Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ocean Oasis

Baja Expeditions returned from its October Expeditions in the pristine waters surrounding Isla Espiritu Santo.

Isla Espiritu Santo is a designated United Nations Biosphere Reserve as one of the planet’s most biologically diverse marine areas. Located in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, it is described by Jacques-Yves Cousteau as the 'aquarium of the world.'

For five days and four nights, Gary Emich, co-producer and co-host of the Lane Lines to Shore Lines: Your Complete Guide to Open Water Swimming” DVD, led a group of open water swimming enthusiasts in incredibly beautiful 82°F water along craggy rocks and cliffs, along deserted white sand beaches, through remote coves and from island to island. An abundance of underwater marine life also kept the open water swimmers entertained, including playful sea lions. Each swim was escorted by guides in a Panga boat and kayaks.

The swimmers were housed in a seaside base camp on Isla Espiritu Santo and did an average morning swim of 2-2½ miles with afternoons of hiking, snorkeling, kayaking or a second swim off the base camp beach.

Underwater scenic beauty in the day and star-filled nights at night, Baja Expeditions is an ocean oasis for open water swimmers.

Upper photo from the travel log of Paul Laskowski and April Sun. Lower photo provided by Gary Emich.

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