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6 Day SUP Tour for All Levels in Quintana Roo, Yucatan

The Flying Cloud Beach Hotel, KM 54 del Camino Costero a Xcalak, Quintana Roo, 77940 Mexico

Mexico SUP Tour

All difficulty levels
Breakfast included
Airport transfer included

During this paddleboard tour, you will explore the nearby mangrove lagoon, look to for the inquisitive Tarpon, visit hidden snorkel sites with the park guides or travel through the Manatee Reserve before being picked up by the boat captains for a leisurely ride back to your resort or the dive center. The trips are usually three hours long; water and a light snack are included!

Highlights

  • 3 days of SUP tour
  • 3-hour paddleboard trips
  • Marine Park Fees included
  • Roundtrip airport and tour transfers
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast included

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Cancún International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Tour assistance

The Flying Cloud Beach Hotel is a small, five-room bed and breakfast located in the outskirts of the town of Xcalak, the oldest and southernmost on the Mexican Caribbean Coast, a few miles from the border with Belize, and a world away from urban hustle and bustle. The Flying Cloud is located in the same grounds as XTC, a sister company that runs a world-class PADI 5-Star SCUBA Diving Resort.

XTC is unmatched when it comes to offering options to enjoy a day in the water in Xcalak, also offering kayak and SUP rentals, as well as guided tours, snorkeling, and birdwatching trips, to name a few.

The Third Floor Suite

The third-floor suite boasts sweeping, 360-degree uninterrupted views of the Caribbean, mangroves, lagoons, and the bay that guests can enjoy from their private balcony. The suite is set up with a king-sized bed (one single bed can be added) and is ideal for couples looking for the perfect romantic getaway.

The Middle-Floor Apartment

The middle-floor apartment is spacious with two separate bedrooms, a large living/dining area, and fully equipped kitchen; occupying an entire floor of the building. The master bedroom has a king size bed and gorgeous ocean views to enjoy the sunrise. The rear bedroom faces the pool and has a twin bed plus a bunk bed. There is also a futon in the living room which allows the apartment to accommodate up to eight people.

You can stay at either of the rooms in the apartment or rent the entire apartment out for a family or group. The Flying Cloud can make special arrangements with The Coral Bar and Grill for eat-in catering for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

The North-Facing Room On The Ground Floor

The Selva Room is the north-facing room on the ground floor of the building and has a main room with a twin bed, reading/working table with chairs, antique armoires, and a second, smaller room with a bunk bed, for families with children or groups of friends

The South-Facing Apartment

The Playa Room is the south-facing apartment on the ground floor of the building and has a master bedroom that is independent of the spacious living/dining area with a kitchenette.

Program

Day 1

  • Arrival and transfer to Xcalak
  • Overnight at the hotel

Day 2

  • Breakfast at Coral Bar & Grill
  • SUP Tour
  • Overnight at the hotel

Day 3

  • Breakfast at Coral Bar & Grill
  • SUP Tour
  • Overnight at the hotel

Day 4

  • Breakfast at Coral Bar & Grill
  • SUP Tour
  • Overnight at the hotel

Day 5

  • Breakfast at Coral Bar & Grill
  • Free Day
  • Overnight at the hotel

Day 6

  • Breakfast at Coral Bar & Grill
  • Transfer to the airport and departure

Location

Xcalak is located within a strictly protected National Marine Park that was decreed in the year 2000 after its inhabitants lobbied for its creation to stave off mass-tourism development that had changed nearby towns for the worse forever by bringing in cruise ship ports, large hotel developments; with all that entails ecologically and socially.

Its early and far-reaching protection as a Marine Protected Area, along with its rich and unique ecosystem have made Xcalak a privileged location for those seeking to get away to a pristine, unspoiled, and idyllic paradise, far from the crowds in Cancún and the Riviera Maya. Its the southernmost town on the Mexican side of the Mexico-Belize border.

Town Of Xcalak (A Day In The Life)

The town of Xcalak, where The Flying Cloud is located, is the southernmost town on the Mexican side of the Mexico-Belize border, just a few short kilometers from the border; at the end of the road. Places on the frontier have a certain magnetism. People who inhabit and visit these places are, for the most part, outliers seeking respite from the rat race, whether for one day, one week, or one decade.

They most-often share certain self-reliance and common interests that are the basis for life-long friendships made by the seaside over after-diving beers while engaging in meaningful conversations with people from half-way around the world or from up the block. Xcalak is the antithesis of massive, all-inclusive resorts where the experience is designed to keep people´s Monkey Minds engaged 24/7 in a sanitized, segregated, and isolated environment, a playground.

Xcalak, The Flying Cloud, and XTC are also the launching point to explore the mystical Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve (also known as The Chinchorro Banks), an elusive false-atoll (because it is not volcanic but rather made of coral) which is, at 1,500 square kilometers (600 square miles), the largest reef in the Northern Hemisphere.

