Manialtepec Lagoon - By Kayak

For an intimate exploration of this wild lagoon ecosystem our very stable single or double kayaks provide silent access to its innermost secrets and beauty. With an English & Spanish speaking expert naturalist guide we’ll cruise some 8 km of interior mangrove passages, many not accessible by motorboat. Be sure to bring your camera.

An early start ensures great views of myriad aquatic birds feeding on the lagoon at sunrise, terrestrial species like parrots and birds of prey active along the mangrove forest shoreline, and always some surprise encounters. On arrival at the ocean beach we’ll be able to swim in the lagoon or ocean and relax in a shady palapa. Seafood dinners or lighter snacks and a variety of drinks are available for lunch (food and drinks are not included in tour price).

We won’t paddle back in the heat of mid-day as we’ll use our support motor-boat for a quick return to the dock at 2:00pm, then drive back into Puerto for 2:30pm.

Bring a hat, sunscreen, camera, towel if swimming, water/drink, snack items, lunch money.


Important Details

Schedule: Thursday only (other days possible by arrangement only with M Malone)

2 person minimum, 10 person maximum.

Price per person: 1,300 Pesos or $65. US

Departure:  6:30 AM sharp from your hotel

Return:  2:30 PM

What to wear:  You don’t need a back-pack for this tour, pack light eg T-shirt, hat, shorts or swim suit to paddle in, and sandals, although many prefer to paddle in bare feet.

Our Kayaks:  we use high-quality Wilderness Systems sit-on-top single or double kayaks with back-rests; these are not the cheap tubby recreational kayaks offerd by the other operators on the lagoon.  

Birding Note – we see more birds on our motorboat tour due to covering a much larger area by motor; at lunch we’ll do our a bird checklist for those who wish one

Physical Requirements:  ability to paddle 8 km / 4 miles in a single or double kayak on flat water.









Join naturalist Michael Malone for exciting Birding Expeditions on the wild lagoons of the Pacific coast of Oaxaca state, Mexico