La Bufadora
Caverns & Caves • Geologic Formations
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Roughly translated as "the snorter," this underwater cave regularly sucks in sea water and spits it out the cave's top drenching visitors to the site.
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Mizzou214
The Villages, FL43 contributions
Feb 2020
We booked this tour as a shore excursion thru Princess Cruises, and it was excellent. We were picked up at the cruise pier by our tour guide, Rebecca, and bus driver Miguel. After about a 45 minute drive out to Punta Banda, we arrived at Bahia Papalote, the location of La Bufadora (the Blowhole). There, we met up with the great folks with Baja Aquatics and our kayaking guides Carlos and Jorge. After the obligatory safety briefing, they offered wetsuits and sandals to those who wanted them, and locked up our backpacks and other belongings in their secure building. There were also clean restrooms and changing areas available. A short walk down to the shore later, we mounted up in our ocean kayaks. Carlos and Jorge led us out into the open ocean, where we kayaked along the beautiful shoreline of Punta Banda, eventually turning back to the bay for our "up close and personal" view of La Bufadora. The guides led us up to within about 20 yards of the blowhole, and held our kayaks together in a raft-like configuration. Then, we simply sat and watched the majesty of the blowhole in action. This is definitely the way to see this natural wonder, rather than looking down from the road above. The action of the ocean swells would move our "raft" in and out towards the blowhole, but never dangerously close. Carlos and Jorge have obviously done this many times!

After the kayaking was done, Rebecca and Miguel took us to Tacos Lidia for a lunch stop. It is at the top of the road looking down toward La Bufadora. There, we noshed on terrific fish and shrimp tacos at only 2 bucks apiece, with hand made tortillas. They also, of course, have a selection of Mexican beers and soft drinks.

This tour was a terrific way to spend our day in Ensenada, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. As a tour guide, Rebecca was fantastic. Our kayaking guides, Carlos and Jorge, were outstanding, and they made sure that everyone in our group was safe and had a lot of fun. Baja Aquatics certainly earned my highest recommendation.
Written February 16, 2020
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MCH65
American Fork, UT340 contributions
Sep 2021
Mixed emotions about this one. We visited Ensenada on a cruise and hadn't planned to get off the ship but then decided to. The shuttle bus from the cruise dock drops you in town on a main street. they really talked up the Blow Hole, or la Bufadora so we bit on the tour. Its about an hour drive out to the Blow hole on poorly maintained roads. Once we arrived we parked and walked down the street about 400 yards to see the Blow Hole. The Blow Hole itself is pretty cool, but both sides of the street to walk down to the Blow hole are lined with vendors. I thought that they were pretty aggressive trying to get you to shop their little stand. It was pretty annoying but I get it, its their livelihood. Most of the stand were selling much the same stuff. After viewing the Blow Hole, we walked back up the street and ate at a great little place called Lidia's taco grill, which I do recommend.
Long drive, aggressive vendors and a Blow hole, but great tacos.
Written October 12, 2021
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William M
Modesto, CA5 contributions
Jan 2020
Recently my 37 year old son, his two boys and I cruised into Ensenada for the day. As we took the $4 ea. shuttle into downtown, that was parked right in front of the boat, our bus (tour guide/barker) told us about a tour they offered to La Bufadora that included a stop at the new Pai-Pai Animal Encounter for $20 ea.Since we really didn't have anything planned we decided to go. Pai-Pai was interesting. Their thing is that after you walk past all their glass enclosed enclosures with a variety of monkeys, young and old, a few other animals I can't remember, some adorable tiger and jaguar cubs, a grown Jaguar and lion, you can pay extra to go in the enclosure with a host, and pet the animals. Of course they had a nice restaurant, a not as nice but good food taco cafe, and trinket shops. The kids liked it. Than off to La Bufadora, the Blowhole. After the bus parked our guide led us to La Bufadora, past at lease 2 to 3 hundred trinket shops. We took the time to highlight 4 or 5 of his "favorite" shops. It was crowded, and barkers called to us from every shop. It was sort of carnival like. We just kept a smile and kept saying no thank you as we followed our guide. At the end of the street we finally got to La Bufadora. On our day it was a little disappointing. Like any blowhole you have to have some waves pounding in and that day it was barely a whisper. After pics we headed back up the gauntlet. This time in shopping mode. There are a couple of very nice restaurants, tons of food stands, some very high end jewelry shops where great deals can be had if you know your prices. There are some shops that sell very good knockoffs of women's purses. If you're hungry you can fill up on free Churros offered by vendors as you walk by. Haggling is expected for goods and if you don't you'll massively overpay. Many people don't like being constantly bombarded with offers, but that's their job and they don't take offence when given a polite no thank you or no gracias. My son's 14 yr old got the greatest thrill when he bargained down to 25 dollars an onyx chess set that started at 60. Everybody on the bus came from the two cruise ships in port so instead of taking us back to downtown they brought us all back to the ship, That was nice. So for 24 dollars each, we had a great day at Ensenada at La Bufadora.
