Ensenada Blowhole Walking Tour Excursion Reviews

Enjoy a day trip in Ensenada to see this natural blowhole by the sea, which shoots water into the air, similar to a geyser.
would have rated much higher if not for the aggressive vendors and the fake tiger conservation ...
would have rated much higher if not for the aggressive vendors and the fake tiger conservation merchants making money off of baby tigers -
would have rated much higher if not for the aggressive vendors and the fake tiger conservation merchants making money off of baby tigers - Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The street vendors or wayyyyy too much at La Bufadora.
The street vendors or wayyyyy too much at La Bufadora. We had 3 or 4 people coming at us at one time. We did stop at "Lida" I think hat is the name of it. The owner was there. Food was amazing. It was so busy that she had to get ... Read More
The street vendors or wayyyyy too much at La Bufadora. We had 3 or 4 people coming at us at one time. We did stop at "Lida" I think hat is the name of it. The owner was there. Food was amazing. It was so busy that she had to get our food for us so that we could get back to the tour bus on time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
I liked the description of this but it turned out to be a walk through the gauntlet of 150 shops on ...
I liked the description of this but it turned out to be a walk through the gauntlet of 150 shops on the way to the blowhole, with every shopkeeper jumping in front of you to hawk their wares. The blowhole itself was no big deal and we ... Read More
I liked the description of this but it turned out to be a walk through the gauntlet of 150 shops on the way to the blowhole, with every shopkeeper jumping in front of you to hawk their wares. The blowhole itself was no big deal and we were there twice as long as needed, in my opinion. The "city tour" was no more than a drive through it to drop us off in the shopping area. Three of us (this was a van with nine of us) opted to be taken back to the ship instead. Would not do this tour again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A shuttle from the dock took us to the bus depot.
A shuttle from the dock took us to the bus depot. We decided to visit La Bufadora and the local markets. We didn't expect much, but our tour guide, Juanita, did a wonderful job informing us of the local culture, history, and tour ... Read More
A shuttle from the dock took us to the bus depot. We decided to visit La Bufadora and the local markets. We didn't expect much, but our tour guide, Juanita, did a wonderful job informing us of the local culture, history, and tour opportunities. She guided us through the market and highlighted the best places to shop. We had an amazing time and then had the BEST shimp chile rellenos at Lidia's Taco Grill. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Price was reasonable and we thought it was a cool natural wonder.
Price was reasonable and we thought it was a cool natural wonder.
Price was reasonable and we thought it was a cool natural wonder. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We thoroughly enjoyed this excursion.
We thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. Our guide was friendly and informative. She gave a great commentary all the way to La Bufadora. Our transport was a comfortable motor coach with air conditioning. We were given tips and demonstrations ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. Our guide was friendly and informative. She gave a great commentary all the way to La Bufadora. Our transport was a comfortable motor coach with air conditioning. We were given tips and demonstrations on how not to get swindled by vendors at along the road to the blowhole. We were offered free samples and had plenty of time for shopping. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The tour guide Anna Banana was great fun ,big bus tour very tourist trappy market above the blow ...
The tour guide Anna Banana was great fun ,big bus tour very tourist trappy market above the blow hole , the coastline and buffadora are well worth the visit. We listened to the guide and avoided the food got some souvenirs then back to ... Read More
The tour guide Anna Banana was great fun ,big bus tour very tourist trappy market above the blow hole , the coastline and buffadora are well worth the visit. We listened to the guide and avoided the food got some souvenirs then back to town for margaritas delicious Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very well run and economical.
Very well run and economical. The guide was excellent. The sites were very touristy, but there really isn't much in Ensenada. I was very impressed when I left my jacket on the tour bus and the next day when I asked at guest services, ... Read More
Very well run and economical. The guide was excellent. The sites were very touristy, but there really isn't much in Ensenada. I was very impressed when I left my jacket on the tour bus and the next day when I asked at guest services, they had it waiting for me. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We booked the La Bufadora Adventure through Carnival.
