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Private Luxury Transfer from Cancun Airport to Chiquila Port

1. 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.

Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

2. 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.    

Holbox Island Tour with Transfer Options

3. 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. 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 into a stunning turquoise blue.

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.

From Cancún & Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Discovery Tour

5. 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.

From Tulum: Holbox Island Full-Day Trip with Lunch

6. 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.

Holbox: Guided Sunrise Kayak Tour through Mangrove Reserve

7. Holbox: Guided Sunrise Kayak Tour through Mangrove Reserve

Search for local flora and fauna as you kayak through the Holbox mangrove reserve on a guided tour. Glide over the water with high-quality kayaking gear on this tour that is suitable for all levels. Take in the wildlife in the morning atmosphere on this sunrise tour.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Holbox a golf cart. Transfer to your kayaking departure point. Listen to a brief introduction to the area you will be kayaking in and get some safety tips that will help you to feel confident in the water.  Hop aboard and set off on an adventure thorugh the mangroves. Feel the warmth of the sunrise and admire its crisp glow. Look for wildlife while they are most active like flamingos, osprey, pelicans, cormorants, and even crocodiles.

Cancun: Full-Day Chichen Itzá and Holbox Island Tour

8. 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 151 reviews

Great trip! Great guide (Jose). The individual islands are very beautiful and invite you to swim and linger in Caribbean colors. The lunch on the boat is small but fine. We really liked Holbox. The stay here should be longer than a good hour. Unfortunately, the cenote did not convince us, rather leave it out and extend our stay in Holbox. Unfortunately, we were given a very small bus for the excursion. Unfortunately, there was no sign of legroom here.

Carlos, our driver, was outstanding. Our plane having arrived late, we were no longer certain of arriving on time at the port of Chiquila to take the last ferry. Carlos was able to drop us off just before, without taking any risks on the way. Thank you

Easy, efficient and safe service. We ended up with the same driver Jose on both trips. He was friendly and professional. He accommodated our request to stop for food. He took us to a local place on the side of the rode and the tacos were tasty!

We had a great time and really enjoyed the tour. Individual wishes were also spontaneously dealt with. Very friendly tour guides and everything well organized (also with regard to corona protection measures).

The organization our guide Arturo was great! Terrific Holbox and Passion Island