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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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“humpback whales” (33 reviews)
“whale watching” (52 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Mazatlan 82110, Mexico
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"humpback whales"
in 33 reviews
"whale watching"
in 52 reviews
"marine biologist"
in 19 reviews
"bottle nose dolphins"
in 6 reviews
"sea life"
in 12 reviews
"whale season"
in 4 reviews
"dolphin adventure"
in 5 reviews
"swimming with dolphins"
in 3 reviews
"would highly recommend this tour"
in 7 reviews
"his enthusiasm"
in 3 reviews
"life jackets"
in 8 reviews
"boat captain"
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"amazing adventure"
in 4 reviews
"eco tourism"
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"small boat"
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"fantastic experience"
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"two hours"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We booked an afternoon trip as I didn't want to wake up early on vacation. It almost got canceled as Onca only had 3 of us and didn't want to run the tour for that few people. Thankfully, 2 other women signed on at the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Huge effort to see the whales up close, but also very respectable of their space. Very informed, patient staff.

Thank Tara H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked several days in advance and when we booked were told we would be picked up at our condo. We got up an 6 am for the 730 pick up and that’s when things started to go bad. First, we were told no tour...More

Thank A May M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I got up at 7 am to be there on time. we prepaid our tour to go whale watching to be standing around for an hour to be told there was no room for us on the boat. there wher people paying as they got...More

Thank Daniel B
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

Whale watching with ONCA Explorations is an amazing experience. My last trip was, in fact, my second. In the company of my son-in-law, a magnificent photographer and naturalist, he over-stressed the muscles in his "shutter finger." We spent hours among a group of the Great...More

1  Thank lunatix1
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

Been on several whale watching excursions from Hawaii to Cabo San Lucas and this tour was by far the best one ever. The guides were very knowledgeable and got us very close to lots of whales.

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Thank john c
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

I guess there's some luck involved on a successful whale watching tour but it's not all, a big part is the knowledge and passion of the guides and skill of the driver of the boat. The day I went out we were fortunate to track...More

Thank Karrp
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

I had never heard of whales in Mazatlan but we found three separate pods of whales and were parked while they interacted around us for two hours. Very informative and interesting to see their movements and learn about them.

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Thank Brett S
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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

Once again we had a wonderful whale watching adventure with Oscar, who is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about of the lives of humpbacks and their journey into the waters of beautiful Mazatlán. This year we saw an amazing display of “tail slapping “ - 40...More

Thank Brenda S
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

We left the marina in two boats, guided by exprerienced marine biologists, on comfortable, safe boats driven by reliable drivers. We were fortunate to have calm waters with mild ocean swells. Within 20 to 30 minutes of leaving the harbour, we started to see whales...More

2  Thank Rosielicious13
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ctrayman
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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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