The Holbox Island is a small piece of heaven on earth north from Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan Peninsula. Only 42 kilometers long and two kilometers wide, this island is comprised of 36 kilometers of white and coral sand beach. It is considered one of the most important ecological regions of the world for being the home of a great diversity of ecosystems, apart from forming part of the Yum Balam Natural Reserve. The Holbox island is located exactly where the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea mix and they are distinguished as being the richest waters of the region which is why the marine life that habits them is plentiful and diverse. Here it is easy to find whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins; lobsters, octopus, eagle rays and sea turtles, among many other species. The Yalahau Lagoon separates the island from the mainland and here you can find more than 150 types of birds, reptiles and fish.
Who is it recommendable for?
Holbox is ideal for those who appreciate the nature and the tranquility of a tourist destination unique in the world. There has been great effort made to preserve the island as a virgin tourist destination, somewhat distant from the mass tourism. The low depth of its waters allows children and the elderly to enjoy swimming in its calm waters. The fishing enthusiasts come to the island from all around the world thanks to one of the biggest tarpon habitats in the world. The lovers of the birds and the nature will be amazed by the great number of birds that live on or visit the island. Visit Tres Islas and get to know Isla Pájaros where you can appreciate flamingos, white and brown pelicans, scarlet ibis and great white egret, boat-billed herons and many more species. In Holbox you will find a great number of sites for camping, inns and bungalows, so that the backpackers will feel comfortable remaining in contact with the nature. If you like archeology, from the island you can make excursions to the ruins of Ek Balam, Chichen Itza, Tulum, Uxmal and more.
If you find yourself in Holbox during the months of June and September you cannot miss the biggest congregation of the whale shark that come to measure up to 15 meters in length. Its docility allows you to swim on the side of these giants and to live an unforgettable experience. Take a stroll in kayak through the mangrove swamps, make an ecological trip on horse or swim in the Yalahau spring, source of youth from the times of the Mayan civilization. You cannot miss on trying the fresh fish and seafood specialties of the island and eating a delicious lobster pizza, one of its most famous dishes.
How to get there
The easiest way is to arrive to the Cancun International Airport and from there to go in car or by bus to Chiquila, where you board the ferry to Holbox. The journey from Cancun takes approximately two and a half hours.