Holbox - Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico
Experience two beautiful islands in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula in one day and enjoy miles of beaches and breathtaking landscapes.
Between the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico the famous island Holbox and the still almost unknown Cabo Catoche are located. Both islands consist only of sand and are part of the nature reserve of "Yum Balam" which was founded in 1994.
The island Holbox is 42 km long and about 2 km wide. The northern part of the island (34 km), which leads towards Cabo Catoche, is like Cabo Catoche itself, almost untouched. A beautiful scenery of mangroves, palm trees, white beaches and countless birds. Besides pelicans, cormorants and frigate birds, you can also observe flamingos in great numbers between May and October.
The fishing village of Holbox is already developed for tourism and is known above all for its colourful murals and long, flat beaches. Cabo Catoche, on the other hand, is almost uninhabited and very pristine. Here you can find endless natural beaches and pure idyll between palm trees and hammocks.
Experience a day full of variety and enjoy these two amazing and yet so contrasting islands.
The Holbox tour includes:
certified tour guide (english, spanish or french available)
pick-up directly from your hotel in an a/c minivan
boat ride through the lagoons and along the mangroves
observing different types of birds in their natural environment
1 hour golf car at Holbox
lunch at the beach
free time to visit the city or go shopping
bathing stop at a sandbank
soft drinks, beer and tequila are included throughout the day
all photos of the tour
all taxes, entrances and fees
Not included: Tips and personal expenses
price per adult:
group size of 9-11 guests: 155 USD p.p.
group size of 7-8 guests: 175 USD p.p.
group size of 5-6 guests: 195 USD p.p.
group size of 4 guests: 225 USD p.p.
Duration of the tour:
approximately 7,5 hours
+ Travel time, depending on the hotel
This tour is available from monday to sunday (good weather assumed).
Check out Dates & Booking for further information concerning a reservation.
Detailed tour description:
We start our boat tour in Chiquila with a trip through the lagoon of Yalahau. First we will head to a Cenote in the middle of the mangroves. The clear water we will find there comes from an underground spring, here you will get the time to bath in the refreshing water.
On the way to Holbox Island you can observe various bird species, such as pelicans, herons, cormorants and ospreys. Between May and November we can also meet countless flamingos.
Enjoy a walk in the shallow water at the so-called "passion island", climb up to a viewpoint tower and enjoy the view over the turquoise water.
On Holbox we have golf cars available for 1 hour to drive around the island. While driving through the "centre" we can admire and photograph the colourful little houses and the countless wall paintings.
After the lunch at the beach you will have some free time to stroll through the little town.
Our boat takes us to our last stop - a sandbank, where you will enjoy bathing in the flat water and having one or more drinks before we head back to Chiquila.
Since February 2020:
The hammocks in the sea on Holbox island have all been removed without exception for environmental reasons.
Don't forget to take with you:
swimwear, towel, sunglasses, sun hat, sandals (no sturdy shoes required)
long-sleeved t-shirt for sun protection
change of clothes (to change before the return trip)
money for personal expenses and tips where applicable, e.g. for our drivers and captains
Impressions from Holbox:
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