About Holbox Island

The Holbox island is located in the northern part of the Yucatan peninsula, in the State of Quintana Roo. This small island of fishermen has approximately 2,500 inhabitants, and although is only 2 km. wide and just 8 km. long (in its populated part) has a multicultural population as well as a rich caribbean flora & fauna that make Holbox a jewel of the Mexican Caribbean.

Its particular location between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea make the island a strategic point of reproduction of coastal and marine wildlife, being home of a myriad of birds, fish and mammals of the peninsula.

Holbox is part of the Natural Reserve and protected Area for flora and fauna Yum Balam, is accessible by boat from the port of Chiquilá, where you can take the ferry to cross the Yalahau lagoon, in an approximate 20 minute ride (there is also private boats). Within the island all the streets are white sand, there is no pavement. The traditional common transportation are the electric golf carts, bicycle motorcycles and by walk.

 

Tours

WHALE SHARK TOUR

(only MAY-SEPT)

FISHING TOUR

KAYAK TOUR

CLASSIC TOUR 3 ISLANDS

 

   
* For more information please write us: zomayreservaciones@gmail.com
 

  The Island

 

 

  Tips

NO BANKS AT HOLBOX

We recommend to bring enough cash to the island since there are no banks ATMs are the only way to obtain cash,most of the time not working properly.

SAND STREETS

Holbox maintains its streets of sand, forms of transportation are: golf cars, motorcycles, bicycles, being so small the island can also be walked. We recommend to bring comfortable shoes like sandals or tennis made by water resistant materials.

 

HOT WEATHER

 

As an island Holbox has good ventilation even so its climate is warm mostly between May-September, we recommend light and comfortable clothing. BIODEGRADABLE sunscreen especially if you wish to make any aquatic activity or the WHALE SHARK tour, dont forget hat, sun glasses.

MOSQUITOES Between May-September mosquitoes increase on the island; we recommend using repellent preferably biodegradable. Avoid dark clothing which attracts mosquitoes.

WINTER

Between November-March cold wind arrive from the North; We recommend bringing a light jacket or sweater for temperatures between 20 ° C - 15 ° C.

 
 

  How to get to Holbox

DESTINATION: CHIQUILÁ

FROM: CANCUN

MÉRIDA / VALLADOLID

• Cancún - Chiquilá: Autobuses Mayab 07:40, 12:40 - $ 84 pesos (3 hrs.)

Chqiuilá - Cancún 7:45 AM / 1:45 PM / 2:00 PM

• Mérida - Chiquilá: Autobuses Mayab - every day - 11:30 pm - $ 175 pesos (6 horas)

Chiqui- Mérida 5.30 AM

• Valladolid - Chiquilá: Autobuses Oriente - every day- 2:30 AM

CANCUN - CHIQUILÁ

By ca: take the free Highway to Cancún and then detour to get to "Nuevo Valladolid" which points: "Chiquilá & Holbox". It is very important to take the free Highway, because Expressway has no output for this deviation to Chiquila.

You will pass the villages of: Kantunilkín, Solferino and finally Chiquilá. The trip takes about 2 hours from Cancun and 3 hours from Mérida. It is important to know that cell phones do not work in some areas of this road.

*There are private parking lots in Chiquila. Cost around $ 50 pesos per day

MÉRIDA - CHIQUILÁ

 

Take the free highway to Tizimín, take exit to Colonia Yucatán that drives you to Kantunilkin, find Chiquilá direction.

ATTENTION: If you take the expresswa to Cancun you will need to get to Cancun and return for the free one, which extend 3 more hours the trip.

  PRIVATE TAXI

1 or 2 persons $ 130 USD ( 2 hrs.)

Other routes please write to: zomayreservaciones@gmail.com

    FERRY

FERRY:

CHIQUILÁ - HOLBOX

The Holbox island is reachable only by boat from Chiquilá. Prices and times vary according to the season.

9 HERMANOS:

ONE WAY: $ 80 / SENCILLO
CHIQUILA - HOLBOX: 06:00 - 08:00 - 10:00 - 11:00 - 12:00 - 13:00- 14:00 - 16:00 - 17:00 - 19:00 - 21:30
HOLBOX - CHIQUILA: 5:00 - 7:00 - 9:00 - 10:00-11:00 - 12:00- 13:00 - 15:00 - 16:00 - 18:00 - 20:00

HOLBOX EXPRESS:

ONE WAY: $ 60 PESOS
CHIQUILA - HOLBOX: 8:00, 12:00, 14:00, 17:00, 20:00
HOLBOX - CHIQUILA: 7:00, 11:00, 13:00, 16:00, 19:00

LIGHT AIRCRAFT: PLEASE ASK AT RECEPTION OR WRITE US: zomayreservaciones@gmail.com

 

PRIVATE BOAT

You can also take aprivate boat, cost around: $ 450 pesos till afternoon, during night time can rise up to $ 700 pesos.

The distance is 14 miles and, depending on the model of boat you choose, the journey lasts about 20 minutes.