Ensenada Blowhole Walking Tour Excursion Reviews
Once we got off the shuttle at the ship and dropped off in town, there was an independent shuttle that took us to the Blow Hole (La Bufadora). It was so great to see the water.The tour lasted about 3 hours (to and from), The shuttle took us back to ship. We did walk through the flea market and I bought some tanzanite earrings . The whole excursion cost us $15 a piece.
Since I've been there many times I decided to take a private tour out to La Bufadora.
La Bufadora is a marine geyser or blowhole located on the Punta Banda Peninsula in Baja California, Mexico. The spout of sea water is the result of air, trapped in a sea cave, exploding upwards. Air is forced into the cave by wave action and is released when the water recedes. This interaction not only creates the spout, but a thunderous noise as well. The phenomena repeats every minute or so with its volume depending on the strength of the waves.
After l examined the Carnival options and doing some research I found that you could get a private tour for only $15. After leaving the ship we boarded the shuttle into town and while on board the guide gave us a coupon for $5 off. The office was right where we got off the shuttle. $15 each with an option to do horseback riding as well. The drive out to La Bufadora was nice and our guide was great at describing things as we traveled along. Once we were there we were allowed 2hrs. and the driver escorted us and explained things and shops as we went along. There are many shops and you need to bargain to buy something. We were told to offer 40% less than what they offer. There are food vender as well. One restaurant gave us a FREE drink. Be aware that the venders are very aggressive to get your business. The Blowhole is a sight to see as the water shoots up through the rocks with quite a spray. Be carful as you might get a little wet. After our 2 hours we were taken back to the ship. We felt no need to go downtown as there were plenty venders at La Bufadora. It was worth every penny of the $15
We had never been to Ensenada and didn't know what we would do when we got off the ship. We jumped on a shuttle to cruise into town and the shuttle operator offered us a trip to La Bufadora for a discounted price--we jumped on it! When we were dropped off in town, we paid for our excursion and boarded another bus. Our tour guide was amazing! He gave us little tidbits of history of the area and made the 30 minute drive pass by quickly! The drive had beautiful ocean views once we got out of town. Once we were parked at the market place, he walked us down and pointed out merchants we may be interested in checking out (I am sure that he gets some sort of kick back for purchases made but tourists) and suggested we try the margaritas and the tacos at the little stand near the parking area where our bus was parked. His recommendations did not disappoint! We had a great time walking down and taking photos of the blow hole (even though the ocean was pretty calm so the blow hole wasn't really at it's best). Walking back we were harassed a bit by the merchants we walked by, but, that is expected and you just keep on walking.
Don't bother unless you want to purchase prescription drugs (they really are cheap), leather or silver.