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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.

Bacalar: Sunrise Stand Up Paddle Tour

4. 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.

Pontoon tour in Bacalar seven colors lagoon

5. 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

6. 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: Pontoon Boat Tour on Bacalar Lagoon

7. 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.

Chetumal Airport: Shared Transfer to and from Bacalar

8. 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: Private Catamaran Sailing Tour

9. Bacalar: Private Catamaran Sailing Tour

After meeting your captain, set sail in a Hobie Cat catamaran with a small group. Visit some notable points of interest including the The Black Cenote, The Birds Island, and The Pirates Channel, where you can learn more about the flora and fauna of each place. Relax and take in the colors and sound of nature, whilst your captain prepares drinks for you to enjoy. 

Bacalar: Seven Colors Lagoon Day Tour With Pickup & Drop-Off

10. Bacalar: Seven Colors Lagoon Day Tour With Pickup & Drop-Off

This Bacalar tour from Playa del Carmen immerses you in the natural beauty, culture, and history of a “Magic Town” of Mexico. Explore the charming village of Bacalar known for its famous Lagoon of Seven Colors and relax with lunch provided on the tour. With round-trip transportation and an expert guide, explore the lagoons and canals looking for pirate treasure and learning about the fascinating history of this place. Sail in a small boat with your guide who will introduce you to Bacalar's fascinating history dating back to the ancient Maya, the Spanish conquistadors, and the pirates of the Caribbean too. Cruise down Pirates Channel and listen to tales of days gone by. Swim in the natural beauty of Bacalar and immerse yourself in the Cocalitos and Esmeralda cenotes to refresh from the heat and take in the perfect day in paradise.

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4.7 / 5

based on 466 reviews

Hugo was a fantastic guide, very informative, went above and beyond, took us to an extra stop as the water was just a little too cold for all of us in the early morning. Loved the tour and would do it all over again - a must see!!

Very good experience. Lots of history and beautiful view. warm water and can jump in one of the cenote. We saw a huge lizard as well! Recommend!

Fantastic activity and great way to start the day. Our tour guide Victoria looked after us very well. 100% recommend.

good captain with good explanations, the duration of the activity was perfect

Excellent activity! Our guides Angelo and Timothy were very friendly