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Bird Island

This is a magical 5 hour nature watching trip! You will stop to snorkel at different locations in the ocean and the Bacalar Chico River. Once you enter the Bay of Chetumal, you will travel through ancient Mayan canals that were once part of a trade route. You can stop on one island and see an abandoned antique steam engine (nobody really knows where it came from or what it is doing in the middle of Chetumal Bay). Also, you may visit the canons from a Spanish galleon that was stranded during a hurricane. Your final destination is a small island where many rare species of birds nest.

This trip allows you to see the diversity of ecosystems that surround Xcalak. There is also a resident population of manatees that make their way between the lagoons, mangrove forests and the inner and outer reefs throughout the year. If you are really lucky, you may have your own manatee encounter!

5 HOUR BIRD ISLAND TRIP
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2-3 Snorkelers
Prices Per Person

$75
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4-8 Snorkelers
Prices Per Person

$70
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Guided Kayak or SUP Tours

2 hours
Another great way to explore the stunning biodiversity that we have in the Xcalak National Marine Park is to take a guided kayak tour with one of our experienced staff. Or, for those who already know how to maneuver an SUP, you could choose to do a guided SUP tour.Our 2 hour tours leave from our private pier and take you through a small mangrove river into the lagoon behind XTC Dive Center. You’ll have a chance to see a number of migratory birds throughout the year, lots of juvenile fish in the mangroves, our year-round population of brown pelicans and, if you’re lucky, you may spot one of our crocs in the lagoon! On the way back, we will stop off for a snorkel along the inner reef to see a variety of colorful reef fishes, sometimes we can see spotted eagle rays and on many occasions, we can find the manatees! The tours include kayak/paddleboard, paddle, mask/snorkel and life jacket (optional).

It’s a great little excursion and an exciting way to spend a few hours in the sun.

GUIDED KAYAK TRIPS
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2-4 People
Prices Per Person

$40 USD
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5+ People
Prices Per Person

$35 USD
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4 hours
For those who want to work a little bit harder for an adventure, we also have the option of a longer, guided, one-way tour. For this excursion, we will leave from our pier at the dive center and make our way south towards Belize. We can stop along the way for snorkeling, exploring the mangrove forests and inlets, and if we really push it, we can make it all the way to the Belize/Mexico border.

The great thing about this trip is that we can work our way down at your pace, because after 4 hours, our boat will come and pick you up for a ride back to XTC! The tours include kayak/paddleboard, paddle, mask/snorkel and life jacket (optional).

Cost Per Person

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2-4 People
Prices Per Person

$70 USD
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5+ People
Prices Per Person

$65 USD
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Kayak/SUP Rentals

We also rent kayaks and paddle boards to those who would like to do their own exploring around the waterways and reefs of Xcalak.

Rentals

Price

Half day rentals
4 Hours

$40 USD/each

Full day rentals
4-8 Hours

$60 USD/each

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