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5 Best Holbox Tours from Cancun, Playa del Carmen & Tulum

Looking for the best Isla Holbox tours? Luckily, there are quite a few that you can take from different parts of the Riviera Maya. Let’s check them out!

An untouched island far from the madding crowd and the noise, people walking barefoot, a slower pace, palm trees, white sand… sigh… I feel more relaxed already.

Holbox is a little slice of Heaven in the form of a rustic, car-free island off the coast of Yucatan. With its pristine beaches, crystal clear blue waters, marine fauna, relaxed atmosphere, and slow pace of life, it’s tropical perfection for anyone looking for some peace and nature.

Thankfully, Holbox is still mostly unknown by the hordes of tourists that flock to the Riviera Maya every year, and it might well be one of Yucatan’s best-kept secrets (fingers crossed it remains that way). 

Holbox is perfect if you’re looking to unplug and enjoy nature, and there are many things to do around the island, so it’s worth staying a few days, and I recommend doing so if you can. However, if you have limited time, a day trip is also a great idea.

Here you’ll find the best Holbox Island tours leaving from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum. For every tour I’m specifying where the tour is departing from, so you can choose the perfect fit for you.

I use and recommend Viator and GetYourGuide for booking tours and activities, as they offer a great cancellation policy. You can cancel your booking up to 24 hours in advance and get a full refund.
You’ll also find tours by Civitatis, a smaller booking platform from Europe. I’ve personally been on a few of their tours, and they also offer free cancelation up to 24 hours in advance for most activities.


Holbox is located off the coast of Yucatan, north of Cancun, which is a good base for a trip to the island, but Holbox tours from Playa del Carmen and Tulum are also available. Let’s check them out. 

The Holbox Island Tour with Transfer Options takes you on a 3-island tour around Holbox. The tour takes you on a boat trip to the Yalahau lagoon for a swim in its clear fresh waters, followed by a visit to the best spots on the island to look for marine life. The full-day adventure will finish on Isla Pasion, an island with shallow perfect waters and stunning beaches. 

This is a Holbox tour from Cancun, but pick-up is also available at Playa del Carmen.

This Holbox day trip from Cancun also includes: A lunchbox with a sandwich, fruit, juice, and a sweet; bottled water; and a private guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE


➤ This Holbox Island Tour from Playa del Carmen takes you to one of the best beaches in Holbox, Isla Pasion (a small island with virgin beaches and a viewpoint), and Punta Mosquito, a virgin beach only accessible from the sea, where you might be able to spot pink flamingos. Then you’ll have more time to relax at the beach or visit Holbox town at your leisure.

This Holbox tour from Playa del Carmen also includes transfers from the Riviera Maya.

This tour also includes: lunch at a typical local restaurant, English-speaking guide, roundtrip transportation from your hotel, and bottled water. BOOK IT HERE

➤ The Holbox Island Day Trip and Safari is a full-day tour that allows you to visit many of Holbox’s highlights. You’ll swim in a natural pool, explore Isla Pasión and its bird sanctuary, wander around a fishing village, and indulge in lunch with views of the sea.

This Isla Holbox Day Trip offers pick-up at all hotels in Playa del Carmen.

This tour also includes: Bottled water, snacks, and a welcome shot at Alma Bar. ➥ BOOK IT HERE


This Holbox Full-Day Tour with Lunch takes you to explore the best of Holbox island with plenty of time to relax at the beach and sand bars. You’ll also get to swim in a cenote and visit the pristine beaches of Isla Pasión.

Pick-up is available from Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and the Riviera Maya. 

This tour also includes: Round transportation to your hotel on an air-conditioned van, a guide, admissions to the places of interest, lunch, and 3 drinks on the boat. BOOK IT HERE


Shake off all the stress of planning and navigating with this Private Holbox Island Tour. This day trip to Holbox ensures a personalized experience around the island with the company of a private guide.

It departs from Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, with hotel pick-up included.

This tour also includes: Lunch at a local restaurant, roundtrip transportation, and a bilingual guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE


What’s the best tour to Holbox from Cancun?

We think that this Day Trip to Holbox from Cancun is the best option.

What’s the best tour to Isla Holbox from Playa del Carmen?

In our opinion, these are the best tours to Holbox from Playa del Carmen:
Day Trip to Isla Holbox
Holbox Island Day Trip and Safari

Can I go on a day tour to Holbox from Tulum?

Absolutely! You can join a Holbox Full-Day Tour to visit the island from Tulum with transfers and lunch covered.

What are the best Holbox whale shark tours?

In our opinion, this Swim with Whale Sharks Experience is the best one in Holbox.

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