SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    City Tour & Scenic Drive

    Huatulco, Mexico

    Duration 3 hrs

    Your scenic drive will include a stop so that you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Bay of Tangolunda - the luxury resort area. Pass the Bay of Conejos all the way up to the river estuary before proceeding to La Crucecita, the quaint downtown area, the evergreen Central Park and the beautiful church dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe, which features the world’s largest painting of the Virgin.


    If you like to shop, you’ll find several stores offering a wide variety of handicrafts including black pottery from the valleys of Oaxaca, handmade woven rugs and carpets milled on traditional looms, and the world-famous 'alebrijes' allegories of fantastic animals. Typical products, like Mezcal (the original Oaxacan version of Tequila), chocolate rivaling the best Swiss made, coffee, regional cheese, clothes, wines, and liquors are available. To finalize your tour, enjoy the stunning views of the Bay of Santa Cruz, La Entrega Beach and your ship.


    Need to Know:

    Note: To fully participate, this tour requires leisurely walking over mostly even surfaces. There are a limited number of steps, some cobblestones and uneven surfaces. There will be some standing for extended periods of time. Bottled water is provided on the bus.
    • Adult from: $59.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Five Bays Catamaran and Swim

    Huatulco, Mexico

    Duration 2 1/2 hrs

    Huatulco is known for its picturesque bays and sun drenched Oaxacan coastline. Embark on a comfortable motorized catamaran-style vessel for a relaxing cruise from the harbor to Tangolunda Bay. View the area's natural beauty and surrounding resorts before passing by unusual rock formations at Organo Bay. Here, enjoy a stop for a swim or relax in the sun with some refreshments. Your cruise will continue to the tranquil Maguey and Chahue Bay's, you’ll then, proceed to Santa Cruz Bay, with its beautiful beaches and see the impressive blowhole located nearby. Your guide will provide informative commentary throughout your bay cruise.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be in good health. Swimming is recommended for guests of 250 Lbs. or less. Wear comfortable walking shoes and light cotton clothing. Bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and a camera. To swim, we recommend to wear swimsuit under clothing and to bring a towel from your ship.
    • Adult from: $69.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 2 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Old Huatulco & Mexico Traditions

    Huatulco, Mexico

    Duration 4 hrs

    Visit the small, surrounding communities of Huatulco and learn about their culture and traditions. Begin your tour in the little town of Piedra de Moros, where you’ll see and learn about the medicinal plants and herbs grown there and the diseases they can cure. Taste a refreshing lemon herb tea and see the traditional way of making tortillas and bread. Learn the use of nopal cactus and sample these traditional Mexican products.


    Your next stop will be in Santa Maria, here you’ll visit its beautiful church that was built in the 17th Century. Visit a local blacksmith's artisanal shop more than a century old, and where today working tools are made from recycled materials. Then, stop by a rustic Mezcal factory where you’ll see the elaborate distillation process of this traditional Oaxacan beverage and learn about the different uses of the "Maguey" plant. Return to your ship with memories of these Mexican communities and their traditions.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Guest must be in good health. Not recommended for pregnant women. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring sun screen and cash as credit cards are not accepted in the small towns.
    • Adult from: $69.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Ocean Discovery Snorkeling

    Huatulco, Mexico

    Duration 3 hrs

    Explore the amazing world of Huatulco by water and land. Visit the beautiful beach of "La Entrega", where healthy coral plates shelter millions of colorful fish. Once here, don’t miss the "Bat Cave", located a few yards from the beach; snorkel into the cave and discover why it’s called the Lover’s Corner. Relax under a palm umbrella called ‘Palapa’ and enjoy refreshments or a delicious seafood dish at an additional cost.


    Next, swim the underwater world of Huatulco and enjoy time in the sun of this Mexican Pacific beach. On your way back to the pier, you’ll have the chance to see all of the different tones of blue from the sightseeing spots located along the roads and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the shoreline. You’ll make a stop at the impressive viewpoint of “La Entrega” where you’ll be able to take pictures while admiring your ship and the picturesque bay of Santa Cruz.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must sign a waiver release form. Bottled water is provided in the van. Tour itinerary might vary and could change to an alternate site depending on weather conditions, water clarity and sea conditions. Please wear your swimsuit and a t-shirt for snorkeling. Bring a towel and sunscreen protection.
    • Adult from: $69.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Two Bays Advanced Snorkel

    Huatulco, Mexico

    Duration 3 hrs

    For the snorkeling enthusiast, this tour combines two of the best areas in the emerald waters of Huatulco. From the pier area it is a 10 minute sail to La Entrega Beach, during which you’ll be provided with a site briefing. There you’ll enjoy 45 minutes of snorkeling in the calm, translucent waters and discovering the variety of marine life on the coral reef. Next is a 20 minute trip to Cacaluta Bay, which some locals call “King's Beach” as it was a favorite of King Juan Carlos I of Spain during his visit. Along the way, you’ll pass by the spectacular blowhole and Organo and Maguey Bays. Snorkel another 45 minutes from the boat in the passage between the island and beach, an outstanding pristine place with white coral and rocks.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 16 years of age and in good physical condition. Wear your swimsuit and bring a towel and sunscreen. You’ll be required to sign a waiver release form in order to participate. Some light current might be present. Participants should be able to get in and out of the boat by ladder. Depending on weather, water clarity and sea conditions, the above itinerary may vary and/or the stop at Cacaluta could be changed to an alternate site. All dives will be from the boat with no beach snorkeling. There are no showers on the boat.
    • Adult from: $79.00 USD
    • Child from: $59.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Age
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    Pleasant Bays Cruise

    Huatulco, Mexico

    Duration 2 1/4 hrs

    One of the highlights of Huatulco is definitely its wonderful shoreline, composed of several small bays with more than 36 beaches, scattered between rough cliffs and mountains. Take a closer look from the ocean to the natural features of this paradise and hear the ocean’s voice roaring at La Bufadora (the blowhole) or be surprised with the massive natural Indian face engraved over time by the action of the waves and the wind.


    Visit the resort area at Tangolunda Bay, where buildings are mixed with the mountains as the background. Change your heading toward the west and check the secluded bays of Organo and Maguey. Continue your journey up to Cacaluta Bay and its island, named Playa del Rey in honor of King Juan Carlos I of Spain, who fell in love with this bay during his visit. You'll enjoy a couple of hours of fun and pleasure aboard your catamaran and see six of the most beautiful bays in the world in Huatulco.


    Need to Know:

    Note: You will not have the opportunity to swim, since this is only a sightseeing tour. There is no walking involved. Water, soft drinks and fresh fruits of the season are served on board. The catamaran is not wheelchair accessible. Bring suntan lotion.
    • Adult from: $69.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 2 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Huatulco Archaeological Site & Market Shopping

    Huatulco, Mexico

    Duration 4 hrs

    Discover the best kept secret of Huatulco’s history and the stunning natural scenery at the Copalita River Ruins. Located 20 minutes southeast of modern Huatulco, the remains of this ancient city is thought to be of Zapotec origin, but was eventually conquered by the Aztecs. The site lies on the Copalita River and is surrounded by lush forest vegetation. Your guide will lead you through the site and share information about the history of Huatulco and the ancient inhabitants of this world hidden among the superb fauna, flora and unbeatable natural landscapes. As you walk along the ancient stone pathways you’ll have the chance to observe tropical and migratory birds in the area near the river. You’ll see the field where the ancient ball game was played, foundations of homes and pyramids and some carved stones. You may even have the opportunity to see how archaeologists and anthropologists work.


