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Isla Holbox

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Holbox: Stars and Bioluminescent Marine Life Kayaking Tour

1. Holbox: Stars and Bioluminescent Marine Life Kayaking Tour

Cruise along the coast of Holbox by kayak while observing constellations and shooting stars. Swim in the water and enjoy the unique experience of seeing neon-blue bioluminescent plankton up close. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in downtown Holbox and relax on the drive to the launching point for your tour. Get set up with your high-quality kayaking gear before embarking on your nighttime adventure. Glide over the water and listen to the sound of the water lapping the shore. Look up to see the stars in this area where the light pollution is low. View the stars reflecting off other water. Listen as your guide tells you about the local ecosystem. Reach the sandbanks and go for a dip in the sea. Witness the bioluminescent plankton glow as it senses your movement in the water. Marvel as this spring and summer phenomenon outlines your body with a magic light. Return to your accommodation in downtown Holbox at the end of your tour.

Riviera Maya: Holbox Island Day Trip and Safari with Lunch

2. Riviera Maya: Holbox Island Day Trip and Safari with Lunch

Cruise to Holbox Island on this day trip with hotel pickup from select Riviera Maya locations. Uncover the rich biodiversity of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve on a boat tour with a local fisherman. Visit Isla Pasion and search for local wildlife, and enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Riviera Maya. Take in the views on the transfer in an air-conditioned van. Arrive at the port of Chiquila and board a private boat with a local fisherman.  Navigate through the Yum Balam Nature Reserve where over 300 different species of birds live freely. Look for whitehead eagles, cormorants, flamingos, and ducks as you cross a lagoon to Isla Pasion. Hop aboard a golf cart and travel to Punta Cocos beach.  Head to the main harbor on Holbox island and enjoy a mini tour. Fill up with some mouth-watering local fare at a restaurant. Sip on a soft drink or water with your meal. Have some free time to explore the fishing village or chill out at the beach before returning to your accommodation. 

Holbox: Guided Sunrise Kayak Tour through Mangrove Reserve

3. Holbox: Guided Sunrise Kayak Tour through Mangrove Reserve

Search for local flora and fauna as you kayak through the Holbox mangrove reserve on a guided tour. Glide over the water with high-quality kayaking gear on this tour that is suitable for all levels. Take in the wildlife in the morning atmosphere on this sunrise tour.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Holbox a golf cart. Transfer to your kayaking departure point. Listen to a brief introduction to the area you will be kayaking in and get some safety tips that will help you to feel confident in the water.  Hop aboard and set off on an adventure thorugh the mangroves. Feel the warmth of the sunrise and admire its crisp glow. Look for wildlife while they are most active like flamingos, osprey, pelicans, cormorants, and even crocodiles.

Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

4. Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Wander the picturesque streets, take a swim in the clear water, and visit the YalahauCenote (lagoon) in this full-day excursion to the Island of Holbox.   The day begins with pickup from select hotels in the Riviera Maya, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen, where guests will travel in an air-conditioned van to this secluded island on the north coast. Board a small boat that will take you to the island and spend the day exploring the small streets and pristine beaches.    

From Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Tour

5. From Cancún/Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Tour

Discover the natural scenery of a remote island paradise. You’ll be wowed by the untouched beauty with a boat tour of the main Holbox attractions. Enjoy free time to stroll the sandy streets and one of the best beaches in the Mexican Caribbean. Begin with an early morning pickup in comfortable air-conditioned transportation. You’ll be welcomed by your friendly bilingual guide and driver as you make the journey to the port of Chiquila on the mainland of the Yucatan Peninsula. Next, board a boat and take in beautiful views of Holbox Island and its colorful houses. At the port of Holbox, enjoy your lunch before taking a tour of Holbox Island. Your guide will share tales of history, culture and folklore of the island. Look for wildlife in the protected area. Visit Punta Mosquito and Isla Pasion (Passion Island) to enjoy its shallow waters and marvel at its white sand beach before concluding your tour.

From Holbox: Private Speedboat Cruise with Lagoon Swim

6. From Holbox: Private Speedboat Cruise with Lagoon Swim

Explore Holbox Island’s hidden gems on a private speedboat trip. Join your local guide as you set out to see 4 of the area’s most idyllic locations, including Passion Island, Punta Mosquito, and Hoyo Negro Yalahau. Start your island adventure with a convenient pickup by golf cart and head to the dock to begin your cruise. Uncover the fascinating history of this tropical paradise and learn about the local fauna and flora as you make your way to each of the island's top destinations. Visit Passion Island and stop at Bird Island, a natural bird sanctuary where you can admire flamingos, pelicans, ducks, and other native birdlife. Take a stroll along the Punto Mosquito sandbank surrounded by crystal-clear waters and keep an eye out for local wildlife. Head to a protected ecological reserve to swim in a freshwater cenote. Fed by the water that crosses the island’s jungle, the Yalahao cenote is rumored to be a fountain of youth. Discover the lagoon’s mystical properties for yourself as you take a dip in its refreshing waters. Snack on freshly prepared guacamole and chips and enjoy a complimentary soft drink or water along the way. Your tour ends with a drop-off at a centrally located dock.

From Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks

7. From Playa del Carmen or Cancun: Swim with Whale Sharks

Swim with the mighty whale sharks off the coast of Cancun on this guided boat trip. Be surrounded by these massive creatures, learn about their behavior, and enjoy a hearty lunch after your swim. Start with pickup from your hotel and then hop on a small powerboat from Cancun. The conservation and protection of the area is of top concern so the number of visitors is limited every day and you can only swim with whale sharks with a certified captain and expert guides. Your guide will teach you how to swim with whale sharks in Cancun with instructions that ensure you maximize your experience while causing no harm to the delicate ecosystem. Swim with the whale sharks as many times as you wish during a 3-hour stay in the area. Professional guides will make sure you feel safe and you have the best possible views of the whale sharks – even if you are not an experienced snorkeler. Learn why the whale sharks are called “dominos”, what is “bottling” and why these gentle giants are only interested in eating microscopic meals. Thankfully. Your whale shark adventure from Playa del Carmen or Cancun includes a lunch of the freshest local ingredients to refuel after your huge adventure.

Private Luxury Transfer from Cancun Airport to Chiquila Port

8. Private Luxury Transfer from Cancun Airport to Chiquila Port

Enjoy exclusive transportation from Cancun International Airport (CUN) to the paradisiacal island of Holbox, aboard a luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle. Don't waste time on your vacation in a shared shuttle that makes many stops before you get to your destination. A Mercedes Benz deluxe vehicle will take you directly to the port of Chiquila, where you can buy your tickets to take the ferry to the beautiful tropical island of Holbox in the Caribbean. Experienced bilingual drivers will greet you and assist with baggage handling. A cold bottle of water and free Wi-Fi service will be provided. A car can carry up to 3 passengers, a van can carry up to 7 passengers. Vehicles depart 24 hours a day, all year, including holidays.

From Tulum: Holbox Island Full-Day Trip with Lunch

9. From Tulum: Holbox Island Full-Day Trip with Lunch

Explore Holbox Island (Isla Holbox) and its neighboring islands of Isla Pájaros and Isla Pasión on this full-day tour from Tulum. Tour the protected area with a guide to see wildlife, marine life, and migratory birds like flamingos, pelicans, and other exotic creatures. Visit Isla Pájaros (Bird Island), a small islet in the Yalahau Lagoon. It is a refuge for a great diversity of birds in certain seasons. Being a protected area, access on foot is not allowed, so observe this magical place from a viewpoint. Next, see Cenote Yalahau, an eye of water surrounded by mangroves and lush vegetation. Admire a panoramic view from the top of a viewpoint. Swim in its crystal-clear waters. According to legend, its waters have healing properties, which is why it is known as the "source of eternal youth." Continue to Isla Pasión (Passion Island) to relax and enjoy the sun and the sea. Be in close contact with nature. Later, have some food at a local restaurant, with free time to get to know the town by bicycle or walking. Finally, return to Tulum after a full day of fun and exploration.

From Cancún & Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Discovery Tour

10. From Cancún & Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Discovery Tour

Explore the marvels of Holbox, a bird lovers' paradise, on this day trip from Cancún or Puerto del Carmen. Start your journey with a trip to Chiquilá, where you will board a boat and head towards Isla de la Pasión and Isla Pájaros. During the boat ride, spot some native birds before stopping on the sandbanks of a beach with white sands and crystal-clear waters. Enjoy some free time to swim and snorkel before lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, hop on a golf buggy for a 30-minute guided tour of the island, followed by some more free time at one of the island's most renowned beaches. Before heading back to the port, visit the center of Holbox and soak up the culture with the chance to meet some local residents.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 174 reviews

It was absolutely great! Our tour guide also created a good atmosphere, helped us all take photos and we spent a lot of great moments together with a group! Holbox itself is also a cute place to stroll around, see a lot and meet friendly locals! Always happy ! But the best part was swimming in the sea!!

Highly recommended! First stop on beautiful island 2 stop Punto mosquito. And then Holhox had a nice meal. Water soda beer and tequila on board. 2 hours of free time on the island and then back. There was even an option to take a bike which is included. For a buggy pay 350 pesos for an hour.

Our guide Gennaro was the best guide for this tour with his pleasant and humorous manner. He gave us a lot of impulses what we can do in Holbox during our free time. Before that we drove to different spots with a boat and had a good lunch. gladly again !

It was such an incredible experience reports tour! Everything worked out great and our guide was absolutely amazing. The food was great and everything around it just full marks! We will dream of it forever!

A magical moment of relaxation with breathtaking places! We loved our experience! Our guide was so nice that it fleshed out the tour!! Thanks !