonies and look for spouting gray whales. Nights are spent camping in sheltered coves.

Seven eight-day itineraries are scheduled: Jan. 25 to Feb. 1; Feb. 1 to 8; Feb. 8 to 15; Feb. 15 to 22; Feb. 22 to 29; Feb. 29 to March 7; and March 7 to 14.

No previous kayaking or camping experience is necessary. Two-person kayaks and kayaking instruction, all paddling gear and camping supplies, and all meals are included.

The program is priced at $1,195 per person, double, including two nights' hotel accommodations in Loreto. Air fare is extra.

AeroCalifornia and Aeromexico fly to Loreto from Los Angeles and San Diego.

For more information or reservations, call Sea Kayak Adventures at (800) 616-1943 or visit the Web at www.seakayakadventures.com.

To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to [email protected].

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