    Continue on to the charming town of La Crucecita where you can meet the locals and stroll around the town center. Visit the local church and admire the world’s largest painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe on its ceiling. The state of Oaxaca is famous in Mexico and throughout the world for its colorful hand woven fabrics and traditional foods including an excellent Oaxaca fresh white cheese. You’ll get to taste some of these regional delicacies at a small store with a demonstration of the local cuisine. You’ll also learn how the inhabitants carry on the traditions of their ancestors making colorful woven rugs, carpets and fabrics hand milled on traditional looms. The town also offers a great variety of handicrafts and local products such as wood carved mythical animals, black pottery from the central valleys of Oaxaca, Mezcal a well-known tequila, chocolate, organic coffee, clothes, wines and liquors and more.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Walking is at guest’s discretion, most areas are not wheelchair accessible. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen and bug repellent.
    • Adult from: $79.00 USD
    • Child from: $59.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
    • Shopping
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    Eco-Tour Crocodile Sanctuary

    Huatulco, Mexico

    Duration 4 3/4 hrs

    Get ready for an unforgettable encounter with nature as you learn about the local ecology of Oaxaca and the important work being done here to protect it. You’ll travel approximately 85 minutes by bus or van through Oaxaca’s beautiful landscapes to La Ventanilla, an indigenous community of Zapotec origin. Once here, you’ll visit the Ventanilla Lagoon and the crocodile sanctuary located alongside a mangrove lagoon. The local environment provides a refuge to all kinds of animals including many important species of birds, as well as crocodiles, iguanas, raccoons, crustaceans and more. You’ll also find an amazing abundance of vegetation in this unique environment. The local community has implemented a conservation strategy to protect their local wildlife, especially the Mexican crocodile.


    You’ll take a canoe ride on the lagoon where you’ll be able to easily observe several animal species in their natural habitat. Birds such as the kingfisher, wild ducks, carpenter birds and many more, Crocodiles may also be spotted as they move stealthily throughout the lagoon. Your boat ride will take you an island where tree nurseries help to reforest affected areas. Your local guides will prepare a light lunch of fresh quesadillas on an open air oven and offer information on the natural world that surrounds you. You’ll also see several examples of the animals that populate the island. After your exploration of the island, you’ll travel back to the mainland in your canoe and return to Huatulco and your ship’s pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age and be in good health. Wear comfortable shoes and light clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking disabilities.
    • Adult from: $79.00 USD
    • Child from: $59.00 USD
    DURATION 4 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Age
    • Snack
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    Huatulco Land & Sea

    Huatulco, Mexico

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    A great way to get acquainted with Huatulco is to visit the quaint downtown area of La Crucecita, the evergreen Central Park and the beautiful church dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe, which features the world’s largest painting of the Virgin. If you like to shop, you’ll find several stores that offer a wide variety of handicrafts including black pottery from the valleys of Oaxaca, handmade woven rugs and carpets milled on traditional looms and the world-famous 'alebrijes' allegories of fantastic animals. Typical products, like Mezcal (the original Oaxacan version of Tequila), chocolate rivaling the best Swiss made, coffee, regional cheese, clothes, wines and liquors, and much more are widely available. To complete the land journey, enjoy a breathtaking view of the Bay of Tangolunda, the luxury resort area.


    Proceed to the marina of Santa Cruz to board your catamaran for one of the highlights of Huatulco, its wonderful shoreline, composed of several small bays with more than 36 beaches scattered between rough cliffs and mountains. Leaving Santa Cruz Bay, you’ll pass your ship and head eastward to see the Bay of Chahue featuring three beautiful beaches and a marina for private sailboats and yachts. Continue to La Bufadora (the blowhole) and hear the ocean’s voice roaring or be surprised with the massive Indian face, engraved over time by the waves and the wind. Continue on to the secluded Bay of Organo and the more commercial Bay of Maguey.


