Tkb Getaway Travel Guide: Kite Cat Liveaboard — Sea of CortezKrakenSailing
Baja is an incredible natural paradise that offers deserted islands with sandy beaches, steady winds, abounding animals above and below the water, and a chance to step back in time. Palapas Ventana has created a Kite Cat liveaboard that adventures out into the ‘aquarium of the world’ and retraces Steinbeck’s footsteps but with a new mission in mind—finding Kite Paradise. You’ll experience remote kite spots, secluded anchorages, schools of dolphins playing on the bow, close encounters with whales, sandy point launches, flat water lagoon kiting, skiff-supported downwinders, incredible food, drink and service, morning snorkels with sea lions and mobula rays, fishing and spearfishing, hiking, beachcombing, special meals on deserted beaches, and campfires ashore. The magic of this trip is the incredible mix of top-notch kite sessions with just your group in the water and the nature experiences and wow factor that accent each day. Experience a whole different world down in Baja aboard a liveaboard catamaran kiteboard expedition that island hops through the Sea of Cortez.
CLOSEST AIRPORT: La Paz (LAP) or San Jose del Cabo (SJD).
DISTANCE TO LOCATION: Two hours to boat from SJD or 25 minutes from LAP.
TRANSPORT TO LOCATION: Palapas Ventana operates a reliable airport shuttle service. From Cabo, the cost for 11 people is $180 and from La Paz, the cost is $45.
BEST SEASON: October-April is the full season, but the best kitesurfing is typically November-March.
WIND RANGE: Generally averages between 15-25 knots.
WATER TEMPERATURE: Averages 70°F year around with air temps in the 80’s°F.
LOCAL RULES/SAFETY HAZARDS: Just relax and have fun!
LODGING RECOMMENDATIONS AND COSTS: Palapas Ventana gives you multiple options and can customize any trip to meet the needs of groups. Kite Cat liveaboard trips include five nights on the catamaran in double occupancy staterooms with private bathrooms, delicious meals, and one night at Palapas Ventana’s resort, with the extra option of staying and kiting longer. SUPs, snorkel gear, coaching, hiking excursions, sailing lessons are all included on the boat. Transportation to and from Palapas Ventana to the boat are included but airport shuttles are extra.
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THE ONE THING EVERYONE MUST DO: On the catamaran, you should do a boom walk under full sail and kite the flat water lagoon—because these experiences are like touching the source.
WHY TIM HATLER RECOMMENDS THIS SPOT: I’m a boat and tall ship captain turned Baja resort owner/operator for the last 16 years. I’m excited to showcase kiting in La Ventana as well as the remote windy points, bays, and channels on the Kite Cat. It’s getting more fun every year!
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