Isla Espiritu Santo, (Holy Spirit Island), located just off the coast of La Paz, BCS, Mexico, is a stunning destination that draws visitors from all over the world. With its crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and abundant wildlife, the island offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba are great ways to explore this remarkable island and to get up close to the incredible creatures that live there.
Espiritu Santo Island has been a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site since 2005 and a national park since 2007. It is the central island of the Espiritu Santo Archipelago. This area is considered to be the 2nd most biologically diverse marine environment in the world. It is home to 22 species of dolphin, 9 species of whale, 5 species of turtles, and a diverse array of marine life, including colorful fish, giant mantas, mobula rays, and whale sharks.
There are several hiking trails on the island that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding sea and rugged cliffs. And for those interested in wildlife, Isla Espiritu Santo is home to several unique species, including four mammals found nowhere else in the world. The island is a breeding ground for sea lions, and visitors can often see these playful animals basking in the sun or playing in the water. There are numerous bird species that can be seen on the island, including pelicans, frigatebirds, and blue-footed boobies.
For a shared eco-tour to this island and other smaller islands close by, from a 60’ sailing catamaran, go to: www.BajaEspirituSanto.com. Kayaks are on board, and this is a great way to explore the coastline and take in the island's stunning natural beauty. Private charters are also available, see www.BajaCharters.com.
In addition to its natural beauty and abundant wildlife, Isla Espiritu Santo has a rich history and cultural heritage, where pearls were cultivated for several hundred years. See related article: Pearls of San Gabriel Bay.
The island has been inhabited by various indigenous groups for thousands of years, and there are several ancient petroglyphs and other artifacts that can be seen on the island.
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