We booked the La Bufadora Adventure through Carnival. The bus was very uncomfortable and the seats were smaller than Southwest Airlines. We first went to a historical building that was once the first casino on Ensenada. There were about ... Read More
We booked the La Bufadora Adventure through Carnival. The bus was very uncomfortable and the seats were smaller than Southwest Airlines. We first went to a historical building that was once the first casino on Ensenada. There were about 10 vendors in the patio. The best thing about the spot was we were off the crowded bus for a few minutes. We next had about a 45 minute ride to the blow hole. We had to walk through a flea market where they sold “genuine replicas”. You could not walk more than 2 feet without being approached by vendors. I was given about 10 small sips of Pina coladas from different vendors. We watched the blow hole sprout water. After paying 75 cents to use the bathroom, you are given a few squares of toilet paper. Anyway we went back to the flea market and had some delicious grilled shrimp and fish tacos. I wanted a virgin Pina colada and was told it would be $12. I said too much and walked away. A few booths up, I got one for $5. It was so delicious. They carved out the pineapple and served it in that with several slices of fresh pineapple. We walked past the stalls but nothing appealed to me. The tour guide encouraged everybody to order tacos to eat on the bus. So on the ride back, the cramped bus was filled with people chowing down. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Really enjoyed the day, enjoyed the blowhole and the tour which we picked up downtown for $17 each.
Really enjoyed the day, enjoyed the blowhole and the tour which we picked up downtown for $17 each. Bought a lot of stuff at the market. The Margherita's at the Habana Banana are deadly - watch out!!
Really enjoyed the day, enjoyed the blowhole and the tour which we picked up downtown for $17 each. Bought a lot of stuff at the market. The Margherita's at the Habana Banana are deadly - watch out!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Largest Flea Market I have ever seen as we walked to the blowhole.
Largest Flea Market I have ever seen as we walked to the blowhole.
Largest Flea Market I have ever seen as we walked to the blowhole. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very good tour with some history as well.Just the blow hole area and scenery on the drive there is ...
Very good tour with some history as well.Just the blow hole area and scenery on the drive there is worth the money. It is an amazing beautiful area!!
Very good tour with some history as well.Just the blow hole area and scenery on the drive there is worth the money. It is an amazing beautiful area!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It's about a 30 minute bus ride from the port to the blowhole.
It's about a 30 minute bus ride from the port to the blowhole. You have to wade past a gauntlet of shopkeepers, but while they are constant and persistent, they aren't particular pushy or rude. You can't actually see the ... Read More
It's about a 30 minute bus ride from the port to the blowhole. You have to wade past a gauntlet of shopkeepers, but while they are constant and persistent, they aren't particular pushy or rude. You can't actually see the blowhole, but you can see the spray shoots dozens of feet into the air. Great pictures too! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Ensenada, Mexico: Bufadora Adventure.
Ensenada, Mexico: Bufadora Adventure. Bufadora is a specatacular blowhole, one of the biggest in the world. You have about an hour and a half in the Bufadora area. You walk about 20 minutes through a long street full of vendors of every ... Read More
Ensenada, Mexico: Bufadora Adventure. Bufadora is a specatacular blowhole, one of the biggest in the world. You have about an hour and a half in the Bufadora area. You walk about 20 minutes through a long street full of vendors of every kind. They will offer samples of margaritas, piña coladas, they will entice you to go to their shops. I suggest that unless you want to spend your time with one of them, say "No thank you"and keep walking. The blowhole's peak time is at high tide. We got there at low tide and the seas were calm. We waited patiently and saw quite a few big sprays, about 30 ft high. The spray can go 60-100 ft in the air with the right conditions. Our guide told us the best times are Nov to May. She was fantastic. We experienced a traffic jam going back but we were all in a good mood. Our last stop was an old hacienda that is now an activities center, and tried a margarita at the spot where the margaritas were invented. The story is fascinating. At the end of the tour we asked our guide where we could have fresh lobster and she recommended a restaurant that was a bit hard to find but worth it. The port guides on the ship give suggestions as well. Calle Primera (main street) is very picturesque and the break water (malecón in Spanish) is absolutely beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
blow hole worth a look and lots of good shopping on site
blow hole worth a look and lots of good shopping on site
blow hole worth a look and lots of good shopping on site Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Enjoyed our time at the blowhole.
Enjoyed our time at the blowhole. It was a big shopping ploy with lots of marketing in the flea market area, but it made for a nice trip for not too much money. Lots of samples of different drinks and foods which means we didn't need ... Read More
Enjoyed our time at the blowhole. It was a big shopping ploy with lots of marketing in the flea market area, but it made for a nice trip for not too much money. Lots of samples of different drinks and foods which means we didn't need to buy a whole bag of them! Tacos there were great! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Board a motor coach at the pier for a drive to the spectacular blowhole, La Bufadora.
