Holbox Attractions | Things to do in Holbox
The remote and beautiful Caribbean island of Holbox offers the perfect setting for people who love nature and adventure. On Holbox you can enjoy ecotourism activities, such as kayaking through the mangroves or swimming with whale sharks.
You can also spot a variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, exotic birds, and animals native to the region, as well as visit Bird Island (Isla Pajaros) and Passion Island (Isla Pasion), or discover Cenote Yalahau.
Whale Shark Adventure
This is a unique and unforgettable experience that you can’t miss. Swim side by side with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark (up to 43 feet long), watching them from just a few yards away, with the possibility of also seeing dolphins and giant manta rays. Whale sharks feed exclusively on plankton, meaning that they’re completely harmless to humans. Because of the weather conditions in the waters surrounding Holbox from May to September, this location attracts one of the largest concentrations of whale sharks in the world.
Cenote Yalahau is a freshwater sinkhole known on the island as the “fountain of youth.” For many years, this body of water was the main source of freshwater on the island, and today it attracts tourists who want to cool off in its clear waters. You can also snorkel or watch the flamingos that come to feed on the shellfish that are abundant here. This cenote is only accessible by boat and is located about 20 minutes from Holbox Island.
Sea Turtle Nesting
Sea turtle nesting is one of the great natural wonders, and Punta Mosquitos is one of the best places to witness it. During the months of May, June and July, this pristine and uninhabited stretch of beach is the perfect location for these giant creatures to nest and lay their eggs.
It is interesting to note that all of the sea turtles that arrive here to nest were born on this beach. Of the 120 eggs that each female will lay here, only one of the offspring will survive to return 15 years later to continue the proliferation of the species. A female sea turtle can spend all night digging the nest, laying her eggs, and covering it over again before returning to the safety of the sea. Remember that they are protected species, so you should avoid touching or interrupting them during this important task of survival.
Admire the spectacular sight of flamingos, herons, ducks, gray and white pelicans, among others, on Bird Island (Isla Pajaros), which is inhabited by more than 100 species of birds. Whether native or migratory, they all gather here to nest. This island is located just 10 minutes by boat from Holbox, and surrounded by the Yalahau Lagoon.
Because many of these species are endangered, it’s important not to disturb them. To help in the preservation efforts, two observation towers were constructed that offer unparalleled views of the natural landscape. Dawn and dusk are the best times for bird watching.
What about going on a fishing trip? Take advantage of the opportunity to accompany local fishermen and catch your own food. Depending on the season, you’ll find octopus, crabs, and a variety of fish. There are morning boat tours for up to five people, where you can enjoy a pleasant and fun fishing trip.
Holbox is an island for kicking back, but it also offers opportunities to enjoy water sports like kitesurfing, kayaking, and scuba diving. On Holbox there is a kitesurfing school where you can learn the basic skills to glide over the waves. You can also tour the mangroves and the coast in a kayak, as well as snorkel or scuba dive to see the incredible marine life on this island paradise.
A 15 minute journey is all it takes to get to Passion Island (Isla Pasion); where you can relax and enjoy a romantic atmosphere with white sand beaches and a variety of birds. Don’t forget to bring your hammock, which is perfect for relaxing in while you admire the spectacular sunset that only Passion Island can offer.
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