Baja Camp is on Isla Espiritu Santo in the Sea of Cortez, off La Paz, Baja California, Mexico. The camp is open from May 1 to Oct. 15. For more information, check the Web site at, or e-mail camp operator Andrea Tamagnini at

GETTING THERE: The camp arranges boat rides to the island from the marina at La Paz, in Mexico's Baja California, which is a 15-minute ride from the La Paz airport. Many major carriers, such as America West, United and American airlines, offer service to La Paz, with connections from Los Angeles on Aero California. Summer rates from D.C. start at around $588 round trip.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Baja Camp has up to five tents with two single beds each, plus hurricane lanterns. Each tent has an outdoor shower and environment-friendly toilet. Nightly rates are $170 per adult, or $100 for children ages 7 to 12 (no kids under 7 allowed). Price includes transfer from the La Paz airport to the island (taxi to the marina, plus about an hour or two boat ride to the island, depending on sea conditions); three meals per day, plus soft drinks (wine, beer and cocktails are available for cost); use of the camp's four sea kayaks; one trip per day on the camp's boats (a 26-foot launch and two smaller boats); and trekking into the island's interior.


* Scuba diving. $135 for a two-dive trip with a local diving company, at various locations within a short boat ride of the island. July, August and September have the best underwater visibility. There is wreck diving close to the camp.

* Fishing. All-day trips run from $200 to $500, depending on boat size and number of people.

-- Kevin Sullivan