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Puerto Escondido: Sunrise Dolphin and Whale Watching

1. 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.

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!

Huatulco Bay: Bahías Boat Tour & Snorkeling Experience

4. 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.

Visit the Bays of Huatulco by Boat

5. Visit the Bays of Huatulco by Boat

The best way to get to know the beauty of Huatulco is to tour its bays by boat. Get panoramic views of the bays of Santa Cruz, Organo, Maguey, Cacaluta, and Chachacual, and stop at 1 of them to snorkel and look for fish and other marine life. During your stop at 1 of Huatulco's beautiful bays, you'll get time to swim and snorkel amongst beautiful reefs or, if sunbathing is your plan, relax on the beach on your own towel or lounge chair (lounge chairs are not included). Enjoy the passing panoramic views throughout the cruise, and end your day at the Bay of Maguey to enjoy a delicious seafood lunch. Afterward, relax or take a swim before returning to your hotel.

Puerto Escondido: Boat Cruise and Market Visit

6. Puerto Escondido: Boat Cruise and Market Visit

Marvel at most iconic sites in Puerto Escondido from out on the water before visiting a local market for a cultural experience. Begin your adventure at San Agustinillo, where a boat will be waiting for you. From the boat, you'll be able to admire Puerto Escondido's beautiful coastline, including Zicatela Beach, Puerto Angelito, Manzanillo Beach, Carizalilo, Coral, and Bacocho Beaches. You may also be visited by dolphins, turtles, whales, and other marine wildlife of the region. After this ocean adventure, head back to the city to visit the amazing Benito Juarez Market. Step inside and experience local culture, taste traditional beverages, and savor delicious Oaxacan food like mole, chocolates, and other local products. Especially delicious are the local peanut butter and hibiscus jellies.

From La Crucecita: Private Huatulco 5 Bays Boat Trip

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

Discover the paradise beaches of Huatulco on a private boat trip. Cruise to five of the nine bays that make up this beautiful stretch of coastline. Stop to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe whenever you like. Get picked up at your hotel in La Crucecita 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.

Puerto Escondido: Turtle Release and Bioluminescent Plankton

8. Puerto Escondido: Turtle Release and Bioluminescent Plankton

Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel lobby, then head to a preserved beach to join a local nature conservation group. Help newborn turtles reach the ocean that will be their 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 a spectacular natural show. Experience the delightful reaction of millions of microorganisms beginning to illuminate as you swim. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel.

Huatulco: Rafting, Snorkelling and Scenic View Tour

9. 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.

Puerto Escondido: Fishing Experience at Sunrise

10. Puerto Escondido: Fishing Experience at Sunrise

Your fishing trip begins with pickup from your Puerto Escondido hotel then heads to Bahia Principe where your boat for the morning awaits. Hop onboard and meet your friendly instructors then set sail along the stunning coastline. The boat is equipped with everything you’ll need for the trip, including fishing rods, bait, and a cooler in case you bring some refreshments along. Glide along the glistening waters of the Pacific Ocean in search of colorful local fish and keep your eyes peeled for some of the biggest fish in the region such as sailfish and mahi mahi. Cast your line into the sea then feel the thrill of adrenaline as you play this exciting waiting game. Whilst you fish, admire the incredible sunrise across the ocean, which comes with the opportunity to see pods of dolphins, turtles, and even whales. After 4 amazing hours of fishing it's time to head back to dry land, where you can keep the fish you’ve caught and take them home for dinner if you wish.

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What people are saying about Oaxaca

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

Martin fue muy buena gente! La experiencia fue hermosa! Espero visitar de nuevo y recomendar esto a otras personas :)

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

excelente service very nice captain and super great food