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If you’re headed to the beautiful sunny Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and are looking to get out on the water, you need to book a private boat tour with Cabo Boat Adventures! I got to celebrate my 40th birthday with 9 of my friends out on the water and Cabo Boat Adventures made it the perfect day! Here’s what you can expect when booking a private tour with them.

Cabo Boat Adventures hosted me for this tour. As always, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Booking Process

Booking through Cabo Boat Adventures was simple and didn’t take much time at all. Once you know how many people will be in your group, head to Cabo Boat Adventures’ website and click the “Book It!” link. Once you select your date and time, you’ll fill out your information and submit payment. If you have any questions during the booking process, Diana will be more than happy to assist you via email at She’s friendly and was always quick to respond.

A tip for booking – if you’re wanting to see the famous Cabo Arch and NOT have a lot of other boats/people in the background, the earlier in the day you go on your tour the better! We went on a Saturday in April at 10am and there were about 8 other boats at the Arch at that time. It got busier as we were leaving. Another perk to booking an earlier morning time is the water is calmer and smoother in the morning.

Arriving at the Marina

Since we had a big group of 10 people, I booked a shuttle ahead of time from our resort to the IGY Marina in Cabo San Lucas. Diana will send you information prior to your tour day that will have your dock information. The dock letters are very clearly marked and we didn’t have any issues finding our meeting spot. All the docks are gated and you will have to wait for the captain to arrive to let you in the gate. If you arrive early, there are shops around the marina where you can use up some time.

What to Bring

Here are some items that our group brought:

  • beach towels
  • wear your swimsuit and coverup – here’s a link to the coverup I’m wearing in the photos
  • sunscreen
  • phone and/or camera
  • hats – I have a cute foldable beach hat that I bring on all our beach trips
  • sunglasses – these are my fave cheap pair so you don’t have to worry about them falling in the ocean
  • seasickness medication, if you’re prone to that sort of thing
  • change of clothes, if you want to hang out in town after your boat tour and don’t want to do that in a wet swimsuit
  • wet bag to put your wet swimsuit and towels in – we love this one that you can wear as a backpack
  • money to tip your boat crew

The Tour

First off, if you get a chance to request your crew, we absolutely loved Paublo and Raul! They took great care of us all day.

The tour is customized to you and your group. You can go at sunset, go whale watching (when in season), snorkeling, swimming, or a combination of whatever you choose! You’ll have three hours, but have the option to add more time. For our tour, I wanted to see the arch, snorkel, swim, and relax on the floating mat. We were able to do all of that plus cruise down the coast, and I felt we had plenty of time. Nothing felt rushed.

When we arrived to our yacht, called Babaloo, Paublo and Raul showed me the birthday decorations they’d put up for me – a feliz cumpleaños banner with balloons! They also had a delicious cake for me!

As soon as we got sailing, they got to work making us margaritas. I even brought these fun Vintage 1984 cups (that I purchased on Etsy) with a picture of little me for us to have with our drinks! If margaritas aren’t your fave, they also had beer, water, sodas, and other options from the bar.

It took about 20 minutes to cruise from the marina to the Arch. The Arch is stunning in person. If you haven’t seen it up close in person, I recommend this being one of your stops! Our captain did a great job getting up close to the Arch so we didn’t have a lot of boats in the background. He even turned the boat around so we could all get a group picture from the back of the boat with the Arch in the background.

After about 15 minutes taking pictures and looking at the Arch, we set off on a cruise down the coast. It was calm and so relaxing! The boat is quipped with bluetooth, so you bet we were jamming to my 40th birthday playlist that I created a year ago!!

Next we anchored near a beach and jumped in for a swim. As I mentioned our tour was in April. The water was a tad too cold for half of our group. They were fine watching the other half of us jump in. Yes, it was cold, but you got used to it! After a refreshing swim to the beach, we hung out on the beach and then swam back to the boat. Raul and Paublo had prepared a lunch for us – chicken & beef fajitas, salsa, guacamole, and ceviche. It was all so good! (well, except for the ceviche because I don’t like seafood. I accidentally took a big bite thinking it was pico!)

After lunch we made our way back to the marina. On the way back we got to see some sea lions and flying/jumping rays!

The yacht has a bed, dining area, wet bar, and toilet in the cabin, which is in a protected interior area if anyone in your group needs to get out of the sun.

Cabo Boat Adventures

Our group had such a fun day out on the water with Cabo Boat Adventures. If you head to Cabo, I hope you have a great trip!

Thank you Cabo Boat Adventures for hosting me!


About the Author

Hey there & welcome! I’m Mandi – wifey to my college sweetheart, mom to three crazy cute kiddos, and we are an American/Australian dual citizen family.  You’re in the right place of the blogging world if you love your kids, but also want to be encouraged to travel kid-free once in a while. I share about our luxury travels (kid-free & family), our love for healthy foods, and how we stay mentally/physically/emotionally well.



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