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Los Cabos Arch and Playa del Amor Tour by Glass Bottom Kayak

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Discover the natural splendor and diverse wildlife of El Arco on a kayak and snorkeling tour from Los Cabos. Soak up the sunshine as you follow a knowledgeable guide to the iconic rock formations of El Arco on kayaks, greeting a languid colony of sea lions as you paddle past. Gaze at a transient tableau of tropical fish through your glass-bottomed kayak and submerge yourself in the shimmering seawater when you snorkel near Pelican Rock. Conclude your enchanting excursion as you kayak past Playa del Amor, and absorb the amorous atmosphere of the secluded spot.
  • Glass-bottom kayak and snorkeling tour in Los Cabos, led by experienced guides
  • Paddle around the famous El Arco (The Arch) rock formations and observe a sea lion colony and marine birds up close
  • Snorkel around Pelican Rock teeming with tropical colorful fish
  • Choose between a morning and afternoon departure
  • Air-conditioned round-trip minivan transport from hotels and the cruise ship pier included
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What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Glass-bottom kayak
  • Snorkel gear
  • Bottled water and granola bars
  • Designated Hotels or Marina pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal expenses

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Blvd. Paseo de la Marina 853
    Blvd. Paseo de la Marina 853, Centro, Marina, 23450 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico

    If you do not need complimentary round trip transportation: We can meet you at Plaza Gali parking lot, is located right in front of Sandos Finisterra hotel on the exit of the parking lot there is an Oxxo (convenience store), we will meet you there, just let us know so we give you a time!.

Pickup points

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

For a cruise ship passenger: Once you arrive at the dock walk to the cruise ship terminal, cross it, and you will be in Plaza Gali parking lot just in front of Sandos Finisterra hotel, on the exit of the parking lot there is an Oxxo (convenience store) we can meet you there. We do offer pickup in San José del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, and the corridor, we do not provide pickup for hotels outside of the touristic area (Pacific side) like Hard Rock, Diamante, Nobu that are 30-40 min away from Cabo San Lucas area or East Cape area that are 30-40 min away from San José del Cabo area like Four seasons, for those hotels we set a meeting point. Same with Airbnb, if Airbnb is in the tourist area, we do offer pickup. If Airbnb is outside of the tourist area, we set a meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your driver at your Los Cabos hotel or cruise ship pier and begin your oceanic odyssey to Medano Beach. The beach is an ideal vantage point to gaze at the iconic El Arco (The Arch), a rugged collection of jagged rocks that protrude dramatically from the calm ocean. 

Sink your toes into the silken sands of the beach and listen to an informative safety talk from your experienced guide. Once you’ve grasped basic paddling techniques, don your life jacket and snorkeling gear and set sail in your glass-bottomed kayak. 

Follow your guide as you maneuver Land’s End, the blissful bay where many of Los Cabos’ legendary landmarks reside. Admire pelicans and diverse sea birds as they soar past, not forgetting to gaze through the transparent boat bottom at shimmering schools of exotic fish. Keep your eye out for the manta rays and sea turtles that also inhabit the waters and paddle past the colony of sea lions lying languidly upon the sun-drenched rocks. 

Gain insight into local ecology and geology as you cruise past El Arco to the secluded Playa del Amor, a romantic and remote beach accessible only by water. Enjoy dramatic vistas of sea-sculpted boulders as you sail past the landmark. 

Arrive at Pelican’s Rock and dock your kayak in order to immerse yourself in the beautiful waters of the bay. Slip on your snorkeling gear and set off in search of lobsters, angelfish, puffers, and schools of stingrays.  