Banco Chinchorro has one the healthiest coral reefs in the Caribbean, is the final resting place of over 100 wrecks, and is also home to the world´s largest populations of American Crocodiles, and is home to a group of fishermen who still live and fish as they did 50-years ago. Going on an expedition there is like getting in a time machine, a true paradise-on-earth.

Upon a first impression, it would be possible to dismiss Xcalak as a sleepy fishing town where not much happens. However, if one puts in a bit of effort, take a bike ride into town, and strike up a conversation with one of Xcalak´s many bilingual residents (many Xcalakans have a Belizean heritage), it doesn't take long to realize that it is, in fact, rich with history and tradition.

Xcalak is, in fact, the oldest coastal settlement on the Mexican Caribbean coast. At over 100 years old, it was once a bustling trade post with the first powerplant in the region and an ice factory. With every anecdote and story, the place's surreal qualities quickly fascinate anyone with a curious spirit; this is why for decades, Xcalak has enjoyed loyal, returning visitors, that have found a home away from home.

Currently home to roughly 300 people (depending on if you count the 50 or so mostly American ex-pats who come to Xcalak during the winter), the main economic activities in Xcalak are commercial fishing and low-impact eco-tourism with a few scattered shops and restaurants that open and close seasonally. When you visit the Flying Cloud, you will happily be provided with an updated guide to the town.

A standout attraction is definitely the Leaky Palapa Restaurant, owned and run by Linda (hostess) and Marla (chef), a Canadian couple who opened this gem of a restaurant seasonally during the winter time. If you happen to be in town when they are open, it is a must-do attraction.

Xcalak is an unbeatable destination for those looking to get away, disconnect from the daily hustle, and re-connect with themselves and nature in a remote, pristine environment!

Food

Daily breakfast is included in the package. When you stay at the Flying Cloud, you can enjoy made-to-order meals, drinks, including beach service, as well as movies, barbeques, and special events.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

Things to do (optional)

Having enjoyed protection from mass development, largely because of restrictions in the building code (for instance, the Flying Cloud could not be built today) as well as tightly-regulated permits for dive and tour operators, Xcalak has become one of the last truly undeveloped and unspoiled destinations on the Meso-American Barrier Reef System; the second largest in the world that stretches from Cancún in the north to the Bay Islands in Honduras to the south.

The portion of the MBRS in front of Xcalak is also part of a vast, delicate, and inter-connected eco-system that includes, besides de Barrier Reef, a system of rivers, lagoons, and Chetumal Bay (the largest bay in Mexico) that makes this portion of the Reef particularly rich. These inter-connected eco-systems also make the waters in, around, and behind Xcalak a veritable playground for water sports; enthusiasts or all experience levels from SCUBA Divers, to fly-fishermen, kayakers, snorkelers, kite-surfers, and everything in between.

Xcalak and XTC Company

The combination of everything the waters around Xcalak offer plus access to Banco Chinchorro, Xcalak and XTC have become a must-visit place for hardcore divers and fly-fishermen looking for the last frontier or novices who seek to learn or develop their craft in a pristine location away from the crowds.

Flying Cloud's sister company XTC (located on the same grounds), operates an award-winning PADI 5-Star Dive Resort that offers diving experiences and training from a Discover Scuba Diving Experience (try-dive) for complete novices to entry-level Open Water Diver training, to the most advanced Technical diving using closed-circuit Rebreathers; up-to and including Instructor-level ratings. XTC´s dive operation offers a truly rare combination of world-class facilities, equipment, and training in a remote, off-the-beaten-track location.

With 6 dive boats and diverse, multi-cultural, multi-lingual staff XTC can accommodate divers of all skill levels and interests. With dozens of unique and diverse dive sites that allow divers to encounter massive (300+ individuals) schools of Tarpon, manatees on the reef, unique coral formations, sheer drop-off walls for Technical divers; truly offers something special for every diver.

The Barrier Reef in Xcalak is located 200-300 meters (180-280 yards) from shore, creating a shallow (5-10 feet) Reef lagoon that is perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, SUP boarding, and kite-surfing. XTC owns a fleet of both expedition kayaks for serious, long-range outings, and sit-on-tops for afternoon/sunset paddles. XTC also owns a fleet of Stand-up paddle boards perfect for morning yoga or afternoon or evening paddle (with the LED under-board light systems).

Sit on top kayaks and SUPs can be used free-of-charge by Flying Cloud guests (after receiving a safety briefing from the staff) and guided trips are also available from XTC. Two, three, and five-hour snorkel and combination snorkeling and bird-watching trips from XTC's boats can also be arranged for guests in shared or private boats.

In short, there are countless options to experience the beauty of the Mesoamerican Reef in Xcalak for divers, fly-fishermen, and watersports enthusiasts of every skill level, please ask Flying Cloud Hotel if you have any questions about the trips. Besides the standard trips, they are happy to organize custom trips on request.

Flying Cloud looks forward to seeing you in Xcalak for some diving, digital detoxing, stargazing, a yoga session on the yoga deck, or hammock swinging and enjoying the ultimate luxury; which is that of enriching experiences that feed the soul.

