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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.

Puerto Escondido: Baby Sea Turtle Release

2. 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

3. 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.

Puerto Escondido: Boat Cruise and Market Visit

4. 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.

Puerto Escondido: Lagunas de Chacahua Day Trip and Boat Ride

5. 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.

From Puerto Escondido: Huatulco 7 Bays Tour

6. 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.

Puerto Escondido: Roundtrip Airport Transfer

7. Puerto Escondido: Roundtrip Airport Transfer

Enjoy the convenience of a shared or private airport transfer between Puerto Escondido International Airport and your accommodation in Puerto Escondido. Relax with a comfortable return service directly from the airport. Be greeted by the friendly staff at the airport who will be waiting for you outside of the terminal with a banner displaying your name. Relax knowing that you are traveling safely in an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver. At the end of your stay, get picked up at your hotel and enjoy a convenient transfer to the airport without having to worry about pre-booking a bus or train. Get dropped off outside the arrivals hall of the airport and have a safe trip home.

Oaxaca: Private One-Way Transfer to Puerto Escondido

8. Oaxaca: Private One-Way Transfer to Puerto Escondido

Make your trip to Puerto Escondido or Bahías de Huatulco simple with this private transfer service from Oaxaca de Juárez. Choose between a comfortable sedan which seats 3 passengers, or ensure there is plenty of room for you and your luggage with a van that seats 6. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation. Get help with your bags from your driver. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the scenic ride to your destination. Ride in a new, well-maintained vehicle with air-conditioning. Feel free to ask the driver to stop for lunch, to use the restroom, or to take a picture. Skip unnecessary stops for extra passengers with this private service. Avoid the hassle of negotiating with a taxi driver who speaks another language or having to figure out public transportation. Start enjoying your vacation sooner with a direct service. Travel with a driver that is experienced with the local roads and traffic.

Puerto Escondido: Kayaking in Puerto Suelo

9. Puerto Escondido: Kayaking in Puerto Suelo

After pickup from your Puerto Escondido accommodation, make your way to the beach to learn the fastest-growing water sport in the world. Drive to the picturesque area of Puerto Suelo, where you are run through a SUP tutorial and receive your life jacket.  Here you will board a small panga boat to reach the Ocean Side with a breathtaking view. From here, board the kayaks to start the adventure throughout the lagoon to observe a variety of endemic and migratory birds. After proceeding through the mangrove tunnels you will head upriver to enjoy the breathtaking views. Continue throughout the river until you reach the sandbar and return back to the kayak dock.

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 are the best day trips and excursions from Puerto Escondido?

The best day trips and excursions from Puerto Escondido are:

Huatulco

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What people are saying about Puerto Escondido

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 17 reviews

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 saw a turtle thanks to the quick action of our boat driver. Wonderful tour guide and very informative coffee shop visit.

Guide did what we wanted to do He followed along and protected us at the market Recommended a great place for lunch

great service Picked up on time and brought to the hotel very quickly.

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