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Onca Explorations

#2 of 22 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Mazatlan Features Animals
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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Reviewed 22 March 2015

Took the tour with my sister and teenage son.It starts with a great informative introduction. Our guide Saul is very pleasant and knowledgeable. We started by seeing dolphins and manta rays jumping out of the water. Once we spotted our first whale the adrenalin started....More

Thank larry v
Reviewed 20 March 2015

We were told coming in March is very late in the season to see a lot of humpback whales, but we still managed to see five! We got to see them come up for air a few times each and one or two flukes (tails)....More

1  Thank kmcwelch
Reviewed 18 March 2015

So glad we did this adventure.Sad we didn't see many whales. Loved seeing the dolphins,sea turtles,birds

Thank Theresa M
Reviewed 18 March 2015

We booked onto the whale watching expedition. We shared a boat with five others. Our guide was Jesus who was very knowledgeable about these Humpback whales, we saw a mother and calf and an adult male and female. We also saw two dolphins and a...More

Thank anmawil
Reviewed 14 March 2015

Fabulous, best adventure we have even taken. Very knowledgeable staff, and great boats. The tour Italy's the perfect amount of guests, everyone gets the same amazing views. Would highly recommend this tour, to anyone who loves nature, and enjoying theses amazing animals in their own...More

Thank harpo920
Reviewed 13 March 2015

They picked us up at our hotel promptly. Our guide Saul was very knowledgeable and pleasant. We saw whales several times, and many dolphins. We also got to hear the whales. The dolphins especially like to swim alongside the boat. They supplied sandwiches, fruit, water,...More

Thank pammoon
Reviewed 6 March 2015

We signed up for their whale watching tour, which is about 4 hours. They picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel, which was great since we didn't have a car. The experience was very enjoyable; the guide is a marine biologist and...More

1  Thank Sheryl W
Reviewed 26 February 2015

We read all the wonderful reviews posted on tripadvisor and Onca lived up to the reviews. Our guide was very knowledgeable about whales and more important to my wife and I, is they are very concerned about the whales and their environment. During our four...More

1  Thank BasicThings
Reviewed 25 February 2015

We went on a Tuesday morning. They picked us up at our hotel . We saw several whales, two differnt groups. We watched a female slap her tail more than once. Our guide, Jesus, was knowlegeable and funny. We also saw sea turtles and two...More

Thank Elizabeth T
Reviewed 24 February 2015

We went out Feb 24' 2105 and we followed a group five humpbacks for almost an hour. There were also other whales in the area as well. It was a very active day! The crew was awesome, knowledgeable and looked after us well. Overall t...More

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Jeremy H
We will be there from 2/19 to 2/25 and would love to book. unfortunately we are only two travelers. Is there a way we can join another group?
14 February 2017|
Response from tammy t | Reviewed this property |
yes they will find more people
Colleen B
4 of us will be in Mazatlan from March 12th through the 20th. Will the swim with the dolphins be avaiable during that time? How long of a trip is it?
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
We will be staying at the El Cid Castilla March 5th through 12th. Can we book a whale watching excursion on a large boat with bathroom facilities? I am worried my girls will be too scared in a smaller boat. Also, is it possible to pay by credit card or is it best for us to pay cash? How much would it cost for two adults, and two children, age 13 and 10. Thank you.
9 February 2016|
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Response from Susan B | Reviewed this property |
And yes, they take credit cards