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Bacalar: Small Group Boat Cruise with Guide

1. Bacalar: Small Group Boat Cruise with Guide

Embark on a small group boat tour as you marvel at spectacular midday or sunset views in Bacalar, known as the "Seven Colored Lake." Meet your tour guide and board the boat in Bacalar. Enjoy the amenities offered on the tour such as snacks, beer, and good music.  Enjoy the views and the natural beauty that Bacalar has to offer. Relax and take in the scenery or go for a swim. Learn about the flora and fauna of the lagoon from your expert guide. Discover the natural habitat of the species that live in the area.

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Bacalar: 3 Hour Boat Trip with Swimming & Drinks

2. 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. Experience a relaxing boat journey south, 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.

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Bacalar: Small-Group Sailing Tour with Guide

3. Bacalar: Small-Group Sailing Tour with Guide

Create lifelong memories as your experience the unspoiled beauty of Bacalar with a small-group sailing tour which includes live commentary from a knowledgeable guide and incredible views. After meeting your captain, set sail in a catamaran or monohull with a small group. Visit some notable points of interest including The Black Cenote, The Birds Island, and The Pirates Channel, where you can learn more about the flora and fauna of each place. Powered by wind and with no engine noise, you will be able to truly experience the wonders of the Bacalar coastline. Sit back and relax with a few drinks as your guide teaches you about the region.

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Bacalar: Private Catamaran Sailing Tour

4. 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. 

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Bacalar: Private Boat Tour

5. Bacalar: Private Boat Tour

Meet your tour guide and board your private boat to begin your relaxing cruise. Take advantage of all the amenities, including a sound system and ice cooler for drinks. Visit and learn about all of the cenotes in the lagoon, including Cenote Negro, Cenote Esmeralda, and Cenote Cocalitos.  Marvel at the natural beauty as you sit back and relax. You'll also visit the famous Pirates Canal and Bird Island. Learn about the flora and fauna and hear fun facts about the lagoon from your bilingual tour guide. Bring your swimwear to take advantage of local swimming spots. Don't forget to take plenty of photos, so you can cherish your memories. Get comfortable and enjoy some snacks and soft drinks that will be provided during the tour.

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Bacalar: Private Bacalar Lagoon Sailing Tour

6. Bacalar: Private Bacalar Lagoon Sailing Tour

Discover the Bacalar Lagoon aboard a private and exclusive sailing tour. Meet an experienced captain at the local partner's office which has all the facilities you need to enjoy your tour, including private parking, bathrooms, and showers. Feel free to arrive early and relax before your tour. Then, board the sailboat and set sail after a quick safety briefing. Visit locations such as the Black Cenote, Island of Birds, and the Cenote Esmeralda. During your tour, stop along the way for a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the southern part of the lagoon. Enjoy homemade guacamole and chips and fresh fruit throughout the day washed down with a cold beer or water.

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From Cancun: Bacalar Lake of Seven Colors Tour

7. From Cancun: Bacalar Lake of Seven Colors Tour

A Cancun tour to Bacalar is a grand adventure, a day full of exploration and fun in the southern end of Quintana Roo. You'll enjoy round trip transportation to Bacalar from Cancun with a packed snack on board the modern, air conditioned transport, passing famous destinations like Playa del Carmen and Tulum as you make your way south. Once you arrive in Bacalar, you'll board a small boat for a guided tour of the lagoon. You'll visit three different cenotes and swim in the crystalline waters and discover why Bacalar is called "The Lake of Seven Colors". After a tasty grilled lunch to refuel, you'll explore the San Felipe Fort of Bacalar and its pirate musuem, argh! You'll return to Cancun full of stories to share and incredible photos to make all your friends and family envious.

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Bacalar: Sightseeing and Swimming Full-Day Tour

8. Bacalar: Sightseeing and Swimming Full-Day Tour

Pack your swimsuit and camera for this comprehensive sightseeing and swimming tour in Bacalar. Swim in the Cenote Azul, take a boat tour in the Bacalar Lagoon, and go on a guided tour at the Bacalar Fortress Museum, with plenty of free time for shopping and photos. After pickup at your hotel or address, make your first stop at the Cenote Azul, the biggest open cenote in the Yucatan area. Enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to swim. Next, set sail and embark on a 2-hour boat tour in Bacalar Lagoon. See the Cenote de La Bruja, Cenote Cocalitos, Cenote Esmeralda, Bird Island, and Piratas Channel, with 50 minutes to swim during the tour. Take a break and get time for lunch at a lake-front restaurant (at your own expense). Then, with a local certified guide, visit the Fortress of San Felipe Bacalar, a colonial building and museum. After the guided tour, get 30 minutes of free time in the main square to take pictures and to visit artisan shops.

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From Chetumal & Bacalar: Group Tour of Calakmul with Lunch

9. From Chetumal & Bacalar: Group Tour of Calakmul with Lunch

Enjoy the scenic two hour transfer in a comfortable vehicle to the entrance of the biosphere of Calakmul from your hotel in Chetumal. Take in the natural wonders and tropical fauna as you continue to drive through the biosphere for 1 1/2 hours. Next, stop at the entrance to Calakmul to learn more about this kingdom at a small museum. Follow your expert guide on waking tour of the main buildings and be transported to the past. Climb the heights of the famous Estructure II, a 180-foot-tall building where you will have an impressive view of the forest extending to the horizon.

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Bacalar: Group Sailing Trip with Swimming and Drinks

10. Bacalar: Group Sailing Trip with Swimming and Drinks

Discover the sights of the Bacalar Lagoon on a shared tour while sampling fruit and beverages. 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. At more than 70 meters deep, this is the largest cenote in the entire lagoon. Next, stop on the beach of the largest and most luxurious hotel in Bacalar that never opened. Enjoy the shallow, sparkling blue water and take advantage of the photo opportunity. Then, marvel at the stromatolites, the first evidence of life of Earth. Learn all about them. Finally, stop at the southern end of the Bacalar lagoon to enjoy the crystal-clear, turquoise blue water. Swim in shallow waters surrounded by unspoiled nature and take incredible photos before enjoying the relaxing sail back to the dock.

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What people are saying about Bacalar

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 58 reviews

We have spent an unforgettable half-day private sail trip in Bacalar with Miguel. It was truly amazing. Miguel knows all the good spots, the sailing ship is nice and cosy and the food was very tasty. If you look for an breathtaking experience with your partner don‘t hestitate and book this trip.

It was an amazing experience, very pretty and calm. We've never done paddle before, but with the guide of Alex and Luis we could enjoy the complete experience, they were very helpful and kind. The equipment was very good too. Very recommended to have an amazing view of the sunrise.

Incredible experience with a magnificent tour on the lagoon with our guide Carlos who made this tour even more enjoyable! We leave with images in our eyes

Everything was perfect, the guide Gabriel, an excellent person, was on the lookout at all times

Eder was a great skipper. Perfect tour, drink and snacks. Thank you