Top Things to do while in Cancun: Holbox Island

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Located in the Yum Balam Nature Reserve lies Holbox Island, a remote location considered to be one of the most important ecological finds in the world. This 42 kilometer island is the habitat of a variety of land, sea, and air creatures that will amaze even the most advanced nature lover. One of the most popular attractions of this island occurs between the months of May and October. It is the most humble shark in the world — the whale shark. If you get the right tour, you may even get a chance to go swimming with these peaceful creatures since they are harmless to humans.

History of Holbox

Holbox got its name from the Mayan culture, and the term means “black hole” because of the dark look of the Yalahau Lagoon water. It is considered a haven of peace and an ideal habitat for marine life, which is why this town is a popular fishing village. Tourists can stroll through the town and marvel at the natural landscape found there, or they can journey through the marine world by scuba diving or snorkeling.

Things to do on Holbox Island

Beaches are located throughout the length of the island, which makes this island the perfect place to escape the cares of the day. You will appreciate the soft, silky white sand while strolling along with loved ones or friends. You can even go horseback riding or take a nature hike to marvel at the exotic beauty of this secluded paradise.

Holbox is the natural habitat to over 150 different bird species, which makes it a breathtaking place to go bird watching. The exact location of the birds’ habitat is called Islas Pajaros or Bird Island. Exotic birds like snowy and reddish egrets, double-crested cormorants, roseate spoonbills, and pink flamingos are also included in the host of birds found here.  A large diversity of reptiles can be spotted on this island too for viewing while on a nature hike. Even if you are not a nature lover (or just want to skip the reptiles), you can take advantage of the constant tropical breezes by kiteboarding.

How to get to Holbox from Cancun

If it were possible to drive from Cancun to Holbox Island, it would probably take about two hours. But for now, the only way to reach the island from Cancun is either by ferry or airplane.  The remoteness of the island is its biggest appeal to travelers because they are guaranteed to get an experience that relaxes and rejuvenates. There are a number of tours and excursions offered by agencies in Cancun and Riviera Maya, it is just a case of reserving your place and enjoying a unique day out on Holbox Island.

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