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Things to do in Huatulco

Our most recommended things to do in Huatulco

Huatulco: Round-Trip Shared Airport Transfer

1. Huatulco: Round-Trip Shared Airport Transfer

Enjoy a comfortable transfer at arrival from the airport to your hotel in Huatulco. Be welcomed by your personal driver who will be waiting outside of the terminal with a personalized banner. Head to the vehicle where your driver will help you store your luggage in before driving towards Huatulco. Then, relax onboard an air-conditioned vehicle until you arrive at your hotel. At the end of your stay, be picked up at your hotel and enjoy a convenient transfer to the airport without having to worry about pre-booking a bus or train. Get dropped off outside the arrivals hall of the airport and have a safe trip home.

Huatulco: Awakening With Stars and Dolphins Boat Cruise

2. Huatulco: Awakening With Stars and Dolphins Boat Cruise

After pickup at 6:00 AM from your hotel in Huatulco, you’ll head straight to the dock to board your early-morning sightseeing boat on the bay of Santa Cruz. Over the course of your 3-hour cruise, gaze at the stunning, crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean, reveling in the beauty of the Oxacan coast. Keep your eyes peeled for the panoply of sea life that call the waters surrounding Huatulco home — like dolphins, manta rays, or massive sea turtles. As you jet through the waters, your expert captain will find the best spots to give you the best chance of seeing the sea’s most beautiful marine life. Relax as you cruise through the calm waters, gazing at the sunrise over the pristine sea. After your cruise, you’ll head back to the dock for convenient transport back to your hotel.

Huatulco: Premium Boat Tour with snorkel experience.

3. Huatulco: Premium Boat Tour with snorkel experience.

Meet your guide to set sail from the Santa Cruz Pier at 09:30 am. Enjoy views of the bay as you head towards your first stop, a hidden beach on the coast of Huatulco National Park only accessible by sea - Chachacual Bay. Drop anchor and enjoy a swim in the calm waters at La India or relax on the sand to soak up the peaceful atmosphere at Chachacual beach. Explore the local reefs and marine species with a snorkel around the bay. Return to the boat to sail on towards Maguey Beach at Cacaluta Bay. Enjoy some beers, sodas or water on board as you catch a glimpse of the Rostro Mixteco rock formations and an island shaped like a turtle. Once you arrive your guide will point you in the direction of a beachfront restaurant where you can enjoy some tropical drinks or freshly caught seafood. You can relax here for 2 hours before boarding the boat once more to return to Santa Cruz.

From La Crucecita: Private Huatulco 5 Bays Boat Trip

4. From La Crucecita: Private Huatulco 5 Bays Boat Trip

Discover the paradise beaches of Huatulco on a private boat trip. Cruise to that make up this beautiful stretch of coastline. Stop to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe whenever you like. Get picked up at your hotel in Huatulco and head to the port to meet your captain. Keep a look out for dolphins as you sail towards the first beach. Admire the scenery of white sands and crystal clear waters. With this private experience you can choose how long to spend at each spot. Walk along the seashore, relax on the sand, and dive beneath the waves. Go snorkeling to discover the underwater world of corals and colorful fish. Water and soft drinks are included on board the boat. There are plenty of restaurants close to the beach where you can try a variety of delicious dishes, at your own expense. At the end of the trip, get dropped off back at your hotel.

La Crucecita: Private Yacht Cruise in Huatulco with Drinks

5. La Crucecita: Private Yacht Cruise in Huatulco with Drinks

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in La Crucecita and heads to Huatulco. Hop onboard your private yacht then set sail onto the glistening coast, watching out for dolphins along the way and soaking up epic sea views. Cruise by the area’s many white sandy beaches and beautiful bays, including Santa Cruz, Organo, Maguey, Cacaluta, and Chachacual. Sunbathe on deck and sip on a refreshing beer, or cool off with a swim in the sea and go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life.  There’s also time to stop at a bay of your choice for a stroll along the shore. You can grab a bite to eat at one of the many seafood restaurants, and get a taste of traditional cuisine. At the end of an unforgettable day, enjoy drop-off back to your hotel.

From La Crucecita: Turtle Release & Bioluminescent Plankton

6. From La Crucecita: Turtle Release & Bioluminescent Plankton

Play your part in Mexico's turtle conservation efforts on this tour from La Crucecita. After getting picked up from your hotel, join a local nature conservation group at a preserved beach. Here, help newborn turtles reach their ocean home and take amazing pictures with a picturesque sunset in the background. After sunset, set out on the Manialtepec lagoon under the darkness of night and marvel at the spectacular natural show that is the bioluminescent plankton. Experience the delightful reaction of millions of microorganisms beginning to illuminate as you swim. The color may vary from white to blue. Subject to the lunar calendar. Observation of the phenomenon is not possible, during the full moon days. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel.

Huatulco: Waterfalls and Coffee Plantation Tour

7. Huatulco: Waterfalls and Coffee Plantation Tour

Leave the beach in Huatulco behind for a day and head into the mountains of Oaxaca. On this 7.5-hour tour you’ll enjoy a drive to a finca known as La Gloria. Take a tour of the facilities and learn about the entire process of coffee cultivation – which transforms the beans into the delicious drink you know so well. Continue your adventure with a refreshing dip at the Llano Grande waterfalls – a magical place with crystal-clear waters. For the grand finale, enjoy a delicious traditional Oaxacan meal.

