Guide to Holbox

Learn more about Holbox, this hidden gem which is a true paradise surrounded by warm water, a calm sea breeze and crystalline white sand.

Guide to Holbox

Holbox is a small island in the north of the Mexican Caribbean, nestled within the Yum Balam ecological reserve. Not a far distance, but very far removed from the business and bustle of Cancun, this cozy fishing village is the definition of rest and relaxation. Declared a Flora and Fauna Protection Area, you can expect to encounter a wide array of beautiful and unique species that remain peacefully undisturbed by the tourism industry that has, so far, left Holbox in peace. 

With beautiful beaches and a crystalline sea of very shallow depth, Holbox welcomes weary travellers and cultural enthusiasts alike. If you are interested in exploring this wonderfully down-to-earth hideaway, hop aboard Cancun Adventures’ Holbox Island Adventure Private Day trip and see why this island has been heralded as an idyllic retreat by the world’s most discerning travellers. 

What is unique about Holbox & why do people love it?

While Holbox has remained relatively untouched by tourism and commercialism, one thing that has taken its hold of the island is color. When you are walking or riding your bike around the town of Holbox, you will find colorful wooden houses and large murals that depict everything from abstract art to nuanced representations of the area’s natural wonder. Not to mention the turquoise sea, bright blue sky and even the storefronts and signage. This place is truly a photographer’s dream. 
In addition to the attractiveness of the island, it’s also a natural sanctuary for a wide variety of birds, fish and plants. Thanks to the island’s small population and the fact it has remained one of Mexico’s best kept secrets means you can interact with the wildlife in safe, respectful and wonderful ways. 

What is unique about Holbox & why do people love it?

Take part in a larger-than-life tour by swimming with the whale sharks

Without a doubt, one of the most iconic activities you can take part in off the shores of Holbox is to swim with the whale sharks . There are few places in the world where you can enjoy the wonderful experience of swimming with the world’s largest animal, but the beautiful island of Holbox creates the perfect opportunity for this once-in-a-lifetime 

Every year, between the months of May and September, Holbox welcomes its most anticipated visitors, the gigantic whale sharks. These harmless fish, which can reach up to 20 meters in length, reach Holbox thanks to the fact the sea surrounding the island offers favorable conditions and a ton of the plankton they eat by the millions.

Swimming with whale sharks

Other must-do & see things you can experience when visiting Holbox.

Isla Pájaros (Bird Island)

Take a walk around this small islet located in the Yalahau Lagoon, a refuge for a diverse array of birds, such as pelicans, frigate birds, white ibis, ducks, herons, storks and flamingos. This is a protected area, so access on foot is not allowed and you may only view this incredible natural wonder from the designated viewpoint.

Isla Pájaros

Cenote Yalahau

This is an eye of water, surrounded by mangroves and lush vegetation, that is possible to admire from the top of the viewpoint, in addition to that you can also swim in its sweet and crystalline waters. According to legend, its waters have healing properties, which is why it is known as the "source of eternal youth."

Isla Pasión (Passion Island)

This small island is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the sun and the sea in total harmony with nature.

Isla Pasión

Visit Isla Holbox with Cancun Adventures!

Join our experienced and well-educated tour guides to explore Isla Holbox and spend the day indulging in one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets. Reach out to us while booking your vacation and we can tell you all about the amazing tours we offer that will expose you to the untouched and unforgettable parts of the Caribbean. 

Visit Isla Holbox

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