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10 Cool + Best Private Boat Tours in Cabo San Lucas

Swap out the crowds on a big boat tour for a private charter just for you and your family or group!

Maybe you’re celebrating a special occasion on a 3-day Cabo getaway? Or perhaps you want a memorable day out on the water with family, friends or the significant other in your life?

Private boat tours in Cabo San Lucas are the cream of the crop, offering a customizable itinerary that accommodates you in style on your Sea of Cortez snorkeling excursion, whale watching cruise or beach-hopping adventure.

And you don’t mind spending money in Cabo for a top-notch tour.

But… There are so many different tours offered by different operators. How do you choose the right one for you?

Private boat tours in Cabo San Lucas
Enjoy an intimate experience with friends or family on a private boat tour in Cabo!

10 Best private boat tours in Los Cabos

We’re longtime and frequent visitors to the Los Cabos area in Baja California Sur – and travel journalists who’ve written scads of magazine and newspaper articles about Los Cabos over the years.

We’ve personally gone on several private boat charters in Cabo San Lucas, both with family and just by ourselves as a couple.

We’ve also done our research and sussed out other great Cabo yacht tours.

This list has something for all – from deluxe sailing tours and a midnight-black, James Bond-style yacht to a chilled houseboat-like tour.

And pssst! Some are less expensive than you might think!

Tours leave from the Cabo San Lucas Marina.

1) Luxury sailing trip to Land’s End with snorkeling

Who’s up for sun, sea, sailing and good vibes? (Credit: Cabo Sailing)

There’s something magical about actually sailing…

And a private sailing tour in Cabo is perhaps the most memorable way to see the iconic rock Arch, Lover’s Beach, the sea lions that bask on the rocks at Land’s End and other attractions at Land’s End.

So feel the breeze in your hair and listen to the luffing of the sails on this true sailing tour on a beautiful 38-foot sailing yacht!

A luxurious sail in Cabo

My husband and I had an amazing time on our sail in Cabo. From the minute we got on the boat we were welcome[d], taken care of, and pampered. 

Inga W.

Offered by Cabo Sailing, the tour can take up to 12 guests.

On the 3-hour sailing trip to Land’s End, you’ll sail past the Arch (El Arco), and after taking photos of the amazing rock formations, you’ll anchor at Pelican Rock. The water is about 20 to 25 feet deep here, and it’s a great spot for snorkeling.

The trip includes:

  • Complimentary use of snorkeling gear and SUP boards
  • Fresh clean towels (so you don’t have to bring your own)
  • Use of wetsuits in the winter time (the water can be a tad chilly)
  • An open bar
  • A light lunch on morning and mid-day tours – chips, salsa and guacamole, fresh baguette sandwiches, fresh cut fruit and dessert
  • Snacks and appies on sunset cruises

You can choose a morning, mid-day or sunset departure time.

Captain on a private boat tour in Cabo San Lucas with Cabo Sailing Adventures
The captain on our Cabo Sailing adventure

We went out on a private Cabo Sailing trip at sunset one year with George’s brother and sister-in-law.

It turned out to be one of our favorite sunset cruises in Cabo!

Book this private sailing tour to Land’s End

2) Luxury power yacht cruise to Santa Maria or Chileno Bay

Having fun on the Liberty yacht (Credit: Book Now Adventures)

Feel like the Queen or King of the seas as you step onboard the luxurious power yacht, the 40-foot Liberty, operated by Book Now Adventures.

Having won a 2022 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice award, Book Now Adventures is at the top of its game when it comes to private Cabo San Lucas boat tours.

We felt like royalty

Absolutely amazing! We had a private yacht and felt like royalty! Our captain and crew were phenomenal and met needs we didn’t even know we had. 

Rachael C.

On this tour, you’ll depart the Cabo San Lucas Marina and embark on a 4-hour excursion, cruising past Land’s End and venturing either to Santa Maria Beach or Chileno Bay. 

What’s really cool? It’s one of the only Cabo boat tours where you can try your hand at fishing as you’re cruising.

Then when you anchor, you can don snorkeling gear and jump into the water to find tropical fish. Alternatively, just enjoy the boat’s unlimited drinks, snacks and views of the coast!

Snacks (strawberries, kiwi fruit and cheese) on the Liberty boat Cabo San Lucas yacht charter
Snacks on our Cabo San Lucas yacht charter on the Liberty

We enjoyed this boat tour with nine family members recently, leaving the marina at 8:00 am and returning about 1:00 pm. 

