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Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

1. Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Wander the picturesque streets, take a swim in the clear water, and visit the Yalahau Cenote (lagoon) in this full-day excursion to the Island of Holbox.   The day begins with pick up 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.    

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Holbox Island Tour with Transfer Options

2. Holbox Island Tour with Transfer Options

Journey to the port of Chiquila on the mainland of the Yucatan Peninsula opposite Holbox Island just 15 minutes across the sea. Board a boat and get beautiful views of Holbox Island and its colorful houses. Look for wildlife in the protected area, including whales. Head for Yalahau Island to swim in the crystal clear waters and get in touch with nature. You will reach the port of Holbox in time for lunch. Then, take a tour of the island to capture stunning photos of all the landmarks you will see along the way. End with a visit to Isla Pasion (Passion Island) to enjoy its shallow waters and marvel at its white sand beach where the rays of the sun turn the water a stunning turquoise blue.

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Private Luxury Transfer from Cancun Airport to Chiquila Port

3. 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.

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Swim with Whale Sharks from Playa del Carmen or Cancun

4. Swim with Whale Sharks from Playa del Carmen or Cancun

From early June to mid-September whale shark sighting is guaranteed or you’ll get a refund! Hundreds of whale sharks visit the coastal area near Cancun to feed on plankton. Travel by powerboat from Cancun to a sighting area between Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox. 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. Be on the lookout for dolphins, turtles and manta rays on the way. You can stop to snorkel with manta rays as well.

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From Tulum: Holbox Island Full-Day Trip with Lunch

5. 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.

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From Cancún & Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Discovery Tour

6. 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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Cancun: Full-Day Chichen Itzá and Holbox Island Tour

7. Cancun: Full-Day Chichen Itzá and Holbox Island Tour

Your experience begins in the morning, as you depart from Cancun to Chichen Itza to explore one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. As you stroll around the well-preserved ruins at dawn, your guide informs you about the Mayan mythology, philosophy, and cosmology. See the famous ruins from a new perspective, and learn about the mysteries of the temples' acoustics and their architecture - which to date are not fully understood. Leaving Chichen Itza towards Holbox, drop into the mystical place of Real Mayab. This is a peaceful location in which you can enjoy a buffet, find local animals, swim in the pool, or chat with the shaman of the area. Once having departed from there, travel directly to one of the local islands known for its paradisaical landscapes of flora and fauna, Holbox. The island of Holbox sits in the middle of a crystalline sea, as well as a unique sandbar that allows you to walk in from the sea along the island. After crossing by boat, make the most of free time to explore and learn about the island. This tropical paradise is famous for things such as its gastronomy, marine species, and colorful boats and houses. In the center of the island you can find the famous lobster pizza - one of area's great attractions, as well as the local dessert called Marquesita. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide returns you to your tour starting point.

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What people are saying about Isla Holbox

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 127 reviews

The overall experience was great. When I landed in Cancun - the company representative had my name typed on a paper - took my bags and walked me to my luxury car where the driver Jose Luis was so accommodating and had two bottles of water for me for the trip that was so needed. Along the way he stopped so I can grab a bite to eat. The whole experience was well received and I will book using this service again. I highly recommend using this service.

Drivers are the kindest people on earth they even stop at some stores for us, and communication with the company is great. It is worth paying a little more than the Bus transportation.

Amazing! The whole was great. The whale sharks were beautiful and amazing to swim with. The boat trip was good. Food delicious. Swimming also lovely.

Wonderful Mercedes van, safe, personable driver, a prompt pick up, not glitches, friendly, fast and comfortable. Also a very good price!

The experience of 10. Enrique and Pedro treated us great