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From Huatulco: Turtle Release & Bioluminescence

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  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Departing from Santa María Huatulco, you can watch newborn turtles journey to the sea in a turtle sanctuary before witnessing the wonder of bioluminescent plankton in the Manialtepec lagoon. This tour takes care of transportation and tickets, so you don't have to waste time booking separate activities or renting a car.
  • See three of Oaxaca's top natural attractions in one day
  • Receive personalized attention in a small group limited to nine travelers
  • Stress-free hotel pickup and drop-off are included

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bilingual Certificate Guide
  • Tickets to Laguna de Manialtepec 200 pesos
  • Turtle Release Activity 150 Pesos
  • tips
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

03:00 PM

Pickup details

We pick up at hotels, houses, villas, apartments located within the Bahías de Huatulco, if you are outside the Huatulco area we assign a meeting point.

What To Expect

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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during From Huatulco: Turtle Release & Bioluminescence?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during From Huatulco: Turtle Release & Bioluminescence?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during From Huatulco: Turtle Release & Bioluminescence?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during From Huatulco: Turtle Release & Bioluminescence?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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31 reviews
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Great trip for turtles and Puerto Escondido
Bernadett_M, Apr 2022
This was a great trip. Edgar was a great driver and also spoke very good English. There was only us and 1 other couple. We stopped for a chocolate and cocoa demo and sampling and also a fruit stand for mangos a fruit along the way. The turtle release was fun and then we had dinner on Playa Zicatella in Puerto Escondido. The bioluminescence was fun more for being on boat at night and looking and stars and fish were jumping right into our boat. Entrance fees were included. It was a late night getting back but a very worthwhile trip.
Incredible experience!
Corey_B, Mar 2022
We had the best time on this tour! Not only did we get the opportunity to experience a turtle release and the magical bioluminescence, our guide Edgar explained the all of the important culture, history and heritage this area has to offer. The drive was worth it for the experience and Edgar made it interesting the whole way! The street tacos and stories convinced us to book another tour the next day! Awesome experience!
Experience you don’t want to miss
Sabrina_K, Mar 2022
We had the best experience with Edgar. He was extremely friendly and was happy to make a few extra spots. We stopped for a coconut drink on the side of the road, had an ice cream stop, saw a beautiful sunset, had the best tacos and still fit in the turtle release and bioluminescence. We would highly recommend!
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Long Day Unsatisfying Experience
Gaetano_C, Mar 2022
It must be mentioned this tour started in Huatulco, as such it has an affect on the rating. This had its good and bad points: Bad Points: Entrance fees to both the turtle release and the bioluminescence are NOT included in the price of the tour. Our tour guide was very friendly, however not very fluent in English, therefor making the journey very long and short on conversation and exchange of information about the area. Good points: The turtle release was interesting, individuals were given 1 baby turtle to release into the ocean. The bonus is the beautiful sunset. Bad Point: Nothing to see here except for the caged area where the eggs are transferred to after being taken from their "nest" in order to avoid them from being poached for either food or for trade. Total time spent on the beach approx. 30 minutes. Travel time from Huatulco was over 2 1/2 hours, with a quick stop at a chocolate farm and 30 minutes at Puerto Escondido Good Point: Bioluminescence the boat ride was comfortable and pleasant. You must remember these organism travel with the currents and are not always at the same location. The local residents have to locate them daily. The bioluminescent effect is best seen in the dark The darker the such if you happen to be there on a full moon and the sky is clear they have to set up "darkness tents" which you have to swim into in order to appreciate these organisms. The experience is unique and very interesting. Bad point: The darkness tents are approximately 20 feet long and 10 feet wide (this is only an approximation and I may be wrong on these dimensions). That is not bad if you have 10 people going in. In our case we had our group of 10 plus a second boat of approx 20 individuals. Needless to say things became very crowded, noisy, and confusing in the tent. Under these circumstances I would not suggest this to anyone who suffers from claustrophobia to enter the tent. Time to travel from Turtle release 30 minutes, time spent at the lagoon approx.45 minutes Travel back time from Bioluminescence to Huatulco approx. 3 hours. Total travel time approx. 6 hours Total time at Turtle release and Bioluminescence approx. 1 hour Wonderful tour if you are closer to these attractions
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Great Experience!
Ana_R, Jul 2021
The drive is long but well worth it. Our Lamby Tours guide was knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommend.
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