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Bacalar: 3 Hour Boat Trip with Swimming & Drinks

1. Bacalar: 3 Hour Boat Trip with Swimming & Drinks

Discover sights like the Stromatolite Barrier and the Bird Island while sampling inclusive snacks and drinks. Begin at the famous Casa China, perhaps taking a panoramic photo from the observatory tower before boarding the ship. Settle in as your boat takes you through the Cenote Esmeralda. This is the largest cenote in Bacalar, more than 500 meters in diameter and around 70 meters deep. Stop for a swim at the famous Pirate Canal and learn about the history of Bacalar along with its flora and fauna. Experience a relaxing boat journey, taking advantage of the inclusive drinks and snacks provided on board. After reaching a lagoon, jump into the crystal clear turquoise waters, and enjoy a swim surrounded by virgin vegetation. Back on board, see the Stromatolite Barrier, home to the oldest organism on the planet. You boat will also stop at a bird sanctuary, where you can admire different species of local and migratory birds.

Bacalar: Group Sailing Trip with Swimming and Drinks

2. Bacalar: Group Sailing Trip with Swimming and Drinks

Sail the crystal clear waters of the Bacalar lagoon with friends. Glide through the turquoise waters, relax on shallow areas and jump into refreshingly cool water for a swim on this group sailing tour. Enjoy a cold drink and snap some incredible photos of this natural wonderland. Start your adventure at the iconic Casa China Bacalar. Get all the information and equipment necessary for your 3-hour sailing adventure before climbing aboard. Settle in as your boat takes you through the Cenote Esmeralda. Stop at the most relevant spots in the lagoon like Pirate Canal and Bird Island to swim in crystal clear water and learn about the history, flora, and fauna of Bacalar. Return to the dock at Casa China Bacalar and snap some photos from the observatory tower which has panoramic views.

Bacalar: Sunrise Paddleboard Tour with Floating Picnic

3. Bacalar: Sunrise Paddleboard Tour with Floating Picnic

Embark on a guided paddleboarding tour of Bacalar Lagoon. Watch the sun rise over a freshwater lake with 7 different shades of blue. Paddle from Cenote Esmeralda to Cenote Cocalitos, and swim around Bird Island. Savor a floating picnic with a symphony of birds in the background. Start with some quick stretching and a warm-up session. Get familiar with your paddleboard equipment and get a safety briefing. Begin the tour at Cenote Esmeralda, a piece of paradise in the Mexican Caribbean. Feel like you're rowing on clouds, thanks to the mirror effect of the clear water. Next, paddle to Cenote Cocalitos, a sanctuary of stromatolites and corals. Learn what makes them so special and how to preserve them. Then, see the sunrise while rowing towards Bird Island. Cool off while soaking up the first rays of the sun in the warm, shallow waters. On the island, watch endemic and migratory bird species such as roseate spoonbills, cormorants, and snail kites. Finally, unwind with a floating breakfast that includes a delicious selection of seasonal fruits, snacks, and refreshing juices.

Pontoon tour in Bacalar seven colors lagoon

4. Pontoon tour in Bacalar seven colors lagoon

Come and enjoy the wonderful lagoon of seven colors aboard a comfortable and safe boat. During the tour we will visit the famous pirate channel, the island of birds, the imposing black cenote (witch cenote) with more than 90 meters deep , the emerald cenote and cocalitos cenote to watch the stromatolites. Be ready for swimming , you can swim in the crystal clear and shallow waters of this beautiful lagoon , enjoy fresh season fruit and listen to the stories and anecdotes that make Bacalar unique.

Bacalar: Lagoon, Pirate Canal, Stromatolite Day Trip w/Lunch

5. Bacalar: Lagoon, Pirate Canal, Stromatolite Day Trip w/Lunch

Embark on an unforgettable adventure as you navigate the breathtaking lagoon of Bacalar and discover its wonders. As you embark on the tour, you'll visit the famous Canal de los Piratas, where you'll be captivated by the fascinating stories and legends of the pirates who once roamed these waters. As you swim in the shallow, crystalline waters, you'll be mesmerized by the vibrant colors of the lagoon, a sight that will leave you breathless. Your next stop is the Cenote Negro, a place full of fantasy and mystery. As you venture deeper into this mystical site, you'll understand why it's known as the Lagoon of the 7 Colors, as you're surrounded by an array of mesmerizing hues. After experiencing the magic of the Cenote Negro, your journey continues to the serene Isla Pájaros. Here, you'll be welcomed by the tranquil symphony of birds as you breathe in the peacefulness of this idyllic setting. As your adventure draws to a close, you'll return to the pier, with memories of your journey through Bacalar forever etched in your mind. Without a doubt, this activity is one that will remain with you for a lifetime, a vivid memory of the stunning beauty and tranquility of Bacalar.

