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Onca Explorations

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Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
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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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Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
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"humpback whales"
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"whale watching"
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"marine biologist"
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"bottle nose dolphins"
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"sea life"
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"whale season"
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"swimming with dolphins"
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"dolphin adventure"
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"an incredible experience"
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"would highly recommend this tour"
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"his enthusiasm"
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"eco tourism"
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Reviewed July 10, 2016

We had a great day with Onca on our Wild Dolphin Adventure. We were in Mazatlan for the day on our recent cruise. Onca met us at the main gate to the cruise terminal and transported us to the El Cid Marina for our trip...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2016

First, a big thank you to Oscar and Saul for an outstanding experience. If you plan on taking this exploration you must remember two very important points: 1) the ocean is a huge place and 2) finding wild dolphins in the huge ocean isn't easy!!...More

1  Thank Charlie W
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ONCAXP, Manager at Onca Explorations, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2016

Dear Charlie, thanks for sharing your experience with the world and of course your kind words, we are very happy you had such a great experience with the dolphins. It was a really special day! Please find us on facebook or contact us directly with...More

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Reviewed May 24, 2016

Not first hand, as my husband is not able to make trips like this any more, but our good friend Saul, is a guide, and provides us with videos....... We have known Saul for many years, and his personal videos are amazing, wish we could...More

1  Thank decogran
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Reviewed May 15, 2016

We LOVED the Wild Dolphin Adventure. It was truly unique and amazing to be so close to sooooooooooo many dolphins. We literally saw 200 spotted dolphins! They swam so close to our boat, they sprayed us in the face! Then we jumped in the water...More

3  Thank HoneyTrek
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Reviewed May 1, 2016

After trying to get to Las Labradas for the last three years, I was finally able to get a small gathering together and make the trek! Well worth the time and money! Much closer to Mazatlan than any of us thought, and a day well...More

3  Thank bjones994x
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Reviewed April 28, 2016

Oscar and Saul took four of us to a reserve in the Palmitas ejido approximately 2 hours from Mazatlan. They provided a nice breakfast on the way and a guide (Santos) once we arrived. We had an excellent experience and saw the species we hoped...More

2  Thank Ann D
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Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely magical! The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The dolphins we got to see were so beautiful. Overall if you only do one thing in Mazatlan this needs to be it.

3  Thank Brenna H
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Reviewed March 1, 2016

Whenever we go to Mexico in February we do a whale excursion. I would rate Onca Explorations as one of the best with the added bonus that your dollars go towards the research done by the University. We went out on one of the smaller...More

4  Thank Beje
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Reviewed March 1, 2016

We had a great time! The guides are great and very professional! We followed two males competing for a female and got to hear the one that didn't get the girl on the hydrophone! So amazing. We would recommend Onca and are already planning on...More

3  Thank Sherrie C
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Reviewed March 1, 2016

We had a great guide with much knowledge and passion. He loves what he does and shares the excitement. We did see four whales during our tour some were quite far away but this was our first time and it was still a good experience....More

3  Thank Wanda S
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josede2018
May 24, 2018|
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Response from Daniel B | Reviewed this property |
I do not do charters. But I would not waist my money, dolphins, whales etc are up North with the cold water.
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ctrayman
January 27, 2018|
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Response from Rosielicious13 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure of the price, as the excursion was a gift.
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