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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guides were wonderful! Also, the little beach that you go to at the end will exceed your expectations (Santa Paula). The snorkeling spot itself (Cabo Catoche) isn't incredibly impressive but there was a lot of marine life, which was exciting; we saw sting rays, tons of fish, star fish, nurse sharks. The pelicans that come to stalk the boats while you're fishing are also pretty entertaining. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone.

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Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

It was our first time going to Holbox and VIP Holbox shuttle made it perfect for us. We went from Playa del Carmen to Holbox. William our driver was great and spoke a little English. William slowed down for pictures on the way cuz my father can't stop snapping away! We made a pit stop for bathrooms. And off the main road William stopped for us to take pictures of the oldest biggest tree I've ever seen!!! Omg I hope you get William as a driver, efficient,nice andon time! Thanks for this! See you next year!

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amoholbox, SMM at VIP Holbox Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Thank you very much for sharing your experience! William will be glad to read your review :)
See you next year!

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Reviewed 4 October 2018

We saw the sharks and the crew was very nice and plaesent. There was food and bavereges. They also care about the sharks and they protect them and treat them kindly.

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amoholbox, SMM at VIP Holbox Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience!! We are glad you enjoyed it!

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Reviewed 25 September 2018

We had an excellent day! Willy was our tour guide. He was very friendly and had very interesting facts and stories about nature and his region. It was well organized and had everything we needed. Swimming with the whale sharks was amazing. Then we went snorkeling where we saw a lot of stingrays. Then they served us a delicious freshly made fish ceviche in an idyllic lagoon. Thank you guys for an awesome day!

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amoholbox, smm at VIP Holbox Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience! We are glad you liked it :)

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Reviewed 24 September 2018

Wonderful day! Even though we were at the end of the whale shark season, we managed to see and swim with those beautiful animals. The entire trip was organized perfectly and the staff very nice! Would highly recommend

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amoholbox, smm at VIP Holbox Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you! We are glad you had such a wonderful day!

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Reviewed 23 September 2018

Background...
we had heard horror stories of 50 boats circling the whale sharks and "herding" them around. Not of this operator but in general. This was 100% NOT the case with these folks. The short version. Unparalleled professionalism, one of the most amazing days of our lives, I can find nothing to critique. Book them without reservation.

The long version...
We are a group of very experienced Divers so the idea of a snorkeling trip was met with a bit of hesitation. We were soon to realize how very wrong we all were.
Booked a private tour for our group of 6. Excellent briefing before getting on the boat. As others have mentioned it's a long ride ( 2 hours give or take) but we had dolphins, turtles and an occasional breaching Manta along the way to keep us occupied. Really, kick back, relax and enjoy skimming across the water.

As we approached a literal "fleet" of boats appeared on the horizon and my heart sank.Our crew conversed and we elected to stay apart with a much smaller group of boats. And...mantas instantly appeared followed immediately by several whale sharks. Gustavo is amazing as a guide, his profound respect for not just these animals but the sea overall resonated strongly with us. The captain very carefully would determine which direction an animal was moving then very cautiously get the boat in the path ( well away as not to disturb them) swimmers were dropped in and then the magic begins. In almost every scenario we were fortunate to have both mantas and whale sharks approach our swimmers and engage. Again, no chasing by the boats ( I would add here that 2 of the other boats in our little group were also from VIP and they clearly all have the same level of respect and compassion for the animals)

We had as much time as we could possibly want with no pressure. In fact...I'm pretty sure in most cases we had them to ourselves. Again this is due to the level of professionalism the guides and captains have. Zero pressure was put on the animals.

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My 6 year old son was along on this trip. The crew from the top down was extremely accommodating. After watching me try work the camera and my son at the same time Gustavo offered to swim with him and this resulted in some footage that I will cherish forever. If you have children and they are comfortable in the water ( this is not the pool there was no land in sight) take them. End of story.

On the way back...more breaching Mantas...
Stopped at the mangrove to visit the flamingos and some of the best Ceviche and Guac around. Again Gustavo...simply an amazing guide. Did a bit of snorkeling and headed in.

We will book with them again next year with zero hesitation.

THANK YOU

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amoholbox, smm at VIP Holbox Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you very much for your thorough explanation of the tour. Many people believe that any whale shark tour is the same because they pretty much have the same itinerary. However, we do have a staff that really care both, the animals and the clients. And that makes a big difference.
See you next year!

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Reviewed 22 September 2018

We had a wonderful tour of the 3 islands surrounding Isla Holbox. The guide was welcoming and extremely informative. They picked us up at the hotel and allowed us to take our time exploring the islands. I recommend VIP Holbox and will definitely use this company again!

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amoholbox, smm at VIP Holbox Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you for leaving a comment! We do have the best guides :)

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Reviewed 19 September 2018

We did 2 excursions with them: Whale shark encounter and Bioluminescence.Both were great and we had a great time!

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amoholbox, smm at VIP Holbox Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience with the community!

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Reviewed 18 September 2018

The kayak tour in the mangrove is spectacular!! The silence, the naure!! it's unique. We had the chance to see aligators (don't worry it is safe), fishing eagles,...it is the opportunity to come closer to hundreds of flamingos too. Our guide Eduardo is very knowledgeable and see things you don't....lezards in the trees, tiger rays, aligators...
I totally recommand it if you love nature and want to explore another face of the island....wild!!

Thank Mathieu V
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amoholbox, SMM at VIP Holbox Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you for leaving a comment! We are glad you enjoyed the adventure!

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Reviewed 16 September 2018

It was the best experience I’ve ever had! Gustavo is kind and generous!The guide I could ask for!Thank you again! Effie from Israel

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amoholbox, SMM at VIP Holbox Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you for your words, Effie!

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