whale shark holbox

Whale shark Holbox

During the summer months, the whale shark tour is by far the most popular excursion offered in Holbox. It’s a wonderful experience, and you get to swim and snorkel within a few meters of these enormous animals, all while seeing the amazing scenery that has fascinated countless tourists from all over the world.

holbox whale shark


The season generally runs from June until September

Day trip from Holbox

The boat will leave from the dock near the hotel Amaite Holbox and head to the area where the whale sharks are.

You will swim in pairs with the guide several times for about two hours. You can take pictures and look at these huge animals.

If you’re lucky, you might also see dolphins, turtles, and manta rays on the way to where the whales are.
After swimming with whales, we go to the area around Cabo Catoche to snorkel in reefs with colorful fish while eating ceviche.


contoy island

contoy island

isla contoy in spanish

Isla Contoy, which is two hours by boat from Holbox and situated north of Isla Mujeres, is among the most gorgeous tours in Holbox.

a safe haven with beautiful beaches, a tranquil atmosphere, and extraordinary beauty. The silky sand and vibrant sea colors here invite you to unwind while you watch the birds, palm trees, colorful fish, and sea.

There is a museum on this island, precisely where the trip begins. If you want a bird’s-eye view of the location, don’t be afraid to climb the observatory.


A delightful lunch with a seafood buffet roasted over charcoal will be offered. It will also include salads, rice, fruit, and a tasty meal with beer and soft drinks. The boat crew prepares the dinner, and on this island, there is a dining area with tables where guests can eat while admiring the lovely beach and water.

You will have enough time after lunch to stroll and unwind, enjoy the beach, or simply unwind before leaving for Holbox at around 2pm.



holbox weather


Holbox Weather

Holbox weather
Holbox Island
11:46 am, March 25, 2023
broken clouds
Wind: 23 mph
Pressure: 1015 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:47 am
Sunset: 6:59 pm


flights to holbox

Find your Flight To Holbox

The easiest way to get to Holbox is to take a flight to Cancun airport and then you can take a shuttle, check our post on how to get there

A more sophisticated option is to arrive by plane. Private flights to Holbox can be hired from Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen.




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holbox hotels

Where to stay in Holbox


In Holbox, you have a choice between charming boutique hotels with cozy, laid-back settings or rustic wooden cabins and hostels. Whatever kind of establishment you pick, all you have to do is relax and allow the kind and welcoming people of Holbox to treat you.


The island’s boutique hotels have mastered the art of combining their opulent aesthetic with the magnificent natural setting that surrounds them.


a convenient lodging choice for individuals who like to venture out and enjoy Holbox days.



Perfect for those who appreciate being completely in touch with nature. Most campgrounds offer basic amenities including restrooms, kitchens, and gathering spaces.





How to get to Holbox

How to get to Holbox


Here is how you can get to Holbox:

By land

You can do it by car, shuttle or buses (which leave from Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum); and it is necessary to travel by road to the port of Chiquilá, which is where the ferries to Holbox depart.
* If you have a car, in Chiquilá you will find public parking lots to leave it.

By water

There are two ferry companies that, at 30-minute intervals, offer the service. The first crossing from Chiquilá is at 6:00 AM, and the last one returns from Holbox at 9:30 PM.

by air

A more sophisticated option is to arrive by plane. Private flights to Holbox can be hired from Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen.