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Onca Explorations
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Mazatlan Swim with Dolphins in the Wild
Ranked #2 of 47 Tours in Mazatlan
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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.
Cozumel, Mexico
1 review
“Absolutely Lovely!!!”
Reviewed February 18, 2012

I just went today and I must say that it was awesome!!!We only saw a couple of whales and a group of dolphins. The service and the people on tour was absoluely great. If you love being on the water for a long time and are interested in sea life then this tour is an absolute must for you!!!

Visited February 2012
Thank LeonieS_1984
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Denver, Colorado
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“The experience of a lifetime”
Reviewed February 9, 2012

Everything was explained in detail in advance, but I never imagined we would see as many humpback whales up close as we did in just 4 hours. It was thrillling!
Oscar, the dedicated marine biologist who took us out that morning was just as excited as his five passengers (maybe more!) and his respect and admiration for these giants was plainly evident making the experience all the more unforgettable.
Onca Explorations provided life jackets, drinks and sandwiches; wear a light jacket until the sun warms you, a hat and good SPF. And don't forget your camera! If you've forgotten anything else they probably have it.

Visited January 2012
1 Thank mmb1116
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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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“Knowledgeable staff, great trip for people who like to see nature”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

The staff were great, very knowledgeable. Baline (I don't know exactly how to spell her name) did our tour, and she explained everything we saw the whales doing, told us lots about other animals in the area (dolphins, sea lions, birds). In general, if you go to learn, you won't be disappointed. We saw a mother and her calf when we were out, which is really rare, Saw them breaching (jumping) a couple times, which is also rare. Most of what we saw were fins and backs when they came up to breathe every 5 minutes or so, with little else going on. The boat, the snack, etc. are very basic, don't expect a lot, since it's just a research team of 4-5 people. And of course with whale watching there isn't even a guarantee you'll see anything, but you have more chances of seeing whales with these guys than most other companies/groups.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank Daria T
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Awesome time out on the Boats”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

So we went for the morning run with Onca Tours on the Whale Watching tour. All I can say is Wow, we saw (within the first hour) a pod/family of whales that were in the middle of a mating battle so the whales breached, the showed their flukes and there was blood in the water, what a spectacular site. We were also visited by a group of Bottlenose Dolphins who swam alongside the boat which was spectacular. The boats themselves are large so you hardly feel the ocean, however, if you are prone to be Sea Sick this is NOT the tour for you. We only had two other people and the "Marine Biologist" in the boat with us and they provided us with some snacks for the morning and bottled water....overall I would not give this one a miss.

Visited January 2012
1 Thank Geoff W
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Thames Ditton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2012

This is amazing, brilliant tour guides who are very knowledgeable and care about the wildlife. A must if you are in Mazatlan.
Jane & Marc UK

Visited January 2012
1 Thank Jane F
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