As we cruised along, the crew flung rods into the water and waited for fish to take the bait. We caught a couple of dorado – the crew offered to cook them up on the boat for fish tacos for lunch, but we decided to release them back into the sea instead. 

This tour also happens to be one of the best Cabo snorkeling tours, thanks to the high-quality equipment on the boat. Some of us went snorkeling at Chileno Bay to see what was underwater, while others tried out stand-up paddleboarding. 

Back onboard, we sipped on margaritas and grazed on chicken enchiladas before docking back in sunny Cabo! 

Passing by Land’s End on our private cruise on the Liberty yacht

This private boat tour includes:

  • Fishing 
  • High-quality snorkel gear
  • Snacks, unlimited drinks and a light lunch
  • Clean towels and complimentary use of sunscreen
  • Hot water showers after snorkeling

Book this luxury power yacht cruise

3) Uber-luxurious 108-Foot Neoprene yacht cruise

The black 108-foot Neoprene yacht offers one of the most luxurious private Cabo yacht tours.
Get bragging rights when you book the oh-so-cool Neoprene yacht! (Credit: Northrop & Johnson)

Take to the Sea of Cortez on the luxurious Neoprene yacht – and make like James Bond for the day on this Cabo private yacht tour!

This tour is more than just a boat ride. A top-tier yachting experience, it’s a decadent mix of fine cuisine, fun water activities with cool water toys and stellar service.

Top tier service

Once in a life time opportunity. First class services; knowledgeable, joyous staff; and incredible dining experience. Can’t recommend them enough!

TripAdvisor reviewer (2023)

The sleek black 108-foot Neoprene power yacht is air-conditioned inside and has four staterooms, a master suite, a dining zone, a lounge area, sun pads and outdoor dining space.

It also includes a “beach club” onboard and a swimming platform.

Delight in custom-made meals (fresh local seafood?) whipped up by a personal chef and served by professional staff. The open bar, under the care of a personal bartender, ensures the cocktails keep coming.

This uber-exclusive yacht also doubles as an aquatic adventure zone, as it’s packed with kayaks, snorkel gear, paddleboards and even a Seabob underwater scooter.

The Neoprene accommodates up to 20 people comfortably, making it ideal for a group excursion. But, it can also serve as a close-knit tour if you prefer to invite only a few special guests.

You can book a 3-hour experience or charter the boat for the day.

This 5-star yacht tour includes:

  • An open bar with top-shelf liquor
  • Personal bartender
  • Private chef
  • A delicious lunch
  • Use of water toys, including a Seabob

With a beautiful yacht, a reliable team and tasty food and drinks, it’s no surprise that this yacht tour is one of the absolute best boat charters Cabo San Lucas offers.

Book the Neoprene overmarine yacht

4) Chillaxing comfort on houseboat-like La Isla

La Isla private boat tours in Los Cabos
There’s fun for everyone! (Credit: La Isla)

Do you love the idea of a boat trip, but your tummy doesn’t love the actual boating? Take a look at La Isla’s chillaxin’ 4-hour private boat tour – one of the most chilled-out (and stable) ways to take to the water!

Sort of like a houseboat, La Isla is a super-comfy, flat-top vessel.

It moves slowly and doesn’t go far – it just putters along the water to Land’s End so you can see the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas and Pelican Rock. Then it just floats or anchors in the water near Lover’s Beach (Playa del Amor), one of the best swimmable beaches in Cabo.

What’s cool? Bring your own playlist to listen to your own music on Bluetooth through their excellent sound system.

And you can also bring your own drinks onboard – which definitely helps to keep costs down. (And you get to drink your favorite libations.).

Fun in Cabo

We had the best time on this private boat tour. Three families (9 of us) and a boat all to ourselves. The crew was amazing and the captain’s guacamole was the best. 

Lyn G.

The La Isla tour includes: 

  • Welcome margaritas 
  • Snorkeling equipment and stand-up paddleboards
  • Large floating mats
  • Cooler filled with bottled water, soft drinks and ice
  • Chips and salsa
  • Option to upgrade your package for an additional cost to include an open bar, taco bar, “the best guacamole in Cabo” and more

This particular tour boat accommodates up to 15 people.

It doesn’t go very far. Think of this custom-made catamaran as your floating home-away-from-home for half a day, with couches, a coffee table, plenty of shade and a spacious and clean bathroom. 

