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Onca Explorations

Rio de la Plata 409 | Fracc. Las Gaviotas, Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
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Ranked #3 of 63 Activities in Mazatlan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Visit Mazatlan & Explore with us! Whether it is watching the amazing humpback whales, swimming with...
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Visit Mazatlan & Explore with us! Whether it is watching the amazing humpback whales, swimming with dolphins in the wild, snorkeling the islands, kayaking among mangroves or discovering ancient petroglyphs hiking within a natural protected area, our experienced staff, small group policy and personal attention make simply the best ecotours in town! Tourism for Conservation: When you travel with ONCA a portion of your tour fee goes towards local wildlife monitoring and conservation programs.

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Signal Mountain, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is a wonderful 1/2 day adventure, made so by Oscar the entrempenurial oceanographer who runs the place. The boat is in good shape, Oscar preps you for what you are about to see and by golly, you WILL see whales. We highly recommend this trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The Labradas was an amazing experience. However I did not really enjoy the dolphin trip. We spent more time trying to find the dolphins that anything else. The time we spent snorkeling was beyond short. Also I suggest you bring snacks to eat on the trip because the sandwhich they give you is very small so it will not satisify... More 

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Austin, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This was our second time swimming with the dolphins and Oscar and his crew. My entire family had just as much fun - each time is different! We saw dolphins and a pair swam underneath us as we were snorkeling. We also saw sea turtles and a mama duck with little babies on the way back. This is really the... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Today was awesome! We saw lots of dolphins and a sail fish before snorkeling. Oscar is an oceanographer with infectious enthusiasm for his work. Its a great day out!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

We visited Mazatlan mid-May, unfortunately after the whales had gone, but it was still a great tour. We first saw a few dolphins, then suddenly there were dozens! They were jumping and playing in the wake of the boat. If we slowed down, they slowed down. We did try snorkeling with them two different times, but the dolphins avoided us.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

This was one of the coolest experiences of my life. We went in late march when its nearing the end of the prime season for whales. The team worked hard to find whales though and we followed a pod for a while. The team was very focused on making it a good experience and with educating about whales. We also... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Reasonably priced eco-tourism company, highly recommended. We have always wanted to see whales and dolphins up close, and this was truly the best way to do it, in their natural habitat! We happened to be at the end of the whale season (before migration) and really lucked out to see 8 humpback whales competing for a female. Then, we came... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We are a family of 12 with two small children wanting to see marine life without disturbing them. Oscar and Saul were the perfect guides for our adventure. About six miles off the coast we started to see sting rays and pretty soon we were on the path to enounter delphins. Once we got to the dolphins we saw a... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We were exceptionly fortunate as there was no tour for the day we wanted to go out (only day we could). As the boat had to go out we were welcomed to join so we were the only people on the boat so had custom service. We are sort of whale watching junkies so have been all over the place... More 

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Cd'A, Id.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Just like hunting big game....you never know what you will see; the same can be said for whale watching. I think we were fortunate to find a group of 3 Humpbacks about 5 miles out to sea. We were able to track them for at least 2 hours and got to listen to some males in the distance with an... More 

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