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From Puerto Escondido: Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Tour

1. From Puerto Escondido: Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Tour

You are picked up at your place of stay, within Puerto Escondido. Drive north for about 1 hour and 15 minutes to the Zapotalito Lagoon. After arriving to the lagoon you will board a boat, which will take you on a boat ride in search of the bioluminescence phenomenon. Once we have found it, you will be able to swim in it with the help of a life vest. You will be amazed at how the lights turn on in the water with every move you make, and how they get stuck on your clothes or hands for a while! Also, you can really appreciate the incredible sky, constellations and stars from this secluded place! After this, we return to the dock and head back to Puerto Escondido. Dropping you off at your place of stay.

La Crucecita: Private Yacht Cruise in Huatulco with Drinks

2. 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.

Puerto Escondido: Baby Sea Turtle Release

3. Puerto Escondido: Baby Sea Turtle Release

After hotel pickup from your accommodation in Puerto Escondido, travel to a pristine beach that showcases the coastal splendor of the area. On arrival, head to the turtle farm where a local guide will teach you about the work being done to protect and save sea turtles.  Learn about olive ridley, green, and leatherback sea turtles, and take some awesome pictures before releasing them. Right before sunset, gather the newborn turtles, walk them to the ocean shore and assist them on their way into the sea as you watch the sun set over the virgin sands. You will return to Puerto Escondido with magical memories!

Puerto Escondido: Sunrise Dolphin and Whale Watching

4. Puerto Escondido: Sunrise Dolphin and Whale Watching

Start the day at 6:00 AM with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Escondido. Head straight to the beach to board your early-morning sightseeing boat. Over the course of your 3-hour cruise, gaze at the stunning, crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean, revelling in the beauty of the Oaxacan coast. Keep your eyes open for the panoply of sea life that call the waters surrounding Puerto Escondido home. Spot marine life such as whales, dolphins, 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, enjoying the sunrise over the pristine sea, and let nature surprise you with its beauty. After your cruise, you’ll head back to the dock to get the transportation back to your hotel.

Huatulco: Waterfalls and Coffee Plantation Tour

5. 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: Crocodile & Turtle Ecotour

6. 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.

Puerto Escondido: Lagunas de Chacahua Day Trip and Boat Ride

7. Puerto Escondido: Lagunas de Chacahua Day Trip and Boat Ride

We will pick you up at 1:00 pm from your hotel and travel north for about 1 hour until we reach the small fishing village of Zapotalito. Here you will enjoy a boat tour through the lagoons, learning about 5 islands and going through small channels made of mangroves. You will get to see birds throughout the trip and enjoy the amazing landscapes that the National park offers. On arrival you will be able to order a delicious meal and have a swim in the crystal clear waters of Chacahua. After this, you will take a small hike to the “Arc of Love”, on this beach you will experience an amazing sunset. You will then return to the boat at around 8:00 pm to enjoy a boat trip back to Zapotalito, along the way you will stop to see the “Bioluminescence”, having time to swim in it if you wish. Finally we will head back to our land transport, which will take us back to Puerto Escondido arriving at around 10:00 pm.

Huatulco: Sunset Boat Tour

8. Huatulco: Sunset Boat Tour

Experience the bay of Santa Cruz, a place with a lot of history, where you will board the boat to Chahue Bay. Then, you will go to Tangolunda Bay and then to Conejos Bay to observe and enjoy the wonderful landscapes and rich snacks. Once ready you will embark to go sea inland looking for the perfect place to contemplate the sunset.  When you find the right place you can enjoy and appreciate the sunset and, if luck allows, marine species such as turtles or dolphins. While enjoying this wonderful moment, enjoy an exquisite wine or beer and snack to accompany. Once your tour is finished, the local provider will be waiting for you to return to the hotel. You will not want to go back to earth after having lived this wonderful experience.

Puerto Escondido: Huatulco Snorkel Adventure with Transfer

9. Puerto Escondido: Huatulco Snorkel Adventure with Transfer

The experience begins with pickup from your accommodation in Puerto Escondido and heads to Huatulco, home to white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Huatulco is a pollution-free, protected natural area, and has an array of marine species including puffer fish, starfish, and more. Follow your instructor into the waters of La Entrega, less than 10 minutes away from the Main Bay of Santa Cruz. Explore this impressive underwater landscape, and admire the exotic marine life that lives here. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, there’s time to grab lunch at a local beachfront restaurant (not included). At the end of an epic adventure, relax on the return journey to your accommodation.

From Huatulco: Crocodiles and Turtles Eco Day Tour

10. 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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It was an amazingly fun full day! We were picked up later than described in trip description, but was made up at end of day. Captain and assistant were very attentive, informative and enthusiastic. They played music to our request. Cruised to several of the bays, snorkeled as much as we wanted , swam as much as we wanted and were taken to a beach for a beachside lunch. Captain took us to an area for dolphin watching and kept the beer flowing! We were allowed to take food of our own as well for snacks throughout the day. It really was a very fun day.. If ever I return to Huatulco, I’ll be booking this again! Maybe even a sunset cruise, if available. Keep up the good work!

Picked up at hotel on time. Only the 4 of us on trip. Lovely ride on lake and river seeing many different birds. Guides were really helpful and had books to show us the birds in different languages. Stopped at fishing boats who showed us their catches. Beach was huge and deserted. Massive surf. Just had a coffee and coco..not great. Superb trip, highly recommend

We were six of us and we had such a fun and amazing experience. Yes, the road is not paved and is bumpy but the scenery is worth it. We had an amazing experience with our tour guide, Saul. A definitely will recommend this tour to others

The best experience , we learned a lot and took many photos !

The crocodile laguna was a really great experience!!