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Puerto Escondido: Sunrise Dolphin and Whale Watching

1. 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: Bioluminescence Night Spectacle

2. Puerto Escondido: Bioluminescence Night Spectacle

Enjoy a pickup after sunset from your hotel lobby in Puerto Escondido. Head towards the Manialtepec lagoon in the darkness of night.  Marvel at a spectacular natural show while crossing the lagoon in a boat with the help of a local instructor. Experience the delightful reaction of how millions of microorganisms begin to illuminate the water as you swim or while you touch the water through the boat. Witness this rare event as there are only 2 lagoons in Mexico that have this spectacular and beautiful phenomenon.  Passing midnight and after enjoying this remarkable experience, you will be taken back to your hotel in Puerto Escondido.

Puerto Escondido: Baby Sea Turtle Release

3. 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!

From Puerto Escondido: Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Tour

4. 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: Boat Cruise and Market Visit

5. 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: Turtle Release and Bioluminescent Plankton

6. Puerto Escondido: Turtle Release and Bioluminescent Plankton

Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel lobby, then head to a preserved beach to join a local nature conservation group. Help newborn turtles reach the ocean that will be their home, and take amazing pictures with a picturesque sunset in the background. After sunset, set out on the Manialtepec lagoon under the darkness of night and marvel at a spectacular natural show. Experience the delightful reaction of millions of microorganisms beginning to illuminate as you swim. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel.

From Puerto Escondido: Huatulco 7 Bays Tour

7. 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: Fishing Experience at Sunrise

8. 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.

Puerto Escondido: Roundtrip Airport Transfer

9. 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.

Puerto Escondido: Huatulco Snorkel Adventure with Transfer

10. Puerto Escondido: Huatulco Snorkel Adventure with Transfer

The experience begins with pickup from your accommodation in Puerto Escondido and heads to Huatulco, home to white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Huatulco is a pollution-free, protected natural area, and has an array of marine species including puffer fish, starfish, and more. Follow your instructor into the waters of La Entrega, less than 10 minutes away from the Main Bay of Santa Cruz. Explore this impressive underwater landscape, and admire the exotic marine life that lives here. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, there’s time to grab lunch at a local beachfront restaurant (not included). At the end of an epic adventure, relax on the return journey to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Puerto Escondido

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 12 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

Aside from the initial forgetfulness but the agency recovered by sending a person specifically to the hotel, we sailed for about two hours seeing whales, dolphins and turtles.

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