Written February 23, 2020
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Kevin S
2 contributions
Dec 2019
my experience was BE AWARE carnival cruise ship doesn't tell you two things, one, Ensenada has unsafe roads and many potholes and doesn't care about safety on buses to La Bufadora, do not go there. They gouge prices to all tourists and they rip you off....and the road is falling into the ocean side of the hills. They have major road repairs that are needed for decades now, one accident will occur soon and all will die. Get ready to sue them or start now. They are putting you in danger by allowing you to board a bus to this region. Do not go there for any reason, Second, they don't tell you there is no Blow Hole adventure most of the time, you will be disappointed. There must be a high tide to enjoy the blow hole or its nothing but a con game to rip off tourists selling junk, yup just junk, same old things you can get at Olvera Street or in any mexican store in the USA. The same thing they sell at the border or in downtown. Junk. ANd they rip you off.
Written January 7, 2020
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El G
San Diego, CA18 contributions
May 2022
This world class point at the tip of a glorious peninsula is comparable to some of the greatest attractions in the world. This is located in rural Mexico. Don't go expecting to see it all gussied up and gentrified. Wait another decade or two. Mexico in general is booming but unlike the US. Don't go to Mexico with the expectations you have traveling in the US. Mexico is emerging, a developing country. The scenery is unrivaled. You can go to a first world destination restaurant in the Bufadora district, Buf'Adora Tequila Restaurante & Grill. Alex and Jan Malpica have an exotic gem with space around the seating both indoors and out. Sweeping vistas meet gourmet tequila in a romantic movie set more like a museum than anything. Ask for the table with the photo op of One Night In Bangkok by El Grimez. Ask for the seafood, a steak or the Mexican. Everything is perfecto. There are some other good places of note, Gordon's is a busy bar with diner food based on Costco. Fair drinks and great views. Closer to the water spout there are some other dining choice. The touristic "gauntlet" is pretty typical of tourist spots. I would recomment going at low tide because there's less traffic.
Written May 14, 2022
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cecilyJ
Farmington, UT181 contributions
Dec 2019
I came here with my 4 children ranging in ages 1 to 10. The blowhole had to shoot up at least 40 feet. It was amazing. There had been a storm the night before and the ocean was moving more than when we came a few days earlier. La Bufadora gave us an incredible show. I also really loved all the touristy shops on the way to the blowhole. Some people don't like them, but I loved them. I found some beautiful handmade pottery ornaments and there was another notable wood carving shop that was impressive. The food at the end was delicious. We purchased a shrimp kabob and it was so good.
Written January 5, 2020
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813gilf
Kansas City, MO42 contributions
Oct 2021
Boarded the free shuttle to downtown Ensenada and was pitched by the company about their shuttle to La Bufadora for $20 US pp. The cruise excursion was around $55 US pp. It is a 30 minute or more ride with beautiful scenery. We were given a couple of hours to enjoy the site, great views and get a bite to eat. There are 3 marine geysers in the world and this is the second biggest. Vendors can be pushy but just keep walking. Entire trip was over 3 hours and a must see if in Ensenada.
Written November 6, 2021
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Kathleen V
Alameda, CA10 contributions
Apr 2022
The blow hole itself was great to see - having to drive about 45 mins to get there and having to get past aboout a 1/2 mile of street vendors was more than I bargained for.
I was excited to see a natural phenomenon, and it was that once you get there. But it frustrating to have to walk past so many vendors. I went to La Bufadora to see sonething - NOT to buy something.
I get that everyone want to make a buck somehow - but this was a bit much. Get the postcard and call it a day.
Written April 18, 2022
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GuyandBev S
Coombs, Canada12 contributions
Jan 2020
We normally love this place on our way South because it is close to a Calimex for groceries, close to Lupita's excellent Fish Tacos, and the beach view is splendid. This year we notice that maintenance is even less than previous years and they charged us 433$ per night. No fresh water, no hydro, no sani dump.
Written April 8, 2020
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Lupe L
9 contributions
Jan 2020
It is unfortunate that this place has gotten so commercialized but I guess that's the name of the game here. Vendors are everywhere and you are hassled as soon as you get out of your car. Don't get upset or confused just enjoy the madness. Vendors will offer you sample of free margarita, churros, caramelized nuts, etc. Accept them or pass on it. The tacos at Tacos Pancho Villa (I think that's the name) are horrible but the seating in the back outdoor small patio is the best! Maybe skip the tacos and just have a drink while you enjoy the view. Also avoid Habana Banana where the service is slow and the food is mediocre. Save your appetite for Puerto Nuevo!
Written January 6, 2020
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