Things to do in Bacalar

Our most recommended things to do in Bacalar

From Chetumal, Bacalar or Xpujil: Group Tour Calakmul

1. From Chetumal, Bacalar or Xpujil: Group Tour Calakmul

Enjoy the scenic two hour transfer in a comfortable vehicle to the entrance of the biosphere of Calakmul. 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.

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. 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

3. 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: Pontoon Boat Tour on Bacalar Lagoon

4. 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.

Bacalar: Group Sailing Tour with Guide

5. Bacalar: 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.

Bacalar: Sunrise Paddleboard Tour with Floating Picnic

6. 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: Private Catamaran Sailing Tour

7. 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: Private Lagoon Sailing Trip with Homemade Guacamole

8. Bacalar: Private Lagoon Sailing Trip with Homemade Guacamole

Discover the Bacalar Lagoon aboard a private and exclusive sailing tour. Visit locations such as the Black Cenote, Bird Island, and Pirate Channel. Meet your captain at the and enjoy on-site facilities including private parking, bathrooms, and showers. Once it's time to hit the water, hop on board the sailboat and set sail after a quick safety briefing. 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.

Bacalar: Sunrise Stand Up Paddle Tour

9. 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.

Riviera Maya: Reef Snorkeling, Kaan Luum Lagoon & Cenote

10. Riviera Maya: Reef Snorkeling, Kaan Luum Lagoon & Cenote

Discover the beauty of the underwater world in Riviera Maya, and explore two of the world's largest reefs. Visit Kaan Luum (lagoon of many blue colors), and explore a cave cenote with a local guide. Enjoy an included lunch on the tour and an experience immersed in nature on this snorkeling tour. Be picked up from your pickup point and travel to the starting point to get ready to enjoy this interesting snorkeling experience. Observe a great diversity of fish of different colors, and snorkel in one of the world's largest coral reefs. Discover one of the world's unique natural wonders and visit a cave cenote, and admire the beauty of these natural formations that Mayans believed to be sacred. Stop at the Bacalar Lagoon, and admire its beautiful turquoise waters. Enjoy an included lunch while on the tour to top off an incredible day immersed in the nature of Riviera Maya. Return to your pickup point at the end of the tour with provided transportation.

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What people are saying about Bacalar

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 265 reviews

Unreal experience and prime service! Everything was well organized from start to finish. The equipment is 'out of the box' custom paddles that glide beautifully thru the water. Adrian is a paddle wizard, he taught us some tricks to fully enjoy the experience. We enjoyed a very well presented picnic in front of an island with deliciuos fruit and cold drinks. Would recommend 10/10!!!

Very nice guide, arrive early. He picked us up in front of our hotel and brought us back to this one. 3h drive for me calakmul it's worth it! On the way back, the meals were put on the benches like kings. Thanks again it was very nice!

It was a very nice tour with a lot of explanation about the Mayan culture and we got enough time to go up the pyramids. View is phenomenal over the jungle. We heard and seen howler monkeys which made the experience truly memorable.

Very friendly instructors, and very patient. Pleasant activity on the lagoon. Only negative point, missed sunrise because too busy to balance on the board

The quality of the transportation, the attention of the driver Jesús and the expertly guided tour by Roberto make it 10/10.