Islas San Benito

This tiny archipelago consists of three small islands 55km (30 nautical miles) west of Isla Cedros and is largely the haunt of fishermen chasing the area's abundant yellowtail. The westernmost island, the largest of the three, supports a large winter camp of abalone divers and their families, as well as a substantial breeding colony of northern elephant seals. The seals begin to arrive in December but are most numerous in January and February. Sea turtles and whales are visible offshore (the islands are just off the gray-whale migration route).

Bring all your own camping equipment, food and water. There's no public transportation to the islands. Ask around in Cedros, on Isla Cedros, about catching a lift on the supply boats that make the often rough four-hour voyage over.

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