Bacalar Explorer Tour

Bacalar Explorer Tour

Embark on an unforgettable adventure from Costa Maya to Bacalar Lagoon, a mesmerizing oasis of serenity and natural splendor. Bacalar Explorer is a tour designed specifically for cruisers, offering a unique opportunity to discover the hidden gems of this tropical paradise.

Start with a quick stop at San Felipe Fort, a historic Spanish fort that offers stunning views of the lagoon. Then, hop on a boat and set sail for an unforgettable adventure.

Your first stop will be Cenote la Bruja, a beautiful cenote with crystal-clear water and stunning underwater formations. Next, you'll head to Pirate's Channel, a narrow stretch of water that is said to have been used by pirates in the past. Hear stories of pirate battles and buried treasure as you cruise through this fascinating waterway.

After a stop for swimming, you'll head to your second cenote, Cenote Cocalitos. This cenote is known for its white sand bottom and turquoise waters.

This immersive journey will take you to the heart of the lagoon's vibrant colors, tranquil waters, and captivating cenotes. As you glide through the serene waters, soak in the natural beauty that surrounds you and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Tour details

Rate definitions

Adult US$110.00
Ages 13 years old and older

Child US$105.00
Ages 4 to 12 years old

Infant free!
Ages 3 years old or younger

What's included

  • Roundtrip transportation from Costa Maya
  • English speaking guide
  • Stop at San Felipe Fort
  • Boat ride
  • Visit to two cenotes
  • Visit to Pirate's Channel
  • Stop for swimming at two locations
  • Box lunch
  • Bottled water, sodas, juice and beer

Not included

  • Tickets for San Felipe Fort
  • Gratuities for your guide and driver

Tour duration
5.5 hours

Operating days and departure times
Departures available from Thursday to Tuesday, with limited availability on Christmas and New Year's day.
Earliest departure for cruise ship guests is one hour after the ship docks. Later departures may be available if ship's time in port allows.


This tour is suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and health. Participants must be comfortable with outdoors.

A deposit of $30.00USD per person is required at booking to confirm spaces for this tour.

Balance payment will be due in cash (US Dollars or MX Pesos) at at check-in.
Optionally you can pay the total of your reservation at the moment of booking if you don't want to deal with balance payment when you arrive.

All payments received towards your reservation are fully refundable if for any reason your cruise ship doesn't call port in Costa Maya at all.

Cancellation policy is 48 hours before the tour.

This tour is better appreciated by children ages 6 years old and older.

Alcoholic drinks included in this tour are exclusively for 18 year old or older participants.

Tour meeting point

This tour departs from The Native Choice Kiosk a few steps outside the Costa Maya Port. Email confirmation will include easy to follow directions, contact info and a map.

Map from Costa Maya Port

In Costa Maya the port is privately owned and controlled by the cruise lines. Local companies don't have access to pick up guests nor have representatives there.

Services and excursions available at the port are sponsored by your cruise line, if you plan to use any local service your must expect to leave the port to find your service provider.

Tour timetable

1 hr 15 min

Travel time Costa Maya to Bacalar

10 min

Stop at San Felipe Fort for pictures

10 min

Break before boat ride

2 hours 30 min

Boat ride

10 min

Break to prepare for return trip

1 hour 15 min

Travel time Bacalar to Costa Maya


  1. Pack your swimsuit, a personal towel, and a change of clothes for your Bacalar adventure.
  2. We recommend biodegradable sun block lotion.
  3. Bring extra cash for minor expenses, credit cards aren't accepted outside the port area.

Bacalar Explorer Tour Details

Box lunch options include cheese or turkey sandwich, granola bar, a bag of chips and a piece of fruit.

Beverage options include bottled water, sodas, juice and beer. Up to three beers per participant ages 18 y/o or older.

The tour visits areas with gentle shallows, making it possible for everyone to fully experience the beauty of Bacalar Lagoon, regardless of their swimming ability.

The Bacalar Lagoon, with its mesmerizing turquoise waters and rich ecosystem, is a true ecological treasure. Help us preserve its enchanting beauty by using Biodegradable Sunscreen.

Reserve this tour

Adult US$110 Ages 13+

Child US$105 Ages 4-12

Infant free! Ages 3-