Bacalar: Sunrise Stand Up Paddle Tour

6. Bacalar: Sunrise Stand Up Paddle Tour

Live this one-of-a-kind experience through the lagoon of the seven colors and see the majestic views of it's nature and uniqueness. The lagoon has calm waters and it makes it easier to paddle while enjoying the adventure. Paddle through the lagoon and chill in the Black Cenote for a while, also known as The Witch's Cenote. You can swim, snorkel or just listen to the birds sing, but the most gorgeous thing you'll see is the beautiful sunrise; enjoy how the sun comes up to start a new day.

Chetumal Airport: Shared Transfer to and from Bacalar

7. Chetumal Airport: Shared Transfer to and from Bacalar

Enjoy a hassle-free vacation from start to finish when you book your airport transfer service in advance. Choose between a one-way or round-trip transfer between Chetumal Airport and your hotel or accommodation in Bacalar. Once you arrive at Chetumal Airport, collect your luggage and make your way out of the arrivals hall, where your driver will be waiting for you. Your driver will be holding a sign with your name, so you'll easily find your ride. Hop onboard your shared transfer and relax as you admire the views on the way to your hotel or accommodation. For departures, enjoy pickup directly from your hotel or accommodation in Bacalar and receive the same stellar service on the way to Chetumal Airport.

Bacalar Lagoon Sightseeing Boat Tour with Open Bar & Snack

8. Bacalar Lagoon Sightseeing Boat Tour with Open Bar & Snack

Our expert and bilingual guides will take you to discover the most emblematic spots in the Lagoon of 7 colours, while you learn about its most curious facts and enjoy a magical afternoon with your family and friends. We will gather together at our departure point with everything settled to set sail. Our captain and guide will explain to you the basic sailing rules and will take you to visit five must-see spots in our precious Bacalar Lagoon, where you will understand why it’s called the Lagoon of 7 colors: : the Cenote negro, Cenote Esmeralda, Cenote Cocalitos, Pirate’s Channel and Bird Island. We will tell you everything about their ecosystem and the history of Bacalar itself, we will take a swim in crystalline waters, and we will enjoy a delicious fruit lunch among friends. As usual, accompanied by good music, an open bar and the most fun crew!

Sailboat tour in the seven colors lagoon of Bacalar

9. Sailboat tour in the seven colors lagoon of Bacalar

Sail by the force of nature and traverse the lagoon in a sustainable fashion! Swim at the Pirate's Channel, and also the bird island plus be amazed by the awesomeness of the Black Cenote and the emerald Cenote! Along the way , you will listen to the stories and anecdotes that make Bacalar unique. Included: Vests, fruits, water, 2 beers per person

Bacalar: Pontoon Boat Tour on Bacalar Lagoon

10. Bacalar: Pontoon Boat Tour on Bacalar Lagoon

Go on an exciting lagoon tour from Bacalar. Navigate a route passing by three cenotes inside the lagoon. Enjoy fantastic views from your pontoon boat as you navigate the waters of the lagoon. Pass by the black cenote, emerald cenote, Cocalitos cenote, Bird Island, and the Pirate's Channel. Take a long stop to enjoy a relaxing swim.

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4.7
(466 reviews)

Highly recommend this excursion & Toucan Tours to Chacchoban & Bacalar. They collect you from the ship, excellent staff at the registration desk (excellent complimentary tequila also)! Victor our driver such good fun & really made the tour really enjoyable. Chacchoban and the guides there are incredible. The Bacalar lagoon & lunch were much needed. There is a lot of travel time on this excursion but it's great fun & a lovely way to see some of costa Maya. Highly recommend Toucan tours & Victor!

It was great, really I recommend it! We went with a child (3,5 years old) and you can protect from the sun under a roof and still see the lagoon perfectly. Also there was a ventilator, which helped when it was really hot for the little one. Miquel was super nice and very professional , thank you so much!

We had a fantastic tour with Angel and Adrien. They were knowledgeable about the area, provided interesting information, and a fun atmosphere. Their love of sailing and of the lagoon was contagious. I would absolutely recommend sailing with them!

Small fun group with great guides, nice stops and snacks and great fresh drinks!

Michael and Miguel are an excellent duo for day to Bacalar