Board a motor coach at the pier for a drive to the spectacular blowhole, La Bufadora. Witness this natural phenomenon shoot water approximately 60 to 100 feet into the air through crevices formed in the cliffs. Browse the open-air market ... Read More
Board a motor coach at the pier for a drive to the spectacular blowhole, La Bufadora. Witness this natural phenomenon shoot water approximately 60 to 100 feet into the air through crevices formed in the cliffs. Browse the open-air market for local crafts. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Good guide, tons of info, Nice lookout point, the tourist shops were just that and back to town
Good guide, tons of info, Nice lookout point, the tourist shops were just that and back to town
Good guide, tons of info, Nice lookout point, the tourist shops were just that and back to town Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Ensenada, Mexico: I read the reasoning as to why the ship had to stop at Ensenada on the way back ...
Ensenada, Mexico: I read the reasoning as to why the ship had to stop at Ensenada on the way back to CA and had no problem with it because I saw it as visiting another island before arriving back in LA. My only complaint like many ... Read More
Ensenada, Mexico: I read the reasoning as to why the ship had to stop at Ensenada on the way back to CA and had no problem with it because I saw it as visiting another island before arriving back in LA. My only complaint like many others on the ship was we wished the stop was longer because we didn’t get there till 3pm and had to be back on the ship by 7pm. It didn’t leave much time to enjoy the island. It would be nice if there was a way to get us there earlier without taking any time away from the last Hawaiian island. Still we took a cruise arranged excursion to the top of a mountain at La Bufadora to see Ensenada’s Blowhole which was nice but by the time we got there the sun was setting so we wasn’t able to enjoy it or take any good pictures. The guide and driver was going to stop at a famous Margarita bar on the way back but because of the traffic and a couple arriving late back to the bus, even though the guide gave us the time when to be back to the bus, at the blowhole we were late leaving. There was a shopping area at the dock and at the blowhole so we all were able to do a little shopping before boarding the ship for the continental U.S. Mahalo Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
It was actually a really good tour.
It was actually a really good tour. The blowhole was pretty cool and we got to enjoy some authentic Mexican food. The vendors are pretty aggressive, but they are just trying to make a living...
It was actually a really good tour. The blowhole was pretty cool and we got to enjoy some authentic Mexican food. The vendors are pretty aggressive, but they are just trying to make a living... Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Took a bus for $4 into town and then took another bus to the blowhole for $17.
Took a bus for $4 into town and then took another bus to the blowhole for $17. Much cheaper then booking through the cruise line!
Took a bus for $4 into town and then took another bus to the blowhole for $17. Much cheaper then booking through the cruise line! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very beautiful.
Very beautiful. This wasn't what we were planning to do, but our sea kayaking tour got canceled and we didn't find out until we were already in port, so we scrambled to find a replacement.
Very beautiful. This wasn't what we were planning to do, but our sea kayaking tour got canceled and we didn't find out until we were already in port, so we scrambled to find a replacement. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The tour is OK, but longer than it needed to be.
The tour is OK, but longer than it needed to be. The bus is OK, it was air conditioned and the tour operator narrated the whole trip down and back. He was very nice and knowledgeable, but after a while it would have been nice for some ... Read More
The tour is OK, but longer than it needed to be. The bus is OK, it was air conditioned and the tour operator narrated the whole trip down and back. He was very nice and knowledgeable, but after a while it would have been nice for some quiet however I acknowledge that it might just be my preference. La Bufadora is very cool, but the insane amount of vendors there is a major turnoff. It is also dirty and the bathrooms are pretty disgusting. I don't think I would every go back just because of the quarter mile walk of vendors. By the time we left La Bufadora I was ready to return to the ship, however they take you to a historical building in the town for a tour and more shopping opportunities. It was actually nice however I was ready to return to the ship. I wish they had that option without having to walk back. The pricing was much more thru the ship and if you bought it off board. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
45 min bus ride gave us a chance to see the local scenery.
45 min bus ride gave us a chance to see the local scenery. The tour guide gave lots of info. But the actual blowhole and shopping area was so-so.
45 min bus ride gave us a chance to see the local scenery. The tour guide gave lots of info. But the actual blowhole and shopping area was so-so. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The trip out is 1.5 hours one way, so we didn't have that much time to wander, shop, get mauled by ...
The trip out is 1.5 hours one way, so we didn't have that much time to wander, shop, get mauled by tigers, etc. Could have been longer.
The trip out is 1.5 hours one way, so we didn't have that much time to wander, shop, get mauled by tigers, etc. Could have been longer. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line