Book this relaxing La Isla tour

5) Splurge! Private luxury tour on a 50-foot French sailboat

Family with two children at the front of a sailing yacht in Cabo San Lucas
A private yacht tour in Cabo is a great adventure for the family or a large group to enjoy (Credit: Cabo Adventures)

Cabo Adventures is the leader of the game when it comes to tours in Cabo – they’re the biggest tour company in Los Cabos. (We’ve done a few tours with them, including ziplining.)

They operate a deluxe, 50-foot French sailboat for private sailing adventures for up to 15 guests. It’s ideal for bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations or larger groups.

Their 4-hour Cabo yacht tours are super-inclusive. Unlike some other private boat tours, they even include hotel pick-up and drop-off.

Sit on the boat’s bow as you tuck into shrimp and dip, while sipping on a margarita (or your drink of choice), enjoying the experience of sailing with the wind. Keep an eye out for dolphins and (in winter) whales!

When the boat anchors in a protected bay – after snorkeling and swimming – feast on a full lunch, perhaps ceviche or fresh Italian pasta. 

Wow! A must-do in Cabo

An absolutely fantastic experience! We received incredible and upbeat service. We were celebrating my son’s 18th birthday with a bunch of his friends and a few parents. The drinks were good, the food was delicious, and the experience was worth every penny.

Sally R.

This Cabo San Lucas yacht charter includes:

  • Fresh towels
  • Snorkeling gear and SUP boards
  • Unlimited drinks
  • Appetizers and a delicious lunch
  • Hotel transfers to and from the marina

Book this private luxury 50-foot sailboat tour

6) Fun private yacht tour at a great price

The Babaloo yacht in Cabo
The Babaloo yacht in Cabo (Credit: Cabo Boat Adventures)

So you’re looking to live the champagne lifestyle on a budget? This fun 3-hour cruise is one of the best boat tours in Cabo San Lucas for those looking for excellent value. 

Cabo Boat Adventures has two yachts, Babaloo and Sweetie Pie, that can each accommodate 10 guests.

They pride themselves on keeping the yachts clean and spiffy.

Family enjoys a private boat trip in Cabo San Lucas
Enjoying a private boat trip in Cabo San Lucas (Credit: Cabo Boat Adventures)

We priced it out.

And these Cabo San Lucas yacht charters cost less per person (for a private group of 10 guests) than the other tours we’ve covered here. 

A guaranteed great time!

We had the best time! We had 10 people and they took really good care of us. Great food, great drinks. The swimming with all the fish was awesome. 100% would do again! 

Angela V.

This Los Cabos boat tour includes: 

  • Drinks, including soda, bottled water and alcoholic beverages
  • Snacks
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • A lily pad floating mat and SUP boards

You’ll anchor in either Santa Maria Bay or Chileno Bay, where you can snorkel and use the watersports equipment. Or you can just sit on the deck of your own private boat and enjoy the sunshine and scenery around you.

Book this fun private boat tour at a great price

7) Private luxury yacht cruise to Chileno Bay

A private boat just for two? (Credit: Cabo Sailing)

Indulge in a spectacular morning or afternoon of boating bliss on a private 42-foot motor cruiser with this 5-star boat tour.

Perfect for up to four people, it’s an intimate vessel that just the two of you can enjoy for some special time together (or that your small group will love) – making this private yacht cruise one of the best Cabo private boat tours for a couple, two couples, parents with two children or four adults.

(You can get a bigger boat if you have a large group.)

Wonderful honeymoon cruise

Captain Alberto and Javier did everything they could to make our honeymoon cruise as special as possible. We had a wonderful time with incredible weather and special surprises from crew that made it one of the memorable experiences we had in Cabo.

Sevan S.

The power boat has a lounging area where you can sunbathe (make sure you apply sunscreen!) and carries brand-new snorkeling gear and SUP boards.

Yes, we’re having a great time! (Credit: Cabo Sailing)

See the coastal beauty of Cabo up close on a 3-hour cruise as you pass by Land’s End before anchoring at Chileno Bay for snorkeling and stand-up paddleboarding.

This Cabo boat charter includes: 

  • An unlimited bar 
  • Snorkeling and SUP gear 
  • Sightseeing at Land’s End
  • 90 minutes at Chileno Bay for fun in the sun and sea

This is definitely one of the most relaxing private yacht tours in Cabo San Lucas!