Return to your kayak and paddle around the picturesque Playa del Amor and enjoy a light snack. Absorb the tranquil atmosphere before sliding back into your kayak for the return journey to Medano Beach to board your minivan and venture back to your hotel or cruise ship port in comfort.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Please bring a beach towel, sandals, a hat, sunscreen and a camera
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • As we know, the weather is a factor that can lead us to modify our day. Sometimes we will have to change location, re-schedule, and cancel (the refund will be issued 100% in case of cancellation by us). You will be informed of the options, and you will make the decision. Factors that could influence this are rain, high swell, wind, and jellyfish.
  • Morning tours are recommended (less windy, less crowded)
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The activity lasts 3 hours including round-trip transportation.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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We took the 2PM tour and the waves were kind of strong so it was a struggle at first, but overall worth every penny.
Seeing the arch via kayak was a super fun way to go and snorkeling was fun for all!
they were great hosts and we would strongly recommend this to anyone looking for a little kayaking and snorkeling !!
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This was a perfect...
katie_j, Feb 2023
This was a perfect excursion. Pick up was easy and the guides were great. Had such a fun time kayaking- if you’re able it is definitely the most fun way to see the arch.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
We are very happy that you enjoyed the kayak trip in the beautiful arch of Cabo San Lucas, we hope you visit us again to live another adventure. Warm regards HT Team
An amazing experience. ...
Lisa_C, Feb 2023
An amazing experience. The tour guide, Maury, very knowledgeable and made it a very fun experience by pointing out the wildlife as we were paddling and allowing time for photos! Highly recommend this excursion.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thank you for your recommendation, if this is your first time in Los Cabos, you should kayak through the beautiful arch of Cabo San Lucas, we are glad you enjoyed the ride. We look forward to seeing you on your next vacation. Warm regards HT Team
Must do in Cabo
Nancy_L, Jan 2023
Super fun. The water and rock formations were beautiful, the kayaks and snorkeling gear were in good shape, and out guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Could not have been better.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Los Cabos Arch and Playa del Amor Tour by Glass Bottom Kayak, is quite an adventure, history, marine life makes a unique tour and with the experience of our guides everything is better. We are glad to read that you had a great time. Team HT
Awesome kayak/snorkel trip
Alan_S, Jan 2023
The trip was very well organized. Pick up was on time. Alan was a great guide! Saw lots of fish snorkeling, and wildlife while kayaking. Beautiful scenery, lots of phot opportunities.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
The marine life in Los Cabos Arch and Playa del Amor Glass Bottom Kayak Tour is fascinating added to the great guide that is Alan makes the adventure much better, thanks for your review, and we hope to see you very soon. Team HT
Don’t take this trip.
Belinda_E, Jan 2023
Guide had to go back to get two people who could not kyak. We were to snorkel on a beach on a rough beach that was cold and had nothing to see while he went back. We went to the arch and there were too many other motor boats and it was hard to paddle. I do not recommend this trip.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
We are sorry that you did not enjoy the kayak and snorkel tour in the beautiful Arch. We recommend doing the activity in the morning when there is less boat traffic, and the conditions are better. In the afternoon the wind usually comes in and the waves are high. We hope you visit Los Cabos again and we can enjoy a new adventure. Warm regards HT Team
Highlight of our vacation!!
Lewis_G, Jan 2023
Jan 2023 We took the glass bottom kayak tour recently and it was one of the highlights of our trip!!! We originally planned to take the tour at 2pm, but after reading a few reviews decided to change it a few days before to 9am. We received a confirmation email within a few hours of our change. The whole tour was extremely well organised and our tour guides were amazing! Louie especially was great! Super friendly, Informative and had our safely well taken care of. I was initially worried that 9am would be a little too cold to take this tour, but it was the perfect time to do it. The first part of the tour is the kayaking so it was nice that the sun wasn’t too hot at that time, by the time we had worked up a sweat kayaking it was time to cool off in the water! And by that time the sun was hotter. Once you and the others have been picked up at your designated time, the activity will start around 9am, we started perfectly on time. We began with a short lesson which was very easy to follow and some safety guidelines. As the bay around the arch is protected you can’t get too close, but don’t worry you get close enough for some great pictures. The kayak’s provided are very stable and it’s almost impossible to capsize. Once you have reached the arch and had some time to take pictures in your kayak, it’s time to turn around and have a stop at one of the beaches near by. We had plenty of time in the beach to snorkel, take pictures and have a snack provided by the tour. There is so much wildlife and marine life to see, we were lucky to see sea lions, a multitude of fish and even a few rays…. Once it’s time to leave, the guide will get you ready for the trip back to the start point! It was a perfect trip! Started and finished on time and exceeded our expectations! I would 100 percent recommend this tour! I can’t praise our guides enough, especially Louie!