Sapphire Princess AWESOME Loreto Excursion Review

Sapphire Princess Loreto Sail and Snorkel review

Sapphire Princess Loreto Catamaran sail and Snorkel excursion review

Loreto Catamaran Sail and Snorkel Excursion

Hey, cruisers. If you are looking for things to do in Loreto Baja California Sur, then this article is for you. On our Sapphire Princess Mexican Riviera cruise we booked an excursion with Princess Cruises called the Catamaran Sail and Snorkel. You can find the tour provider by booking through Princess or, through Wild Loreto Tours at This is about a four-hour excursion, and the catamaran holds a max of about 15 people. During the excursion, you cruise around the bay, swim, snorkel, and, if you’re like us, jump into the water repeatedly.

Sapphire Princess Loreto Sail and Snorkel review
#WildLoreto catamaran

Let’s talk about the beauty of Loreto

This area is absolutely gorgeous. If you have never been to Loredo and La Paz here on the Sea of Cortez, the waters are calm and lovely, and the marine life is diverse and beautiful. The last time we were here, I think it was back in maybe 2016 or 2017, we took a private boat tour around the bay and enjoyed seeing dolphins. We were so taken with the beauty of the area that we couldn’t wait to come back and visit. The water is a stunning crystal blue color, and there are white sand beaches everywhere. It’s just a landscape unlike anywhere else I’ve ever seen. 

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Loreto Baja California Sur – So beautifully peaceful

What you’ll need

What you’ll need to bring for this tour is a towel, sunscreen, a hat and eco-friendly sunscreen (affiliate link). This is a tender port, so pack that shore day bag, and build in a little extra time to wait in the tendering line.

The long journey

It took us about an hour to get from our meeting area on the Sapphire Princess to the dock. The includes time waiting in the Princess Theater, boarding the tender, and the trip to the harbor. After meeting up with the tour guides, we boarded a bus for the 30 minute ride to Marina Puerto Escondido.

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The tender journey was just the beginning of our adventure

When we discovered that there would be a “long” bus ride to the marina, we were disappointed, but as it turned out, it was quite an enjoyable ride. The time went by quickly, both on the way there and on the way back. At the marina, the captain gave us a brief introduction to the planned activities, and we boarded the beautiful catamaran. Next stop, fun!

What it was really like

We had the most incredible time on our catamaran tour. We went to Isla Dante, which is across the bay from the little harbor where we first arrived. We got to go to two different beautiful little bays and snorkel and swim. At one of the bays we went all the way to the beach. At the other, we just kind of swam out in an anchored area. My husband and son decided to try standup paddle boarding, and they were so comfortable with it that the captain allowed them to take the standup paddle boards from one bay to the next. It was probably a 30 to 40-minute standup paddle board. We had an incredible time.

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The boys try stand-up paddle boarding in Loreto

Wild storm surprise

Then the real craziness started as we were heading back to the harbor. A massive squall came in thunder, lightning, and heavy, heavy rain. Everyone on the catamaran was completely soaking wet. All of our stuff was completely soaking wet, but no one was upset. It seemed everyone was just excited to have taken part in such an unexpected adventure. We were all laughing and marveling at the spectacle of the storm.

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This thrilling Loreto storm took us by surprise.

Let’s wrap this up

We enjoyed our stay in Loreto so much that we were probably the last people back on the ship.  Because of the rain, everybody rushed back, but we lingered at the harbor taking pictures and enjoying the thunder and lightning. On the way back to the ship, we were joined by only one other passenger. It was almost like having a tender all to ourselves. It was indeed a unique experience.

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Boys will be boys in Loreto Baja California Sur

Loretto is such a special port. If you ever get the chance to come here, you are truly lucky. And we, again, recommend that you select an excursion that allows you to explore a little bit, whether it’s getting out on the land or getting out on the water, talking with the locals, and just seeing all the natural beauty in the wildlife. It’s so worth it. 

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