About Huatulco

Beach-lovers are spoilt for choice at Mexico's first eco-tourism resort and new cruise port, Huatulco, for there are 22 miles of pristine sand stretched across nine sparkling bays, each hidden from the other. Even within these, there are secret coves and hidden lagoons to discover.

On the Mexican Riviera coast, southeast of Acapulco and where the foothills of the Sierra Madre meet the Pacific Ocean, Huatulco is in the state of Oaxaca, an area of great natural beauty three-quarters of which has been designated as ecological preservation areas by the Mexican Government.

Once a small fishing village, Huatulco has been developed out of the surrounding jungle and now offers visitors a range of amenities from shops and restaurants to golf and every kind of watersport. Look out for the galleries and shops featuring handmade Oaxacan arts and crafts - they make delightful gifts.


Shore excursions in Huatulco

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Beach Escape

Activity lowRefreshments includedFamily

Duration: 4¼ hours

Escape to Maguey Beach for some sun, sea and relaxation.

Hop aboard a motorised boat and sail out to Maguey Beach, enjoying the fresh sea breeze and beautiful coastal scenery along the way. During the journey, ensure to have your camera ready to capture photos of unique rock formations and the natural blowhole ‘La Bufadora’.

Upon arrival at Maguey Beach, a refreshing drink will be offered. Afterwards, you’ll have around 3 hours to spend relaxing in the sun. Perhaps take a stroll along the white sandy beach, take a swim in the crystal clear waters, or purchase refreshments at one of the local café bars

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat and on foot. Passengers are required to walk approximately 300 metres from the pier to board the boat. A sun lounger and umbrella (per 2 passengers) are included in the cost of the tour. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming. Please carry local currency for purchasing a snack or refreshments. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. The beach is public and therefore may become busy


Activity high

Duration: 3½ hours

An opportunity to explore Copalita, the most recent archaeological discovery in the Mexican Pacific.

Embark on a scenic drive, enjoying 2 photo stops en route. The viewpoints of La Bocana and Tangolunda look out over the sweeping coast of Huatulco.

Afterwards, you’ll continue to Copalita, one of the most remarkable archaeological findings in the country over the last 20 years. This recent discovery is said to be a mixture of Mayan and Olmeca cultures. Experts estimate that excavations could take another 40 years, with the site currently consisting of pyramid vestiges, a ball court and burial sites dating from 500 BC.

During your visit, there will be an opportunity to visit the Zone Museum, which houses important archeological pieces, before the return drive to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot and involves approximately 2 hours of walking over some uneven, inclined and rough ground, including cobblestones and steps. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Passengers are advised to take insect repellent and sun protection. US Dollars are accepted for purchases. There is a local charge of $5 to use video cameras at the Eco-Archaeological Centre. A bottle of water is provided during this tour.

Deep Sea Fishing

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Cast your line and try your luck at hooking a large fish on this deep sea fishing trip.

The waters surrounding Huatulco are abundant with a variety of big game fish, including blue marlin, sailfish, swordfish, yellow-fin tuna, dorado and mahi mahi to name a few.

Together with a group of fellow fishing enthusiasts, you’ll hop aboard a fully equipped fishing boat and spend around 3 hours trawling the waters surrounding Huatulco in the hope of catching the big one!

Your experienced captain and crew will be on hand for guidance and to share their valuable local knowledge and expertise. From novice to expert you can experience an enjoyable fishing trip, with the surrounding beauty of Huatulco as a backdrop.

During your fishing trip complimentary refreshments will be available.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat. This tour is not recommended for those who suffer from motion sickness or lower back issues. Pregnant women and children may not participate. Your Captain and/or crew may not speak fluent English. Passengers are required to sign a waiver release form prior to the tour commencing and disclose any medical conditions. Flat, non-slip, closed toe shoes, a hat and sun screen are recommended. This tour is suitable for beginners as well as experienced anglers. Please note that catches are not guaranteed and are dependent on the time of year and local conditions on the day. This tour is dependent on weather conditions and may be cancelled at short notice. Numbers are limited; early booking is recommended. A strict catch and release programme is enforced.

Five Bay Sailaway

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 2½ hours

Make the most of your time in Mexico and sample the picturesque bays carved into the sun-drenched Oaxacan coastline.

The secluded coves and sandy beaches of this region provide the ideal environment for sunshine holiday getaways. Step aboard a comfortable, motorised catamaran vessel for a relaxing cruise from Huatulco Harbour to Organo and Maguey Bays.

Your captain will make a brief stop for you to take a dip and cool off in the inviting Mexican waters, before continuing your cruise.

Admire the area’s natural beauty and surrounding resorts as you sail past the curious rock formations of pristine Organo Bay and the peaceful Maguey Bay. You’ll also pass by Santa Cruz Bay with its beautiful beaches and see the impressive blowhole. Nearby, you’ll find Chahue and Tangolunda Bays.

Whilst taking in the sights you can enjoy an open bar offering beer and soft drink refreshments.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by motor catamaran and involves limited walking, however there is a walk of around 500 metres to reach the catamaran. There are 5 steps to the restrooms on board. Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. The sea conditions in the area can sometimes be choppy. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities.

Huatulco Bird Watch

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

An opportunity to enjoy bird watching in Huatulco.

The tropical climate surrounding the bays of Huatulco still preserves its jungle environment and provides the perfect habitat for bird watching.

After a brief transfer you’ll arrive at an area which attracts a large proportion of Huatulco’s birdlife, including heron, kingfisher and cormorant. During a walk around the site you may encounter woodpeckers, sparrow hawks, parrots and a variety of hummingbirds. If you have your own binoculars, bring them along to spot the more camouflaged and shy species.

During your tour, your guide will give explanations of the ecology, birds and points of interest.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. The main objective of this tour is to spot as many bird species as possible. In order to accomplish this, your guide may make adjustments or changes to the itinerary and sites visited. This tour involves walking over pathways and some uneven ground. There are several stops along the way. Flat, non-slip shoes are recommended. Please wear a long-sleeved, light shirt or blouse, long trousers and a hat. Sun screen is recommended. Bird sightings cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not suitable for children.