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Onca Explorations

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Address: Rio de la Plata 409 | Fracc. Las Gaviotas, Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
Phone Number: 6699134050
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visit Mazatlan & Explore with us! Whether it is watching the amazing...

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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Friendly encounters with pods of dolphins

If you want to venture out to the friendly waters of Mazatlan, Onca won't leave you disappointed. Marine life is their business. Jesus and Oscar took us 15 miles out where we met... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you want to venture out to the friendly waters of Mazatlan, Onca won't leave you disappointed. Marine life is their business. Jesus and Oscar took us 15 miles out where we met several pods of whales. The tour group is small so it's personalized. Very rarely do promotional videos match the experience. It's money well spent .. Something my... More 

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Concrete, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

We had a great day with Onca on our Wild Dolphin Adventure. We were in Mazatlan for the day on our recent cruise. Onca met us at the main gate to the cruise terminal and transported us to the El Cid Marina for our trip about 10 miles offshore to find, observe, and even swim with wild dolphins. We saw... More 

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Cornwall on Hudson, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

First, a big thank you to Oscar and Saul for an outstanding experience. If you plan on taking this exploration you must remember two very important points: 1) the ocean is a huge place and 2) finding wild dolphins in the huge ocean isn't easy!! If not for some very helpful fisherman we may not have found any however when... More 

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ONCAXP, Manager at Onca Explorations, responded to this review

Dear Charlie, thanks for sharing your experience with the world and of course your kind words, we are very happy you had such a great experience with the dolphins. It was a really special day! Please find us on facebook or contact us directly with your email so we can send some of the best shots of the day. Thanks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Not first hand, as my husband is not able to make trips like this any more, but our good friend Saul, is a guide, and provides us with videos....... We have known Saul for many years, and his personal videos are amazing, wish we could be on the trips !!

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Cusco, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

We LOVED the Wild Dolphin Adventure. It was truly unique and amazing to be so close to sooooooooooo many dolphins. We literally saw 200 spotted dolphins! They swam so close to our boat, they sprayed us in the face! Then we jumped in the water three different times and were always just a few yards from them, swimming together, observing... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

After trying to get to Las Labradas for the last three years, I was finally able to get a small gathering together and make the trek! Well worth the time and money! Much closer to Mazatlan than any of us thought, and a day well spent on the beach spotting petroglyph after petroglyph! One of the archaeologists was there, so... More 

2 Thank bjones994x
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Oscar and Saul took four of us to a reserve in the Palmitas ejido approximately 2 hours from Mazatlan. They provided a nice breakfast on the way and a guide (Santos) once we arrived. We had an excellent experience and saw the species we hoped to see, including the tufted jay, mountain trogon and quetzals as well as many other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely magical! The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The dolphins we got to see were so beautiful. Overall if you only do one thing in Mazatlan this needs to be it.

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Jackson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

Whenever we go to Mexico in February we do a whale excursion. I would rate Onca Explorations as one of the best with the added bonus that your dollars go towards the research done by the University. We went out on one of the smaller boats with only 6 others on board plus the captain and our marine biologist guide.... More 

3 Thank Beje
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

We had a great time! The guides are great and very professional! We followed two males competing for a female and got to hear the one that didn't get the girl on the hydrophone! So amazing. We would recommend Onca and are already planning on it next year!

3 Thank Sherrie C

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