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Huatulco Bay: Bahías Boat Tour & Snorkeling Experience

1. 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.

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From Puerto Escondido: Huatulco 7 Bays Tour

2. 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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Huatulco: Coffee Farm and Waterfall Tour with Local Lunch

3. Huatulco: Coffee Farm and Waterfall Tour with Local Lunch

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and heads out along the bay of Huatulco towards the town of Llano Grande, a community located in the mountains. As you enter the town admire the surrounding coffee plantation, and depending on the season you can also see the fruit that grows here too. With your guide, enjoy a tour of the plantation and learn about the process of farming coffee as well as a tasting session of organic coffee, chocolate, and mezcal. Continue the tour through the farm along a path on the banks of the river, stopping for photo opportunities along the way. Visit a number of stunning waterfalls throughout the walk to admire the crystal clear waters and surrounding natural pools. Arrive at the main waterfall of the walking tour and spend an hour and a half relaxing in the glistening waters. Enjoy a refreshing swim to cool off from the heat, or lounge around in the tropical environment. Once you’re feeling refreshed, head back to the farm where a delicious and traditional Mexican lunch is waiting for you. Against the backdrop of the coffee plantation, mingle with the local farmers as well as the other tour guests as you dine. A few of the traditional delicacies on offer include black mole, black beans, and pork carnitas, as well as authentic Mexican beverages.

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Huatulco: Crocodile & Turtle Ecotour

4. 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. Here you'll visit a natural cosmetics workshop and learn about the production process. This workshop is an important cooperative in the community. Then, visit the Mexican Center for Turtle Research where the focus is on responsible conservation. Discover the importance of taking care of this local creature and learn some of the challenges faced by the species. 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 Puerto Angel for a meal (at your own cost) at a restaurant facing the sea. At the end of the tour, you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

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Huatulco: Rafting, Snorkelling and Scenic View Tour

5. Huatulco: Rafting, Snorkelling and Scenic View Tour

You'll start the adventure by rafting down the Copalita River. Your instructor will teach you how to easily row together as a team, making this a fun, collaborative descent. Continue the journey by visiting one of the main beaches in the area, La Entrega. At this beautiful beach, you'll be able to do the second activity, snorkelling. Make sure you take in all of the beautiful coral that the area is known for as well as admiring the many marine species that live here. Then, visit five of the main viewpoints in Huatulco: Mirador de la Bocana, Tangolunda, Santa Cruz, the Delivery and the Lighthouse. Once more, you'll be accompanied by your guide who will provide all the information regarding the history and culture of this area, which will make the visit much more interesting and engaging.

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Huatulco City Tour

6. Huatulco City Tour

The tour begins with a visit to the viewpoint La Bocana where you can meet and admire this beautiful open sea beach. Then visit the main viewpoints of the destination with a sea view to take some good pictures. After taking in the beauty of the Huatulco viewpoints, visit the little town of La Crucecita where you can enjoy the main square. This is a magical place that in the afternoon is filled with artisans and music where you can discover the beauty and history of the Church of the Virgin of Guadalupe, whose importance comes from the painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the largest in the world, captured on its roof by the Mexican artist José del Siglo. Don’t miss a visit to the best Oaxacan dishes like Oaxaca cheese, grasshoppers, chocolate, mole, and sample mezcal with salt from the maguey worm. Meet the artisans of the pre-Hispanic looms, where artistic hands come together with Oaxacan creativity to create elaborate garments and multicolored mats.

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Huatulco: Nature Park with Fruit Tasting & Optional Zipline

7. Huatulco: Nature Park with Fruit Tasting & Optional Zipline

Upon arrival, you will be offered fruit water infusions and a variety of regional, locally harvested fresh fruits to taste. Then follow the trail into the park to discover waterfalls, rivers and around 20 thousand different species of plants and exotic flowers. Located 260 meters above sea level in the Oaxacan mountains, you will find yourself surrounded by the diverse flora and fauna of the park. Read the illustrated signs along the path to learn more about the nature around you and local, organic fruit farming. After your walk, refresh with a cooling dip in the Magdalena River and admire the "Cascada de la Campana" waterfall. This is an experience for all five senses. If you’re up for a little more adventure, select the Premium Ziplining option for bird’s eye views as you fly through the park. There are 5 Ziplines separated by platforms built into the trees ranging from 50-100 meters in height with a total length of 2.5 kilometres.

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Huatulco: Awakening With Stars and Dolphins Boat Cruise

8. 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.

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From Huatulco: Crocodiles and Turtles Eco Day-Tour

9. From Huatulco: Crocodiles and Turtles Eco Day-Tour

Visit Ventanilla, a hour away from the Bays of Huatulco and go through the mangroves to observe crocodiles in their natural habitat. Next is a visit to Mazunte to see the Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga Research Station. This aquarium habitat is home to 7 of the 9 species of turtles found on the coast of the state of Oaxaca and features a natural cosmetics workshop and community cooperative. End your tour with a meal and sample traditional Mexican foods such as meat, beans and mescal.

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From La Crucecita: Turtle Release & Bioluminescent Plankton

10. 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. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Huatulco

Wilbur, Jesus, and Antonio showed us a wonderful time exploring Huatulco! The snorkeling was delightful and we had a fun and informative paddle down the Copalita River. It was a great way to discover the local area. Highly recommended!!

Few dolphins but whales extra. Great French-speaking guide (Alexandre), full of anecdotes and a great culture. We could also see turtles, sea snake (be very poisonous) and finally a band of pelicans.

Our guide, Luis, was punctual, informative, helpful, and funny. We felt at ease and well taken care of. The activities were fun and we stopped at several interesting viewpoints. It was a great trip.

So much fun. Our guides and driver were delightful. Went above and beyond to make it a very fun day. Highly recommend. Cheers!

Beautiful way to spend the day in Comfort with quality folks!