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Puerto Escondido: Bioluminescence Night Spectacle

1. 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.

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Huatulco Bay: Bahías Boat Tour & Snorkeling Experience

2. Huatulco Bay: Bahías Boat Tour & Snorkeling Experience

Begin your magical tour with pick-up from the lobby of your hotel in Huatulco Bay. Set off for the main bay at Santa Cruz and board the boat in the dock which will host all the fun. On the journey, be delighted with the views of the sea, vegetation, sand, color, and stillness of the waters. Arrive at Chachacual Bay, which an underwater park which belongs to the Huatulco National Park Protected Natural Area. Stop here to practice your snorkeling and get to know the coral reef and marine species. After this, continue the boat tour and admire the beautiful panoramic views. Witness natural formations such as the Bufadero stone face known as the Mixteco Face and an island shaped like a turtle. Then, the captain will take the boat out to sea so you can keep your eyes peeled for other marine species such as dolphin, manta ray, and different species of turtles and birds. Later, move to Maguey Bay to go down once more, swim and enjoy a delicious meal based on seafood. Enjoy the specialties such as fish to size, stuffed pineapple, shrimps, lobster with butter, among others. The approximate stay time to enjoy this beach is 2 hours before starting the return trip. To end this great experience, return to the boat to take some pictures. Continue relaxing with the sea breeze until you reach the Santa Cruz dock, where the units will be waiting to transfer you to your respective hotels.

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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.

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La Crucecita: Private Yacht Cruise in Huatulco with Drinks

4. La Crucecita: Private Yacht Cruise in Huatulco with Drinks

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in La Crucecita and heads to Huatulco. Hop onboard your private yacht then set sail onto the glistening coast, watching out for dolphins along the way and soaking up epic sea views. Cruise by the area’s many white sandy beaches and beautiful bays, including Santa Cruz, Organo, Maguey, Cacaluta, and Chachacual. Sunbathe on deck and sip on a refreshing beer, or cool off with a swim in the sea and go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life.  There’s also time to stop at a bay of your choice for a stroll along the shore. You can grab a bite to eat at one of the many seafood restaurants, and get a taste of traditional cuisine. At the end of an unforgettable day, enjoy drop-off back to your hotel.

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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.

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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.

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Visit the Bays of Huatulco by Boat

7. Visit the Bays of Huatulco by Boat

The best way to experience the beauty of Huatulco it to tour its bays by boat. Explore Santa Cruz, Órgano, Maguey, Cacaluta and Chachacual Bays stopping at each to snorkel and search for fish and other marine life.  Enjoy the panoramic views along the way and end your day at the Bay of Maguey to enjoy a delicious seafood lunch. Afterwards relax or take a swim before returning to your hotel.

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Huatulco: Crocodile & Turtle Ecotour

8. Huatulco: Crocodile & Turtle Ecotour

Visit the community of Ventanilla, a protected Natural Reserve where you'll enjoy a 15 minute nature walking tour. Then board a panga boat driven by a local skipper to see the different types of mangroves in the region and observe different species of reptiles, including crocodiles, and birds. Next head to Mazunte. The town's name is derived from the large blue crab that was abundant in the area a few years ago. Here you'll visit a natural cosmetics workshop and learn about the production process. This workshop is an important cooperative in the community. Then, visit the Mexican Center for Turtle Research where the focus is on responsible conservation. Discover the importance of taking care of this local creature and learn some of the challenges faced by the species. Finally enjoy some time at Zipolite beach, an open sea beach where you'll have approximately 30 minutes to explore and take pictures, before you head to Puerto Angel for a meal (at your own cost) at a restaurant facing the sea. At the end of the tour, you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

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Puerto Escondido: Oaxaca Coast Crocodile and Turtle Ecotour

9. Puerto Escondido: Oaxaca Coast Crocodile and Turtle Ecotour

Leaving Puerto Escondido behind, take a 1-hour drive away to your first stop on this ecotour of the Oaxaca coast. The adventure starts at the Laguna Ventanilla ecological park by taking a boat to discover all sizes of crocodiles, terrestrial turtle, and iguanas in their natural habitat.   Marvel at the red and white mangroves, the different kinds of bird the local, and the migratory birds arriving alongside tale deer. Look out for spider monkeys freely walking around and take the chance to feed them with some fruit and veggies.   Next up, move to on Mazunte where you will visit an organic make up factory run by local women. See the process of how they make their organic products from scratch. The next stop is at the National Mexican Turtle Center where you will see 7 of the 9 turtles species that the Oaxacan coast has to offer. The last stop will be at Zipolite — the only nude beach in Mexico — lined with a calm pristine beach about 40 meters wide and 2 km long. Enjoy the golden sands where you will have 2 hours to swim, relax, and eat some fresh seafood before the return journey to Puerto Escondido.

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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 people are saying about Oaxaca

It was an amazingly fun full day! We were picked up later than described in trip description, but was made up at end of day. Captain and assistant were very attentive, informative and enthusiastic. They played music to our request. Cruised to several of the bays, snorkeled as much as we wanted , swam as much as we wanted and were taken to a beach for a beachside lunch. Captain took us to an area for dolphin watching and kept the beer flowing! We were allowed to take food of our own as well for snacks throughout the day. It really was a very fun day.. If ever I return to Huatulco, I’ll be booking this again! Maybe even a sunset cruise, if available. Keep up the good work!

Comfortable boat that held a lot of people but we were only 17 . Got the opportunity to see a killer whale and her baby. Ride lovely and meal on beach good. Snorkeling was awesome!

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

Beautiful way to spend the day in Comfort with quality folks!

excelente service very nice captain and super great food