Ecotours Calafia

The warm waters of the Sea of Cortez make for some of the world’s best saltwater fishing opportunities. Ecotours Calafia will take you across the Bay of La Paz in search for some monster fish that call these waters home.

Who better to show you these waters than a local fishing enthusiast? Hailing from a long line of captains, Captain Francisco Peñaloza is still a regular competitor at Billfish tournaments. He knows exactly what it takes to reel in the biggest fish out there and promises to do everything he can to get you to the hottest fishing spots.

Step aboard the 22’ Arca center console and head to sea. Two guests are welcome to make this vessel their home for the day, taking advantage of the captain’s hospitality and modern fishing equipment. Your captain will provide plenty of water and sodas for you to stay refreshed, and he can even arrange lunch for an extra charge.

Fitted with outriggers and a fighting chair, she’s also a serious fishing vessel. You’ll start the day going after live bait, before heading to the real fishing grounds. Troll the open oceans or try your hand at bottom fishing, kite fishing, or even popping. Let the captain know if you’d like to go fly fishing or spearfishing, and he can arrange that, too!

Whatever your preferred technique, you’d better be ready for an intense battle all day long. These waters are overflowing with tough-fighting, monster fish, and they won’t come up without a fight. On offshore trips, you’ll go up against strong and stunning Marlin, Wahoo, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi, while nearshore you’ll be facing Snappers, Groupers, Yellowtails, and many more.

Get ready for a productive day out, filling the boat to take a delicious treat back to shore. At the end of the day, the captain will clean and fillet your catch so you can enjoy the taste of success right away. All you need to do is grab your fishing license and come aboard Ecotours Calafia for a thrilling day!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 1
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    During the summer, you'll have the chance to hit some of the most productive waters in the heart of the Sea of Cortez. These warm waters attract a range of serious big game fish, and you'll get to really show off your skills and strength against some of the world's most prized fish. Try your best to reel in a majestic Marlin, who'll leap out of the water to get off the end of your line. Wahoo won't give up without a fight, and Tuna and Mahi Mahi will make you work hard for your dinner, so be prepared.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Nearshore
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
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    Leave the dock at 8:00 a.m. and spend a full day on the water battling it out with some of La Paz Bay's most prized fish. You'll start the day by going after some bait, before heading to the prime fishing grounds for a thrilling day out. Try a range of fishing techniques to fill the boat. Troll the open waters, bottom fish the reefs, and even try catching a monster on a kite or by handlining. This trip has it all, so get ready for plenty of action against Snappers, Groupers, Mackerel, and even Mahi Mahi.
  • Private trip
    Cruiser Pickup Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
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    If you own a cruise boat or you've rented one to discover the beauty of the Baja California coast, then this trip can pick you up and take you fishing. Let the captain know where you're anchored up and he'll pick you up to explore the rich fishing grounds of La Paz Bay and the Espiritu Santo islands. You won't have to do a thing, just get ready for 4 hours full of thrilling fishing as you troll, bottom fish, kite fish, or even handline to catch something delicious for lunch.
  • Private trip
    Gentlemen's Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
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    Spend 5 hours on the productive waters of the nearshore bays or rich open waters to fill the boat. Get your fish on against some prized creatures such as Snappers, Mackerel, Groupers, and even Mahi Mahi, as you aim to land delicious fish to take home for lunch and dinner. There's no need to get up early, the fish will wait all day for you, so leave a little later than you may expect and give yourself the holiday you deserve.
  • Private trip
    Kids' Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
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    One parent and one child between the ages of 5 and 12 are welcome aboard for a memorable first fishing experience. It doesn't matter what fish you'll be targeting, the captain is determined to get you and your family hooked on fishing. Catch for fun, for lunch, or catch and release, as you discover the riches of the pristine waters of the Sea of Cortez and the rich nearshore bays.
  • Private trip
    Ladies & Gentlemen Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
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    This leisurely 3-hour trip at sunset will see you engage in some light fishing as you sit back and enjoy the ride. Catch the last bite of the day as you troll the pristine waters just out of La Paz, and enjoy the stunning scenery. Bring your own drinks aboard or purchase some alcoholic beverages and end the day in style. Who knows? You may even catch something delicious for dinner too.

About the Captain

Francisco Peñaloza
La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
1 Fishing Reports
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2019
A third-generation captain, Capt. Francisco has been on the water his whole life. He knows the La Paz area like the back of his hands and promises to take you to the most productive spots in the bay and beyond. Running 3 boats, he makes sure that every trip is personalized, and is happy teaching kids to fish and running professional, tournament-style excursions. With plenty of Billfish tournament titles to his name, along with a long history of fishing all over the Caribbean, he's just the guy to show you what big game fishing is all about.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Broomtail) Grouper (Broomtail)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Roosterfish Roosterfish
Snapper (Cubera) Snapper (Cubera)
Snook Snook

Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Wahoo Wahoo
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Arca (Center console) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 115HP Mercury 4 stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots.

22 ft
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Bank Transfer

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