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Onca Explorations

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Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
+52 669 913 4050
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Whether it´s watching the amazing humpback whales, swimming with dolphins in the wild, kayaking among mangroves, helping baby sea turtles get to sea for the first time, or discovering ancient petroglyphs while hiking on a natural protected area, our adventures will fill you up with life changing experiences, long lasting memories and the satisfaction of giving back while taking part on genuine research and conservation initiatives throughout this important ecoregion. Our expeditions combine wildlife research, education and community development with sustainable tourism activities, promoting awareness about the value and threats to biodiversity, and generating direct benefits for the conservation and management of wildlife species and its habitat. WHY IS ONCA DIFFERENT? Apart from being a tourist operator, our company supports important research and conservation initiatives throughout the region by acting like a permanent platform for scientific research and monitoring of marine megafauna, particularly cetaceans -whales and dolphins-, sea turtles, sea birds, mantas and sharks. We also collaborate with local authorities for the attention of marine mammal strandings and great whale entanglement rescue, environmental awereness campaigns and education for conservation workshops at local schools and rural communities. We work tightly with the people and communities that own access to significant natural areas, helping them build and strength their capacities for the development and implementation of sustainable tourism products from which they can get direct benefits as an alternative to traditional economic activities (e.g. artisanal fisheries, agriculture, acuaculture, logging, etc.), improving their livelihoods and protecting their resources while inspiring a genuine sense of ownership for their natural heritage.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
+52 669 913 4050
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Reviewed 1 week ago

... you want to see more. And we saw dozens of spotted dolphins that last week of September on an Onca Explorations day cruise with our guide, Saul. Best of all, we swam with them in the warm ocean off Mazatlan. Onca is an eco-minded...More

Thank Bill V
Reviewed 6 September 2017

I went on a whale watching excursion with Onca that was successful - successful because the guide and captain were very knowledgeable about the locations of the whales and how to approach the pod with care. This made the trip very enjoyable because we were...More

Thank Les P
Reviewed 4 September 2017

The perfect day to see whales, but it look like they did not want to be seen by us, we were looking for them but could not find them, and then Onca team got a call telling them where to look .... great experience. Thank...More

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Reviewed 1 September 2017

My husband and I went with Oscar and Onca Explorations several years ago when they were just beginning to take tourists out on their sighting surveys. It was such a fantastic experience that we went every year from then on. When friends would come to...More

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1  Thank Shirley M
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Watching the whales so close was a great and unforgettable experience. We were amazed and happy. We would like to repeat the experience. Thanks Ocean for the information provided and the excellent trip

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1  Thank ochanesv
Reviewed 31 August 2017

My husband and I had no idea what to expect on this excursion - it was just the first one we saw available. The day was spent taking a catamaran out to Deer Island where we spent the day on the beach. You could snorkel,...More

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Thank Becky C
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Excellent experience. Once personnel take the time to answer any uestions regarding sea life so that you leave each time with more information and knowledge. I have never been disappointed. Although it is not a guarantee on any tour that whales will be spotted, the...More

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1  Thank 629lorettac
Reviewed 25 August 2017

ONCA is a profesional leader in bio environmental study of the fauna in Mazatlan! Even if this is a touristic attraction, it is held by a very profesional team who knows everything about the whales, the dolfins, turtles, etc. who live in the Cortez Sea....More

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2  Thank 16Tatiana16
Reviewed 25 August 2017

The whale watching with Onca Explorations was not only entertaining it was also very educational. Oscar is a Marine Biologist who explained everything about whale behavior and migrations, making this a very educational trip as well as enjoyable.

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2  Thank acajunman
Reviewed 25 August 2017

We have done this tour 3 times, it is a must in Mazatlan. Educational and Entertaining! Staff are great!

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Karen W
6 July 2017|
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Response from OCIAUSA | Reviewed this property |
Yeah, really late in responding. I like to book with the local scientists who are researching and know the names and areas. Its not a tourist group but persons who really care about and researching. They're a great bunch... More
Jeremy H
14 February 2017|
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Response from SueNewmarket | Reviewed this property |
Yes contact them and they will look after you. We were only two, they were very accommodating.
Colleen B
6 March 2016|
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Response from seetheworldgirls | Reviewed this property |
Hi Colleen, If you email onca directly they will be able to answer your queries regarding which tours are in season and the duration. They were prompt in their responses when I had queries via the email that's listed on... More