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Bacalar: Group Sailing Trip with Swimming and Drinks

1. 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.

Bacalar: Small Group Boat Cruise with Guide

2. 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.

Bacalar: Group Sailing Tour with Guide

3. 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: 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. 

Bacalar: Pontoon Boat Tour

5. Bacalar: Pontoon Boat Tour

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.

From Chetumal, Bacalar or Xpujil: Group Tour Calakmul

6. 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: Sunrise Stand Up Paddle Tour

7. 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.

Bacalar: Private Bacalar Lagoon Sailing Tour

8. 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.

Bacalar: Private Boat Tour

9. 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.

From Cancun: Bacalar Lake of Seven Colors Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Bacalar

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 138 reviews

The reception wasn’t that great, since we had to look for our sailors ourselves. It was a little confusing that they weren’t there to greet us. However, Lucca and Diego made it all up with the fun and lovely tour. We had such a great day out on the water and they knew what they were talking about when it came to sailing. It was also easy to communicate with them, because their English was good. Combined with perfect weather and nice conversations with the whole group, we had a great time.

An unforgettable sea trip We spent 4 hours with my companion, wonderful, exotic and out of time The crew was charming, attentive and very good sailors! The fruit platter was excellent and refreshing, having the right to fresh fruit while sailing on the lagoon is still a real paradise! The guacamole accompanied by its tortillas at the end of the day crowned this dream day! Very nice memories

So that's super awesome. Someone waiting for you and taking me straight to my hotel in a cool and very comfortable bus. Much less stress. Fast, efficient, safe. Nickel!

Had a wonderful afternoon with Alex as tour guide and Eric as captain. Seen and heard a lot about the lagoon, beautiful to see the colors of the water!!

Highly recommended. Booked a couple of hours before my arrival. The driver was waiting right outside arrivals with my name on a sign.