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“A Relaxing Day in Mazatlan”
Review of Bula

Ranked #50 of 101 things to do in Mazatlan
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Santa Barbara, Ca.
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A Relaxing Day in Mazatlan”
Reviewed July 2, 2009

Sailing on Bula is a great way to spend a relaxing day in Mazatlan. Bula, owned by Gilberto Hulse Pena, is a 42' catamaran with a friendly local crew who goes out of their way to accomodate you.

Freshly prepared sandwiches, local fruit and any drink you can imagine are all included in this day trip to Deer Island where you can kayak, snorkle, play vollyball or just kick it on the beach. Boat Captain Victor and his son Victor Manual speak very good English and along with a third crewmember, they are at your service the whole time and cater to any reasonable request from the guests.

My family and I have been to going to Mazatlan for over a dozen years and always make a point to take at least two trips on Bula during our 2 week stays. We've taken so many trips to the Islands that I've almost become an expert on the history and really enjoy sharing my knowledge of the area with the other passangers, young and old.

Sailing on Bula is so much more personable than some of the other boats offering the same trip. You are free to roam around and meet the other passangers and it can be a real bonding experience because you are not crammed on the boat like sardines. And Bula actually sails to and from Deer Island whereas some of the others just motor their way over and back. If you're expecting a 'sailing adventure' then you should actually sail in my book.

There is very tranquil atmosphere on Bula and you feel at ease in no time. Victor and Victor Manual go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and it all leads to a very enjoyable way to spend a day in Mazatlan.

Before you go for an Island trip on Bula, there are a few things you have understand ahead of time and I mention these in no particular order:

1) When Gilberto says Enrique will pick you up at a designated time at your hotel, usually between 9-9:30 am, be ready with towels, sunscreen and whatever else you'll need for a full day in the sun.

2) Be prepared to make friends with people you would never ever think you would meet or be friends with in your own world back home. There will be newly weds and nearly deads and everybody in between on Bula and it's really very interesting and fun.

3) Don't be afraid to ask for help if you're not feeling well. Bula is well equiped with Sea Bands and other natural remedies like ginger to deal with temporary sea sickness and they really do work, so trust them so you can fully enjoy the trip.

4) I don't think there are any actual deer on Deer Island anymore but there is plenty of other wildlife like a couple of locals, a bunch of birds and some dogs that are really friendly. We did see a goat one time, but that's about it. The ocean and the beauty are the main attractions.

5) Finally, be sure to tip the crew of Bula when your day trip is over. Victor and his son will have gone out of their way to make your trip a memorable and lasting experience and they deserve your generosity. A day on Bula is perhaps the best value in all of Mazatlan and will always be my family's favorite thing to do.

7 Thank GenoSantaBarbaraCa
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English first
Kelowna, Canada
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Sail Bula”
Reviewed January 30, 2009

Enjoyed it. We were recommended to sail with Bula, and had a good time. We were picked up at the hotel, welcomed aboard, and had an enjoyable afternoon sailing. We left the hotel at 9:15, arrived at the dock and were underway by 10am. The day was great, not too windy, and enjoyed sitting at the front of one of the pontoons (we had a Tri-marin). We sailed, motored for 1.25 hrs out by the sea lions perched on a rock outcrop, then back to an island for snorkling, kayaking, beach volley ball and sun bathing. The staff were friendly and welcoming and spoke english well. Fruit (papayas, tangarines, watermelon) were served during the cruise, and all the drinks (beer, tequila, water) you could handle. The stay at the island beach was tranquil, and lasted about 2 hours. The staff transfered us from an anchorage offshore to the beach via a small boat. Also transferred were all the drinks, and some small sandwiches. After, we left for a short sail back to the harbour. It accomplished just what I wanted, an enjoyable cruise were both us young adults, and older adults were able to relax, and enjoy a day of sailing and have some fun in the sun. Driver took us directly back to the hotel, no complaints, only compliments. Thanks Rigo!

5 Thank JohnSheri
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Second trip on Bula was just as great as first”
Reviewed December 28, 2007

On my second trip to Mazatlan in 2007, we specifically looked for and reserved a sailing excursion aboard Bula. The day was beautiful, the crew of two was excellent and spoke and understood English. Gilberto Hulse, the boat owner, was at the dock to board everyone at 9 A.M. and again to wish us well when we returned at 2:30P.M. He will cancel the trip if at anytime the weather/water conditions appear to be a risk to his passengers. Some of the people on board did not seem to understand or appreciate this 'safety' policy, as a previous reservation was canceled for their family of eight. Hopefully the perfect excursion made up for their inconvenience. I think the price is 550 pesos or about $50.00US.....but I paid cash and don't really have the actual receipt to be sure of this fee. The fruit, pastries, bottled water and juice or soda when we boarded was fresh and a welcome touch. The crew tries to make sure that everyone is comfortable and happy. We had two young women experiencing some seasickness and the crew did their best to help them. Once we reached Deer Island, they offered snorkel gear and kayaks, set up a canopied shelter over the plastic chairs and tables that were already on the island, and carried in coolers of many beverages (soda, beer, mixed drinks, water) and box lunches of sub sandwiches and chips. Spent about 1.5 hours on the island and then a leisurely sail back to the marina. The fee also included pickup and return to out hotel via a bronchidia (?)....open air taxi which seated about 8 people. Fun! For further info try (--)

4 Thank untired04
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