    Need to Know:

    Note: To fully participate, this tour requires leisurely walking over mostly even surfaces. There is a limited number of steps, some cobblestones, uneven surfaces and some standing for extended periods of time. Catamaran is not wheelchair accessible. Bottled water is available on the bus, while water, soft drinks and beer are available aboard the catamaran. The tour itinerary may vary due to weather conditions.
    • Adult from: $79.00 USD
    • Child from: $59.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    ATV & Rafting Adventure

    Huatulco, Mexico

    Duration 4 hrs

    If you like adventure, this ATV and rafting combo is just the perfect tour for you. After a short drive from the pier, you’ll reach the ATV base camp for a detailed safety briefing. From there, you’ll ride with your guide on the ATV along mountainous jungle trails and across small river creeks. Upon arrival at the rafting base camp, professional guides will provide a safety briefing and instructions. Each raft will be accompanied by a guide to ensure that tour is safe and appropriate for beginners, while still offering excitement.


    You’ll float down the Copalita River on a 9-person raft and be able to experience Huatulco’s natural environment. The Copalita River is considered class 1 rapids, so this will be a relaxed, enjoyable ride, with time to enjoy the sights of the river valley, but still exciting enough to keep you on your toes. You'll float along the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, passing lush tropical vegetation on the way to Bocana Beach.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 15 years of age. Due to the active nature of this tour, pregnant women, guests with back or neck injuries, heart problems or walking disabilities may not participate. Walking is minimal, mainly on level ground, pavement or grass, with a few steps. We recommend that wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring a hat, biodegradable sunscreen and bug repellent. Tour itinerary may change depending on weather conditions.
    • Adult from: $199.00 USD
    • Child from: $199.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Age
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    Copalita River Scenic Rafting

    Huatulco, Mexico

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Discover an adventure the entire family can enjoy, floating down the Copalita River on a nine person raft and experience the heart and soul of Huatulco and its beautiful, natural environment. You'll travel approximately 30 minutes by van to the Rafting Base Camp where professional guides will provide a safety briefing and instruction. One guide will accompany each raft so this tour is safe and appropriate for beginners, while still offering exciting scenery and new horizons to explore for the more adventurous at heart.


    The Copalita River is considered category one rapids, so it’s a relaxed and enjoyable ride downriver and offers plenty of time to take in the spectacular sights and sounds of the river valley, but exciting enough to keep you on your toes. You'll float through the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, past lush tropical vegetation on the way to Bocana Beach. On arrival, you’ll have free time to relax on the beach and explore the terrain before returning to your ship.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age and in good physical condition. Pregnant women and guests with heart or respiratory conditions or back or neck injuries are not allowed to participate. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking disabilities. Necessary gear such as helmets and life vests will be provided. Guests should wear light clothing, sneakers and sunscreen. Changes in tour itinerary may occur due to weather conditions.
    • Adult from: $79.00 USD
    • Child from: $59.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Age
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    Tequila, Mezcal Tasting & Shopping

    Huatulco, Mexico

    Duration 4 hrs

    After a short ride, you’ll arrive to a local restaurant and led to a tasting room. Here you’ll learn about how the exotic plant called blue agave used in the production of tequila and discover the many secrets attributed to this elixir. Tequila has long been considered Mexico’s national drink and plays an important role in Mexican culture. Its history dates back to the mid-16th century but didn’t gain widespread popularity until after the Mexican Revolution. During the demonstration, you’ll learn that Mexico produces four different varieties of tequila: Blanco, Oro, Reposado and Añejo.


    By law, tequila is required to contain at least 51% agave, but tequila labeled as premium must contain 100% agave. Mezcal, on the other hand, is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from another type of agave called the magüey plant. Usually consumed straight, mezcal has a strong smoky flavor and some sip it along with salt and fruit. Drinking tequila in Mexico is an art form and the best tequilas are often sipped. After a brief history lesson, participants 21 years of age and older will be able to taste some of Mexico’s best tequila and mezcal. After this experience, you’ll have the opportunity to browse and shop for handicrafts and local products in the charming little town of La Crucecita, before returning to your ship.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Walking is at guest’s discretion, most areas are not wheelchair accessible. Participants must be at least 21 years of age to drink alcohol.
    • Adult from: $79.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Shopping
    • Snack

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Printed on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 04:43pm