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Bacalar Lagoon

Bacalar Lagoon: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bacalar: Group Sailing Tour with Guide

1. 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: Group Sailing Trip with Swimming and Drinks

2. 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: 3 Hour Boat Trip with Swimming & Drinks

3. 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.

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: Sunrise Paddleboard Tour with Floating Picnic

5. 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 Boat Tour

6. 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.

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.

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.

From Cancun: Bacalar Lake of Seven Colors Tour

9. 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.

Bacalar: Sightseeing and Swimming Full-Day Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Bacalar Lagoon

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 196 reviews

Really Good Guides! Alejandro was awesome. We Learned a lot about Bacalar and the lagoon and also Spend some quality time in the water. No Stress at all. You should do this Tour.

We went om a trip with our guide Diana. She is great! She answered all our questions and made sure we had a very relaxing trip. Would go with her next time too

Very relaxed boat tour in the beautiful Bacalar lagoon, with stops in Cenotes and the entrance of the pirate canal

Our guides Belou and Angel were very knowledgeable and cool to hang out with. Deffo would recommend this tour!

Very nice sailing excursion, highly recommended! The majestic crew, a very good way to get to know Bacalar.