A “One-Stop-Shop” Experience

Xcalak´s remoteness (the closest international airport is five hours away) keep the crowds looking for a place to lay on the beach at the resorts in Cancún and the Riviera Maya. Its treasures under and on the water attract enthusiastic divers, fly-fishermen, and paddlers who are looking for a pristine marine environment.

Despite Xcalak´s very real and perceived remoteness, it is still relatively well-connected and easy to get to, if you´re willing to put in a bit of effort. The Cancún Airport is less than five hours away and Chetumal is less than two hours away and has two daily nonstop flights to Mexico City.

The Flying Cloud is located alongside XTC and The Coral Bar and Grill; sister businesses that work together to offer a “one-stop-shop” experience for customers, offering stay + eat + dive/fish/paddle packages as well as pre-trip planning support to help you not just plan your stay in Xcalak but also how to get to/from Xcalak from wherever you might be coming from or going to next.

Flying Cloud will happily and eagerly work with you to organize your visit to Xcalak; the Mexican Caribbean, and the Yucatan Peninsula. The Flying Cloud works closely with Yucatan Dive Trek, a small travel company that specializes in organizing custom multi-destination trips to the best off-the-beaten-track attractions in the region including Cavern diving/snorkeling in the Cenotes, swimming with Whale Sharks or Sailfish, as well as visiting some hidden gems inland such as the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Mexico´s largest National Park that is a UNESCO Mixed Heritage Site for its pristine jungle and major Mayan ruin sites, as well as tucked away colonial cities in Yucatán State.

These are some basic example packages that include staying at The Flying Cloud, diving/SUPs with XTC and eating at The Coral Bar and Grill. Please send Flying Cloud an inquiry so they can provide you with a package price and personalize it according to your needs. %For divers, the natural thing to do is to schedule a day, or two, or three; of Cavern Diving. “Mexican Cave Country” between Playa del Carmen and Tulum is home to some of the longest and most beautiful underwater river systems in the world and offers unlimited diving opportunities to both recreational and technical divers.

Flying Cloud's sister facility, Maya Blue Dive Center offers private guided Cenote dive and snorkel tours. During the summertime, the world's largest Whale Shark migration happens off the coast of Cancún; making this the ultimate way to cap off your Mexico trip after having visited Xcalak. There are also endless opportunities to visit Colonial cities, jungle reserves, Mayan ruins, and much more on your way to and from Xcalak. Flying Cloud will be happy to offer you assistance, give you tips, or help you plan your trip, end-to-end.

What's included

  • SUP tour activities
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Roundtrip airport and tour transfers
  • Marine park fees
  • Taxes

What's not included

  • All lunches, dinners, and snacks
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Cancún International Airport (CUN). The transfer from this airport is included, Flying Cloud Hotel will pick you up at this airport.

Xcalak´s unique location at the end of the road is, in Flying cloud's opinion, one of its biggest assets and has been a definitive factor staving off mass development and contributes greatly to its slow-paced vibe. As much as getting there does present some challenges, Xcalak is surprisingly well connected and accessible if one is willing to put in a little bit of effort.

If you are flying in from outside Mexico, the closest international airport is Cancún. Being one of the best-connected airports in the world, getting to the area from anywhere in North America or Europe should be easily done in a non-stop flight from most major cities. With a fourth terminal and new routes being opened on a regular basis, it will continue to get easier and cheaper to fly to the Mexican Caribbean.

Xcalak is a five-hour drive from the Cancún Airport, although the road is in great condition and safe to drive at night, the drive is usually a bit much to do on the same day you fly in. Luckily, the area has myriad attractions on the way to and from Cancún. Guests usually spend a day or two somewhere between Cancún and Xcalak on their way into town, and then again on the way back.

Directions from Cancun or the Riviera Maya

From the Riviera Maya, it is only a three to four-hour drive to Xcalak, which allows for a leisurely day visiting a Cenote or a Colonial city in the morning, then driving to Xcalak in the afternoon, arriving for dinner.

From Cancún or from the Riviera Maya, the easiest way to get to Xcalak is to rent a car and drive. The roads are flat, wide, mostly well-lit, and safe. It costs roughly 40 USD a day to rent a compact car with full coverage. The Flying Cloud can also organize a private transfer in a car, van, or SUV depending on your group size and budget. A transfer from Cancún in a car for two to three people runs roughly 250 USD for the car and up to 350 to 450 USD for a van for six to twelve people, per leg.

For the more adventurous, it is possible to get to Xcalak using public transportation; it requires taking more than one bus and then a taxi at the end and costs roughly 40 USD per person, from Playa del Carmen; the trip takes around six hours, end-to-end.

Directions from elsewhere in Mexico

Xcalak is less than a two-hour drive from the Chetumal International Airport (CTM). There are several daily non-stop flights to/from Mexico City. If you are planning on a longer trip through Mexico or live in Mexico, this might be a better alternative.

Airport: Cancún International Airport Airport transfer included: Cancún International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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