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for your recommendation, we are glad that you enjoyed the kayak trip through the beautiful Arch of Cabo San Lucas, the pelican stone snorkel is beautiful to be up close with the great variety of fish, and we hope to see you again! Warm regards HT Team
Rough seas limiting trip but saw Fish
vanessa_h, Jan 2023
Meeting place not well described so we had a few back and forths with the number provided which thankfully resulted in the van circling back to pick us up. There were about 10 boats per minute leaving the dock for sight seeing so the waters were very rough— so rough that our guides did not think it was advisable to visit the Arch (I imagine the busyness of other motor boats in the area would be an issue during peak vacation time or when cruise boats dock). So, never got to see Arch up close. Did end up snorkeling and though we saw fish was not particularly magnificent. Shout out to our guides Pepe and Maui who worked very hard to show us a good time and were friendly and knowledgeable.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Vanessa Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We did send you a confirmation with instructions for the meeting place as well as the google maps pin. We also asked for a phone number in case we need to contact you, the phone number you submitted was for someone that was not going to the tour when we arrive at the meeting place we tried to contact you but someone else answered and communication was complicated since I was talking to someone else that was also talking to you instead of direct communication. We did go back to pick you up once we found out where you were stopping the tour for a few minutes so you could join us. you were on a 2 pm tour on the busiest week of the year on a day with 3 cruise ships in port (is not normal to have 3 cruise ships at the same time) so yes, it was very crowded and we do apologize for that, unfortunately, we can not control the number of people at the bay. we are happy you enjoy the service of our guides, they did try to do their best so you had a good time. We certainly hope to see you again. Best Regards HT Team
Paco and Luis were great...
David_K, Jan 2023
Paco and Luis were great guides. The snorkeling wasn’t great , but the kayak was nice. The family had a good time.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for taking the time to write this review, we are glad that you enjoyed the kayak trip through the beautiful Arch of Cabo San Lucas we hope to see you again! Warm regards HT Team
a hard pass
Matt_R, Jan 2023
i would not recommend this tour. first of, we only kayaked about 600-800 yards out, stopped at a crowded beach to snorkel (which was meh) then kayaked back. the water was very choppy due to the fact that it's the same area that all the boats and water taxis leave from, so the whole time your dodging boats and trying not to tip over from the waves. at no point could you enjoy any scenery. the only positive was the tour guide himself. i forget his name, but he was very friendly and helpful.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Matt Thanks for taking the time to write this review, we are very sorry you did not enjoy our tour due to the fact the bay was crowded, however, we are happy you enjoyed our tour guide. In Cabo, there is only one bay that is close to the Arch which as you know is the most iconic landmark we have in the area, also we have pelican rock (the crowded beach you mention), a cleaning station for the marine wildlife that usually has a great amount of sea life and is the best snorkel spot we have at Los Cabos area, 90% of the tourist get to do some activity in the area, cruise ships, fishing, scuba dive, paddle, kayak, wave runners, etc so yes, the bay is crowded and unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about it since there are no private beaches in Mexico. Saying that we do ALWAYS recommend the 9 am tour since is less crowded and less windy. Every water activity is always nicer in the mornings. The day you went was the 2 pm tour on January first and with 3 cruise ships at the bay ( you were in one of them ), we had more people than normal, very high season, 3 cruise ships in port, and the 2 pm tour, I wish we could control the number of people on the bay but the only thing we can do about it is recommended the early tour. Please contact us on your next visit to Cabo, we would happily take you on a complimentary tour at 9 am. Best Regards HT Team
Ideal way to see the arch and experience cabo snorkeling
Allison_K, Jan 2023
