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Bacalar: 3 Hour Boat Trip with Swimming & Drinks

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

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

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

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

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 Lagoon Sightseeing Boat Tour with Open Bar & Snack

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!

3hr Pontoon Boat Tour with Beach Club access and Free Kayaks

3hr Pontoon Boat Tour with Beach Club access and Free Kayaks

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with our Shared Pontoon Boat Tour of Bacalar Lagoon, perfect for solo travelers, couples, families and groups of friends seeking a mix of relaxation and excitement. Cruise the crystal-clear waters of Bacalar Lagoon on a spacious pontoon boat with drinks and snacks provided, ensuring your comfort throughout the journey. Dive into the pristine waters at three sensational swimming spots that'll leave you awestruck. Explore the mystical Pirate Canal, where history meets natural beauty, and Bird Island, where you can observe endemic and migratory bird species. Explore three different cenotes, natural freshwater sinkholes: Emerald Cenote, Cocalitos Cenote and Black Cenote a.k.a. The Witch's Cenote. Our tour promises both relaxation and fun, making it the ideal escape for any adventurer. Soak in the sun, splash in the lagoon, and enjoy refreshing drinks and snacks on board. This adventure is a recipe for unforgettable memories in Bacalar's paradise.

Bacalar Lagoon Sailing Tour with Open Bar and Mexican Lunch

Bacalar Lagoon Sailing Tour with Open Bar and Mexican Lunch

With the absence of engine noises, the sound of nature will be your background music. Sailing is an incredibly enjoyable experience that has captivated thousands of visitors with its combination of excitement and serenity. Five hours of adventure await for you to dazzle you with natural wonders which are emblematic points in the lagoon: cenotes of different colors and crystalline waters that invite you to swim and relax. Besides, during the whole tour, you will take pleasure in our open bar, a fruit picnic and mexican lunch, and the best crew. Enjoy!

Bacalar: Magnificent Bacalar Lagoon Exclusive Boat Tour

Bacalar: Magnificent Bacalar Lagoon Exclusive Boat Tour

Discover the mesmerizing beauty of Bacalar's traditional route and the enchanting southern lagoon on this 4-5 hour guided boat tour. From the thrilling rapids channel to the mystique of the pirates channel, this adventure promises awe-inspiring sights and experiences. Throughout the journey, you'll be equipped with essential gear, including masks, life jackets, and a cooler. The captain, doubling as your guide, will lead you on a 20 km voyage through this natural wonder. Immerse yourself in the serene waters at three different locations, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Guided snorkeling sessions will introduce you to the stunning underwater world of Bacalar. During this excursion, you'll encounter: 3 cenotes: black, emerald, and cocalitos. 3 islands: Bird Island, Breeding Island, and Emerald Island. 2 channels: the Rapids channel and the Pirates channel. 2 rivers: the Lol ha and the secret river. 4 distinct ecosystems. Witness the breathtaking diversity of colors that the lagoon offers, all while receiving high-quality attention and information about this remarkable destination. The adventure begins as you embark on a 4-5 hour boat ride, accompanied by water, a life jacket, and a water mask, provided by the captain. Your knowledgeable guide will enhance your experience with insights into the lagoon's history and ecology. Taxes are included in the package.

Bacalar: Private Sailboat Tour with Lagoon Swimming

Bacalar: Private Sailboat Tour with Lagoon Swimming

Recently awarded #7 worldwide as best sailing and day cruises options by TripAdvisor traveler's choice awards 2022!!! https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-ThingsToDo-cDay_Cruises Enjoy your own private cruise on Bacalar Lagoon. Sail across the lagoon to visit iconic landmarks, learn local history, and swim in the crystal clear waters. Appreciate a spot undiscovered by tourists and surrounded by mangroves, then try your hand at sailing the boat itself. Meet your captain at the marina. Receive a safety briefing and get all the equipment necessary for your 3-hour sailing adventure. Climb aboard the eco-friendly boat and set sail from Cenote Esmeralda, the largest cenote in the Bacalar Lagoon. Stop at the biggest and fanciest hotel on the beach of Bacalar and discover why it never opened. Enjoy the shallow bright-blue water and breathtaking scenery. Learn about stromatolites, corals' ancestors that date back to the origin of life on the planet. Find out why they are so special and how to preserve them. Next, arrive at the south end of Bacalar Lagoon. Swim in a beautiful area surrounded by mangroves, away from the other tourists. Appreciate the oldest stromatolites in the area dating back over 10,000 years. Climb back on board and enjoy snacks and cold drinks while admiring the mesmerizing surroundings. Learn the basics of sailing and take control of the ship. Feel the force of the wind guide you through the seven colors of the lagoon. Finally, enjoy the breeze while cruising back to the dock.

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We took the boat tour and visited cenotes with our certified guide, Carlos. He was very friendly and made us feel safe both onboard and in the swimming areas. Carlos also shared relevant information about the points of interest we visited. It was great that the snacks provided during the tour were fresh fruit, and they had good options for non-alcoholic beverages. The value for money is excellent compared to other agencies, as I inquired at several places before booking. My only suggestion is to regulate the volume and type of music played during the tour, as some of us would prefer to enjoy the journey in peace. Overall, it was an excellent experience and I highly recommend it.

We had a great time with Amir and his partner! An excellent day where we were able to visit magnificent emblematic places of the Bacalar lagoon. Amir is a charming and passionate guide who knows his job like the back of his hand! I will recommend it 100%!! We felt like friends and would not hesitate to repeat this wonderful experience!

Jonathan was an amazing guide from beginning to end. He did an amazing job explaining the history and culture of Bacalar, the lagoons and cenotes. The fresh fruit provided and beer was a great complement. The water itself was breathtaking. I did not want to leave. Highly recommended!

Boat was on very good quality and the mango juice in a recyclable glass bottle I loved this touch. Loved the fruit in a lunch box too, felt more personal somehow. Wasn’t overcrowded which was my favourite. Such good value for money.

An amazing experience, I highly reccomend this to anyone heading to Bacalar soon!