Book this luxury yacht cruise to Chileno Bay

8) Private snorkeling tour on a glass-bottom boat

Snorkeling in Cabo
Snorkeling in Cabo

This 3-hour snorkeling tour to Land’s End on a glass-bottom boat is perfect for squeezing into a free morning or afternoon. It’s customizable and you can take up to 10 guests.

See the iconic Arch, the sea lion colony and other attractions around Land’s End, then jump into the water for snorkeling with your family or friends.

Fun times!

Great experience. Tour guide Vaymar was great. Great conversationalist and humorist. 

Eduardo G.

This Cabo glass-bottom boat tour includes:

  • Photo stops at Cabo’s stunning rock formations
  • Stop at Lover’s Beach, with free time (if you wish)
  • Bottled water and cooler with ice
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Bi-lingual boat captain

If you like, you can bring your own drinks and alcoholic beverages (and store them in the cooler).

Book this private glass-bottom boat snorkeling tour

9) Fun private catamaran Cabo tour

Private catamaran tour in Cabo San Lucas with Papillon Yachts
Charter a private catamaran and explore the wonders of Los Cabos! (Credit: Papillon Yachts)

Get ready for a blast on one of the best private catamaran tours Cabo San Lucas has to offer!

There’s no shortage of memory-making moments, from spotting whales (in season between December and March/April) and spying playful dolphins to taking a swim off the side of the boat.

You won’t run out of things to do on this 47-foot boat (up to 10 guests) from Papillon Yachts. Kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling are all on offer.

An absolute must while in Cabo!

[This] was one of the highlights of our trip to Cabo… Our group included 3 generations of family and everyone had the best time. From whale watching to jumping off the catamaran for a swim, lots of memories were made.

Kelly M.

This private Cabo catamaran cruise includes:

  • An open bar with unlimited drinks and soda
  • Lunch – turkey baguettes, fruit cocktails and guacamole, chips and salsa
  • Use of SUP boards, full snorkel equipment and floating mats

So have fun and chill out on this relaxed private catamaran adventure for all ages!

Book this private catamaran tour in Cabo

10) Luxury 42-foot power yacht experience

42-foot Pura Vida yacht by Papillon Yachts
Take to the waters on the Pura Vida! (Credit: Papillon Yachts)

This 3-hour tour on the Pura Vida is also from Papillon Yachts (like #9). But instead of a catamaran, you’re on a 42-foot power yacht.

The last in our hand-picked list of the best boat tours in Cabo San Lucas, it also offers a personalized experience for exploring the waters around Cabo.

A great day on the water!!!!!

The crew was great!! [They] shared stories of the history of Cabo, provided great snacks and drinks and stopped to let us swim and/or snorkel. A very relaxing cruise and worth every penny!!! I highly recommend this three-hour tour.

Jim F.

You’ll sail to the Arch for photos, cruise over to the Pacific Ocean side (in winter) for whale watching and enjoy an open bar as you chill in front of Medano Beach.

This private Cabo San Lucas yacht charter includes:

  • Hotel transfers
  • Snacks and lunch
  • Drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Use of paddle boards, snorkel gear and a large floating mat

Book this luxury sailing experience for up to 8 people

That wraps up our list of the best Cabo San Lucas private boat charters!

There’s something quite special about boarding your own boat and taking to the seas on a private adventure… 

These Cabo San Lucas private charters offer a bespoke, intimate experience for cruising to some of the area’s most popular coastal destinations. They’re all very highly rated (5 stars, in fact).

Whether you want to get up close and personal with Cabo’s sea life or just relax on board, sipping margaritas or a cold glass of Chardonnay, there’s a private Cabo yacht tour waiting for you! 

Planning your trip to Cabo?

Here are our favorite travel resources:

  • Resorts: Booking.com is great for scoring a “wow” hotel in Cabo – or at least a decent one. (We especially like their flexible cancellation policy!)
  • Vacation homes, condos and rentals: We prefer and use Vrbo (Vacation Rentals by Owner).
  • Tours: For the best local guided tours in Cabo, see Viator and GetYourGuide.
  • Car rental: Renting a car in Los Cabos is one of the best ways to explore. Discover Cars searches car rental companies so you get the best rates.
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Photos: 5, 9, 10 © Janice and George Mucalov, Cabo Visitor

About the authors

Award-winning travel writers Janice and George Mucalov are frequent visitors to Los Cabos. Here on Cabo Visitor, they share their essential tips for discovering the best of Cabo!