Huatulco Bay: Bahías Boat Tour & Snorkeling Experience

8. Huatulco Bay: Bahías Boat Tour & Snorkeling Experience

Begin your magical tour with pick-up from the lobby of your hotel in Huatulco Bay. Set off for the main bay at Santa Cruz and board the boat in the dock which will host all the fun. On the journey, be delighted with the views of the sea, vegetation, sand, color, and stillness of the waters. Arrive at Chachacual Bay, which an underwater park which belongs to the Huatulco National Park Protected Natural Area. Stop here to practice your snorkeling and get to know the coral reef and marine species. After this, continue the boat tour and admire the beautiful panoramic views. Witness natural formations such as the Bufadero stone face known as the Mixteco Face and an island shaped like a turtle. Then, the captain will take the boat out to sea so you can keep your eyes peeled for other marine species such as dolphin, manta ray, and different species of turtles and birds. Later, move to Maguey Bay to go down once more, swim and enjoy a delicious meal based on seafood. Enjoy the specialties such as fish to size, stuffed pineapple, shrimps, lobster with butter, among others. The approximate stay time to enjoy this beach is 2 hours before starting the return trip. To end this great experience, return to the boat to take some pictures. Continue relaxing with the sea breeze until you reach the Santa Cruz dock, where the units will be waiting to transfer you to your respective hotels.

Huatulco: Crocodile & Turtle Ecotour

9. Huatulco: Crocodile & Turtle Ecotour

Visit the community of Ventanilla, a protected Natural Reserve where you'll enjoy a 15-minute nature walking tour. Then board a panga boat driven by a local skipper to see the different types of mangroves in the region and observe different species of reptiles, including crocodiles, and birds. Next head to Mazunte. The town's name is derived from the large blue crab that was abundant in the area a few years ago. Finally enjoy some time at Zipolite beach, an open sea beach where you'll have approximately 30 minutes to explore and take pictures, before you head to the little port Puerto Angel and the clear water of the Estacahuite beach tho have a swim and a fresh seafood brunch. At the end of the tour, you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

From Puerto Escondido: Huatulco 7 Bays Tour

10. From Puerto Escondido: Huatulco 7 Bays Tour

Start the adventure with pickup from the lobby of your hotel in Puerto Escondido. Travel to Huatulco, and as you drive, be amazed by vibrant small towns that line the side of the road on the Oaxacan Coast. Begin your tour of the 7 bays at Santa Cruz Bay, where you will board a boat. Set off to explore all 7 of the bays as you admire the beautiful landscapes, the 'bufadero', and the lighthouse. Pass by Chahue Bay, La Entrega Bay, and Cacaluta Bay which is the filming location for several notable Mexican movies. Fall in love with El Organo Bay, where the natural scenery will leave you speechless. After this, marvel at the virgin sandy beach at the Chachacual National Park. Here, explore the reef with a snorkel or simply relax on the sand. With any luck, you might spot some dolphins, whales, or turtles. Then, return to Maguey Bay, to enjoy unique Oaxacan dishes and seafood at a local restaurant (not included in the price). Return to Santa Cruz where a van will take you to the village of La Crucecita. See the famous main church and visit the viewpoint that is perfect for taking photos. Stop at some local spots where you can taste mezcal, quesillo, chapulines, and mole. Then finally, end your tour by climbing back into the van and returning to Puerto Escondido.

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What people are saying about Huatulco

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 53 reviews

The tour was amazing and exceeded the expectations! Our guide spoke good English and was very attentive. We had wonderful time on the beach releasing turtles! Sunset was breathtaking and bioluminescent was thoughtfully set in a dome to ensure the experience regardless of weather. The transportation was a new and comfortable mini bus with air conditioning and was adjusting as per our wishes by great driver! We learned a lot about turtles and bioluminescent plankton and took many beautiful pictures! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, especially if you like the wonders of the nature!

Our trip was incredible! Our guide was Roger and we had a full day of amazing views and experiences. He gave the tour in both Spanish and English, took pictures for us, made sure everyone ate well and had a good time. We definitely got a taste of the local culture on this tour. The waterfall was beautiful and the food was so good. I was worried that I wouldn’t have any vegan options so I brought my own snacks. Not only did I not have to eat my snacks, I was so full that I didn’t have room for dinner after the trip. I highly recommend this tour and tour company.

Jose was out tour guide for this overnight tour to Oaxaca and he made this the most memorable portion of our trip. Our Spanish is not great but his English was excellent so we managed well. He was friendly, patient and professional and he went way above what the tour described to give us an authentic, unique experience. When you book this tour, I hope you are lucky enough to get Jose as your guide.

I’m so glad I booked this transfer. I received communication prior to the trip, confirming my flight details and letting me know the driver would be waiting with my name on a sign. The driver spotted us first, loaded our bags and gave us a few tips and highlights for our tips. It was nice to go directly to the resort and to not have to share a ride.

Very good service, very attentive to receive us and the unit with very good cleaning.