Marco and Louis were amazing guides. They picked us up from our hotel right on time. We drove to the starting location where they had all the necessary supplies. They stayed with us during the entire kayaking adventure, pointing out the sights and ensuring our safety. They have helpful hints when it came to snorkeling. Would highly recommend this company and these two guides. You won’t be disappointed!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for your recommendation, we are glad that you enjoyed the kayak trip through the beautiful Arch of Cabo San Lucas, the pelican stone snorkel is beautiful to be up close with the great variety of fish, we hope to see you again!. Warm regards HT Team
Best tour
Sadiya_D, Jan 2023
We had the best time with Carlos!’ He was such great company and we felt so safe through the whole journey!! Would love to come back and take another tour with Carlos!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for your recommendation, visiting the arch of Cabo San Lucas by kayak is an unforgettable experience, Carlos will be happy to see you again, we hope to see you soon. Warm regards HT Team
Responsible and fun tour guides
xu_W, Dec 2022
Amilo and his brother are very responsible! Highly recommended. My kids had so much fun and I’m reassured they’re safe
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for sharing your vacation with us, your safety is our priority, we look forward to seeing you on your next vacation. Warm regards HT Team
Amazing trip
MAHESH_V, Dec 2022
My wife and I did a private tour to the Arch and snorkeling. Our guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and made sure we had the best time during the tour. We did the early morning 9am tour which was the best time to go when there was not too much boat traffic and the water was perfect for kayaking and enjoying the scenery. The snorkeling spot was pretty cool. Got to see a bunch of different varieties of fishes. Must do activity for anyone visiting Cabo.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for your recommendation, if it is the first time in Los Cabos, you must visit the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, kayaking up close to the rock formation and the marine life of the place is undoubtedly a unique experience. We hope to see you again on your next vacation! Warm regards HT Team
Beautiful experience
Laurie_R, Dec 2022
Very nice & attentive. Ensured we were save. Memorable experience…easily done at any fitness level. Highly recommend!!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
We are glad that you enjoyed the kayak tour through the beautiful Arch of Cabo San Lucas, your safety is our priority, we hope to see you soon. Warm regards HT Team
Kayak with Carlis and Emilio !
Karla_J, Dec 2022
The guides, Carlos and Emilio, made the trip awesome. In fact, a less experienced couple that needed help with the kayak ended up being towed in by Carlos , back to shore. Amazing and over the top effort!!!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for your recommendation, your safety is our priority. We are glad that you enjoyed the kayak tour through the beautiful arch of Cabo San Lucas, we hope to see you on your next vacation. Warm regards HT Team
Honeymooners
Hope_I, Nov 2022
Awesome experience, my first time snorkeling Carlos is a great instructor patient and kind. Kayaking was fun 🤩
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for your recommendation, Carlos is a great guy with him you will always be safe, we hope to see you again to enjoy another adventure. Warm regards HT Team
Great experience
Patsy_D, Nov 2022
Pepe and Paco did an amazing job! Great experience and would certainly do it again if given the opportunity
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for your words, they are excellent and will always give their best so that you have an incredible time. Team HT
Great time!
Mike_S, Nov 2022
It was a great way to start our trip. Carlos, the main guide was excellent! He answered all the questions quickly and really knew the area. Even though the waves were a bit choppy we made to the arch with no problem. The snorkel area is excellent there the was a sea lion interacting with people! Carlos, fed and guided the fish right to where we were.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for sharing your recommendation, Carlos is an excellent guide and knows the area very well, kayaking through the arch and being able to be up close with marine life is beautiful. We will be happy to see you again. Warm regards HT Team
good times
paul_v, Nov 2022
Carlos was great...highly recommend.. not difficult. Pretty fishes! Met some great folks on the trip and ended up spending the whole afternoon with them.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for your recommendation, we are glad that you enjoyed the trip, Carlos will always be there to help you, it is not necessary to have experience, it is a tour for the whole family. We are waiting for you again in sunny Cabo. Warm regards HT Team
Great communication.
Sherri_L, Nov 2022
While we did not get to take this tour because our cruise ship was very late into Los Cabos due to a medical evacuation, I wanted to let everyone know that the tour operators were very good to work with. They replied promptly and were very understanding of our last minute cancellation. When we next visit we will definitely take this tour.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for your nice recommendation, we are sorry that the cruise could not arrive on time. We hope you can visit us on your next vacation. Warm regards HT Team
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