The First CEDO Kayak Caper of the Season – A Huge Success!

CEDO staff


CEDO held its first new and improved Kayak Caper of the season on January 22nd, 2000, and what a success it was! Picture this… After a scenic drive to Estero Morua, we arrived the Aquamar oyster cooperative whose associates, Don Vincente and his son Juan Carlos, kindly allowed us to launch our kayaks on their beach. As the afternoon sun heated up the brisk January day, the kayakers got a quick orientation on boat safety and use by their experienced guides (and CEDO docents), Dennis, Lauri, and Mary. Accompanying the group was veteran birder (and CEDO docent), Gloria, who was available to answer any birding questions during the paddle. Each kayaker went armed with a laminated field guide provided by CEDO to help them identify different bird species.

The group set out to negotiate the windy fingers of the estuary, utilizing the incoming tide and current, while quietly approaching hordes of fiddler crabs, gulls, egrets, long-billed curlews, and herons. This diversity of species is a testament to the tremendous richness of Estero Morua. The estuary waterfowl is an enchanting site, and watching these birds in their natural habitat is a priceless experience. No resort can re-create the natural beauty and richness that nature has already created.

As the afternoon progressed, the kayakers paddled their way into narrowing canals, stopping for a refreshing snack and some good laughs while the tide turned. Following the outgoing tide, they made their way back to the Aquamar beach only to be greeted by tables set with nachos and salsas, a fully stocked bar, a blazing bonfire, and Chef Noel (in his chef’s hat, no less) preparing dinner on an outside grill.

After a few cocktails, our staff ventured down to the oyster farm and bought three dozen fresh oysters and clams that we immediately threw on the grill for tasty appetizers! As the sun set, and the wine bottles got a little lighter, Noel and Jenny, of Diego’s Restaurant in Old Port, served a fabulous dinner consisting of pescado al mojo de ajo, shrimp in cream sauce, shrimp over rice with a Mexican sauce, rice, tortillas, guacamole, and sour cream. As if dinner wasn’t enough, the flan that followed was out of this world! We couldn’t have been happier.

We are proud to say that the first Kayak Caper of the season was a terrific success, but we hope the second one is even better. Don’t miss Kayak Caper #2 on May 27th, 2000. This time, we will paddle out to the mouth of the Estero Morua where we will snorkel around the rocky reef, and return to the beach to be greeted by another fabulous dinner. The third and final Kayak Caper of the season is planned for November 11th, a wine and dine sunset and moonlight tour. CEDO kayak tours are informative and entertaining mini adventures. A basic level of fitness, the ability to swim, and a sense of adventure are the only requirements. Remember, space is limited!! Sign up soon!

Each luxury tour includes expert guides, local ecology talk, full day kayak rental, and an elegant full course meal with beverages included. We use beginner-friendly sit-on-top kayaks, and are fully equipped with life jackets and backrests. The cost of the tour is $100 ($90 for CEDO members) and is limited to ages 18 and over. All profits benefit CEDO’s research, conservation, and education projects.


CEDO’s mission is to acquire and distribute information about the Upper Gulf of California and Surrounding Sonoran Desert. These eco-tours are part of an on-going education program teaching people about the local ecosystems and how to enjoy them in sustainable ways.


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